WCARES Program

This program is available to eligible Westminster residents financially impacted by COVID-19.

The City of Westminster received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds to be used to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). On May 13, 2020, the Westminster City Council approved funding of CDBG-CV funds to provide limited rental assistance to qualified Westminster residents to help meet the needs of the community. Applications can only be submitted to the City between June 2 and June 16, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

To be eligible for WCARES Program, the household must meet the following criteria:

  • Has an approved application by the City;
  • Must be a current resident of Westminster;
  • Has a signed rental/lease agreement for a unit in Westminster (rental assistance is to help households remain in its current housing);
  • Agree, jointly with respective landlords, to receive WCARES rental assistance payment (City will make payments directly to landlords on behalf of household);
  • Be low-income not earning more than 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) Westminster residents;
  • Must NOT be receiving another rental subsidy such as the Section 8, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Tenant-Based or Project-based program. Participation in any other rental assistance program is considered a duplicative subsidy therefore all CDBG funded rental assistance must terminate; and
  • Have proof of financial hardship due to COVID-19 (i.e. letter from employer, loss of income, loss of job, reduction in hours at work, increased medical expenses and etc.)

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Please email wcares@westminster-ca.gov with questions or call 714-898-3311 x 4314.

Application  

The application period has closed. City staff will notify approved applicants in mid or late July by mail with the next steps in the process.