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  • Effective 3/24/21 Marin County Moves to the ORANGE Tier


    JANUARY 14, 2021 NEWS RELEASE: San Rafael, CA – More federal stimulus money is being provided to Marin County renters who have experienced economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The County of Marin is receiving an estimated $7.75 million by early February as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by Congress in late December. The funding is earmarked for current and past rent, current and past utilities and home energy costs, and other housing expenses tied to the viral outbreak.

    The federal money totals $2.6 billion in all, and $1.2 billion of that is being distributed to cities and counties across the nation with a population of more than 200,000. Marin officials were notified this week of its new allotment.

    The $7.75 million is on top of nearly $6 million in local funding already allocated. Marin’s safety-net rental assistance program started in March 2020 when the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a local relief fund partnership with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) to support the most financially needy local residents during COVID-19. The latest distribution from the local fund, an allotment of $2.8 million, came December 15, 2020.

    “We are grateful to receive these funds to address a serious community issue,” said County Administrator Matthew Hymel. “These funds will be used along with the County and MCF funds that were previously allocated. We appreciate MCF for stepping up early to address this urgent need.”

    Anyone who is homeless, qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant COVID-related costs, or endured other financial hardship due to the coronavirus is eligible to apply for the new funding. Priority is given to households that  are considered extremely low income, which in Marin would be a family of three with an income of no more than $43,550.

    Earlier, the County created a new phone number and email address to guide residents with requests for financial rental assistance during the crisis. Anyone needing help paying rent may call (415) 473-2223 or email staff to learn more about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is open for applications.

    The new phone line was created to provide specialized aid to individuals seeking rental assistance regardless of citizenship status. Call center staff will ask potential applicants a few questions to move toward eligibility for the financial assistance. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of residency and income.

    To prevent virus-related homelessness, the Supervisors passed local eviction moratoriums several times over the past year before the state enacted its own evictions ban. Most recently, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution January 12 that continues to bar evictions through June for people economically impacted by the coronavirus.

    With much of the state under public health sheltering orders, including Marin, widespread financial ramifications tied to COVID-19 have continued and justified the additional local rental assistance program funding.


    Opens Monday 2/22/21 - Marin County Small Business Fund

    The Marin County Small Business Fund opens on February 22nd! This is an exciting new program to support small businesses here in Marin County that have been most impacted by COVID-19.


    Loans are being offered at 0% interest, with no payments due until October 2021. Additionally, no fees, no personal guarantee, and no collateral are required. To submit a loan request, click HERE.


    This program is not first come, first serve. So if you are interested, you have until March 15th to submit a loan request. After that, a lottery will be conducted to select businesses to formally apply for the loan due to the high demand anticipated for the program. Businesses that are selected for the loan program but that do not meet the underwriting criteria, may be eligible for a $5,000 or $10,000 grant instead.


    To get started, simply submit a loan request HERE. It only takes a few minutes!


    For more information, please visit https://medasf.org/MarinFund/.



    ¡El Fondo para Pequeñas Empresas del Condado de Marin ya está abierto! “Marin County Small Business Fund” es un programa nuevo para apoyar a las pequeñas empresas aquí en el condado de Marin que han sido las más afectadas por COVID-19.


    Los préstamos se ofrecen al 0% de interés, sin pagos debidos hasta octubre de 2021. Además, no se requieren comisiones, ni garantía personal ni colateral. Para enviar una solicitud de préstamo, haga clic AQUÍ.


    Este programa no es por orden de llegada. Entonces, si está interesado, tiene hasta el 15 de marzo para enviar su solicitud de préstamo. Después de eso, se realizará una lotería para seleccionar empresas que soliciten formalmente el préstamo debido a la gran demanda que se anticipa para el programa. Las empresas seleccionadas para el programa de préstamos pero que no cumplen con los criterios de suscripción pueden ser elegibles para una subvención de $5,000 o $10,000 en su lugar.


    Para comenzar, simplemente envíe una solicitud de préstamo AQUÍ. ¡Solo toma unos pocos minutos!


    Para obtener más información, visite https://medasf.org/MarinFund/.




    Individuals are excepted from wearing a mask when:

    • In a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
    • Working in an office or in a room alone.
    • Actively eating or drinking. You should maintain a distance of at least six feet from those not in your household.
    • Outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance from others not in their household. You must have a face covering with you at all times and must put it on if you are within 6 feet of others who are not in your household.
    • Getting a service to the nose or face for which temporary removal of the mask is necessary.
    • Your job  requires you to wear respiratory protection.
    • You are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by an Industry specific guidance.


  • Need Direct Assistance?  Contact the NEW Northern California Small Business Development Center Small Business Hotline

    You can now call 833-ASK-SBDC (833.275.7232) to reach the Northern California Small Business Development Center's call center for SBDC support and business financial urgent care.  Partners are welcome and encouraged to share this resource with their clients. 

    There are two email addresses as well that are being served by the new call center as well:

    Email loans@asksbdc.com for assistance with available loans.

    Email espanol@asksbdc.com para asistencia en español