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Rent assistance in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

A variety of rental assistance programs are available in San Jose and Santa Clara County California. Low income people and families can apply for housing help. Find a list of charities, churches and government programs listed below that will give immediate grant money or loans to help pay a security deposit, past due rent, moving costs, or other housing expenses. Get rental assistance near you in Santa Clara County CA.

Thousands of Santa Clara County renters who faces eviction and homelessness every year. Many others can’t afford the high cost of housing. Anyone in need can get information on emergency rental assistance programs that are administered as well as long term housing, including low-income no wait list housing or section 8 HUD vouchers. The agencies are committed to providing funds and free legal services to as many qualified families and individuals as possible every year. Locate places to get emergency or long term help to help pay rent, security deposits, utilities, and other housing expenses.

Organizations that help with rent in San Jose CA community

Salvation Army
Address - 359 N. Fourth St., San Jose, California 95110. Phone number - (408) 282-1165
The San Jose area Salvation Army offers one time grants and cash as a form of rental assistance to low income families. The faith based charity will help stop an eviction and prevent homelessness, and they also help currently homeless people. The Santa Clara County CA Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) is also administered, and it provides a variety of services to prevent homelessness and act as a safety net for residents facing eviction, utility disconnection, and homelessness.

The EAN offers assistance, including rental payment, to help people recover from emergency situations. The Salvation Army will also give case management and financial education at the same time as direct help to pay rent. There are other Salvation Army centers for rental payment help in Santa Clara County too. Read more on Santa Clara County Salvation Army.

Project Sentinel, which can be reached at (408) 720-9888, offers landlord/tenant dispute services. Address is 1490 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050. They help address housing discrimination, arrange free legal services to help low-income tenants, offer landlord-tenant mediation and other support.




Sacred Heart Community Services
Location of the center - 1381 S. First St., San Jose, California 95110. Telephone  - (408) 283-5800 or (408) 278-2160
Assistance offered includes one time rental assistance to prevent an eviction from home or apartment. Security deposits and back rent can be paid too. This charity organization can help families in 95008, 95110, 95117, 95118, 95124, and 95125 zip codes.

St. Joseph's Family Center
Address - 7950 Church Street, Suite A , Gilroy, California 95020. Telephone number is - (408) 842-6662
Apply at the non-profit for emergency rental assistance. Funds are available to qualifying individuals and low income families to help pay their rent and maintain their housing. They also help migrant workers and single mothers. Also money can be used to obtain housing, such as pay first months rent or security deposits.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos
Address - 204 Stierlin Rd., Mountain View, California 94043. Call (650) 968-0836 for information on rental grants and other aid.
San Jose and the zip codes of 94022, 94024, 94035, 94040, 94041, 94043 are covered by housing and rental programs. A major focus is on the underemployed, veterans, and people that need help finding a place to live as they build housing stability. For tenants that have a sudden emergency, that is legitimate, they may qualify for emergency rent help today.

They try to increase access to low income housing, which is hard to find. The focus is on the vulnerable including seniors, disabled, and single parents. Based in Mountain View, California based.  Some clients will be offered a deferred loan for paying their rent and other housing type bills.

This is a non-profit, government affiliated organization. Staff help clients find, and more into, affordable apartments, including no wait list homes. They also offer landlord mediation as well as one-time, emergency cash grants to pay housing costs, including a mortgage or rent payment. The goal is to stop homelessness, and special rent programs are also offered for veterans and the disabled, including SSVF and HUD-VASH. More on HomeFirst programs.





Life Movies (formerly INNVISION)
Emergency rental, housing and utility bill assistance is provided to qualifying low-income families and people in Santa Clara County. Services offered include a wide variety of homeless prevention, rental, low income housing, counseling, and referrals. Dial 408-453-3124,  408-271-0685 or 408-385-2400.

Sunnyvale Community Services also takes part in the Emergency Assistance Network (EAN. The government funded program - partnership can prevent eviction and stop someone from becoming homeless. Emergency rent and housing assistance is offered, hardship funds for storage or a security deposit and more. The address is 1160 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. Phone (408) 738-4321

EHC LifeBuilders
Address:  2011 Little Orchard St, San Jose, CA 95125. Phone number of the agency is - 408.294.2100
Both emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities for currently homeless persons and families throughout Santa Clara County and San Jose are administered.

Emergency Assistance Network of Santa Clara County
Call - 866-896-3587
The center provides referrals to rent programs, free motel or hotel vouchers and other information to qualified residents. While resources vary and funding is limited when it comes to the amount of money available, there may be one-time emergency security deposit and rental assistance to families and people in housing crises in Santa Clara County.

The call center doesn't work directly with community members, but instead works directly through a network of other regional nonprofit organizations. For those that apply, and if are found to be appropriate and qualified, the agency help people apply for a grant or low interest loan or other support.

United Way Silicon Valley – While it does not provide financial assistance, they offer referrals and advice. Call 408-345-4300. The programs they focus on can offer resources and support for low income people who need temporary assistance such as a homeless shelter, affordable housing, HUD voucher or counseling. They focus on people who need help when faced with loss of employment, serious illness, violence, medical emergency, substance abuse, financial hardship, or grief.

