Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help for SDHC Residents and SDHC Rental Assistance Participants

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is implementing policies and programs to assist families in SDHC’s programs who are experiencing financial hardships related to COVID-19:

  • SDHC’s federal rental assistance program is utilizing revised criteria for families currently in the program to report decreases in income due to COVID-19, which may enable SDHC to temporarily provide a higher amount of rental assistance to these households.
  • SDHC will not terminate anyone from the federal rental assistance program, unless they engage in violent or criminal behavior or pose a threat to the safety of others in their neighborhood.
  • Residents at SDHC’s affordable rental housing properties who do not currently receive federal rental assistance can receive rent relief through a new hardship program. All or part of the rent will be forgiven for up to four months for eligible households.

These policies and programs are subject to change, including potential extensions, as the COVID-19 situation unfolds in the City of San Diego.


SDHC Residents affected by COVID-19 may apply for SDHC’s Hardship Program by clicking HERE


City of San Diego COVID-19 Temporary Ban on Evictions

To help San Diego residents who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego City Council on March 25, 2020, adopted a temporary ban on evictions in the City of San Diego related to COVID-19.

This means that landlords cannot take action to evict a tenant for not paying rent that was due on or after March 12, 2020, if the tenant is not able to pay because of the financial effects of COVID-19.

The temporary ban on evictions lasts until May 31, 2020, unless the City Council takes action to extend it.



Operation Shelter to Home in the San Diego Convention Center & Golden Hall

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless in partnership with the region’s cities, the County of San Diego, San Diego Housing Commission and homeless service providers have developed a new, system-wide, coordinated plan to further help sheltered and unsheltered individuals remain healthy during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed “Operation Shelter to Home,” the temporary repurposing of Golden Hall and the San Diego Convention Center in the City of San Diego as shelters will support a broader regional approach to address homelessness during this state of emergency.

Learn more about this regional effort:


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is monitoring and following the guidance provided by the County of San Diego Public Health Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the impact of the potential spread of the coronavirus and a respiratory disease it causes, known as COVID-19, in the San Diego region.

For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit or

For additional questions, please call 2-1-1 San Diego.

SDHC Business Operations

To help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), SDHC’s offices are closed to the public, but staff continue to serve SDHC’s customers by phone or email.

A staff phone directory, searchable by name, is available at (619) 231-9400.

In addition, SDHC’s website includes a directory of SDHC department information.

Resources for households affected by COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The following information has been gathered from materials provided by the County of San Diego Public Health Services Department and/or the CDC.


According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Short of Breath

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Higher-Risk Populations

  • Older adults
  • Individuals with serious chronic medical conditions, such as:
    • heart disease
    • diabetes
    • lung disease


The CDC recommends the following preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. CDC does not recommend facemasks for people who are well.


No vaccine or medication exists to treat coronavirus. However, symptoms can be treated, based on the patient’s condition.

If you think you have been exposed to the virus, contact your healthcare provider immediately.


The County of San Diego recommends the following:

  • Store a two-week supply of food, beverages, and water, including food for family pets.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of prescribed and routine medications are on hand.
  • Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members.
  • If you have family members with increased risk of getting seriously sick, check with your medical providers about symptoms and treatment.
  • Create an emergency contact list of family and friends, teachers and employers.
  • Have a plan in case your school, childcare, or employer closes temporarily.
  • Talk with your children, family, and friends about what to do if an outbreak occurs and what each person would need.