With the Coronavirus (COVD-19) spreading rapidly across the country, we understand tenants are concerned about how they will be able to pay rent in the next coming months. Many people have been laid off or put on indefinite leave. Unfortunately, the rent and bills will continue to come, even in challenging times like this.
We have spent time researching any and all possible resources for tenants who are affected. Here is what we have found.
UNITED WAY OF SAN DIEGO
This organization is your main source of assistance. United Way has partnered with SDG&E and the San Diego Foundation to bring relief to those struggling as a result of the COVID-19 spread. They support lower-wage workers who will need rental assistance for a limited period of time. The money raised for this coalition will go to rent, mortgage, and bill payments.
If you are out of work you can apply for unemployment insurance. Part of the 2 trillion dollar stimulus package passed by congress is increasing unemployment insurance payments. You may qualify for your full income up to certain income thresholds. You should definitely file as soon as you become unemployed.
ONE FAIR WAGE
If you are a restaurant, delivery, or service worker, you may be eligible for help through One Fair Wage. They are currently providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, etc. Helping them get through these unfortunate and difficult times.
EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
You can directly send a message to your Senate and House representative letting them know you are in need of assistance and urge them to pass the necessary relief bills for rental assistance.
SEARCH FOR HELP IN YOUR AREA
Findhelp.org is committed to finding you help in your local area. They let you search by zip code, followed by what area you are seeking help in. This can include work, food, housing, etc.
If you are looking to donate to the cause, you can visit the San Diego Foundation’s website.