Covid Rental Relief

by | Mar 30, 2021

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief provides financial assistance to income-qualified tenants experiencing housing instability.

  • The program provides rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and March31, 2021.
  • Landlords are eligible to receive 80% of unpaid rent, as long as they agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent.
  • Eligible tenants whose landlords don’t participate in the program can still receive 25% of unpaid rent  accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.
  • Paying the 25% of past due rent by June 30, 2021 can help keep you in your home under the extended eviction protections provided in SB91.
  • Eligible tenants can also receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent.
  • Verify eligibility and apply starting March 15, 2021 at HousingIsKey.com.

Qualification Criteria: Relief provided to both eligible landlords and tenants

  • Landlords who have one or more eligible tenants who have unpaid rent accrued from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.
  • Tenants who are at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, who have incurred a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are experiencing housing instability.
  • If eligible, either a landlord or a tenant can initiate the application process.
  • Applicants will not be asked about their citizenship, nor will they be required to show proof of citizenship.
  • The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is available to all eligible applicants starting Monday, March 15<x-apple-data-detectors://24/>, however applications submitted from households at the greatest risk of eviction will be prioritized first.

o Greatest risk of eviction is understood based on a tenant’s ability to pay the minimum 25% rent owed, the household’s AMI, and if the household is located in an area disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.

How to Apply

  • Tenants and landlords can determine eligibility and apply for funds directly at HousingIsKey.com.
  • If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center, 1-833-430- 2122 for information on the help center nearest to you to help you access an application.
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