Apply to get help with your rent

You can apply to get up to 3 months’ back and forward rent for a total of 6 months.

What to do

1. Apply to get help with your rent

Meeting eligibility criteria and applying early will not guarantee assistance. The program is not first-come, first-served. 

If you applied for rent help before May 2021, you must submit a new application. For example, if you applied for the Give2SF Housing Stabilization Program, you must fill out a new application. 

It may take 2 to 3 weeks after you apply, to learn if you will get help with your rent. The rest of the process may take an extra 2 to 6 weeks. It depends on how many applications we get.

2. Check if you meet all eligibility criteria

You must have had financial hardship during the pandemic

You can either:

  • have qualified for unemployment benefits
  • experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship

You must be able to demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

This can include:

  • a past-due rent notice or eviction notice
  • unsafe or unhealthy living conditions
  • any other evidence of such risk

You can apply if you are a subtenant. The master tenant does not need to be involved in the first part of the application process. 

You must not make more than a certain amount for your household size

The maximum income depends on your household size:

  • For 1 person, $102,450
  • For 2 people, $117,100
  • For 3 people, $131,750
  • For 4 people, $146,350
  • For 5 people, $158,100
  • For 6 people, $169,800
  • For 7 people, $181,500
  • For 8 people, $193,200

These income limits are at or below 80% of HUD’s Area Median Income (AMI) for San Francisco.

We will be prioritizing applicants with significantly lower incomes and other vulnerability factors. 

Current eviction protections

Right now, there are no nonpayment eviction protections after June 30, 2021. See state law SB-91 or housingiskey.com for details about these protections.

City leaders are working on establishing nonpayment eviction protections starting July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 via emergency and permanent ordinances.

If you could not pay rent from March 1 to August 31, 2020

Your landlord cannot evict you for not paying during those months. They can take you to small claims court for unpaid rent, starting August 1, 2021. San Francisco is partnering with Bay Area Legal Aid and other legal services organizations to help with COVID-19 rental debt matters in small claims court. 

You must give your landlord a signed declaration in response to a 15-day notice.

If you could not pay rent between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021

Your landlord cannot evict you for not paying during those months. They can take you to small claims court for unpaid rent, starting August 1, 2021.

You must:

  1. Give your landlord a signed declaration in response to a 15-day notice.
  2. By June 30, 2021, pay at least 25% of your rent from September to June. This can be a lump sum.

More information

SF's rental assistance fact sheet can be downloaded in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino.

SF's rental assistance FAQs can be downloaded in English, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino.

 

Helping our most vulnerable

San Francisco’s local emergency rental assistance program is targeted to the most vulnerable households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get help

Get free help with your application

Find a community partner organization at sfadc.org or call 311.

 

Watch rental assistance info session.

Last updated June 18, 2021