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The Santa Clarita COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program began accepting applications for rent relief on April 1.

On March 23, the Santa Clarita City Council approved the creation of the Santa Clarita COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which enables the city to disburse $6.3 million in funds from a one-time grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury and provide assistance payments directly to landlords of qualified households.

Applications are being accepted from low-income and moderate-income renters in Santa Clarita.

The program will provide up to four full months of back rent, until funds are exhausted. To be eligible, your household must live in a rental unit located within Santa Clarita’s city limits and have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income.

For example, a household of four is considered low income if they earn less than $56,300. That same household of four is considered moderate income if they earn less than $90,100.

Area median income cutoffs based on household size can be found at santa-clarita.com/RentalAssistance.

Meanwhile, applications will be accepted through Friday, April 30 to give households enough time to collect the required information to provide documentation.

Priority processing will be granted to low income households, as well as households where at least one member of the household has been unemployed for more than 90 days.

Once an application has been submitted, verified and approved, city leaders said assistance payments will be made directly to landlords upon receipt of a signed agreement.

To learn more about the Santa Clarita COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, including income thresholds for eligibility, visit santa-clarita.com/RentalAssistance.