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Rent assistance programs San Bernardino County

Locate rental assistance programs as well as agencies that offer security deposit help in San Bernardino County California. Several charities, government programs, churches, or pro-bono attorneys focus on preventing evictions. Find low income housing, section 8 vouchers, government grants and immediate, emergency rent help.

Low income individuals and people facing eviction have access to several programs that may be able to help them in a crisis. Thousands of local San Bernardino families qualify for rent help every year and benefit from these resources. However funding is limited and not everyone will qualify. Each charity and government organization listed below has limited funds for helping with housing, rent, moving costs or deposits and other bills.

The non-profits and other organizations listed below administer many of the programs, and if they can’t offer emergency rental or security deposit help themselves, they can often refer applicants to either government programs. Or there are resources such as emergency section 8 vouchers or lawyers that help low-income renters, for free. Find national charities for helping with bills or local resources below that can provide support to tenants, the elderly, or disabled that are facing eviction or homelessness.

SBCHP, or the The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership network offers a number of assistance programs, including to renters, homeowners, immigrants or migrant workers and other low-income families. Everything from referrals to grant programs to help with rent or utility bills. They also assist with housing placement, stabilization, and address discrimination issues.  Call (909) 501-0610.

San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) administers a so called General Relief Program. What this does is it provides short term loan assistance to low income and indigent individuals and families if they need temporary housing or other aid. (760) 957-1401

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) – Programs, including section 8 HUD vouchers, focus on low income individuals. The agency offers self-sufficiency programs, nondiscriminatory housing assistance services, and safe housing environments. There is also information on government rent assistance programs as well as emergency section 8. The location is 715 E Brier Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Dial (909) 890-0644.




  • The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino has another office too. Location is 672 S Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Main number is (909) 890-9533. The government affiliated agency has several rent and housing programs. They include a 5 year lease assistance financial aid program, section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, low cost apartments and public housing, home buying grants and loans and more.

Homeless Coalition of San Bernardino County - Provides various forms of housing and rent assistance to the homeless and those facing eviction through partnerships with individuals and organizations (charities, public and private groups) as well as collaborating expertise in the San Bernardino area. There may be funds to pay the security deposit on a new low income apartments, or government grants for back rent when a family is faced with homelessness. They are involved in organizing resources to help the homeless. 696 South Tippecanoe Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92415. Call (909) 501-0610 or  909-723-1590.

U.S. Vets-Inland Empire runs the Supportive Service for Veteran Families program. There is financial aid for rent, utilities, or security deposits for veterans and/or their families or survivors. Also San Bernardino County veteran can get free motel vouchers, case management, budgeting help, or information on job programs and more. Location is 937 Via Lata, Colton, CA 92324. Or dial (951) 999-9115.

CityLink (City Link Water of Life Church), based at 8440 Nuevo Avenue Fontana, CA 92335, helps qualified Fontana City residents only. Various social services, including housing assistance (rent, etc.) as well as household furnishing and more is offered. Dial (909) 803-1059.

Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside-Administration - Families and individuals in need can access shelter and emergency eviction prevention programs. There are grants, loans, moving costs help and other solutions from multiple church locations.

  • Location is 1859 Western Ave N, San Bernardino, California 92411. Call (909) 880-3625.
  • 703 E. Main Street, Barstow, California  92311. Call (760) 256-3733
  • 904 E California St, Ontario, CA 91761, dial (909) 391-4882
  • Catholic Charities Ontario Regional Center - Ontario is at 904 E. California Street, Ontario, CA 91761. Dial (909) 391-4882 for information on housing programs, help for renters and more.





Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County – Can offer emergency shelter or financial help for rental arrears. In addition, a resource known as the Family Development Program can offer qualified individuals with Emergency Assistance for expenses including back rent, a mortgage, or energy bill. As part of this, cash and funds are provided to low income and elderly individuals and families who are faced with a sudden crisis.

Another service can offer rental assistance for eligible clients facing eviction, meaning those people who are 30 days late on rent. They need to have an eviction notice or three-day pay or quit notice. For residents moving into a new more affordable home then rental assistance towards new move-in costs (such as first month’s rent or security deposits) is also available.

Dial (800) 635-4618, 909-723-1560 or 909- 387-4949. Another main office is at 696 Tippecanoe Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Phone - (909) 723-1500, or more on Community Action Agency of San Bernardino.

Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board is based in Barstow. Low income families and senior citizens can qualify for legal aid and other support for housing issues. They mediate conflicts between seniors, tenants and landlords or government programs such as section 8. Get help in applying for Homeowner/Renter Assistance or learn about low income apartments. Call 800-321-0911.

Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino is located at 588 W 6th St, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Call (909) 889-7328 can help low-income or elderly families in San Bernardino facing an eviction. Landlord / tenant mediation and free legal advice is available when it comes to rent payments or unfair housing.

