Emergency Rental Assistance Program in San Diego

Rental assistance programs in California

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The City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program helps to pay rent and utilities for individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic. Households with income at or below 80 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income ($97,000 per year for a family of four) may qualify if they are obligated to pay rent, have experienced a reduction in income or other financial hardship due to, or during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Priority will be given to households with income at or below 50 percent of AMI ($60,600 per year for a family of four), households with at least one adult who has been unemployed for more than 90 days immediately before and including the date of the application and have past-due rent, and households that received an eviction notice or summons.

The program can pay 100 percent of a tenant’s total Eligible Rent. Eligible Rent includes unpaid rental debt accumulated on or after April 1, 2020, and if funding is available, prospective assistance for up to three months of additional assistance to ensure housing stability. The program may pay up to a maximum of 18 months of assistance.

The program is required to give priority to paying past-due, unpaid rent. If a qualifying household has both unpaid, past-due rent and utilities, the program can provide assistance for both at the same time.

However, if a household is requesting help with only unpaid, past-due utilities or upcoming rent, the program will be able to provide assistance only if funds remain available after payments have been made for past-due rent for qualifying households. If funds remain available, the program can pay up to 100 percent of the tenant’s upcoming monthly rent for up to three months of additional assistance.

For more information on the City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program, please refer to the following or call (619) 535-6921:

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