Santa Clara adds to robust COVID relief efforts

The City of Santa Clara bolstered a number of relief programs aimed at helping those harmed by COVID-19.

Building on its significant small business assistance program, the Santa Clara City Council Tuesday approved $590,000 more funds. That brings its support to nearly $1.7 million. As of late April the program had supported more than 65 businesses. The city had received approximately 600 applications at that point, before funds ran dry.

Officials also announced $1.5 million in addition funding for emergency rental assistance, bringing it to $2.8 million. It provides three months of rental support, depending on resident income.

The COVID-relief funds are also being used to stem off any garbage rate increases for six months. It is also supporting food distribution programs.

Relief efforts follow the announcement of City Council action to cap third-party food delivery fees.

“we are using the CARES Act funding, along with other funds, to further assist our residents and businesses during this challenging time,” said Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor.