Need Help Paying Rent?
Rental assistance is available for low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both renters and landlords can apply!
All new applicants should apply through the statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. For more information on eligibility criteria and to start an application, visit HousingisKey.com or call (833) 430-2122.
Not eligible for COVID-19 rent relief? Learn more about the assistance available through the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System
When COVID-19 began we knew that it would be our lowest-income families of color who would be hardest hit and that the sudden and extraordinary loss of income could put many low-income households at serious risk of homelessness. So, we mobilized quickly alongside Sacred Heart Community Service and dozens of other public and private partners to meet this impending crisis.
Working in collaboration with Silicon Valley Strong and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Regional Response fund, we began aggressively fundraising to help secure resources for families and individuals in-need. Thanks to the generosity of dozens of public and private funders, we’ve raised tens-of-millions of dollars to support families in need.
We also began developing the infrastructure to reach and assist vulnerable residents in our community. While we knew we could leverage our countywide Homelessness Prevention System, it only had the capacity to assist approximately 1,500 at-risk households per year. So, we have also established special time-limited assistance programs to help the tens of thousands of additional households who would find themselves in financial crisis.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, this coordinated effort has provided more than $85.3 million in rental and financial assistance to 19,718 low-income households in need.
Homelessness Prevention System – COVID-19 Response
In May, we launched our latest phase of rent relief known as the Homelessness Prevention System – COVID-19 Response.
This local initiative was specifically focused on serving Extremely Low Income residents (whom we know continue to face the most severe impacts from the pandemic). The local program was also designed to complement the statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, and to ensure that we had a program that was tailored to the needs of our lowest-income and most vulnerable residents.
Through the Homelessness Prevention System – COVID-19 Response, eligible families and individuals could receive assistance paying off back rent, and may have also qualified for funding to help pay upcoming rent and meet other basic needs. Visit PreventHomelessness.org for additional program details.
The program was leveraging funding from the County of Santa Clara’s and City of San Jose’s direct allocation of federal emergency rental assistance funding, as well as millions of dollars in private donations to our community’s COVID-19 relief effort.
Partnering with Organizations Throughout the Community
Our efforts to reach tens-of-thousands of vulnerable residents during the pandemic would not be possible without the support of more than 70 partner organizations who have helped enroll and disburse funds to residents throughout our community over the past year.
In particular, this partnership has included approximately 50 small grassroots groups with deep and trusted relationships in different parts of our community. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have granted millions of dollars to these organizations to help us reach and assist residents in neighborhoods that are historically and chronically under-resourced and where we know COVID-19 has had the most severe impacts.
And special thanks go to the several dozen funders who’ve generously contributed to our financial and rental relief effort!
Non-Profits Helping with the Current Round of Assistance
Non-Profits who Assisted with Previous Phases
We are also thankful to the dozens of donors who generously contributed to our COVID-19 financial and rental relief efforts: