Housing Stability Assistance Program
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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 is given to these types of households:
- Income is at or below 50 percent of San Diego’s AMI ($60,600 per year for a family of four).
- At least one member of the household has been unemployed for 90 days and remains unemployed.
The program can pay 80 percent of a tenant’s past-due, unpaid rent for the period of April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, but only if the landlord agrees to waive the remaining 20 percent. If a landlord does not agree to these terms, the program can pay 25 percent of the tenant’s past-due, unpaid rent to the tenant.
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 25 percent of the tenant’s upcoming monthly rent for April 2021 through June 2021.
This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA302, awarded to the City of San Diego by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Help with Your Application
When the application is available on March 15, 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|
|Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) (619) 363-6939||English, Arabic, Somali, Amharic, and Oromo|
|The San Diego LGBT Community Center (619) 692-2077||English and Spanish|
|Union of Pan Asian Communities (619) 255-7644||English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Karen, Somali, Swahili, Ugandan, Mada, and Nepali|
|Urban League of San Diego County (619) 266-6256||English, Spanish, and Tagalog|
|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
Instructional Videos – Tenants
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
Instructional Videos – Landlords
Frequently Asked Questions
Temporary Ban on Evictions
For information about the temporary ban on evictions in the City of San Diego for unpaid rent due to COVID-19, please click here.