Coronavirus Updates and Information for Bakersfield, CA

Coronavirus Updates and Information for Bakersfield, CA

Coronavirus Laws and Information for California, Kern County, and Bakersfield
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LegalConsumer Coronavirus Updates for California

Here's a rundown of the information we offer on COVID-19 in the areas we cover:

Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits in California

Getting COVID-19 Financial Help in California

Family Issues, Divorce, Child Custody, Handling Affairs of Deceased Loved Ones

What We're Reading...


COVID-19 Eviction Suspensions & Free Eviction Resources for California

California Rent Relief

The state of California has opened a centralized site for Landlords, Tenants, and Homeowners that provides 100% of needed rent relief and helps guide you through the process. 

"Housing Is Key" - California Government Website

March 2022

CNN reports that rent relief has prevented more than one million evictions.

national eviction ban was put in place in September 2020. While it did not stop all evictions, it significantly slowed the tide of eviction filings until the emergency aid could reach struggling renters and their landlords, White House and Department of Treasury officials said.

In the six states and 31 cities tracked by the Eviction Lab researchers, eviction filings fell sharply at the onset of the pandemic, but then increased in the later months of 2020 even with the ban in place. Given the increased number of renters experiencing economic hardship as the pandemic continued into 2021, experts worried about a “tsunami” of evictions and anticipated the number of filings to skyrocket above levels seen in 2019.

But the opposite happened. In a typical year, roughly 865,000 eviction cases were filed in the areas the Eviction Lab tracks. In 2021, roughly half as many evictions were filed, with 434,304 cases.

Evictions fell in all but one of the 31 cities tracked in 2021. The outlier was Las Vegas, where jobs in tourism evaporated, adversely impacting the large number of renters in the city’s service sector, according to the report. New York City had the biggest reduction in eviction filings from typical levels, with the report estimating nearly 184,000 eviction cases were avoided in New York City.


More than 80% of emergency rental assistance reached the lowest income households, according to the Treasury, with about 40% of all applicants who received assistance self-identifying as Black, and about 20% self-identifying as Latino.

September 21, 2021 update

From Consumer Finance Protection Board > Mortgage And Housing Assistance > Help For Renters

State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic. Rental assistance helps renters and landlords make ends meet.

If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are taking applications from renters and landlords to distribute money from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in their own communities.

If you’re a landlord, you may think of rental assistance as help for renters. But right now, most federal emergency rental assistance programs accept applications from landlords. Where renters can apply, they often need your help to complete the process and make payments to you.

How do I apply for Emergency Rental Assistance?

You apply through your local Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. Each local program has some flexibility in how they set up policies and procedures to suit the needs of their local community. For example, in some areas, you can apply for rental assistance yourself. In other areas, landlords need to submit an application first. To find rental assistance in your area and learn how to apply, visit

What does emergency rental assistance cover?

The federal ERA Program allows local programs to cover rent, utilities, and home energy costs. This includes electricity, gas, fuel oil, water and sewer, and trash removal. If your landlord normally pays for utilities or home energy costs, these are counted as part of your rent.

Rental assistance may also cover:

  • Reasonable late fees (if not included in your rental or utility debt)
  • Internet service to your home
  • Moving expenses and other rental-related fees (such as security deposits, application fees, or screening fees) for families who have to move

Some programs may also provide housing counseling, case management, legal representation, and other housing stability services.

See also:

CDC Eviction order

March 29, 2021 update

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended* the residential eviction ban put in place under its original September 4th, 2020 order**,  until at least June 30, 2021.

*   New order, signed March 28, 2021

** Original Order:  Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 

December 28,2020 update

Congress and has passed, and the president has signed, a new Covid relief bill which extends this ban until Jan 31, 2021, and establishes a $25 billion rental assistance program to help families pay their rent.

[For more on the CDC eviction ban click here.]

Best Web Resources on California Coronavirus Eviction Information

Here's the best info on evictions that we've found on the Internet for surviving the COVID-19 economic challenges.

