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Rental assistance in San Diego California.

Find places that offer rent assistance in San Diego County. Agencies provide grant money or they give referrals. Locate government programs, churches and charities that help with rent, security deposits, motel rooms or moving costs. Other organizations will offer section 8 housing voucher program, free lawyers to tenants or no-wait list apartments for low-income families. Get rental assistance near you in San Diego CA.

Learn about organizations and government programs below that provide rent payment help to seniors, veterans, single moms, low-income families and the disabled. Any emergency rental assistance for is combined with budgeting, employment and other resources. Some agencies in San Diego County also provide free motel or hotel vouchers and accept applications to Section 8 Housing. Find how to get help with paying rent, free legal aid to stop evictions and other housing services. Learn about affordable housing waiting list.

Agencies that help pay rent or security deposits in San Diego County

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 or an apartment. There are also, on occasion, emergency section 8 housing choice vouchers in San Diego.

  • They also provide state rental and information on public housing programs or assist low income families with buying a home. These are great places to call for rent and housing assistance, referrals, and other forms of support. Single parents, seniors, and the disabled may be given rent subsidized apartments. There is also applications to TBRA, or the Tenant Based Rental Assistance program which is income based.
    • City of Chula Vista - Call (858) 694-4890
    • Calexico Housing Authority - Phone (760) 357-3013
    • City of San Diego - (619) 578-7305
    • Nation City housing authoirty - Call (619) 336-4254
    • Outside the city, in unincporprated areas call (858) 694-4801
    • City of Encinitas section 8 rent assistance is at (760) 633-2723




St. Vincent de Paul Village,  San Diego - Dial 619.233.8500 or 760-224-7974. No matter your race, religion, or background, St. Vincent DePaul may be able to provide immediate assistance with rental arrears. Many local churches and parishes are part of this charity organization. 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. Residents that are in danger of losing their home or that are facing eviction, the San Diego Salvation Army may have limited funds for helping with back rent. There are multiple sites. Call (619) 239-1106 or 619-446-0274. Other locations include:

  • 2799 Health Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92123. For information on housing or financial help, call 858-483-1831
  • 648 - 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista, California 91910, Call 619-422-7027

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego as well. The resource, which can help pay rent, moving costs, or a deposit to a landlord, was created from the federal government using ESG grants as well as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is funded yearly.

  • Low-income families, veterans and the homeless can apply for rent payments to be made to a landlord or apartment community. The money can help with 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. Call 211 for details, or learn more on homeless prevention and rapid rehousing.





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. The goal is to facilitate affordable housing, help people find a place to live and more. Call 619.231.9400, or the address is 1122 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

City of Encinitas Community Development - Call the Housing Department at (760) 633-2724. Staff can go over options, including housing assistance information. Learn about grants for rent, no-wait list affordable homes, and private landlords that take bad credit tenants.

The local community action agency is the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Department. They help single parents, tenants with an eviction in San Diego and others, with all applications in Spanish. The Community Action Partnership of San Diego County can provide qualified individuals with government grant 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. Call (800) 227-0997

Rent assistance San Diego CountyCity of Oceanside Housing Authority - Phone (760) 435-3360. Get information on housing and rental resources in that part of San Diego County. Public housing, section 8 vouchers to pay rent based on income and more is offered. The location is 321 N Nevada St, Oceanside, CA 92054

City of Carlsbad Housing and Redevelopment Department - Several programs are offered for local Carlsbad San Diego County California renters. They help families and individuals, including with applications to a federal funded rental assistance program. The location is 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Phone: (442) 339-2811.

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. A major focus is on women facing DV. Applicants need to be on the path to self-sufficiency. Send an email to

Townspeople, which is located at 2047 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (phone (619) 295-8802) may be able to assist HIV/AIDS clients living in the County of San Diego. Receive either one-time or multiple months of partial rent money to help pay housing related expenses.

Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides referrals to rent assistance, grants and more. An assessment is needed, then information is provided. The charity is at 85 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024. For information, call 858) 637-3210







Alpha Project For the Homeless helps prevent evictions and rehouse families, including single parents, veterans, and immigrants. Call (619) 542-1877. Apply for rent payment help, funds to pay security deposits or located affordable homes. They work with landlords and tenants to arrange case management in addition to rent money. The location is 3737 Fifth Ave #203, San Diego, CA 92103.

Nice Guys of San Diego, Inc. offers temporary, emergency assistance as a charity organizations. 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 grants for energy bills, transportation, and more. Call  (858) 509-9443.

South Bay Community Services will negotiate payment plans and offers landlord-tenant mediation. 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 or mobile home fees. The non-profit is at  430 F St, Chula Vista, CA 91910, or dial (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.

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. Call (760) 505-6647

Community Resource Center of North San Diego is a non-profit that can provide immediate financial support. They refer people in the northern part of the county to rent or housing assistance programs, if they have an unexpected emergency or crisis situation. The emergency financial assistance that may be provided  includes money to pay rent, vehicle repair for struggling tenants, referrals to local charities or housing programs, and much more.

  • The center also can provide a 6-month rental assistance program for domestic violence survivors or people who are experiencing abuse now. The program provides a subsidy over a multiple-month period. 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 or (760) 753-8300, or more information on housing and rent assistance from San Diego community action.




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. Deposit and storage costs may also be paid in San Diego County.

North County Lifeline Inc. helps with housing stability, with all applications in Spanish too. Get referrals to immediate rental assistance, affordable homes or apartments, and housing for women facing DV. The non-profit is at 200 Michigan Ave, Vista, CA 92084. they also operate the Communities in Action program and rent payment help for people in Vita. Call (760) 726-4900.

Housing Instability Prevention Program from SDHC (Housing Commission) provides support. 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. Or get security or utility deposits, moving cost assistance, and case management. Call (619) 578-7768.

Brother Benno Foundation offers emergency rent assistance in Coastal area of San Diego County. The non-profit provides grant money and other support from 3260 Production Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058. Main phone: (760) 439-1244

Tenants Legal Center runs a touch tone telephone line 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. Dial 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.

  • Funds can help with energy bills to stop evictions.
  • There are also homeless shelters and support for immigrants
  • Free motel vouchers along with shelters may be provided for rehousing.
  • Emergency rental assistance is for single mothers, Spanish speakers, families living in poverty, seniors and others. There is no discrimination based on age or race. More on eviction help in San Diego.

Veterans rent assistance programs are offered. They help families of vets, the homeless in San Diego County, and those behind on their rent. Get VA case management, grants from HUD-VASH or SSVF and supportive services. Emergency funds pay rent, utility bills, storage costs and more.

  • VASH - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing is at (619) 497-8989
  • The Leave No Veteran Homeless program is at (858) 694-3900
  • Foundation for Women Warriors is for female veterans, and call (310) 733-2450 for rent help.




Legal Aid Society of San Diego offers free tenant lawyers to low-income families. Get 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. Call (877) 534-2524

Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) and the Coordinated Entry System (CES) provides support. They help homeless adults, veterans and others (or people with an eviction notice) get financial help (including for rent) or support. There are Housing First programs, legal aid, and help with long term needs. Call (858) 292-7627.


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