California Rent Relief Program Applications Now Being Accepted from Landlords and Renters

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The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that applications are now being accepted for the State of California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Eligibility information and links to the online application are available at https://housing.ca.gov.

The California COVID-19 Rent Relief program is designed to help low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. Funding for this program comes from $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance.

Landlords who opt-in and are approved for the State of California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program may get reimbursed for 80 percent of an eligible renter’s unpaid rent for the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, if the landlord agrees to waive the remaining 20 percent of unpaid rent for that specific time period.

Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply independently and may receive 25 percent of unpaid rent for the period between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Paying this 25 percent to the landlord by June 30, 2021 can help renters stay in their homes under the extended eviction protections outlined in SB 91, otherwise known as the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (CTRA). Eligible renters may also be eligible for future rent assistance equal to 25 percent of their monthly rent. Combined with the assistance available for unpaid rent, future assistance will help renters stay housed once the eviction protections in SB 91 expire on June 30, 2021. Assistance for unpaid utilities may also be available.

To check eligibility requirements, to apply, or to find a Local Partner Network organization that can assist, visit https://housing.ca.gov or call, toll-free, (833) 430-2122.

Additional information is available on the City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization & Housing Division webpage by visiting www.weho.org/rent.

City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications.

For more information of for assistance, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization & Housing Division at (323) 848-6450 or at rsh@weho.org.

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