Resources

*Last updated:  November, 2022.  Please check individual resources and programs for more details and current information.

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

7. Benefits Assistance

Cal Fresh:
cdss.ca.gov
This resource assists people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

Covered California:
Covered CA
This resource helps people with low-income qualify for medical insurance based on their income.

CalWORKs:
cdss.ca.gov
This resource gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families.

8. Security Deposits

The California Courts Self-help Guide for Security Deposits:
Courts Self Help
This resource explains the process for receiving a refund of a security deposit and includes a helpful letter writing tool.

9. Utilities Assistance

San Diego Gas & Electric’s CARE Program:
San Diego Gas & Electric
This resource is available to help you with your energy bills.

Cox Communication’s Affordable Connectivity Program:
Cox Program
This resource helps many low-income households with discounts for internet service and equipment costs.

Federal Communications Commission Affordable Connectivity Program:
FCC Program
This resource helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

10. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Tenant Power Toolkit:
This resource can assist a tenant who needs to respond to an eviction lawsuit. The website will ask a series of questions, and, based on those responses, complete the court paperwork for a tenant. The tenant then needs to print the paperwork and file it with the San Diego County Downtown courthouse.  

The California Courts Self-help Guide for Evictions:
Self Help Guide
This resource explains the formal eviction process required of most landlords. 

Legal Aid Society of San Diego Eviction Defense
Legal Aid Society
This resource has self-help materials for defending against an eviction and information on how to contact an attorney for help. 

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE):
Tenant Protections
Tenant Protections Program
State and local laws have tenant protections against both unfair evictions and high rent increases but they only apply to certain types of situations. This website uses a series of questions to help a tenant find out if they are covered by the just cause and rent increase limitation laws applicable in a particular area.  

11. Rental Assistance

San Diego Housing Commission’s Housing First: 
San Diego Housing Commission 
This resource pays $500 per month for up to 24 months for qualifying households in the City of San Diego and assist with housing-related expenses such as security deposits, past-due rent, utilities, application fees or furniture, depending on the family’s need. This resource is also available to undocumented renters. 

City Heights CDC’s One Month Away:  
City Heights CDC
This resource provides one-time funds of up to $1000 to help low-income renters pay both rent and utilities.  

CalWORKs Homeless Assistance:
 CalWORKs Assistance
This resource provides temporary and permanent homeless assistance. In order to qualify you must be an active CalWORKs recipient or be eligible to qualify. Call 866-262-9881 

The Center: 
The Center Housing Services
This resource provides assistance to individuals and families in the County of San Diego who are facing housing instability or are currently unhoused. This resource is also catered to LGBTQIA+ Individuals who need relocation assistance due to sexual or gender discrimination.  They are currently waiting on funds