Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis Resources

If you are facing foreclosure on your home, there are resources available to help. Don't wait - seek help now! The City of Berkeley offers these web links as potential resources to assist people who are directly or indirectly affected by the crisis.

  • If you are having trouble with your mortgage payments, see the Federal Trade Commission's article "Mortgage Payments Sending You Reeling? Here's What To Do" at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea04.shtm

  • I am a homeowner and have received a notice of default from my mortgage lender. What rights do I have, and what should I do? There are a series of legal steps that a lender must take before a property is foreclosed. Get the facts! Contact your mortgage servicer or lender (whomever you normally make your payment to each month). If you cannot reach your lender, or need your options clarified call the HOPENOW hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE to speak with a credit counselor approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • If your foreclosure process has already started, you may still find you have rights to negotiate with your lender. Depending on your ability to sustain the debt you currently have been paying, and make the new payments on time, you may be able to negotiate a workout plan during the foreclosure proceedings. If you were promised when you originally obtained your mortgage loan that you would be able to refinance, you should contact your lender immediately about refinancing the debt on your house. Interest rates have come down, and are in the vicinity of 6 percent.

  • Be careful to avoid rescue scams. Unfortunately, scammers may obtain your address and contact information because foreclosure notices recorded on your property grant deed are public information. The following information may help you spot scammers:

  • The League of California Cities provides web resources on the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
  • ACORN provides counseling and other resources for people affected by the crisis.

The following agencies receive complaints, review cases, and enforce housing/lending laws:

To access a resources list in the Bay Area that provides information on certified housing counseling agencies, legal resources, help for tenants and lenders counseling, please click here. 



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