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San Diego County Accepting Applications For Rental Assistance

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Above: Part of a "Rent-Strike" Caravan that drove through San Diego County on Friday, May 1, 2020.

The county of San Diego Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is launching the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program to residents in certain parts of the region.

Residents in the cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, Solana Beach and the unincorporated parts of the county could be eligible to receive assistance.

Listen to this story by Tania Thorne.

The program can provide a grant of up to $1,500 per month for two months for rental costs distributed directly to the landlord or property management company.

The window to apply for the program is short, with applications being available only until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

In order to qualify, households must be in the qualifying areas, meet income eligibility requirements and have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego County

Qualifying income and map for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program released Aug. 12, 2020.

For a full list of requirements, applicants can click here to verify eligibility. Those who do not have internet access can call (858) 694-4801 and press option 5.

Awards will be selected through a random lottery and expected to be distributed in early September. For more information, contact


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