January 17, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Over $14 million in State Rental Assistance Funds Paid to Santa Monica Households

Over 867 households helped

By Staff Writer

Over $14 million in state rental assistance funds have been paid to over 867 Santa Monica households so far, city officials have announced. 

According to the City of Santa Monica, applications are still being accepted, and Santa Monica tenants and landlords are encouraged to apply before the state eviction moratorium expires on September 30, 2021.

So far 1,819 Santa Monica households have applied with 569 more applications received by the State of California since focused outreach began on August 4, the City noted in a September 22 press release. In the same press release the City said that based on the latest data available from the State of California, Santa Monicans have requested $28.8 million in rental assistance and received an average assistance of $16,526 per household. 

Tenants who apply for rental assistance by September 30 and who are waiting to find out if they are eligible cannot be evicted through March 31, 2022, if they have met certain conditions. Landlords must apply for rent relief before attempting to evict tenants for non-payment.

“With the statewide eviction moratorium expiring in 8 days, now is the time to apply for rental assistance to ensure you can stay in your home,” said Eda Suh, Chief Deputy City Attorney.  “If you have been impacted by COVID-19, are income eligible, and you are behind on or need help with your rent or utility payments, apply for this program before September 30.”

In order to promote easy access to the program, the City is offering help for Santa Monica residents who need assistance applying for rent relief. 

Tenants and landlords can call 311 or email 311@santamonica.gov to ask questions or schedule appointments. Over 50 residents have contacted 311 to request assistance, and appointments can be in-person, online, or by phone. Help is available with the following items:

  *   Filling out applications

  *   Access to computers and internet

  *   Questions about the application process

  *   Help scanning or copying documents

  *   Assistance in languages other than English

  *   Support for tenants and landlords with disabilities

According to the City, renters need proof of income, rental agreement, and a rent ledger (showing how much is owed) to complete the application process. Tenants who want help with utility bills need copies of bills. Even if applicants don’t have the paperwork, they can still apply; most of the information can be certified in the application, and the applicant will need to provide proof of identification.

Tenants who have lost income or had increased expenses due to the pandemic and who have unpaid rent or utilities or need help with future rent and utilities may qualify. The state calculates and determines an applicant’s eligibility on whether the household income meets a specified percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI). Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

Tenants and landlords can contact the state Housing is Key program directly at housing.ca.gov or (833) 430-2122

in News
Related Posts

Tsunami Advisory Issued for Santa Monica

January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

No damage expected for Santa Monica beaches By Sam Catanzaro A tsunami advisory remains in effect for Santa Monica following...

Santa Monica Vons’s Development Sees Design Changes

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Santa Monica’s 710 Broadway development design changes shown in new renderings By Dolores Quintana The 710 Broadway Project developer has...

Bel Air Megamansion ‘The One’ Is Finally Being Put up for Sale

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

$295 million asking price for infamous property By Dolores Quintana The One, the most famous of all the megamansions and...

Burglar Arrested After Victim Recognizes Him Wearing Shirt

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Mynor Calderon arrested in connection to January 6 incident By Sam Catanzaro.  Santa Monica police recently arrested a home burglar...

Pier Vendor Arrested for Burning Other Vendor With Oil From Hot Dog Cart

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Arrest made in connection to November incident By Sam Catanzaro Police recently arrested a Santa Monica Pier street vendor for...

Santa Monica to Begin Accepting Applications for Families Displaced by Construction of Freeway and Civic Center

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

Below Market Housing for Historically Displaced Households pilot application window to open January 18 By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica will...

Local Mountain Lions Show First Reproductive Effects of Inbreeding

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

“It’s quite severe,” says the lead researcher in UCLA study  By Sam Catanzaro UCLA scientists tracking two local mountain lion...

Cedars-Sinai Urges Blood Donations

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

As 2022 begins, Cedars-Sinai is facing a critical blood shortage and is encouraging prospective donors to give blood as soon...

Santa Monica Issues Permit for Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

Dispensary would be located at 1416 Wilshire Boulevard By Dolores Quintana The medical marijuana dispensary Harvest of Santa Monica has...

Nearly 2,000 Tests a Day Available at New Santa Monica Covid Test Facility: Santa Monica Beat – January 10th, 2022

January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.*  Nearly 2,000 Tests a Day Available at New Santa Monica Covid Test...

NYC-Based Developer Finalizes Acquisition of Major Santa Monica Residential Development Site

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

Tishman Speyer to begin construction in late 2022 on its first LA-area residential project By Sam Catanzaro An NYC-based developer...

Drop in Santa Monica Mountains Monarch Butterfly Numbers ‘Deeply Concerning’

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

By Dolores Quintana There are 18 critically endangered species of butterflies and moths in the state of California and the...

JW Marriot Santa Monica to Pay Housekeepers $25 an Hour Following Agreement With Labor Union

January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

Family health insurance and other benefits part of agreement ending lengthy dispute By Sam Catanzaro Ending a lengthy labor dispute,...

Food Delivery Driver in Santa Monica Has Vehicle Stolen

January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

A food delivery driver in Santa Monica recently watched their car get stolen in front of their eyes.  According to...