Here’s what you need to know before applying for rental assistance in Long Beach

The city today has released more details on a recently approved program meant to help pay rent for residents impacted by COVID-19.

The City Council on June 9 approved the program, which could pay up to $1,000 per month to tenants’ landlords for a maximum of three months.

The $5 million program mirrors a similar one adopted by Los Angeles County. It will draw funding from state and federal sources that would have otherwise gone toward investment in underserved communities.

Applications and related documents are available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog. Click here to view them.

Here are some things you need to know before you apply:

  • Tenants must meet all requirements and fill out a complete application in order to be considered.
  • Applications may only be submitted by postal mail or delivered in person at City Hall.
  • Tenants must live in a single-family, multi-unit, or mobile home in Long Beach and must have a formal rental or lease agreement.
  • Tenants must be within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s established “moderate-income” limits. (Example: a household of six should make no more than $104,550.)
  • Tenants must show proof of being economically impacted during the pandemic beginning March 27. This includes job loss, lay-off, furlough, loss of business income, or COVID-19-related medical expenses.
  • Between 1,600 to 1,700 applications will be randomly selected from a lottery pool in August. Additional drawings may take place to replace any incomplete or ineligible applications.
  • Applications can be picked up in-person during select days and times at the City Hall Plaza starting June 30. (Check the website for details).
  • Applications can be submitted by postal mail starting July 13 and can be mailed no later than July 27 or dropped off in person by July 23. In-person applications can be submitted during select days and times at City Hall Plaza beginning July 14 and ending July 23.

If you have any questions call 562-570-3000, visit longbeach.gov/lbds/lbcares/ or email [email protected]

Consider reaching out to these tenant rights organizations if you have any other rental questions: Long Beach Residents Empowered available at 562-444-5147; Housing Long Beach available at 562-436-8592.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information clarifying application submission dates. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter 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.
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