The online application for the City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now available. This program helps low income individuals and families in San Diego experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent. 

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is administered by the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. Payment will be made directly to the household’s landlord through direct deposit on behalf of the tenant. 

Households that meet the following requirements are eligible for help:

  • A city of San Diego address.
  • Household income in January 2020, at or below 60 percent of the San Diego Area Median Income ($64,200 per year or less for a family of four).
  • Eligible immigration status (U.S. citizen/U.S. National, lawful permanent resident/conditional permanent resident, a refugee/person seeking asylum or granted asylum).
  • Financial hardship directly related to COVID-19.
  • NOT currently receiving any rental subsidies.
  • NOT currently a tenant of an SDHC-owned/managed property.
  • Household savings do NOT meet the household’s financial need.

The online portal opened on Monday and will be accepting applications through August 7, 2020.

Funding for the program is limited. In order to disburse funds fairly and assist households who are most in need, a prioritization system and random-selection process will be used to select the applicants who will receive a rental assistance payment.

For more information about this program or to apply, click here.

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