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You qualify for the program if you can answer yes to the following three questions:
If you are eligible based on your answers, do one of the following:
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.
If you receive an eviction notice, sign the Covid-19 Related Financial Distress Declaration and deliver a copy to your landlord.
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.
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|
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
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?
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
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:
Residents may also access application assistance through local partners throughout Santa Cruz County at the following sites:
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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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