San Jose St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) offers the low income with housing advice, food, clothing, rent assistance, groceries, medical aid, and even job or employment counseling. There are also homeless shelters and programs for immigrants in Santa Clara County. More on St. Vincent assistance in Santa Clara County.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara runs a number of housing programs in the county for those that qualify. Some examples of them are as follows

  • Section 8 vouchers are a form of rental subsidy for low-income families, people in poverty or in crisis and others.
  • Santa Clara County CA residents with a disability or that are currently homeless can receive help from the Shelter Plus Care Program and/or the Mainstream Vouchers.
  • Another resource is Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, or the VASH Program
  • Emergency section 8 rent subsidized apartments can help women facing DV or the elderly.





While there is often a waiting list for all these housing resources, they may offer rental assistance. The address is 505 W Julian St, San Jose, CA 95110. Call (408) 275-8770

First Community Housing - San Jose First Community Services Inc. – The non-profit offers comprehensive outreach services to low-income families as well as the homeless in the Santa Clara and San Jose CA community. The organizations assists by arranging emergency housing, hardship grants for paying rent or security deposits and other services. Address is 75 E Santa Clara St Ste 1300, San Jose, CA 95113. Call (408) 291-8650.

West Valley Community Services, Inc. offers a program that can pay one-time financial assistance for rent payments and cash grants to low income people, adults with a disability and others. The non-profit that have needs in the areas of housing, rent, and energy expenses. The center is at 10104 Vista Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014. Call (408) 255-8033

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
The church is at 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134. Call (408) 468-0100
Landlord-tenant mediation services are offered to try to help stop evictions. There is referrals to low-income housing, including for single moms or immigrants or women facing domestic abuse. Or learn amount one-time rent help, moving assistance and other programs.

Emergency Assistance Network – This is run in partnership with the United Way of Silicon Valley, local non-profits, and even Santa Clara police stations. Emergency financial aid is offered for homeless prevention and to help with stopping evictions. There may be funds, or zero interest rate loans, to pay rent, utility bills, or other housing needs. Mortgage help may be offered as well as case management and financial education.

  • Mountain View, California 94043. The center covers zip codes of 94022, 94024, 94035, 94040, 94041, 94043. Call (650) 968-0836
  • San Jose, CA 95112 office supports zip codes 95002, 95035, 95050, 95051, 95053, 95054, 95112, 95116, 95131, 95133, 95134. Call (408) 738-4321
  • Palo Alto, CA 94301. Zip codes are 94301, 94303, 94304, 94305, 94306. Telephone number for emergency assistance is (650) 853-8672.
  • San Jose, California 95110. Is for low income families in zip codes of 95008, 95110, 95111, 95113, 95117, 95118, 95124, 95125, 95126, 95128, or 95136. Call (408) 278-2160
  • San Jose, CA 95109 - Zips 95013, 95037, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95123 95127, 95132, 95135, 95137, 95138, 95139, 95141, 95148, 95192, or 95193. Dial (408) 282-1165.
  • Gilroy, California 95020. Zip codes are 95020, 95046. Dial (408) 842-6662 for information on rent help from EAN.
  • Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Zip codes supported 94085, 94086, 94087, or 94089. Dial (408) 738-4321.
  • Cupertino, CA 95014. Housing and homeless prevention assistance is for 95014, 95030, 95032, 95033, 95044, 95070, 95129, and 95130. Dial (408) 255-8033.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing is used to stop evictions, help with rent, and to place families into a new, more affordable apartment. Agencies will provide everything from free motel vouchers to grants for paying rental costs that are in arrears. There may also be money for security deposits, energy bills, and legal aid as well. More information on Santa Clara County eviction help.

Opportunity Center - CWG
The non-profit is at 33 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA 943011. Call 650.853.8672
Currently homeless people can get help with rapid rehousing. Money for first months rent or a deposit is combined with housing stability, employment programs and more.







Amigos De Guadalupe Center For Justice And Empowerment helps with housing needs, with all applications and assistance in Spanish and other languages. There is emergency shelter, grant money for rent, storage costs or a security deposit and moving help. Another assistance program is the temporary Casitas (tiny homes) to low-income families, inclusing single moms or dads, experiencing displacement. The address is 1897 Alum Rock Avenue, Suite 35, San Jose, CA 95116. Call 408-341-6080

Bay Area Legal Aid has free pro-bono and volunteer lawyers that help tenants and senior citizens. The non-profit charity has an office at 4 N 2nd, San Jose, CA 95113, and it provides free legal aid and representation. They can help with housing issues, including eviction prevention, advice on delinquent rent, and disputes on security deposits.

Attorneys offer representation and advice to tenants in eviction proceedings. Staff also offer representation of tenants that are paying rent or have a lease on foreclosed properties. Other support is for fair housing concerns as well as landlord/tenant rights. Call (408) 283-3700 to speak to a free lawyer for housing support.

El Concilio
Address is 2396 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Call (650) 330-7432
Applicants need to be under poverty levels. Grants to pay rent or utility deposits, low income housing, loans, and other support is provided.

Midtown Family Services
Funding is limited, but from time to time there is rent help for tenants with a 3 day eviction notice. The location is 1275 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128. Call 408-642-5852.

Silicon Valley Law Foundation provides free counseling and referrals to low income families with Section 8 Vouchers. Help is for those who have received an eviction notice. Get information on where to get security deposit or rental assistance through other non-profit or government organizations if they have been impacted by the rent increases.

All legal services are free. They also advise those who are late paying their rent because of increase or need to move because of it. The address is 152 N. Third Street in San Jose California. Call 1-408-280-2424.


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