The Emergency Rent Assistance Program is intended to prevent homelessness by providing rent and utility assistance to residents of Santa Barbara County who cannot pay because they experienced a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19.
Qualifying households may apply for a three (3) month subsidy of:
If awarded, qualifying households will also be eligible to thereafter re-apply for an additional three (3) months of assistance, up to a total of 15 months. All subsidies must be applied to past due arrears before they may be applied to current or future rent.
- Rent assistance up to $6,000 to be paid directly to the owners or managers of the rental units on behalf of all tenants in the applicant's household.
- Utility assistance to be paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the applicant.