Housing and Social Services during COVID-19

Updated July 2, 2020 

Concord Urgency Ordinance and State Executive Order N-37-20 - Eviction and rent Moratorium

On June 30, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-71-20, which extends the Executive Order N-28-20 timeframes for tenant protections against residential and commercial evictions if failure to pay rent is COVID-19 related. Concord’s urgency ordinance was drafted to be concurrent with Executive Order N-28-20, and states that it will be automatically extended if the Governor extends the timeframe of that order or its tenant protections. That means Concord’s ordinance is effective through September 30, 2020.

On March 25, 2020, the Concord City Council adopted an Urgency Ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium on evictions for failure to pay rent, utilities, late fees and penalties for residential and commercial tenants in the City who are experiencing a substantial decrease in household or business income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ordinance also imposes a moratorium on rent increases for those properties not exempt under State Legislation AB-1482.

A flyer explaining the Ordinance in English and Spanish can be found here.  

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-37-20. In addition to establishing a State-wide eviction moratorium, the Order also prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. 

The Urgency Ordinance is effective March 25, 2020- September 30, 2020.  

ECHO (Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity) Housing provides Fair Housing Services. BALA (Bay Area Legal Aid) provides Tenant/Landlord Legal Services. The City of Concord will refer most tenant/landlord cases to ECHO Housing and BALA.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECHO Housing’s and BALA’s offices are currently closed; however staff can be reached remotely. If you require assistance with a housing issue, please contact ECHO Housing at 1-925-732-3919 or toll-free 855-275-3246 or contact@echofairhousing.org; BALA can be reached at 1-925-219-3325 or through their Legal Advice Line at (800) 551-5554.

Grantee Services and Resources

This section lists which partner organizations are continuing their services during the pandemic. Click on the organization’s name to be redirected to their website.

  1. Housing Programs
  2. Tenant/Landlord Services
  3. Homeless/Homelessness Prevention Services
  4. Crisis Intervention Services
  5. Senior Services
  6. Child and Working Parent Resources
  7. Economic Development
  8. Food resources

All City of Concord Housing Programs are operational. Please allow for longer processing times as staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.