After resident pressing, Irvine City Council approves rent assistance program

After months of public pressure from UC Irvine students and other residents, the Irvine City Council approved a plan to help residents handle rent complications caused by the COVID shutdown. The approved program would offer a total of $2 million in aid, half for aiding residents trying to pay rent and half for aiding residents struggling with lease break fees. … “We’ve spent quite a bit of time this week putting this program together,” Shea said. “This is not just focused on UCI housing, it’s focused on everyone in the city who could possibly need some rental assistance.” … Despite the approvals made by the council, Courtney Echols, a spokesperson for UCI4Cola said the council still has lots of work to do.