Santa Clara opens second round of rental assistance

The economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil our region, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet.

The City of Santa Clara has reopened applications for its program aimed at helping residents behind on their rent. The initial round of $1.3 million for the program ran during the summer aided approximately 80 families. This second round includes an additional $1.5 million of support.

Through its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the city has expanded to low-income households at or below 80% of AMI.

To be eligible, families must reside in the City of Santa Clara. Past due rent must be from April, May, June or July. Applicants must also demonstrate their ability to pay moving forward and have an agreement in place with their property owner. Household income cannot exceed 60% of area median income.

“Our residents are resilient, yet they are continually impacted, financially and emotionally during this crisis,” said Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor.

The application period reopened on Monday, October 5, at the city’s portal here. Applications are open through October 26, 2020.

To see more information about this program, click here.