Apply now for the county’s rent relief program (unless you are an LA City resident)

Applications are now open for Los Angeles County renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and hoping for up to $10,000 in rental assistance.

Unlike Long Beach’s recently closed rental assistance program, county officials are allowing tenants to apply online or by calling 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. But, just like the city’s recent program, the county will also choose applicants through a lottery system. Applications will be accepted between Monday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 31.

County officials received $100 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to help County residents, except those who live in the City of Los Angeles, who have access to a separate program.

An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 low-income households are expected to be helped. Households can receive up to $10,000 but the rent subsidy will be paid directly to the property owner.

Before you apply, here are some aspects of the application you should know:
  • Those who receive Section 8 Housing Choice or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher, or live in project-based Section 8 or public housing will NOT be eligible to participate.
  • Applicants will be required to provide proof of tenancy like a rental agreement or a notice issued by a current property owner, and a filled-out form specifically developed for this program to document the income of those 18 and older in the household and how the household was economically impacted by COVID-19.
  • Only one application is needed per household, with the total household income, including that of all adults ages 18 and older, needed to determine eligibility.
  • A group of individuals who are roommates sharing an apartment or home with one lease or rental agreement can apply as long as they show the income of all occupants who are 18 and older and a rental agreement.
  • Those who own mobile homes, but pay space rent to a landlord can apply if they show proof of a rental or lease agreement.
  • People who rent a room are eligible to apply if they show proof of a rental or lease agreement.
  • A renter does not need to be behind in rent to be eligible but does need to show reduction in income related to COVID-19 and meet household income eligibility.

The full list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.