* Page updated March 15, 2021

At least $54 million in Emergency Rental Assistance and rent debt relief is coming to San Francisco. We will continue to update this page as more information about each program is available.

Here to Stay
by Zeph Fishlyn for SFADC 2021

If your landlord is asking for your personal information in order to fill out a rental assistance on your behalf, reach out to a tenant rights counselor before sending them anything! You do not need to share this information with your landlord in order to get rental assistance!

San Francisco residents will have access to two different programs: one run by the state and one run by the city. The two programs both use federal ERAP funds, but have different guidelines for who they will prioritize helping and what help they will offer. Tenants are only eligible for a total of 15 months of help through ERAP, but may choose either program or a combination of the two as long as they cover different months. Both programs are available to tenants regardless of immigration status.

State Emergency Rental Assistance Program: This program will focus on paying rent debt accumulated April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021. How much help you get depends on whether your landlord cooperates:

  • If your landlord wants to participate, your debt for that period will be completely forgiven (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 owe for the same time period, which is enough to avoid eviction, but does not eliminate all your debt.

The state started accepting applications on March 15, 2021. Priority will be given to households below 50% of the Area Median Income or who have a household member who has been unemployed for 3 months or more. Find more information about the state program here.

San Francisco Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The city program is still in development, but will focus more on current and ongoing rent for vulnerable households and will offer a smaller amount of debt relief for past rent owed (though enough to ensure participants can meet their 25% rent obligation under state law). We will update this site as soon as we have more information. We expect this program will be up and running by late April or early May.

Talk with a tenant rights group to understand your rights and which program may be best for you.