San Diego Approves Rent Relief Program, Works to Fund It
The San Diego City Council created a rent relief fund envisioned to aid people struggling to pay rent because they lost their job due to COVID-19. The fund was unanimously approved this week, and the city will now work to allocate the funding over the coming weeks.
To help reduce risk of eviction for renters because of the health crisis, Councilmember Chris Ward proposed allocating $61.9 million for the fund. The fund would provide up to $4,000 per household impacted financially or medically by COVID19. The funds would be distributed by the San Diego Housing Commission and paid directly to landlords.
Potential sources of funding include a portion of the city’s $248 million allocation of federal CARES, Act.
The relief fund must be approved by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and faces another council vote. The city already enacted an eviction moratorium through the end of June.
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