Service Name: COVID-19 RENT RELIEF
Organization Name: STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Description: Provides rent payment assistance and utility payment assistance for both past due and some future payments. Assistance is for rent and utility payment accrued starting April 1, 2020. Either the landlord or the tenant can apply for assistance.
Landlords are eligible to receive funds of unpaid rent accrued starting April 1, 2020, for eligible tenants.
Eligible tenants whose landlords do not participate in the program can still receive funds of unpaid rent accrued starting April 1, 2020. Paying past due rent by September 30, 2021, can help keep tenants in their homes under the extended eviction protections provided in SB91. Eligible tenants can also receive future rent assistance of their monthly rent through September 30, 2021.
Program also offers utility payment assistance for electricity, gas, water, and sewer. Eligible tenants may receive assistance for unpaid utilities and future payments. Unpaid utilities accumulated starting April 1, 2020, will be compensated at 100% of the cost, limited to a total of 12 months.
The COVID-19 Rent Relief program is funded by the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
- Website: https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/
- Phone(s): (833) 430-2122, (833) 687-0967
- Hours: Application available on the website 24/7Call Center hours: daily 7am-7pm
- Eligibility: Landlord assistance:
-The tenant's household income must be at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)
-All payments must be used to satisfy the tenant's unpaid rent for starting April 1, 2020
-The tenants must submit additional information to verify that they meet eligibility requirements below and must sign the application
Tenants can apply directly for assistance if their landlords choose not to participate in the COVID-19 Rent Relief.
Eligible tenants must have one or more individuals in the household who meet ALL of the following requirements:
1. Have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID-19
2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include:
-a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice
-unsafe or unhealthy living conditions
-any other evidence of such risk, as determined by the program
3. Have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income (AMI). Priority given to those having income at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI).
- Requirements: Landlord applicants:-Property Deed(s)-Mortgage Note(s)-Property Tax Statement-Copy of Property Insurance Statement-Lease or rental agreement reflecting tenant's name, residence address, and monthly rent due.-And documents from eligible tenants listed below.Tenant applicants:Proof of loss of income due to COVID-19, which may include the following items.-A letter of termination from your job-Most recent pay stub with employer's information-Evidence that you have applied for unemployment benefits-Evidence that your unemployment benefits have expired, including unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act-For those self-employed: tax records, income statements, or other evidence showing loss of income-Other items will be consideredAND one item from each of the following areas:-Verification of identity for all household members on rental agreement -Verification of income for all household members over age of 18-Verification of residence-Verification of rent owed-For utility assistance, verification of overdue utility bill See Tenant's Checklist online for list of options for each documentation area: https://housing.ca.gov/pdf/covid19/tenant_checklist.pdf
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