Direct Assistance Programs



Emergency rental assistance

Get financial help to pay rent if COVID-19 has hurt your finances and you owe back rent. Grants equal to the amount of your rental arrears (up a maximum of 15 months since April 1, 2020) are available.

Renters who have already been approved for any amount up to $5,500 in emergency rental assistance may be considered for additional assistance (up to the amount they owe in rental arrears with a maximum of 15 months of assistance) after re-certifying their eligibility with The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Latino Health Access or Families Forward.

Housing vouchers

Direct financial help for residents

$4,000,000 will be allocated to a two-part resident assistance program that will consist of grocery gift cards and a basic income program for the census tracts that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Direct assistance will aid those residents that have been financially constrained as a direct result of the pandemic on the economy and workforce.

Reopening assistance to businesses

$3,000,000 will be dedicated to assisting small local businesses that struggle to remain financially stable and stay open throughout the duration of the pandemic. This funding will also assist local nonprofits and art organizations that have been struggling to meet service needs. Uplifting local small businesses is key to ensuring a thriving economy during and post-pandemic. The program will support businesses and nonprofit still hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants up to $50,000 will be made available to small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID. Businesses and non-profits will need to demonstrate the impacts that COVID has had on their business (i.e. loss of revenue, employees, or temporary closures)

Youth violence/sexual assault intervention

$1,000,000 will be used to offer resources to youth violence, sexual assault, and reentry programs to better serve the disadvantaged population that are faced with the aforementioned hardships. The City of Santa Ana intents to combat the rise in youth violence by collaborating with youth serving organizations and provide the much needed support and resources for youth affected by violence. The City of Santa Ana plans to contract with expert non-profit organizations who will be responsible for providing services and resources to youth and their families.

After-school and youth sports programs

$500,000 will be dedicated to partnership efforts with non-profit organizations to provide healthy youth activities and homework assistance to better ensure the healthy development of the youth of our community.  As part of the City’s recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, after school and youth sports programs targeted to youth will be implemented in collaboration with youth serving organizations in the City. The City of Santa Ana plans to contract with organizations who will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of after school and youth sports programs for elementary and intermediate school age youth. Programs and services will be provided at various locations throughout the City in an effort to reach youth most in need.

Early childhood education

$1,000,000 will be used in partnership efforts with non-profit organizations to provide early childhood programs with an emphasis on arts to better serve and educate the youth of our community. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people’s daily lives, families with young children need additional support to facilitate their children’s academic readiness while also providing for their wellbeing and safety. The City of Santa Ana plans to contract with organizations who will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of academic support program and providing quality day care facilities and services for young children and their families.

Technology Skills and Digital Literacy Education

$500,000 will be dedicated to offering nine different programming initiatives focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) learning that will provide disproportionately impacted and underserved Santa Ana communities with equitable access to cutting-edge tools. Youth and their families will develop skills to live, learn, and work in a technologically driven world. Staff-led programs will include robotics, specialized technology workshops, programs for children on the Autism Spectrum and more. These programs will be delivered in the Library and throughout underserved areas of the community via the library’s bookmobile to address inequities in early education and bridge the digital divide. These programs will increase physical access to technology, improve and enhance early childhood development and literacy, support positive educational outcomes for youth, and prepare our community’s present and future workforce.

Support local food distributions

$1,000,000 is being allocated in efforts to assist the retention of local food distribution programs and the supplementation of food supplies that serve our lower socio-economic communities.