  • Another pro-bono, free legal firm is Inland Counties Legal Services. It is at Rancho Cucamonga, California, 91730. Phone: (951) 368-2555 or 909-980-0982.

Salvation Army Social and Family Services has multiple centers in the county. Whether emergency rent or utility bill help, or a thrift store or homeless shelter, assistance is offered. They also assist immigrants, Spanish speakers, and may offer motel or hotel vouchers along with rent help. Other seasonal and year round help is offered too. Or read more on Salvation Army in San Bernardino County.

  • Main center is at 910 W 9th St, San Bernardino, CA 92411 Phone: (909) 889-8182
  • The Salvation Army, located at 1412 S. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, California 91762, telephone (909) 986-6748, can have some emergency cash to help pay rent or bills if faced with eviction.
  • Service Extension of Salvation Army in Yucca Valley may have emergency funds or short term loans for paying rent. Shelter and more may be offered. All resources are limited. Phone - 760-228-0114.





Smiles for Seniors Foundation has an office at 12460 California, Yucaipa, CA 92399. Resources are limited, but when available, the non-profit only assists people over 65. Medications, subsidized housing, rent or moving grants and other support. Dial (909) 790-6671

Hearts & Lives offers referrals. Learn about San Bernardino County charities, churches, or agencies that may have grants for rental expenses. Other homeless programs include security deposits, transitional homes, or funds for paying first months rent. Get information about federal government programs for rental needs (such as Emergency Shelter & Grant) or no interest loans issued by some agencies. The address is 24028 Lake Dr, Crestline, California 92325, or dial 909-338-3222.

Mercy House (dial (714) 836-7188) offers emergency rental assistance. The charity is part of the Continuum of Care, and there is also Housing First, transitional homes, and support for homeless men, women, immigrants and single parents. Address is 435 S. Bon View Ontario, California 91761.

Another Way may have financial assistance for the disabled in the county. Rent payments, energy bills, and more may be available. Another name of the agency is Inland Empire Community Collaborative, and address is 1365 S Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, California, 92408. Phone - 909-890-3045.

Time For Change Foundation operates the W.I.S.H. Program, which is based on donations and volunteers. Homeless prevention and housing stabilization for single mothers, the working poor, and the poor is offered. Immediate grant money for back rent, help to people with eviction notices, and other support is offered from 1255 E. Highland Ave San Bernardino, CA 92404. Call (909) 886-2994.

San Bernardino County Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing has two goals. It is to stop an eviction and help a homeless family find a new place to live. Federal government grants are used for housing expenses, including paying rent, energy bills, or motel vouchers. This is combined with funds for rental deposits as part of permanent housing placement. Read more San Bernardino homeless prevention.

Desert Sanctuary Inc. - Main Office - Services offered to the working poor, low income, and unemployed include shelter, free legal advocacy and referral, household set up and goods, housing counseling, child, immigration advocacy, and information on government rent assistance programs. 703 E. Main St., Barstow, CA  92311. Dial  760-256-3733 or (760) 256-3733.

Inland Temporary Homes helps with rehousing, which can include referrals to programs for moving costs or rental deposits and other aid. They also coordinate case management and related support services. P.O. Box 239, Loma Linda, California 92354. Main number is 909-796-6381.

Economic Development Agency (call (909) 387-4700). The non-profit runs has referrals only. Learn about affordable and fair housing. Or inquire into the the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Case management and other support is offered. Get up to 18 months of rent help and funds for security deposits too.

Family Service of Association of Redlands, which is located at 612 Lawton St., Redlands, California 92374, is a non-profit agency that provides basic life services for the elderly, low-income and homeless families. Access case management, housing assistance and referrals. The non-profit can also offer comprehensive services for homeless families and people facing eviction in order to help them move toward permanent housing, employment, and self-sufficiency over the long term. Dial (909) 793-2673

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California and San Bernardino is in Barstow. A few times per year there may be funds for rental or mortgage payments, to help prevent evictions and foreclosure repecivitely. LSS is at 309 E Mountain View Barstow, CA 92311. Case management, counseling and other support is also offered along with rent help. Call 760-256-7279







Inland Valley Hope Partners - Claremont Center – Is a place for referrals as well as access a House Shelter. This center is a 90 day emergency shelter program serving homeless women, adult couples and families with children in the region. Address is 1753 N Park Ave, Pomona, CA 91768. For details, dial (909) 622-3806.

Option House – Runs a Domestic Violence Shelter. San Bernardino California 92402, call 909-383-1602

San Bernardino Housing Development Division (phone (909.387.4700) runs the Tenant Based (Rental) Assistance (TBA) Program, which provides help in two phases. One being the monthly rental assistance program provides ongoing financial assistance with paying rent payments and housing expenses to families that meet eligibility requirements for the program. TBA will also offer self-sufficiency to address longer term housing challenges. Address is 385 North Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415-0043.


By Jon McNamara














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