San Diego County Will Make More Than $100M Available in New Rental Assistance Money
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today moved forward to operationalize $52.2 million in State of California funds for emergency rental assistance as part of the COVID-19 update. This latest round of funds is in addition to the $48.8 million in federal funds the Board approved receipt of during their January 26 meeting. With today’s vote, the County will have more than $100 million available in regional emergency rental assistance money to help people struggling to pay their rent. These funds will be available to people within the County of San Diego who do not live in the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, who have separate allocations.
“The Emergency Rental Assistance funds will bring needed financial relief to families who are still having a hard time making ends meet as we work our way back from the devastating effects of this pandemic,” said Chair Nathan Fletcher, member of the COVID-19 Subcommittee. “We appreciate the commitment by the Biden Administration and Governor Gavin Newsom in recognizing there are still struggling families that continue to need our support.”
These funds will prioritize working families and individuals who have faced increasing economic insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the County will focus on a robust community outreach process to ensure those communities who need it most are being reached. The alignment in programs with the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista is a priority in order to eliminate confusion for those San Diegans seeking relief.
In 2020 Chair Fletcher and the Board of Supervisors approved $27 million in CARES Act Funding and General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance from the County of San Diego for emergency rental assistance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of those funds have been allocated.