California Legal Aid Office: LawHelpCA

Browse the website for California’s legal aid office, for the latest on covid 19 eviction help.

California’s Legal Aid office offers help on evictions.

California Eviction Law:

Nolo provides a detailed state specific description of the eviction process in California. You can also search the web for eviction law in Kern County, or California.

HUD - 50-State Specific Covid Information for Housing

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers free links to local housing resources in California.

HUD Resources for California Community Resources for California

Just Shelter has organized links 600+ organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness around the nation. Here's there info for California

NCLC Free Book on Surving Debt

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has made free their excellent book on "Surviving Debt" during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Chapter 20 Evictions
    • This chapter of the book explains in detail your legal options when facing eviction. 
    • Often your best option when faced with an eviction is to buy yourself enough time to find alternate housing that is both affordable and adequate, with minimal disruption to your life. This chapter offers defenses to evictions that can buy you some time.


Other good Sources (via NCLC)

Analysis of CARES ACT Eviction Protections: The National Housing Law Center has issued an analysis of federal and state eviction suspensions.

Self-help and advocate eviction pleadings and forms: Go to, click on the state on the map and search for self-represented or advocate materials. If there are forms available, you will be referred to the LSC-approved or court-approved websites where all forms are listed. Some states also have eviction expungement forms.

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has a listing of enacted and pending state and local actions related to evictions.

Regional Housing Legal Services has an updated list of tenant protections during the emergency.

The Eviction Lab also has detailed state-by-state listings regarding renter protections during the emergency.

50 State Google Doc Tracks Eviction Moratoria in all states

A state-by-state list of eviction moratoria is now published by the National Housing Law Project, researched by students at Columbia and University of Pennsylvania. It includes 24 categories of information concerning eviction for each state. more...  


Free COVID-19 Resources from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center)

March 2022

NCLC has updated its listings of Covid-19 State Foreclosure Moratoriums and Stays.

January 2022

NCLC has just released an excellent article about the extension of the student loan debt repayment pause extension, and about the Navient settlement, that may affect student loan borrowers, as well as certain rights for private student loan borrowers.

They have also issued a report on how exemption laws protect residents of each state as pandemic protections expire

April 2020

The National Consumer Law Center is considered the best sources for information about consumer law. Their materials are used by attorneys nationwide.

They have announced FREE resources to the public on a variety of debt and credit topics, including  free (during the Coronavirus crisis) access to their online book on Surviving Debt. 

Free Book From NCLC Surviving Debt

Their free online book offers these extremely timely tips to consumers on how rules you should be following now if you've got more expenses you can handle. highly recommends the materials from the National Consumer Law Center. They are an outstanding organization who advise legal aid lawyers throughout the nation. No one has more knowledge of those who are facing debts.


NCLC Announcement

New Free NCLC Resources in Response to COVID-19 

NCLC has been working hard to create and disseminate resources to help attorneys and consumers navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including the following:

NCLC remains committed to providing consumers and attorneys with the most up-to-date information about COVID-related consumer protections, and continues to add content to our Digital Library article on Major Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19and the COVID-19 & Consumer Protectionspage on our website as new information becomes available.

New Article on Enforcing CARES Act Credit Reporting Provisions 

The economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon translate into pervasive credit reporting harm, as millions of consumers become unable to pay their credit obligations, and creditors, debt collectors, and others furnish negative information about them to the nationwide consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). 

A new NCLC articleexplains how consumers can protect their credit reports by enforcing the modest protections offered by the CARES Act, including detailed commentary on:

  • Scope and Application of the CARES Act Credit Reporting Provision
  • Credit Reporting Rights Under the CARES Act
  • Consumer Enforcement of the CARES Act Credit Reporting Provision
  • Special Enforcement Rights for California Consumers

Even the credit reporting industry acknowledges that there will likely be problems with implementation of these new protections, given the large volume of accommodations that creditors are processing and new customer service staff who may be inexperienced in dealing with credit reporting issues. Consumers and advocates are advised to be proactive and vigilant, and to visit NCLC's Credit Reports page for regular updates.