Kiwanis 2020 scholarships application deadline extended
The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation has extended the deadline for graduating Alameda seniors to apply for 2020 college scholarships.
Applications and information are posted at alamedakiwanis.org. New information has been requested to address school closures and financial concerns. All applicants are encouraged to check the website. Foundation scholarships are open to residents and nonresidents of Alameda, provided that the applicant graduates from an Alameda high school and meets the eligibility criteria.
Community college-bound seniors are also urged to apply. Applications and documents must be completed, submitted and postmarked no later than May 15. For more information, students can email questions to AlamedaKiwanis@gmail.com. Mail your application to Alameda Kiwanis Foundation/P.O. Box 1217/Alameda, CA 94501.
— Alameda Kiwanis Foundation
COVID-19 crisis drive for city’s Meals on Wheels program
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Alameda Meals on Wheels has canceled our annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting Fundraiser, which is our single largest source of funding. In its place, we are initiating a COVID-19 Emergency Drive. To continue providing daily meals to those in need, we are asking our friends and supporters to donate what you can so can continue feeding our home-bound seniors, veterans and disabled neighbors. To donate online, visit bayareane.ws/3aA3K4x.
— Alameda Meals on Wheels
Alameda Food Bank seeing a dramatic increase in need
Due largely to the number of people furloughed from businesses forced to shut their doors to comply with the “shelter-in-place”directive, the Alameda Food Bank saw the number of people needing assistance each week nearly double from 400 to 700 during the lockdown’s first week.
“Many of these people have not needed our help before because they had well-paying jobs,” said AFB Executive Director Cindy Houts, ”but they’re now out of work because their employers had to shut down temporarily.”
During the crisis, Houts emphasized, anyone with a need will be served regardless of their income. In order to reduce the exposure risk to clients and volunteers, AFB moved its distribution operation from Atlantic and Constitution to its larger Alameda Point warehouse at 650 W. Ranger Ave, establishing drive-through service to reduce person-to-person contact. Clients can also reach them by AC Transit’s Route 96 line. AFB is also bringing food to senior and low- income residents of Alameda Housing Authority’s facilities so they don’t have to venture out.
“Enough people have stepped forward to help replace our senior volunteers who need to remain in their homes,” Houts said, “but we need cash donations to help pay for the food we need to buy to meet the increased demand.”
AFB is discouraging food donations to avoid the risk involved in handling. More information and a link to donate is available at alamedafoodbank.org.
City halts evictions for nonpayment of rent during crisis
On March 17, the Alameda City Council passed an urgency ordinance that became effective immediately for 60 days to halt evictions for nonpayment of rent due to a substantial loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the ordinance provides all residential tenants a defense in an eviction proceeding for failure to pay rent. Substantial loss of income includes: 1) a reduction of 20% or more of monthly gross pay; 2) extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or (3) extraordinary child care needs. You can download the ordinance at bit.ly/33ue4rM.
Landlords are also prohibited from shutting off utilities except in the case of an emergency, such as an urgent repair to a water line. Many tenants are experiencing sudden income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of California’s and Alameda County’s shelter-in-place orders. Even further income impacts are anticipated, leaving tenants vulnerable to eviction. During the city’s declared State of Emergency and in the interest of protecting the public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19, this action is essential to avoid unnecessary displacement and homelessness.
The City Council also directed staff to return with additional details, including clarification on when the tenant would be required to repay their landlord, options on commercial properties, and options for tenants whose landlord is the city of Alameda. On March 16, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that lets cities stop landlords of residential and commercial property from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent. Centro Legal De Le Raza provides free legal services to low-income Alameda tenants funded by the city of Alameda. Contact them by phone at 510-437-1554.
Most of city’s public meetings to take place virtually
Several upcoming city meetings have been canceled, including that of the Open Government Commission on April 6. Please check the city’s website at alamedaca.gov for updates regarding meeting announcements and cancellations.
Last week, Gov. Newsom announced a new executive order allowing council members to attend City Council meetings via teleconference. Alameda’s next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will take place 7 p.m. April 7. City Hall will not be open to the public for this meeting. Council members may join by teleconference or in person, adhering to strict social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Members of the public can watch city meetings via Livestream at alamedaca.gov/agendas. To provide public comment during a meeting, you can send an email to email@example.com, text a message to 510-747-4802 or leave a voicemail at 510-747-4802. Comments submitted during the meeting will be read into the record. Comments submitted prior to the meeting will be included in the meeting record.
Any requests for reasonable accommodations from individuals with disabilities should be made by contacting the City Clerk’s office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510-747-4800. This city is posting regular COVID-19 updates at alamedaca.gov/alerts. Please be sure to check back for updates on future meetings.
— city of Alameda
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