COVID 19 Relief

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City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience 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 selected to receive assistance.

Priority will be given to:

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

Applications will be sorted and assigned numbers at random to identify the applicants who will receive help to pay their rent.

San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) staff will coordinate with selected applicants and their landlord or property management company to disburse payments. All payments will be made electronically.

SDHC administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego.


Economic Assistance for San Diego Businesses Affected by COVID-19

To ensure the resiliency of local businesses and assist in job retention, the City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.

Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Businesses that are NOT eligible to request or receive SBRF financial assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • Lending and investment institutions and insurance companies
  • Golf courses, race tracks or gambling facilities
  • Nonprofit entities
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity per local, state or federal regulations with federal regulations taking precedence over local or state regulations.
  • Home-based businesses
  • Chain stores
  • Businesses with more than 100 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees as of Feb. 28, 2020.

How to Apply

A Small Business Relief Fund Application will be posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT. The online completion of this form will assist the Economic Development Department staff is assessing the needs of your business and connecting you with the most appropriate resources.

Click here for link to apply

Additional Economic Resources

Businesses are advised to reach out to their nearest Small Business Development Center(link is external) (SBDC), which has developed the Small Business Survival Resources Guide(link is external) to help business owners navigate through the chaos COVID-19 is having on our communities. Download it here(link is external).

Ongoing Food Distributions 

(Subject to change)
 Central: Ongoing: Every sunday | 8:00 AM Mesa Commons 6470 El Cajon blvd  San Diego, CA 92115 Register Here  (list fills up quickly)
 Every Tuesday at 2 P.M. until food is gone. Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 Register Here
Sponsored by IAMBK Green Urban Alchemy Mosque #8 Urban Sustainability Coalition
  South: Ongoing: Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8:00 AM 
Community Through Hope Eucalyptus Park 436 C St, Chula Vista, CA 91910   
  North Coastal: Every Thursday | 10:00 AM 
Brother Benno 3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA, 92057    
  South: Ongoing: Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8:00 AM
Community Through Hope Eucalyptus Park 436 C St, Chula Vista, CA 91910   .

Food Distributions Events

Subject to change)

Where to Get Free Diapers in San Diego County


For a full list of diaper distribution lists, you can call San Diego’s 211 hotline or visit their website or visit the San Diego Food and Diaper Bank’s website. Please call ahead to ensure that the service hours and locations are up to date and still operating.

To help families in San Diego County, click here to make a cash donation to the San Diego Diaper Bank.

You can find the latest information on a variety of available local and state resources on my website.


Senior Food Program

The Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income-eligible seniors 60 and over. The Food Bank administers the program and provides food at 45 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County. If you have food security concerns, please call the Food Bank 1-866-350-FOOD(3663) to speak with a staff member who can assess if you qualify for the program. If you qualify, you will be provided information about the location and hours of your nearest food distribution site based on your zip code.

Financial Assistance Programs

If you are a low wage worker who has experienced job loss or a reduction in pay since March 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19, and seek assistance with paying your utility bill or rent/mortgage, please apply here. 
Note that utility payments will only cover the following: gas, electric, water, trash, telephone, and internet.
Funding decisions will be based on financial need and family size, using United Ways of California Real Cost Measure for San Diego County. United Way of San Diego County will respond to your inquiry within ten to fifteen days.

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