Eviction Resources

NEW CHULA VISTA LAWS: Renters in Chula Vista have a new
rent ordinance that applies to them as of March 1, 2023. This summary, prepared
by Legal Aid Society of San Diego, explains some of the important changes that renters and landlords in Chula Vista need to be aware of.

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: This resource explains the formal eviction process required of most landlords. 

Legal Aid Society of San Diego Eviction Defense: 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: 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.  

Rental Assistance

As part of the “Senior Shallow Rental Subsidy Pilot Program” the County will provide 222 seniors with a flat rental subsidy of $500 a month for 18 months, payable directly to the landlord. Applications opened on January 30, 2023, and the program is intended for older adults who:

1. Are 55+ years old and the head of household.
2. Have a household income that does not exceed 50% of the Area Median Income. To view the Income Limits, click here.
3. Have a severe rent-burden, defined as paying more than 50% of household income toward housing.
4. Have a lease or rental agreement in their name and a landlord willing to participate in the program.
5. Are not currently receiving funds from another rental subsidy program.

Apply here: or by calling (619) 780-3684. During the pilot program, preference will be given to applicants 60 years or older whose income is at or below 30% of the area median income.

San Diego Housing Commission’s Housing First:  

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:  This resource provides one-time funds of up to $1000 to help low-income renters pay both rent and utilities.  Please check OMA site for funds and qualifications.

CalWORKs Homeless 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: 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 wod

Benefits Assistance

Cal Fresh: 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:  This resource helps people with low-income qualify for medical insurance based on their income. 


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

Security Deposits

The California Courts Self-help Guide for Security Deposits: 

This resource explains the process for receiving a refund of a security deposit and includes a helpful letter writing tool.  

Utilities Assistance

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


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


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