Santa Monicans are urged to register today at Housing.ca.gov. to apply
August 4, 2021 2:35 pm
The nationwide program “CA COVID-19 Rent Relief” (also commonly known as “Housing is the Key”) is now open and is accepting applications to help income-earning households with 100% of the rent and ancillary costs, for both past and present future amounts owed. Santa Monica renters and owners are urged to verify eligibility for income and apply at today Housing approx. Gov or by phone at (833) 430-2122. This rental assistance program, along with the nationwide eviction moratorium, is designed to keep families in homes, protect tenants from evictions, and help both landlords and tenants recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Qualified tenants and landlords should apply for the rental assistance program as soon as possible; Funds are available until the funds are used up.
- Rent assistance is not automatic, tenants and landlords must submit an application for assistance.
- The nationwide eviction moratorium to protect tenants from loss of rent expires on September 30, 2021.
“We want everyone in our community to be aware of the government funds available to tenants and landlords to pay 100% of the housing and operating costs for income-earning households affected by COVID-19,” said the mayor from Santa Monica, Sue. Himmelrich. “These funds will aid our recovery and ensure that Santa Claus Monicans can stay in their homes. Our city is obliged to pass this information on to all authorized landlords and tenants. Apply today, Santa Monica! “
Today the City of Santa Monica is launching an outreach program to ensure all home renters and landlords have the opportunity to receive a 5.2 billion rental subsidy. The outreach plan focuses on equal access for our most vulnerable community members and residents aims to reach tenants and landlords who are unfamiliar with the rental assistance program or who were unable to apply due to a disability or lack of access to technology or internet services. Efforts include print and digital public relations, including mailers, flyers, door hangers, social media, email, and more.
This builds on previous COVID-19 housing assistance efforts. The City of Santa Monica has paid over $ 2.8 million in rental grants to over 640 Santa Monica families as of March 2020 by providing federal funding from Community Development Block grants and the CARES Act, as well as local funding from the City’s General Fund and community contributions the We are the Santa Monica Fund.