Monday, March 8, 2021

Important info for Riverside County renters who need help due to COVID-19 loss of work

We recently got this email from Riverside County 3rd district Supervisor Chuck Washington and wanted to share it with all of you. 

Being in the rental business, we know that many families have struggled with rent because of loss of work due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Here is his important email about how you can apply for rent assistance. 

This program opens today, March 8 2021!

Dear Third District Resident,

New rental assistance resources will become available on Monday, March 8 to keep Riverside County families housed.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors in February voted to approve $57,267,219 in emergency rental assistance program funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combined with previous funding rounds from the CARES Act, Community Development Block Grant funds and other sources, United Lift totals more than $90 million.

The program is one of the largest per capita allocations of direct rental assistance in the country and one of a handful to operate on a countywide basis.

This year, the program will provide one-time rental assistance support to cover up to 12 months of unpaid rent during the period between March 13, 2020 until the time of application, plus an additional three months of future rent. Eligibility is limited to renters in Riverside County with a current lease agreement who are earning 80 percent or below of the area’s median income and can document a loss of income due to COVID-19 economic impacts that leave them unable to make their rent. Assistance is provided without regard to immigration status.

Priority will be given to households with incomes less than 50 percent of the area median income, as well as households with one or more adults that have not been employed during the 90 days prior to submitting their application. Landlords with tenants with unpaid debt balances are encouraged to notify their tenants about this program.

Staff and volunteers are currently processing a waitlist of over 3,000 households who applied for, but did not receive, the first round of United Lift assistance in 2020.

Applications for the next round of United Lift rental assistance will be available to Riverside County residents beginning on Monday, March 8. The program will continue until funds are depleted, or until December 31, 2021, whichever happens first. More information on eligibility guidelines and the application portal can be found at UnitedLift.org.

Sincere regards,

Chuck Washington