COVID Rent Assistance Program - sf.gov/renthelp

September 9, 2021

 

Dear Disability Community Members:

 

The Mayor's Office on Disability and the Mayor's Office on Housing and Community Development want to make sure that you are aware of this COVID Rent Assistance Program. Complete details are available at:

 

https://sf.gov/renthelp

 

Some highlights are included below:

 

 

Tenants can apply for up to 18 months of rental assistance including prospective rental assistance and utility assistance.

All eligible households will receive assistance. The order that applications are processed will be determined by prioritization. Generally, completed applications will be processed within 4-6 weeks.

See the list of Frequently Asked Questions, call the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Call Center at 833-687-0967, or visit housingiskey.com for more information.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have had financial hardship during the pandemic

Either:

  • have qualified for unemployment benefits
  • experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

This can include:

  • past-due rent or utilities
  • unsafe or unhealthy living conditions
  • any other evidence of such risk

 

Applicants can apply if they are a subtenant. The master tenant does not need to be involved in the first part of the application process. 

Your landlord can also apply directly. 

 

The maximum income depends on household size:

 

  • For 1 person, $102,450
  • For 2 people, $117,100
  • For 3 people, $131,750
  • For 4 people, $146,350
  • For 5 people, $158,100
  • For 6 people, $169,800
  • For 7 people, $181,500
  • For 8 people, $193,200

These income limits are at or below 80% of HUD’s Area Median Income (AMI) for San Francisco.

Current eviction protections

Tenants:  Do not move out!  You have rights even after the moratorium expires and rental assistance coverage is through at least March 31, 2022. If you have unpaid rent or are struggling to pay rent that will be due starting October 1, please apply to housingiskey.com as soon as possible. Do not delay!

If you have not paid 25% of the rent for the period September 2020 – September 2021, please contact sfrenthelp@evictiondefense.org by September 30, 2021. Twenty-five percent is the equivalent of 3.25 months of the rent. If you pay at least 25% of the rent of this period by September 30, then you cannot be evicted for any unpaid rent from that period.

 

Best,

 

Mayor’s Office on Disability

1155 Market Street, 1st Floor

Office: (415) 554-6789

Fax : (415) 554-6159

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