PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

Residential Housing and Utility Assistance

On October 15, 2020, the City of King began offering a new temporary program providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utility costs. The program is primarily for households whose incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. Utilities covered include water, sewer, refuse, power, and cable/internet. The program will cover up to $1,500 monthly for 3 months or more. If your income was impacted by COVID-19 in the past and has since been restored, you may still be eligible. In addition, those behind on rent unrelated to COVID-19 may qualify for assistance with up to one month’s rent payment under a separate benefit provided by the new program.

Limits may be reduced or expanded depending upon whether applications exceed funding availability. Applicant’s incomes must be below 80% of the County median to qualify. Proof of citizenship is not required.

The City has applied for and received approval for three grants and additional contributions that will make available over $275,000 in assistance to the community. Funding has been made possible through a partnership of the City of King, United Way Monterey County, County of Monterey, King City Community Power, California Water Service Company, and Waste Management, Inc.

To apply, call 2-1-1 and answer a few questions to determine if you are eligible. Eligible applicants will then be referred to the City to complete the necessary forms and agreement. Successful applicants will submit their invoices to be paid by the City. View the flyers below for a summary of details on the program. You may also contact the City at 385-3281 if you have questions.

 

Business Assistance

The City is aware this crisis has been devastating to many businesses, particularly those that have been forced to close. The City is working to distribute information on assistance that is available to businesses who have been closed or severely impacted by the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order. A number of flyers have been distributed and a new e-mail list has been created to notify those with an active business license of new assistance opportunities as soon as they become available. You may contact City Hall at 831-385-3281 to confirm that you are on the e-mail distribution list.

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors has recently approved a new Small Business Relief Program, which provides $10,000 grants for local businesses with 50 or less employees affected by COVID-19.   Funding will be distributed in November 2020.  If you qualify, it is important to call Workforce Development at 831-796-3331 as soon as possible in order to submit your interest.   Please see the links below for information on the program.

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program was created to provide low-interest disaster loans to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Economic Injury Grants provided funds to pay personnel costs to maintain employees on payroll. Grants required no repayment and loans are forgiven if at least 75% of the workforce is maintained. Otherwise, a portion of the loan must be repaid. Meanwhile, the Small Business Debt Relief Program has loans available to assist with non-disaster needs.

Some of these programs have been fully expended and are waiting for Congressional authorization of additional funding. Impacted businesses are encouraged to contact their bank to determine what funding is currently available and how to apply. The City is partnering with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), who will provide free counseling to help you apply. You may submit a request for assistance at the link below. Every business with a business license should have received a flyer in the mail with more information.

Businesses that are closed and use no water for a full billing cycle may also have their water and City wastewater charges frozen. Call Cal Water at 385-5486 for assistance.

In order to assist local businesses with the reopening process, the City has available for each business bilingual instructional information on compliance requirements, preprinted signs to educate customers, and complimentary masks to provide customers that enter without a face covering by calling City Hall at 385-3281. Businesses are instructed to access the State website at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance and search for the link referencing their business type. Instructions and checklists that must be filled out and posted at the business before reopening can be found there. Instructions include requirements for measures that must be implemented by the business to protect the health of customers and employees. Any questions regarding restrictions should be directed to the King City Police Department at 386-5956. Technical assistance in completing the checklists is available from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by registering at https://ucmsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup.

In order to assist restaurants in providing outdoor service, the City allows restaurants to place tables and chairs on the public sidewalk as long as required ADA access is maintained at all times. It is first required to obtain an encroachment permit from the City. Fees for the encroachment permit are waived at this time.