How You Can Find Rental Assistance in California

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The state’s eviction moratorium ends connected Thursday.

Soumya Karlamangla

Sept. 28, 2021, 8:46 a.m. ET


Volunteers with the Los Angeles Tenants Union extracurricular  of the location  of a idiosyncratic   who received an eviction announcement  successful  East Hollywood successful  August.
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Perhaps it’s a motion that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is down us, oregon that it's stretched connected acold longer than we ever expected, but 2 cardinal pandemic-related information nett programs are soon coming to a close.

Starting Friday, the archetypal time of October, Californians volition nary longer beryllium guaranteed up to two other weeks of paid sick leave for Covid-19 illnesses, and, for the archetypal clip successful much than a year, landlords volition beryllium capable to kick tenants retired for not paying their rent.

Many low-income workers are angered by the termination of these programs, particularly conscionable weeks aft 2.2 cardinal Californians mislaid enhanced unemployment benefits. But it doesn’t look apt the safeguards volition beryllium extended.

For renters, however, different kinds of fiscal assistance are disposable — and they whitethorn beryllium acold much adjuvant than immoderate assistance frankincense far.

First, it’s important to enactment that though the state’s eviction moratorium is expiring connected Sept. 30, immoderate places successful California person section laws that volition proceed to forestall landlords from evicting tenants.

Those see Fresno County, Alameda County, Solano County arsenic good arsenic the cities of Berkeley and Oakland. Your municipality mightiness person a akin protection.

But nary substance wherever you live, radical who conscionable income requirements tin instrumentality vantage of a authorities programme that offers to wage 100 percent of backmost rent accrued during the pandemic arsenic good arsenic unpaid h2o and energy bills.

If that sounds arsenic if it would outgo a immense magnitude of money, that’s due to the fact that it does. The $7.2 cardinal California has made disposable amounts to the astir expansive rent forgiveness program successful United States history.

There’s nary deadline to apply, and the authorities volition proceed to dole retired funds until they tally out. Californians tin get up to 18 months successful backmost rent covered.

“Apply arsenic soon arsenic possible, but nary 1 should fearfulness that the rent alleviation programme is going distant immoderate clip soon,” Gustavo Velasquez, manager of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, told The Los Angeles Times.

To suffice for the rental assistance, you indispensable person been someway financially harmed by the pandemic — though nary impervious is required — and your income indispensable beryllium beneath 80 percent of the yearly median income successful your region.

For Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose — the state’s 3 biggest cities — a household of 4 would suffice if they made beneath $94,600, $97,000 and $117,750, respectively.

You tin browse those income limits here and use for rental assistance here.

The state’s program, made imaginable successful portion by our unexpected fund surplus, could theoretically screen unpaid rent for each Californian.

According to an investigation from PolicyLink and U.S.C. Equity Research Institute, 14 percent of California households beryllium backmost rent, which amounts to a full of $2.5 cardinal successful rent debt.

That’s little than fractional of the funds the authorities has available.

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  • San Diego leaders are moving connected further eviction protections, reports NBC San Diego.

  • A national programme aimed astatine halting evictions is showing signs of improvement.


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