City of Pasadena Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena’s housing department is providing rental assistance to Pasadena residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay rent. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides eligible applicants grants for up to three (3) months’ worth of past due rent, not to exceed $4,500 total.

“Over the past few months, we’ve received a lot of calls and letters from residents in need of help because they’re suffering financially as a result of the pandemic. We’re so happy to be able to provide these grants so they can remain in their homes and focus on staying healthy,” said William Huang, director of housing.

Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, July 15, to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 only. The application will be available on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program webpage starting July 15.

The program is not first come, first served, nor is it a Section 8 program. Each application will be scored and ranked based on household data submitted in their application. The highest-ranking applications will be contacted after the application window closes. Rental assistance payments will be made directly to landlords or property management companies on behalf of qualifying Pasadena residents.

Eligibility requirements are available on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program webpage, along with answers to frequently asked questions in English and Spanish.

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