County of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps eligible households in qualifying areas, including the City of San Diego, who have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications can be submitted to the County, starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
The San Diego Housing Commission is not administering the County’s program.
City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.
The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.
State & Federal COVID-19 Temporary Bans on Residential Evictions
The State of California and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have enacted temporary bans on residential evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These temporary eviction bans apply to landlords and tenants in the City of San Diego.
The CDC’s federal temporary eviction ban is effective from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
The State’s temporary eviction ban, adopted in Assembly Bill (AB) 3088prohibits evictions of most rental housing tenants until February 1, 2021, if a tenant experiences financial distress due to COVID-19.
City of San Diego COVID-19 Temporary Ban on Evictions
UPDATE: On June 30, 2020, the San Diego City Council voted 5-4 to extend the citywide temporary ban on evictions through September 30, 2020.
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 September 30, 2020, unless the City Council takes action to extend it.
City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund
The City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 retain employees and sustain continuity of operations. For more information: https://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/resources/relief
COVID-19 Multifamily Housing Development Hardship Program
The San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Multifamily Housing Development Hardship Program provides temporary, short-term relief for affordable multifamily housing developments for which SDHC issued tax-exempt Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds and/or awarded loans.
Relief through this program is determined by SDHC, in its sole discretion, on a case- by- case basis.
Landlords Urged to Rent to San Diegans Experiencing Homelessness
San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, SDHC President & CEO Richard C. Gentry and landlord David Antczak on April 21, 2020, encouraged San Diego landlords to join SDHC’s Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP) and rent units through “Operation Shelter to Home” to San Diegans experiencing homelessness.
With rental homes that already exist in the market, landlords provide the best opportunity to quickly move individuals and families out of shelters and into a home of their own.
This program also provides a unique opportunity for landlords to receive financial incentives while they may be experiencing economic challenges of their own due to 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 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 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 rental assistance households should contact their Housing Assistants for more information.
- SDHC will not terminate anyone from the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 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 who reside at a property owned or managed by SDHC, including its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners (HDP). A searchable map of SDHC/HDP properties is available HERE. SDHC’s federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance participants are not eligible for this program, but should contact their Housing Assistants for information about SDHC’s hardship policy for rental assistance households.
These policies and programs are subject to change, including potential extensions, as the COVID-19 situation unfolds in the City of San Diego.
Households that reside at properties owned or managed by SDHC, including HDP, and have been affected by COVID-19 may apply for SDHC’s Hardship Program by clicking HERE. Households that do not reside at SDHC/HDP properties may see information below about the City of San Diego’s Temporary Ban on Evictions and/or may call 2-1-1 for assistance.
CARES Act HUD Waivers (PIH Notice 2020-05)
On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Pursuant to the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is waiving and establishing alternatives for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. For more information about the CARES ACT waivers SDHC has implemented, click here.
SDHC COVID-19 Single-Family Home Loan Servicing Hardship Program
Borrowers with a San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) loan through single-family home loan programs—First-Time Homebuyer, Affordable For-Sale Housing or Rehabilitation loans— and who are on an amortized monthly payment schedule may be eligible for deferred payments because of the financial impacts of COVID-19.
Deferred payments may be available if the household has experienced a decrease in income through no fault of their own as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:
- COVID-19-related illness;
- Quarantine due to the state of California’s shelter in place mandate; and
- Loss of employment/income or reduction in hours due to COVID-19.
If SDHC approves the request for assistance through this hardship program, the borrower may be able to defer payments for up to 120 days, with a possible extension, as determined by SDHC on a case-by-case basis.
State Warns Public to Beware of Fake Letter
The State of California Department of Social Services is urging the public to be aware that a fake letter is circulating on social media regarding public assistance programs and COVID-19 testing.
The letter refers to the Merced County Human Services Agency and includes a fake signature of a state official.
This letter should be disregarded.
The County of San Diego informed partner organizations, including the San Diego Housing Commission, of the fake letter on Monday, May 11.
For more information, visit www.cdss.ca.gov
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: https://www.rtfhsd.org/updates/rtfhsd-covid-19-coronavirus-resources/
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 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
- 211 San Diego: 211sandiego.org
- United Way of San Diego County
San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative: uwsd.org/covid19
- State of California: covid19.ca.gov
- San Diego Unified School District: sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/home
- San Diego Food Resources
- Food Finder: foodfinder.us
- San Diego Food Bank: sandiegofoodbank.org
- Food Assistance Directory: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/documents/FADall.pdf
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, symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with the following symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Older adults
- Individuals with serious chronic medical conditions, such as:
- heart disease
- lung disease
The CDC recommends preventive actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
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.
- Choose a room in your home where a sick household member can be kept separate from the rest of the family. If possible, find a separate bathroom as well.