UPAC has teamed up with the San Diego Housing Commission for The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This initiative helps families with low income in the City of San Diego who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. Payment will be made directly to the household’s landlord.

To be eligible for the program, households must meet the following criteria:

  • The household has a City of San Diego address.
  • Household income in January 2020, was at or below 60 percent of the San Diego Area Median Income.
  • The household is NOT currently receiving any rental subsidies.
  • The household is NOT currently a tenant of a property owned or managed by the San Diego Housing Commission.
  • The household does NOT have savings to meet their financial need.
  • The household has eligible immigration status (U.S. citizen/U.S. National, lawful permanent resident/conditional permanent resident, registry immigrant, a refugee/person seeking asylum or granted asylum).
  • The household experienced hardship directly related to COVID-19.

All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to receive assistance. Completing an application does not guarantee acceptance. Applications will be sorted and assigned numbers at random to identify the applicants who will receive help to pay their rent.

Priority will be given to:

  • Families with minor children
  • Households with at least one person age 62 or older

The application period is now closed. If you need assistance with your pending application, please call us at 619-255-7644. For in-person assistance or computer access, visit UPAC’s Neighborhood Enterprise Center at 5296 University Ave. #A San Diego, CA, 92105. We are available to assist Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.