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.
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)
To be eligible for the program, households must meet all of the following criteria:
- 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 and 91910 fall outside of the City of Chula Vista. If unsure, please refer to ERAPSanDiego.org to determine which jurisdiction your address belongs to.
- Household income must fall at or below 80% AMI
- Household must have an obligation to pay rent
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
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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!
SBCS will not deny any resident the equal opportunity to apply for or receive assistance under any program administered on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, familial or marital status, disability, income source, or sexual orientation.