COVID-19 Rental Assistance

DO YOU NEED HELP PAYING RENT?

COVID-19 Rental & Utility Assistance

You qualify for the program if you can answer yes to the following three questions:

  • Are you experiencing COVID-19 related financial distress?
  • Are you behind on rent and/or utilities?
  • Do you earn at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)

If you are eligible based on your answers, do one of the following:

  • If you are able to on your own, submit an application online at HousingIsKey.com
  • If you need support filing your application, call either of the following numbers to schedule an appointment with a local organization (Community Bridges, Community Action Board, or Families in Transition):
    o State 1-833-687-0967
    o Local 831-316-1822

Below is a list of the required documentation (one per category). Please note  you can self-attest to most of them (not ID) and you can apply regardless of missing any of the documents.

Rental Assistance Required Documentation (English)
Rental Assistance Required Documentation (Spanish)

If you receive an eviction notice, sign the Covid-19 Related Financial Distress Declaration and deliver a copy to your landlord.

Financial Distress Declaration (English)
Financial Distress Declaration (Spanish)

What the Program Is

If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance through the Housing is Key CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.

Qualifications & Checklist

To qualify residents and landlords must meet the following requirements:
(Santa Cruz County Area Median Income: $110,000)

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Number of Persons in Household: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Extremely Low Income $27,800 $31,800 $35,750 $39,700 $42,900 $46,100 $49,250 $52,450
Very Low Income $46,350 $53,000 $59,600 $66,200 $71,500 $76,800 $82,100 $87,400
Low Income $74,350 $85,000 $95,600 $106,200 $114,700 $123,200 $131,700 $140,200
Median Income $77,000 $88,000 $99,000 $110,000 $118,800 $127,600 $136,400 $145,200
Moderate Income $92,400 $105,600 $118,800 $132,000 $142,550 $153,100 $163,700 $174,250

To qualify an applicant must have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income. For example, a family of 4 cannot make more than $88,000 a month ($110,000 x 0.8 = $88,000).

*from the 2020 state and federal income limits link on the Housing is Key Website. Link to full state MHI list: https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/income-limits/state-and-federal-income-limits/docs/income-limits-2020.pdf

Renter Tenant Qualifications/Checklist

To apply for relief, you must meet all off the following requirements:

Are you struggling financially and seeking assistance for Rent and/or Utilities for your primary residence, located in California?

Ready to apply? Click the link to view the complete checklist of items you will need: English | Español

Landlord Qualifications/Checklist

Landlords are eligible for relief if they meet all of the following requirements:

Ready to apply? Click the link to view the complete checklist of items you will need: English | Español

To find out more about the program, determine eligibility and identify what documentation is required, visit https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html  or the Housing is Key helpline at (831) 316-1822

Locations

Have questions or need assistance with your application? Qualifying residents may access culturally competent application assistance through the Community Bridges’ Family Resource Centers across Santa Cruz County at the following sites:

  • La Manzana Community Resources – 521 Main Street, Ste. Y Watsonville | 831-724-2997
  • Live Oak Community Resources – 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz | 831-476-7284
  • Mountain Community Resources – 6134 Highway 9 in Felton | 831-335-6600
  • Nueva Vista Community Resources – 711 East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz | 831-423-574

Residents may also access application assistance through local partners throughout Santa Cruz County at the following sites:

  • California Rural Legal Assistance – 21 Carr Street Watsonville | 831-724-2253
  • Community Action Board Davenport- 150 Church St. Davenport | 831-778-4535
  • Community Action Board Davenport- 501 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz | 831-778-4535
  • Community Action Board Davenport- 406 Main Street, Suite 407, Watsonville | 831-778-4535
  • Families in Transition– 406 Main Street, Suite 326, Watsonville | 831-476-6117

Community Bridges Family Resource Collective

The Family Resource Collective works with individuals and families in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley to build safe, healthy, and compassionate communities through education, resources, and advocacy. We offer a variety of services to meet each family and individuals needs. Our programs and services include food distribution, mental health counseling, parent education workshops, public benefits enrollment assistance, youth tutoring and more.  

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Locations:

La Manzana Community Resources – 521 Main Street, Ste. Y Watsonville | 831-724-2997
Live Oak Community Resources – 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz | 831-476-7284
Mountain Community Resources – 6134 Highway 9 in Felton | 831-335-6600
Nueva Vista Community Resources – 711 East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz | 831-423-574

Community Bridges' Family Resource Centers

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