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Housing Stability Assistance Program


Housing Stability Assistance Program

The application for help from the City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program is now closed.

Program staff will continue the process of reviewing applications, verifying eligibility and disbursing remaining assistance payments for eligible households for applications that were submitted by March 31, 2022 to pay for unpaid rent and/or utilities owed through March 31, 2022. However, no new applications are being accepted, and applicants are no longer able to edit applications.



The program reviews applications in the order of program priorities and the date the application was submitted. If an application is chosen for a review to determine whether or not the applicant is eligible for help from the program, the review does not guarantee that the applicant will receive a payment for rent and/or utilities.

Whether or not an eligible household receives help from this program—or the type and amount of help they may receive—depends on funding availability and program priorities.

In accordance with Senate Bill 115, funding may only assist eligible applications received by March 31, 2022, to pay for unpaid rent and/or utilities owed through March 31, 2022. Statewide Eviction protections do not cover non-payment of rent accrued after March 31, 2022. That means tenants must pay rent and utility bills accrued since April 1, 2022.

All of the funding that was previously allocated to the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program is already obligated to help households with low income who have applied – pending review, confirmation and verification of their eligibility and documentation.

Program Details

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 or during 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 $104,100 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 households with income at or below 50 percent of AMI ($65,050 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 may pay up to a maximum of 18 months of assistance.

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 checking the status of your application, providing documents requested during the application review, or you do not have access to a computer or the internet, call (619) 535-6921.

These community-based organizations also are available to help those who submitted applications by March 31, 2022:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Data

Data Report

Eviction Protections for Renters

A State law enacted in June 2021 includes eviction protections for renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, please click here.

Additional Housing Resources

Additional programs and resources are available to help renters in the City of San Diego with a variety of housing-related issues: