There are several places to go to for rent assistance in the San Diego area. Some may provide direct cash grants, or refer renters to government programs and local charities, and yet other agencies will offer options like the section 8 housing voucher program. Learn about several organizations and government programs below.
Housing Authority of the County of San Diego - They administer several rental assistance programs, including the section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. This will in effect ensure that qualified low income individuals and families do not pay more than thirty percent of their income towards housing costs. They also provide state rental and information on public housing programs. Call (858) 694-4801. You must live or work in an unincorporated area of San Diego County, or in Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, or Vista. If you live outside of these areas, there are 5 other Housing Authorities in San Diego County. Contact the one for the city you live in.
St. Vincent de Paul Village, Fr. Joe's Village, San Diego - Dial 619.233.8500. No matter your race, religion, or background, St. Vincent DePaul may be able to provide assistance. Many local churches and parishes are part of this charity organization, and a number of financial assistance and counseling programs are offered. Some money for paying rent and other housing expenses is often distributed to the low income, unemployed and needy in the San Diego California area.
Salvation Army - San Diego. If you are in danger of losing your home or are facing eviction, the San Diego Salvation Army may have limited funds for paying rent. (619) 239-1106
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego as well. The program was created from the federal government stimulus program as well as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. You can apply for rent payments to your landlord for paying security deposits, rent arrearage, utility and energy bills, moving costs, and basically any type of housing expenses that an individual may have. The goals is to keep the family in their home or apartment.
All sorts of rent subsidies and assistance is offered to eligible families (which includes low income and people facing a crisis). All applicants who are qualified can receive up to 12 months of housing/rent assistance. The phone number for this housing authority is noted at the top of this page. Learn more on homeless prevention.
The San Diego Housing Commission - This government agency focuses on serving the residents of the city of San Diego and the immediate area, so they focus on that region. 619.231.9400
San Diego County Housing Authorities – These are great places to call for rent and housing assistance, referrals, and other forms of support. Both locations may offer referrals, information on low income housing, and rental assistance subsidies.
City of Encinitas Community Development - Call the Housing Department at (760) 633-2724 to get housing assistance information.
The local community action agency is the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Community Action Partnership (Community Action Partnership of San Diego County). For referrals to programs. call them at (800) 227-0997. They can provide qualified individuals with money for paying rent, prevention an eviction from their apartment, and even vouchers that can be used to pay for a motel or hotel room for a period of time.
City of Oceanside Housing Department - Phone (760) 435-3360. Get information on housing and rental resources in that part of San Diego County.
City of Carlsbad Housing and Redevelopment Department - (760) 434-2810. Several programs are offered for San Diego County California renters and individuals, including a federal funded rental assistance program.
Home Start may have occasional grants from the federal EFSP program. This may offer either a one time emergency grant or zero interest loan for paying expenses such as rent, a security deposit for the homeless, or maybe other costs, such as energy bills. Applicants need to be on the path to self-sufficiency.
Townspeople, which is located at 4080 Centre Street, Suite 204 (phone (619) 295-8802) may be able to assist HIV/AIDS clients living in the County of San Diego. Receive up to 5 months of money to help pay rent or other housing related expenses.
Nice Guys of San Diego, Inc. offers temporary, emergency assistance. The exact types and amounts of rent and housing assistance varies. People receive assistance one time only. In addition to rental needs, individuals may qualify for food, energy bills, transportation, and more.
South Bay Community Services, located on 1124 Bay Boulevard, Suite D in Chula Vista, will negotiate payment plans. Work with a counselor who will negotiate a payment plan between the landlord and tenant. The goal is to help provide short term relief on either current or back rent that may be due. The process can even help with a security deposit. (619) 420-3620
Referrals from INFO LINE may be available to local non-profit agencies that offer Rental Assistance Programs to low income and/or unemployed individuals/families. Resources are limited. Some lower income applicants or clients on the path to self-sufficiency may be issued a loan that needs to be repaid, or callers can learn about government grants for paying rent, low income apartments, and more. Call 1-800-227-0997, or in the city of San Diego, the number is (619) 230-0997.
Housing and Community Development, County of San Diego, runs the federal government funded Section 8 housing rental assistance program, and it is currently offered to qualified families and individuals. This is the federal government voucher program that limits participants to pay 30% of monthly income toward rent expenses. 3989 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, California. Dial 858-694-4890 Section 8/Public
Just In Time for Foster Youth – Offers emergency rental assistance for former foster youth, ages 18 to 26, in San Diego county. Must be employed and/or in school to apply. (760) 505-6647
Community Resource Center is a San Diego based non-profit that can provide immediate financial support and assistance programs to people in an unexpected emergency situations or crisis situation. Assistance that may be provided includes money to pay rent, interview clothing, vehicle repair, referrals to local charities and housing programs, and much more. The San Diego center also can provide a 6-month rental assistance program for domestic violence survivors or people who are experiencing domestic violence now. The program provides a depreciating rental subsidy over a 6-month period, recipients must participate in support services in order to receive monthly subsidy. Last, but not least, the Community Resource Center can also offer emergency rental help (if someone has a 3-day notice) to seniors 60 years and older, families with children, the gravely ill, and to disabled individuals who live in Oceanside California only. Dial (760) 505-6647
The local version of the San Diego Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program is offered by North County Lifeline INC. (Vista, CA (760) 726-4900), City of Oceanside (phone (760) 435-3380), Community Resource Center in Encinitas (dial (760) 753-8300). This low income housing program offers housing and rent assistance for families and individuals. Get assistance with rental expenses and utility bill assistance. Services are currently available for low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Other components of the resource include rental assistance, credit counseling , housing relocation, and stabilization services including landlord/tenant mediation, security or utility deposits, moving cost assistance, and case management.
Tenants Legal Center runs a touch tone lione that can provide free information on legal issues, including housing and eviction laws in California. Learn about security deposit programs, leases, evictions rights and obligations when it comes to paying rent. Housing or apartment discrimination can be addressed too. 858-571-7100
ESG - Emergency Solution Grants are available for various housing expenses. The federal funded program can provide money for paying rent, moving costs, or security deposits along with coordinate other services such as the following.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego offers advice, representation and support for rent and housing challenges. They can addresses landlord-tenant issues, Section 8 housing denials, and obligations on security deposits. The firm is pro-bono. (877) 534-2524
St. Vincent de Paul Village San Diego, a partner with Fr. Joe's Village offers help to people of all backgrounds and religions, including rent assistance. 619.233.8500.