California receiving additional $68 million in federal rent relief dollars – The Mercury News


The US Treasury Department has approved an additional $68.7 million for California rent relief programs as part of a redistribution of $239.9 million in funding from states that have been slow to distribute money to those in need of more money. State and federal officials announced Friday, Jan. 7.

The news comes a day after the state Details of a mortgage relief program for middle- and low-income homeowners unveiled, providing up to $80,000 per family to owners behind on payments and facing potential foreclosure.


The new fund will be added to the $5.2 billion California received in 2021 to help COVID-19-affected tenants pay missed rents during the pandemic.

But $68.7 million is just a drop in the bucket. state-run Housing is the flagship program There are already applications seeking $4.2 billion more than its share of the California allocation. This is not counting the applications made in some 50 local jurisdictions that are running their own rent relief programs.


The state’s Rent Assistance Program has asked the Treasury Department for an additional $1.91 billion in rent relief and plans to seek even more aid in the coming months, the state said.

“California will need significantly more funding from future federal redistribution to meet the needs of low-income California renters affected by COVID-19,” said Lourdes Castro Ramirez, secretary of the state’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. “We will continue to work closely with our partners at the US Treasury … to help those most at risk of eviction and homelessness.”

The federal stimulus package passed during the final days of the Trump administration requires the Treasury Department to move “extra funds” from states that failed to adequately bind them to states that did not by a specified time frame. Provided at least 65 percent of its allocation.


The $239.9 million redeployment announced Friday was the first of “multiple rounds,” in which $1.1 billion will be transferred nationwide, a Treasury Department news release said. Fresh reallocations are expected every two months.

A Treasury Department news release shows $50.3 million is being distributed to the state-run rent relief program. Another $18.1 million is being distributed to eight local programs in Moreno Valley (which will fetch an additional $163,970), Chula Vista, San Diego, Sacramento, Stockton, and the counties of San Diego, Marin and Santa Barbara.

Under $275,000 will be redistributed to four tribal-run rent relief programs in the state.


state-run Housing is the flagship program The $2.6 billion was allocated before the additional funding was announced Friday. But applications filed since March demand more than $6.8 billion from the state program. The state has already cleared 145,408 out of 451,650 applications filed till Tuesday, January 4. The fund has so far committed a total of $1.7 billion, or 65% of the state’s program allocation.

The state said more than 84% of that relief went to the state’s poorest residents, who were made up of households earning less than half of the median income in their areas.

“Given the state’s large renter population and cost burden, we know that demand for resources will continue in the coming months,” Gustavo Velasquez, director of California Housing, said in a statement. “California has some of the highest-cost renters and should be given priority as additional federal funding is made available.”

Here’s how to apply for rent or mortgage assistance in Southern California:

For Mortgage Aid, Go Here camortgagerelief.org, or call 800-569-4287 for help finding a housing counselor.

Renters and landlords in these cities and counties can only apply through the state’s portal: HousingIsKey.com or by calling the state’s toll-free hotline (833-430-2122):

  • Los Angeles County (outside downtown Long Beach)
  • Orange County (outside the cities of Santa Ana and Anaheim)
  • Los Angeles (starting Sept 1)
  • Santa Clarita
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In these cities and counties, tenants and landlords can organize their local programs and . can apply to both state portal, but must first apply to your local programs:

Renters and landlords must apply for their local program in these cities: