POSTED BY SBCS | Mar, 12, 2021 |

The SBCS – City of Chula Vista Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides payment assistance for renters who need help with rent and utilities.

SBCS will serve individuals and families renting in the City of Chula Vista. San Diego County residents outside of Chula Vista can visit ERAPSanDiego.org for information about rental assistance in their area.

Application Tutorials

Application Selection

SBCS will prioritize application selection based on the following:

  • Household income at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • One or more household members are unemployed as of the date of the application for assistance and have been unemployed for at least the past 90 days (household income must not be above 80% AMI)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program, households must meet all of the following criteria:

Jurisdiction:

  • SBCS will serve individuals and families residing in City of Chula Vista.
    • Eligible zip codes: 91902*, 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, 91915

*Portions of zip code 91902 fall outside of the City of Chula Vista. If unsure, please refer to ERAPSanDiego.org to determine which jurisdiction your address belongs to.

Eligible Income:

  • Household income must fall at or below 80% AMI

Residential renter:

  • Household must have an obligation to pay rent

Financial Hardship:

  • Households must have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a financial hardship directly or indirectly related to COVID-19.
  • Household is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Other Eligibility Notes:

  • Households currently receiving rental subsidies such as Section 8, rapid rehousing assistance, or rental assistance from non-profit agencies that is based on monthly income will not be eligible for assistance.

Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance:

  • ERAP will provide payment assistance for renters behind on rent and utilities. Financial assistance for arrears can be from April 2020 to March 2021, up to twelve months.

Landlord Participation:

  • If the landlord accepts participation in the program, SBCS will compensate 80% of an eligible household’s rental arrears accumulated from April 2020 to March 2021. The landlord must agree to accept the 80% payment as payment in full of the rental debt owed by the tenant, which means the landlord forgives the remaining debt. The rental arrears will be paid directly to the landlord.
  • The landlord does not have to participate in the program. If the landlord declines participation in the program, SBCS can compensate 25% of the eligible household’s monthly rental arrears accumulated from April 2020 to March 2021. In this situation, payment of rental arrears can be paid directly to the tenant.

Income Levels:

  • To be eligible, the combined income of all persons in the household must fall at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Please see AMI chart below.
  • Priority will be given to households which have a combined income at or below 50% AMI.

Documentation:

Get ready and start collecting your information and documents to show that you are eligible for the program and to demonstrate unpaid rent and/or utilities.

At the time of application, you will need to provide:

  • Identification, photo ID preferred (e.g. driver’s license, State ID, school ID, household bill) for the applicant
  • Proof of income for all household members, which may include any of the following:
    • 2020 household tax returns (If a household is not required to complete a tax return, then a Form W-2, a Form 1099-MISC,  or other tax statements for the Eligible Household, members may be substituted), or
    • Pay stubs for all employed members of an Eligible Household (one month), or
    • Unemployment statements or benefits letters, or
    • Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance statements or benefits letters, or
    • Documentation as of January 1, 2020 of current participation in any one of the below:
      • Medi-Cal
      • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits
      • Free and Reduced Lunch participation
      • CalFresh, CalWORKS, General Relief, or other cash assistance
    • Retirement/Pension Income, or
    • Child Support and Alimony current history printout.
  • Past due rent or eviction notices, if applicable,
  • Utility bills (e.g. gas & electric, water, sewer, or trash) and disconnection notices, if any
    • NOT eligible:  Cable, internet​
  • A copy of your signed “Declaration of COVID-19 Financial Distress” submitted to your landlord.  If you have not signed and submitted this Declaration to your landlord, please do this as soon as possible.  You may find a copy of the Declaration at the following website https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/tenant/forms.html.

For questions about your application please call (619) 271-1805.

Flyers and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

English

ERAP Flyer (Updated 3-12-2021)
ERAP FAQ (Updated 3-12-2021)

Spanish

ERAP Flyer (Updated 3-12-2021)
ERAP FAQ (Updated 3-12-2021)

Tagalog

ERAP Flyer (Updated 3-12-2021)
ERAP FAQ (Updated 3-12-2021)

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0131 awarded to the City of Chula Vista by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available, check back here for updates!

