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Apply Now for $1,500 in Emergency Rental Relief for Families Unable to Pay Rent Due to Coronavirus

Date: May, 18 2020 Category: COVID-19, Notification

The City of Santa Ana recognizes the financial hardships faced by many of its residents due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In response, on April 21 the Santa Ana City Council approved a COVID-19 Response Funding Plan to provide $500,000 in emergency rental relief for low-income households who are not able to pay their rent due to the coronavirus.

Santa Ana residents impacted by the coronavirus may apply online to receive $1,500 in emergency rental assistance toward any rent due after March 19, 2020. Applications are available now until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22.  If the City receives more applications than available funds, applications received prior to the deadline will be randomly selected based on a lottery process.  To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must be a resident of the City of Santa Ana with a current lease or sublease agreement with an address in the City.
  2. Must qualify as a Low-Income Household:
  3. Must provide documentation of your inability to pay rent due to the coronavirus verified by a letter to your landlord. (Click Here for a Template Letter)

Family Size

Maximum Family Income (80% AMI)

Family Size

Maximum Family Income (80% AMI)


















Please have the following documentation available to upload prior to starting your online application:

  1. Copy of a Photo ID for each adult family member.
  2. Copy of the letter to your landlord verifying your inability to pay rent (Click Here for a Template Letter).
  3. Copy of your lease or sublease agreement.  The following documentation may also be accepted in place of a lease or sublease: regular payment receipts to the owner or leaseholder (including money orders, bank statements showing a regular withdraw, cancelled checks, or a Venmo statement) AND at least one of the following: a letter, utility statement, bill, ID or written statement for anyone in the primary household that has the unit address.


If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, Click Here to Apply or go to this webpage to apply before 5 p.m on Friday, May 22:


Funds will be distributed on behalf of the City by Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, and the Salvation Army to expedite the review of applications and the payment of emergency rental assistance to landlords on behalf of our residents. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the program or to receive additional help to submit an application, please contact one of these three nonprofit organizations listed below:

Catholic Charities of Orange County
Loy Gibson
1820 E. 16th Street
Santa Ana, CA  92701
(714) 347-9602   


Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Southwest Community Center
Rosa Renteria
1601 W. 2nd Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
(714) 547-4073


Salvation Army of Orange County
Tabitha Walton
The Red Shield Community Center
1515 W. North Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 384-0481


Applicants who are unable to apply online or need more information regarding their eligibility should contact one of the three organizations listed above. 

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions