County Allocates Additional Funding for Rental Assistance

The County will again be accepting new applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program starting December 1, 2020. What does this mean? Residents in San Diego County who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 could qualify for assistance of up to $3,000 to pay for past-due or upcoming rent.

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors allocated $27 million in funding for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to ease the burden for thousands of county residents. They are anticipating awarding over $10 million in assistance to residents that applied during the first round of applications at the beginning of October, and additional assistance to new applicants.

Before you apply, double check the requirements to make sure you qualify.

  1. Households must be renting and have experienced a financial hardship directly related to COVID-19. This includes a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19, or an increase in medical expenses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.
  2. Households must fall under 60% Area Median Income to qualify.
  3. Residents who live in cities with their own COVID-19 rental relief program would not be eligible for the County program unless their cities’ funds have already been depleted.
  4. Applicants must not receive any other forms of housing subsidy, such as Section 8, or other rental assistance programs, rapid rehousing assistance or rental assistance from nonprofit agencies.

Only one application per household will be accepted and the applicant’s landlord must agree to participate in the program for the County of San Diego to process the emergency rental assistance grant.

The County of San Diego is anticipating they will be able to assist about 10,000 households, so be sure to apply early.

For more program information, including how to apply and detailed eligibility criteria, visit

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