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Deadline for Californians to apply for pandemic rent relief is Thursday

The state is helping tenants with unpaid rent and utilities owed from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022

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SACRAMENTO – The deadline to apply for the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program, which provides financial assistance for unpaid rent to eligible renters and landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19, is Thursday, March 31.

The state is helping tenants with unpaid rent and utilities owed from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022. Eligible residents behind on their rent payments may get up to 18 months of assistance to cover rent debt accrued during the pandemic. To qualify, tenants’ household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for their county.

In the case of  Los Angeles County for example, the income limit would be $66,250 for an individual to apply, or $102,200 for a household of five. (The state’s website calculates it while you’re filling out the online application.)

How to apply

Those in need of help with their rent payments can apply online at housing.ca.gov. People can call 833-430-2122 for additional information.

When you begin the online application, you will be prompted to enter an address into this map to find the correct link to apply. That’s because some local jurisdictions have their own programs on their websites.

After that, click “view” next to “Link to Program and Application” to begin.

You will be asked to say whether you’re a landlord or tenant, then indicate which county you live in and how many people are in your household to verify that you qualify.

After that, you’ll have to sign up with a valid email address and begin the application, filling in your information, attesting you experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic and begin uploading documents like your lease agreement and utility statements.

If you’re a tenant, you will need to provide just one of the following:

  • A 2020 tax return
  • 2020 W-2 and 1099-G if the tenant was unemployed
  • Current pay stubs
  • Proof of participation in a state or federal subsidy program such as CalFresh or CalWORKS (like an acceptance or renewal letter).

While applicants won’t need to show evidence of hardship, they have to sign a declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress.

Landlords with renters who are behind on their rent and need financial assistance can also apply for the COVID-19 Rent Relief program, if the renters verify that they meet eligibility requirements and sign the application.

For landlords applying, they must submit all of the following:

  • A lease or rental agreement reflecting renter’s name, residence address and monthly rent due
  • Rent ledger or rent statement showing the balance of unpaid rent from April 1, 2020
  • W-8 or W-9 (for tax purposes)

Questions?

For additional information, including eligibility and application help, call our CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 833-430-2122.

If you need assistance in another language, or to get help to see if you’re eligible, help you fill out an application, or upload required paperwork, schedule an appointment with an organization near you by calling 833-687-0967.

For more details about the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, visit Program Overview.

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Triple A: Gas prices dropping as inventories rise; Gas tax set to rise Friday

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.29, which is seven cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Just in time for Fourth of July travel, gas prices are continuing to drop from their record high points of two weeks ago as the Energy Information Administration reports that gasoline stockpiles across the country have increased, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.29, which is seven cents lower than last week. The average national price is $4.86, which is eight cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.33 per gallon, which is six cents lower than last week, 17 cents higher than last month, and $2.12 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.25, which is six cents lower than last week, 17 cents higher than last month, and $1.99 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.28, which is four cents lower than last week, 19 cents higher than last month and is $2.02 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.22, which is five cents lower than last week, 19 cents higher than last month and $1.99 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.32 average price is three cents lower than last Thursday, 22 cents higher than last month and $2.12 higher than a year ago today.

“Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices have dropped to their lowest levels since May 20 as supplies have increased while demand has been affected by these very high pump prices,” said Auto Club spokesperson Doug Shupe. “That is great news for Independence Day travelers, especially since this is expected to be the third busiest July Fourth travel holiday on record. It’s not clear whether the three-cent gas tax increase that takes effect tomorrow will create a brief increase at the pump for drivers, or if the increase will just be cancelled out by the continuing drop in gas prices.”

California gas stations will start charging three cents more in taxes on gasoline beginning tomorrow as part of a law to automatically adjust the gasoline excise tax that passed in 2017 and was upheld by voters in 2018. The excise tax funds are used to pay for transportation projects and services.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 30, averages are:

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Reminder: California gas tax will go up July 1:

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Triple A: Gas Prices Drop on Increased Production, Economic Worries

The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week

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LOS ANGELES – Gas prices dropped as local refineries reported their second-highest California-blend gasoline production levels of 2022 and economic concerns pushed down oil prices, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price for self-serve regular gasoline in California is $6.38, which is six cents lower than last week.

The average national price is $4.94, which is seven cents lower than a week ago.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $6.40 per gallon, which is six cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.14 higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $6.32, which is five cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month, and $2.09 higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $6.32, which is three cents lower than last week, 29 cents higher than last month and is $2.10 higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $6.29, which is four cents lower than last week, 30 cents higher than last month and $2.11 higher than a year ago. In Bakersfield, the $6.36 average price is the same as last Thursday, 36 cents higher than last month and $2.22 higher than a year ago today.

“The state’s refineries produced more California-blend gasoline last week than in any other week since January of this year, according to the California Energy Commission,” said Auto Club spokesman Doug Shupe. “At the same time, Oil Price Information Service says concerns about the U.S. economy are pushing down oil and wholesale gasoline prices.”

The Auto Club reminds drivers they can save money on gasoline by shopping around virtually using a tool like the AAA Mobile app, which shows users the cheapest gas prices near them. AAA members can also take advantage of discounted gas prices at participating Shell gas stations by joining the Shell Fuel Rewards® program.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 23, averages are:

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Triple A: July 4 Holiday travel will be third busiest on record for SoCal

Nearly 3.3 million Southern Californians will travel over July Fourth weekend, which is the third highest volume for this holiday locally

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Courtesy of Triple A Auto Club of Southern California

LOS ANGELES – The Automobile Club of Southern California expects another increase in travel volume for the Independence Day holiday, continuing the trend of recovery over the past year despite continued record gas prices and increased costs.

Nearly 3.3 million Southern Californians will travel over July Fourth weekend, which is the third highest volume for this holiday locally behind 2019 and 2018. Nationally, 48 million people are expected to travel. The vast majority will travel by automobile even with the high pump prices.

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“We expect that the recent lifting of the COVID testing requirement for air passengers re-entering the U.S. will continue the increase in demand for international vacation bookings that we are already seeing this summer,” said Heather Felix, the Auto Club’s vice president of travel products & services. “Increased costs are a factor for budgets, but working with a trusted travel advisor and being flexible with schedules and destinations can help consumers get some great travel deals.”

Top Travel Destinations

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July 4 top US destinations

Gas Prices

Near-record gas prices continue frustrating drivers in Southern California and across the country. The Auto Club recommends travelers take the following steps to maximize fuel efficiency on summer road trips:

  • Make sure tires are properly inflated
  • Get rid of extra weight not needed for road trips
  • Drive the speed limit and use cruise control when safe to do so
  • Avoid using overhead luggage racks that create drag
  • Park in the shade or use window sun visor to lessen heat build up inside vehicle
  • Download Auto Club app to find cheapest gas prices near you

Check Vehicles Before Trips to Prevent Breakdowns

The Auto Club expects to rescue nearly 65,000 motorists in Southern California alone over the Independence Day holiday period, and more than 446,000 nationwide. To avoid a breakdown on a road trip, the Auto Club recommends drivers inspect tires, batteries, belts, hoses and fluid levels, or have them inspected at a trusted mechanic such as a AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility.

Traffic Volume Expected to Peak Thursday, Friday Before Holiday

The transportation analytics firm INRIX projects that the busiest Southern California freeways on the Thursday and Friday before the holiday will include Interstate 5, Interstate 10, Interstate 405, and CA-57. To maximize fuel economy, the Auto Club recommends travelers avoid driving on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Southern California. Early mornings are generally the best time to travel during holiday weekends.

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