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Rental Assistance

I Need Help with 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.

In Santa Clara County, assistance will be available through two programs: the statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program and the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System.

Contact Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County at (408) 273-7478 or ERAP@CatholicCharitiesScc.org for help filling out an application for emergency rental assistance

Additional information on each program is included below:


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
  2. ​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
  3. ​​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. 
Contact Catholic Charities at (408) 273-7478 or ERAP@CatholicCharitiesScc.org for help submitting application – or visit the state’s online portal HousingisKey.com


​​Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System

The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System will soon have rental assistance available for extremely-low income residents (whose household income is less than 30 percent of the area median income)who need help paying rent.

This program will officially launch in mid-May, and will include both an online application portal and a network of more than 40 community partners available to help residents fill out an application. 

In the meantime, please contact Catholic Charities at (408) 273-7478 or ERAP@CatholicCharitiesScc.org if you need immediate assistance.


Additional Local Resources :

The Santa Clara County Emergency Financial Assistance Network (EAN) provides critical homelessness prevention resources to eligible households at risk of homelessness in the Santa Clara community.  The network provides a variety of services to prevent homelessness, utility disconnections, and hunger.  Assistance is based on Zip Code residence.  For more information on the assigned zip code agencies and the services provided by the network, see the Emergency Assistance Network Flyer.​


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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Are you at risk of eviction?
To protect yourself from eviction, it is important to be aware of your rights.  You can get more information on Tenants' Rights and Fair Housing from the following agencies
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Last updated: 5/17/2021 7:04 PM