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  • Mika

    It’s March 15th 2021 waiting on the application for rental assistance

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  • Chad

    Is there a portal for landlord’s to see the status of resident’s who have submitted applications?

    Reply
  • Hi. I have been trying to apply online since 11:45 am. However, everytime I put in my password it says invalid.
    I have tried resending for a password at no attempt to get in online. Please advise.

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Teree,

      When you created your account with your email address, you should have received an email with a confirmation link. Could you please confirm if you clicked that link?

      If you are still experiencing issues after trying that, please call 619-271-1805 and someone from our team will further assist.

      Reply
  • Lisa marshall

    Me and my daughter rented an apartment and she lost her job doing covid-19 when it first began so we moved out owing no rent but I am now homeless living in someone’s RV do I qualify for the rental assistance to to obtain a new apartment for myself

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    • SBCS

      Hi Lisa,

      Instead of this program, we recommend calling our homeless support team at 619-882-3610 for support.

      Reply
      • Nancy Vidal

        Hi. By when will applicants be notified if their application was approved? I applied online on March 15, 2021

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        • SBCS

          Hi Nancy,

          Your application status can be viewed in your account. Completed applications typically take a few weeks to process.

          Reply
  • Chad

    as a landlord, I’m not seeing any of my residents who have completed applications show up on my dashboard. How will I be notified that they have applied?

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Chad,

      You should be able to view the status of your tenants who have submitted completed applications within a few weeks.

      Reply
      • Chad

        So it is normal to not see any of my resident’s name show up on my dashboard after they’ve applied? I’ll have to wait several weeks before any names show up?

        Reply
        • SBCS

          Hi Chad,

          Yes, it takes a few weeks for your tenants to show up on your dashboard after they’ve applied.

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          • Chad

            Is it normal to still not see any of my residents show up on the landlord portal? I have about 15 residents who have applied but none of them show up on my end.

      • Chad

        As a landlord, If we don’t create our account, upload our W9, and complete our portion of the application for them, then the tenant may still be approved, but only for a 25% total vs. 80%. Can you confirm that this won’t be an issue and that we will be able to complete our portion in a timely manner? We are concerned because the City of San Diego applicants have been able to have the landlord portions completed

        Reply
        • SBCS

          Hi Chad,

          Landlords will have the opportunity to complete their portion of the application in a timely manner. However, you can get ahead of the process by proactively creating your account and uploading required documents. If this is done, then SBCS will link the landlord and tenant applications once we begin processing applications and so long as both are complete, the application will be ready for consideration.

          Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Melissa,

      There is currently no deadline but we recommend applying soon, as funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Reply
  • Ashley

    Hello! Do you know if any Applications have been approved and if funds Have been sent out to landlords Already?

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Ashley,

      Application status can be viewed in your online account and typically takes a few weeks to process.

      Reply
  • Seun Femi Opaleye

    what If my sdg&E bill increased? Do i have to reapply or modify the original grant request? thanks

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Good morning,

      ​You do not need to reapply. We recommend logging into your account, update the amount owed and upload any supporting documentation that reflects the change.

      Reply
  • Claudia

    How do I check the status of my application? Where do I find the link?

    Reply
  • Johanna

    Hi I applied since March 16, 2021, I entered to see the status and it updtaed as if i submited the application today 03/31/2021 when origianly was on the 03/16/2021. Since i applied I have not received an email, where could I call thank you,

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Johanna,

      Please call our rental assistance team at (619) 271-1805 for assistance.

      Reply
  • Adrian Leon

    Hello… I applied on 3-15 and have not received any further information… When will we know if we were accepted…? And How long would it take to receive help…? Thank you…!

    Reply
    • SBCS

      Hi Adrian,

      Your current application status can be viewed by logging into your account.

      Reply
  • Adrian Leon

    Hello… I am grateful for the possbility of help. I have had to sacrifice other things to avoid issues with my landlord, so I have not had to worry about evictions to this point… But now I have run out of wiggle room and find myself having to make tough decisions… When will those of us who have applied for “Future Help” get a answer or indication we may be approved..? I applied on 3-15 and have yet to get any updates… Thank you…!

    Reply

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