City of Encinitas

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Tenant Application Instructions

Scroll Down to See Application Checklist.

TENANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

(Household income must have been significantly REDUCED as a direct result of COVID-19)

  • Live and rent in the City of Encinitas.

  • Household income has been significantly REDUCED as a direct result of COVID-19.

  • CURRENT household income must be at or below 80% of the San Diego County area median income as defined by HUD (evaluated on the income you're earning since being affected by COVID-19). You will need to provide sufficient documentation showing how much your income was negatively affected and the time period it was affected related to COVID-19.

  • Renter household is unable to pay full or a portion of rent and/or utilities.

  • Renter household was not being evicted prior to March 1, 2020 (the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic).

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO APPLY:

      1. Inform Your Landlord: Your landlord must enter into an agreement with the City of Encinitas and repair any Lead Paint Hazards). (properties with children under the age of 6)

      2. Prepare needed Documents for your Application Submittal (see checklist below):

      3. Complete and Submit your Application. (link at the bottom of this page)

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

Documentation IS REQUIRED if you are unable to upload via the online application or do not have the equipment needed to use the online application.

To Qualify at least ONE adult over the age of 18 must be on the lease/rental agreement AND have a valid Social Security Number. If you do not meet this qualification you will NOT qualify for the program.

THE CHECKLIST

1) DEMONSTRATE YOUR HOUSEHOLD INCOME

  • Federal Income Tax Return for the HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD - Including all attachments and schedules. WE ARE NO LONGER REQUIRING THE IRS WEBSITE TRANSCRIPT.

  • Federal Income Tax Returns - All OTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS over age 18: Copy of first page of federal income tax return if not on Head of Household tax return. SELF-EMPLOYED Include Schedule C.

  • SELF EMPLOYED (all self-employed household members) - Provide Profit & Loss Statement for October, November, December 2019 and January, February, March, April, May, June, July 2020. (Click here for sample profit and loss statement to complete. Download and complete this form, do NOT complete in your browser, it may not work properly.) AND Business Bank Statements for October, November, December 2019 and January, February, March, April, May, June, July 2020.

  • One month of your most recent pay stubs. (employed and/or unemployed). Working Persons: Most recent paystub. Unemployed Persons: Last paystub before becoming unemployed.

  • Unemployment - EDD "NOTICE OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AWARD" .

  • Other Income Documentation - Social Security, SSI etc. benefit letter OR other documentation as it applies to your situation.

2) DOCUMENT HOW COVID-19 AFFECTED HOUSEHOLD INCOME

  • Employer furlough or layoff letter OR Unemployment - EDD "NOTICE OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIM FILED".

  • If no letter is available; provide pay stubs for the month of February and the month of May (or other month your income was affected by COVID-19).

  • Written explanation of your loss of job or reduce hours/income.

  • Other documentation to support your loss of income. Unemployment Benefit Statement could qualify (in some cases).

3) IDENTIFY YOUR HOUSEHOLD

  • California Driver License or ID for Head of Household and Spouse OR Co-Applicant.

  • Social security card(s) or birth certificate(s) of minors that are NOT included on any household member federal income tax return.

  • Lease/rental agreement.

  • Full-time student - evidence of registration with at least 12 units.

4) LIST YOUR HOUSEHOLD ASSETS

  • Copies of HOUSEHOLD July 2020 asset account statements: checking, savings, CDs, stocks, bonds, 401K, IRA, etc. (Provide complete statements provided by your financial institution, do not send screen shots of banking transactions)

  • OTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS - list assets in application.

5) DOCUMENT YOUR HOUSEHOLD NEED

  • Utility bills.

  • Rental agreement

GATHER THE DOCUMENTATION IDENTIFIED ON THIS PAGE - COPY IT - SCAN IT - PHOTOGRAPH IT - DOWNLOAD IT

PREPARE TO UPLOAD IT WITH YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

APPLICANTS WILL BE APPROVED BASED ON NEED - ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED THE SAME - IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW QUICKLY YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED - WHAT MATTERS IS THAT YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED BEFORE THE FINAL DUE DATE OF AUGUST 16, 2020 - MIDNIGHT

APPLICATION HELP - CLICK HERE