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Emergency Rental Assistance applications now open for residents of most county cities

Emergency Rental Assistance applications now open for residents of most county cities

Low-income San Diegans who have experienced a financial impact due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for rental and utility assistance grants from the County.

During the COVID-19 update to the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, David Estrella, director of Housing and Community Development Services, said San Diegans can apply for financial assistance to help lessen housing cost burdens and maintain housing stability.

The County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is funded by over $100 million in state and federal monies.

To be eligible, households must be renting and have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19 or have qualified for unemployment during the pandemic.

Both landlords and tenants can apply; however, tenants will have to co-sign applications submitted by the landlord.

For more information or to apply, visit www.sdhcd.org. The application period will be open for three weeks and will be extended if necessary.

“If you’ve received assistance through a past rent or utility assistance program, you may still apply for the outstanding rent or utilities that have not been covered,” Estrella said.

The County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will assist San Diego residents countywide, except for those residing in the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. Residents of San Diego and Chula Vista can visit http://www.ERAPSanDiego.org for information about rental assistance programs in those cities.