Gloria announces $45.5 million in rent relief from state

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – On the heels of announcing federal rental assistance in late January, Mayor Todd Gloria announced Friday the state will provide $45.5 million in assistance for San Diego residents unable to pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The state and direct federal funding amounts to nearly $87.9 million in relief for families and individuals who have been devastated financially by the pandemic. This is on top of $13.75 million in emergency rental assistance that helped 3,717 San Diego households in 2020.

“Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the California Legislature really came through for tenants and landlords in our city and across California who have had an incredibly hard time throughout this crisis,” Mayor Gloria said. “I will work to get these rent relief dollars out for the benefit of our renters as soon as possible.”

The funding comes as part of Senate Bill 91, which distributes to local agencies funds the state received from the federal government. SB 91 also extended a statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants unable to pay rent due to the effects of COVID-19. The moratorium is effective through June 30.

On Jan. 26, the San Diego City Council approved Gloria’s proposal to extend pandemic-related ban on both residential and commercial evictions. The state’s law supersedes San Diego’s residential eviction moratorium. San Diego’s moratorium on residential evictions will last until 60 days after the city’s emergency declaration is lifted and it will become effective on July 1 if the city is still under a state of emergency.

The state legislation does not protect commercial tenants. San Diego’s ban on commercial evictions will last until June 30, or 60 days after the city’s emergency declaration is lifted, whichever comes first.

Gloria announced on Jan. 21 the city had received more than $42.3 million in direct federal funding for rent and utility payment assistance.

An online portal is available on the San Diego Housing Commission’s website for city residents interested in receiving information about the application process for the upcoming program. Those interested should go to www.sdhc.org/housing-opportunities/help-with-your-rent/covid-19-rental- assistance.

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