CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program to End Sept. 30

South San Francisco, CA  September 16, 2021 SMC Press Release


The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program covers 100 percent of unpaid rent and utilities as well as future rent payments for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the pandemic.


Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at or by calling 833-430-2122. Those most at-risk of eviction are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. California’s critical eviction protections will end on Sept. 30, 2021.


For assistance in another language, or to get help with eligibility requirements or filling out an application, schedule an appointment with a local organization by calling 833-687-0967


San Mateo County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

About the Program

San Mateo County is providing Emergency Rental Assistance through the California State Rent Relief Program / Housing is Key.

Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

Please see information below or located on the Outreach Resources page to determine if you are eligible, how to apply, and the amount of relief that can be given. Eligible renters and property owners may apply for assistance with utilities in addition to rental assistance.


Who Can Apply?

Property owners who have income-eligible renters experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 with past due rent.

Renters who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income.


How Much Relief Will I Get?

Property owners, who participate in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, can get reimbursed for an eligible renter’s unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.

Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply on their own and receive assistance for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.

Eligible renters can receive financial assistance for their upcoming monthly rent and may also receive assistance for unpaid utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or for future utility payments, which will both be compensated at 100% of cost (Limited to a total of 12 months and paid directly to the utility provider).






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