Get Rent Relief

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and the State of California are providing additional funding for people who have lost income due to the pandemic.

Enter your ZIP code below to access this government funding based on where you live. Funding is available regardless of your citizenship status. For non-government funding click on this link.

Rental Assistance San Diego

1. SDHC Housing First

Individuals and families who currently have housing but are at risk of homelessness, such as: Facing eviction for nonpayment of rent and/or utilities; Residing in housing that has been condemned or declared uninhabitable; Doubled-up with friends and family or couch-surfing.
Assistance includes: Temporary rental assistance (1-3 months); Housing advice; Credit repair and budgeting; Employment assistance; Financial assistance (application fees, utility payments, security deposits, etc.)
The requirements to get aid is:
  • Income - they must be working
  • 30 Day notice or risk of being homeless only
  • Must fall in the city zip codes starting with 921
Application can only be done over the phone 619-578-7768
Emergency Rental Assistance San Diego

2. The County of San Diego’s Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP)

SDAP helps eligible County residents with a security deposit payment. The program provides one-time payment assistance for renters unable to pay for a security deposit through a security deposit voucher program. The security deposit cannot exceed two months’ rent for a maximum award amount of $7,000. Vouchers are limited. Applications will be accepted until funds are no longer available.
To be eligible for this program, households must meet all the following criteria:
  • Must be current resident within the County of San Diego.
  • New unit where security deposit assistance is being provided must be located in the County of San Diego.
  • Rental period for new unit where security deposit assistance is being provided should not be less than six months.
  • Household income must be at or below 120% Area Median Income (AMI) limit.
    • For more information on the program, please visit www.sdhcd.org or call (858) 694-4801 to speak to a housing representative.
Rental Assistance Chula Vista

3. City of Chula Vista Funding

Click to apply for emergency rental and utility assistance funding for residents of the City of Chula Vista.
Emergency Rental Assistance San Diego

4. Other Rent Relief Funding

Find other rent relief options near you.

5. Rental Assistance for Small Landlords

The County of San Diego’s Rental Assistance for Small Landlords (RASL) program helps eligible small-scale, independent, property owners who are experiencing significant rental payment shortfalls from their tenants due to COVID-19 impacts.

Additional Resources

Need help with more than rent? Find additional resources for you and your family below.

211 Assistance

1. Resources Through 211

211’s Resources page offers information about assistance in a wide variety of categories. Enter your location in the search bar for best results.
Utility Bill Assistance

2. Campesinos Unidos Utility Assistance

Receive one-time funding assistance for utility bills. Check the link to see if you qualify.
Covid 19 Rent Assistance

3. Victims & Survivors COVID-19 Resource List

A downloadable list of emergency resources available across San Diego county.
Low Income Energy Assistance

4. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Assistance for eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs.
Call 866-675-6623
Low Income Internet Access

5. Low Cost Internet Through AT&T

Click to see if you and your home qualify or call
855-220-5211

6. California Lifeline Program

Discounted phone services to lower the cost of phone bills for qualifying households.
Call 866-220-5211