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Rental Assistance

Need Help Paying Rent?

Assistance is available for low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible residents can receive help paying rent (including back rent), utilities and other housing-related costs via the following programs:

California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Landlords and tenants can now apply for assistance via the State of California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program

Assistance is available for low-income tenants who meet all of the following elig​ibility criteria:

  1. Have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID–19; and
  1. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include:
    • a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice;
    • unsafe or unhealthy living conditions; or
    • any other evidence of such risk, as determined by the program
  1. Have a household income that is not more than 80 percent of the area median income. See the Santa Clara County area median income chart​ to determine if your household is eligible. 

For more information on how to apply

  • Visit CA COVID-19 Rent Relief to determine if you are eligible and also to apply for support
  • Call 833-430-2122  for additional information

Contact one of the State’s local partners for additional assistance

Visit the State’s website for Local Partner Network Resources

Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System

In addition, the Santa Clara County Homelessnss Prevention System will soon have additional funding available to provide rental assistance for our lowest income residents (whose household income is less than 30 percent of the area median income).

Please check back soon for more details!

IMPORTANT! Educate yourself on the State’s current eviction protections.

From now until June 30th, State law prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who are behind on rent due to a COVID-19 related hardship - but you must take certain steps to qualify for these eviction protections.  Visit the State of California’s “Housing is Key” website for detailed information on the state law, including what you need to do to avoid eviction.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Last updated: 3/15/2021 10:38 AM