The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program emphasises the importance of housing.
The eviction ban in California is set to expire on September 30th.
Fortunately, the state’s Housing is Key COVID-19 Rent Relief programme reopened its doors to residents of Los Angeles on September 1st, and applications are now being accepted.
The city’s earlier rental assistance programme, which ended in April, could help far more people than this new programme. Residents who have applications pending may be shielded from eviction until after September 30th.
If you are a California resident, you are eligible for the COVID-19 Rent Relief programme. This programme covers 100% of a tenant’s past-due rent and utility bills going back to April 2020. In addition, the programme covers up to three months of future rent.
Households must be responsible for paying rent on a residential property and meet the following criteria in order to be considered for this programme:
- Any person who calls California home, regardless of immigration status, is considered a resident of the state.
- The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in unemployment benefits for one or more members of the household, a decrease in household income, significant costs, or other financial hardships, either directly or indirectly.
At or below 80% of the AMI, or about $66,250 for a single person, the household’s income falls into this category.
How Do I Apply?
Renters: As an income-eligible renter, you have the option of applying on your own and requesting help with unpaid rent or future payments, even if your landlord does not participate in the programme.
For renters who are income-eligible, you will need to submit a joint application with your landlord if they participate in the programme. When your landlord submits an application, you’ll receive an email asking for additional information to complete the process.
If you are a landlord who participates in the COVID-19 Rent Relief programme, you will be reimbursed for all unpaid rent owed by tenants who are eligible for the programme, beginning on or after April 1, 2020.
WHAT KIND OF ASSISTANCE CAN YOU EXPECT?
Rent and utility arrears dating back to April 1, 2020, as well as upcoming rent and utility payments, are all covered under this program’s assistance programme. Payments for utilities will be made directly to the utility providers at 100% of the cost for a maximum of 12 months.
Rent that has not been paid
It is possible for landlords to receive reimbursement for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020, if they participate in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief programme.
In the event that their landlords refuse to participate in the programme, tenants who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can do so on their own and receive assistance with back rent that dates to April 1, 2020.
RENT COMING SOON
Renters who qualify may also be able to get help with their monthly rent payments in the future.
INCOME ASSISTANCE, WHETHER CURRENT OR FUTURE:
Additionally, renters who are eligible may receive assistance with back-dated or future utility bills, which will be reimbursed in full, for a maximum of 12 months, and paid directly to the utility provider. This assistance is available to tenants who have fallen behind on their utility bills since April 1, 2020.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF?
Application procedures have been streamlined to a great extent. Now, it’s easier to fill out and requires less paperwork to be uploaded.
CA COVID-19 Rent Relief does not count as earned income for renters and does not affect eligibility for other California state benefit programmes, such as CalFresh and CalWORKS.
It is our policy to keep all applicant information strictly confidential and not to disclose it to any third parties. Immigration status is not relevant for income-eligible applicants, who need only show proof of citizenship.