[Students] UCR's Support for Off-Campus Housing

Vcsa vcsa at ucr.edu
Thu Nov 12 08:58:28 PST 2020

Dear Students,

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility over the past few weeks during fall quarter. We are all working together in navigating this unique situation for the better.

Please note, the university remains committed to supporting our students, staff, and faculty with the resources they need to succeed both academically and personally.

For many, remote instruction has caused greater financial hardships. In particular, students living off-campus or not in UCR-managed properties, the pandemic's fluidity has led to lingering leases for the fall quarter.

The university is limited in its ability to intervene with landlords regarding housing issues for properties we do not own and operate. However, we are working with leaders at the state and local level to explore potential solutions, including our local representatives to the State Legislature, the City of Riverside, and Fair Housing Council of Riverside County. The UCR Offices of Legal Affairs, Government and Community Relations, and Ombuds are also working to find solutions. In addition, the campus is reconvening its Off-Campus Housing Task Force to address this issue.

There are several resources that we would like to recommend:

  *   The City of Riverside passed a resolution that provides protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent. In addition to placing a hold on evictions, it provides guidelines for landlords to defer rent (forbearance) due and payment plans to be put in place.
  *   Fair Housing Council of Riverside County<https://fairhousing.net/> provides free assistance and representation when it comes to tenant-landlord disputes. They can review leases and make students aware of rights as a tenant. They offer specific guidance on COVID-related issues and can speak to the legality of landlords' actions as it pertains to the lease and California law in general. Fair Housing can be reached from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at 800-655-1812 or from 3-7 p.m. at 951-334-8068.
  *   ASUCR partners with local attorneys to provide legal advice, through the ASUCR Legal Clinic<https://asucr.ucr.edu/services/legal>.
  *   Additionally, students can access campus resources through Student Affairs Basic Needs<https://basicneeds.ucr.edu/>.

We hope students living off campus and in need of support will take advantage of these resources. If students have additional questions, please contact vcsa at ucr.edu<mailto:vcsa at ucr.edu>.

Please continue to visit UCR's COVID-19 resource page<https://ehs.ucr.edu/coronavirus> and Campus Return<https://campusreturn.ucr.edu/> page for the latest updates and resources.

Best Regards,

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Office of the Vice Chancellor
University of California, Riverside
900 University Avenue
2108 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 827-4641  | Fax: (951) 827-2248 | Email: brian.haynes at ucr.edu<mailto:brian.haynes at ucr.edu>
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