COVID-19 Rental Assistance

Millions of dollars of relief funds will be distributed to San Franciscans soon. We will update this page as we have more information about how to apply.

Local funds:

  • Voters passed Proposition I in November 2020. The new tax on big real estate transactions is expected to add millions of dollars to a fund to help pay tenant debt (and millions more to a fund to create permanently affordable housing). We are working hard to make sure this money is available soon!
  • Visit the city’s Get Housing Help page for information about how to get help paying the 25% of rent required right now under state law.

State and federal funds: California is getting $2.6 billion in federal relief funds to help cover rent debt accrued during the pandemic. The system for applying for funds hasn’t been created yet, but it will be operating no later than March 15, 2021. We don’t know all the details about how it will work yet, but we do know:

  • State funds are intended for low-income households, defined as making less than 80% of the area median income, and will be prioritized for households who are less than 50% AMI or have been unemployed for at least 3 months.
  • How much help you get depends on whether your landlord cooperates:
    • If your landlord wants to participate, the state will cover 80% of the rent you missed from April 2020-March 2021, and your landlord has to forgive the rest of your debt.
    • If your landlord does not choose to participate in the program, you are only eligible for only 25% of the rent you owed for the same time period, which is enough to avoid eviction, but does not eliminate all your debt. **A landlord’s refusal to participate with a qualifying tenant could mean that they will not be eligible to collect the full back rent if they sue the tenant for the the debt.