As many California families - including renters and landlords - continue to struggle, I would like to share important information regarding assistance that has recently become available.
Income eligible households that need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities are able to apply for help through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities. Landlords and renters can verify eligibility by visiting HousingIsKey.com or by calling 833-430-2122 and, if eligible, apply.
Who can apply?
HOW IT WORKS
Landlords who participate in the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program can get reimbursed for 80% of an eligible renter's unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, if they agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent during that specific time period.
Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply on their own and receive 25% of unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Paying this 25% by June 30, 2021 can help keep you in your home under the extended eviction protections in SB 91.
Eligible renters can receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. Combined with the assistance available for unpaid rent, future assistance will help renters stay housed once the eviction protections in SB 91 expire on June 30, 2021.
Eligible renters may also receive assistance for unpaid utilities and future payments. Unpaid utilities accumulated from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 will be compensated at 100% of cost, limited to a total of 12 months.
Applications must include required information, along with necessary verification items. Once an application has been successfully processed, both the landlord and renter will be notified about the application status.
Please stay safe and healthy. As always, do not hesitate to contact my district office at 909-469-1110 if we can be of assistance.
Connie M. Leyva
Senator, 20th District