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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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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.