SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria encouraged low-income families whose children attend schools in the San Diego Unified School District Monday to apply for help from the city's COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program.
“For all of the renters and homeowners that are out there – landlords and tenants alike who are struggling with back rent and back utility bills we have an $83M fund available to help folks pay down that back rent and past utility bills and get back on with things. Particularly, as our economy reopens,” Gloria said.
Gloria was joined at a news conference at Clark Middle School in City Heights by U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas, City Councilmember Sean Elo- Rivera, San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, and San Diego Unified School District Board President Richard Barrera and Superintendent Cindy Marten.
In collaboration with the City and the Housing Commission, San Diego Unified School District will provide flyers about the program to thousands of families with low income when they also receive food that the district distributes to them.
More than $83 million is available to help qualifying households in the City of San Diego through the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program. The Housing Commission administers the program on behalf of the City of San Diego.
To be eligible for assistance through the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program, households must meet the following criteria:
-- A San Diego address;
-- Household income at or below 80% of San Diego's Area Median Income - - currently $92,400 per year for a family of four;
-- An obligation to pay rent;
-- Not currently receiving any rental subsidies (households that receive rental subsidies can only apply for help with their past-due utilities);
-- At least one member of the household demonstrating a reduction of income or other financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
-- Experience or at-risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Qualifying households may apply for the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program here. Applications are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
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