Renters and landlords in Oakland have a new resource for financial assistance for past due rent.

City officials recently opened the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help Oakland renters in need of help paying rent, as well as to assist property owners whose tenants have refused to apply for rental assistance, according to a city news release.

The program is the latest in a series of rental assistance programs the city has conducted since the fall of 2020 to ease financial burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tenants who wish to apply for assistance should call 510-899-9289. Property owners can contact the city’s Housing and Community Development Department at 510-238-6182

General questions can be submitted by email.