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Housing Stability Assistance Program


Housing Stability Assistance Program



Tenant Application – English

Landlord Application – English

Tenant Application – Spanish

Landlord Application – Spanish

Tenant Application – Vietnamese

Landlord Application – Vietnamese

The City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program helps to pay past-due, unpaid rent and utilities for individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, financial help this program provides to a household is not considered income for the household.

The program does not ask about immigration status; it does not affect eligibility for the program.

Households that meet the following criteria are eligible to receive help:

  • Tenant has a City of San Diego address.
  • Household income is at or below 80 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income (AMI), currently $97,000 per year for a family of four.
  • Household has an obligation to pay rent.
  • At least one member of the household has a reduction of income or other financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Household experienced or is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Priority will be given to households with income at or below 50 percent of AMI ($60,600 per year for a family of four), households with at least one adult who has been unemployed for more than 90 days immediately before and including the date of the application and have past-due rent, and households that received an eviction notice or summons.

The program can pay 100 percent of a tenant’s total Eligible Rent. Eligible Rent includes unpaid rental debt accumulated on or after April 1, 2020 and prospective assistance for up to three months of additional assistance to ensure housing stability.

The program is required to give priority to paying past-due, unpaid rent. If a qualifying household has both unpaid, past-due rent and utilities, the program can provide assistance for both at the same time.

However, if a household is requesting help with only unpaid, past-due utilities or upcoming rent, the program will be able to provide assistance only if funds remain available after payments have been made for past-due rent for qualifying households. If funds remain available, the program can pay up to 100 percent of the tenant’s upcoming monthly rent for up to three months of additional assistance.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award numbers ERA0302, ERAE0043 and ERAE0321, awarded to the City of San Diego by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Help with Your Application

If you need help or do not have access to a computer or the internet, call (619) 535-6921.

These community-based organizations also will be available to help:

Please contact the organization nearest to you that provides assistance in the language that best meets your needs.

Organization Language(s) assistance is provided
Casa Familiar (619) 333-6824 English and Spanish
Chicano Federation (619) 285-5600 English and Spanish
ElderHelp of San Diego (858) 380-5341 English and Spanish
Logan Heights Community Development Corporation (619) 858-0563 English and Spanish
San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition (619) 793-9019
Includes the following organizations:
Haitian Bridge Alliance (917) 496-2248 Haitian Creole
Horn of Africa (619) 583-0532 Somali
Refugee Assistance Center (619) 793-9019 Amharic and Tigrinia
Somali Bantu Community of San Diego (619) 283-3956 Oromo, Swahili, and Burundi
Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego (619) 788-6511 Dinka, Masalit, Nuer, and Urdu
The Karen Organization of San Diego (619) 582-0783 Karen, Karenni, and Burmese
United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) (619) 501-7804 Somali, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Swahili, and Kizigua

Informational Flyers – Tenants

English / Spanish

Instructional Videos – Tenants

English / Spanish


A landlord may submit an application on behalf of their tenant.

The tenant is required to review the application and accept or approve the information before the application is submitted for consideration.

Informational Flyers – Landlords

English / Spanish

Instructional Videos – Landlords

English / Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

English / Spanish

Program Data

Data Report

Eviction Protections for Renters

A State law enacted in June includes eviction protections for renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, please click here.