Help for renters and landlords

Rental assistance for renters and landlords is available through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. Go to the Housingiskey.com application portal or call 1‑833‑430‑2122 to apply as a renter or landlord.

Apply at Housing Is Key

If you have been financially affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for:

Eviction protection

  • Available to anyone with a coronavirus-related hardship, like loss of or reduction income
  • Prevents you from being evicted if you declare your hardship
  • Protection runs through June 30, 2021

Visit our Housing page to learn what your hardship declaration must include.

Rent is still due and evictions can still occur. You may benefit from additional city or county protections against eviction depending on where you live.

Renters in California who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19-related hardships and should know their rights. Visit Housing is Key for more information.

Golden State Stimulus

The Golden State Stimulus (GSS) is a $600, one-time relief payment. You’ll get it if you receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit after claiming it on your 2020 individual tax return, which is filed this year.

You’ll get an additional $600, one-time GSS payment if you file your return with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

ITIN filers who do not receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit but earn $75,000 or less will get a $600 GSS payment.

Learn more about the Golden State Stimulus, including when to expect it.

Unemployment insurance

  • Available if you lost your job or had your hours reduced
  • Provides cash payments based on past earnings
  • Maximum of 59 weeks of benefits while the federal CARES Act is in effect

In December 2020, the federal government passed legislation providing an additional 11 weeks of benefits. This is in addition to the additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits that was part of the CARES Act. The legislation also includes a $300 per week supplement to unemployment benefits.

Apply for benefits through the Employment Development Department.

More resources for people who have lost income are available on our Workers page.

Mortgage relief 

  • Available to homeowners or landlords who own 3 or fewer residential properties
  • Prevents your property from being foreclosed on if declare a COVID-related hardship 
  • Protection length varies depending on program

If you have a federally-backed mortgage, foreclosure protection is available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These protections last through January 1, 2023.

If you do not have a federally-backed loan, the Homeowner Act provides protections for homeowners and small landlord borrowers. Contact your loan servicers to request forbearance. Your lender must provide detailed reasons if they deny your forbearance request. You can contest a denial. These protections cover forbearance denials made through April 1, 2021.

Find more mortgage help and how to get it on our Housing page.

Small business and employer relief

California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19.

Visit our Businesses and employers page for available assistance.

Food assistance

  • Available to anyone who needs help getting food for any reason
  • Resources include government programs and nonprofits like food banks
  • Benefit availability varies by program

If you or someone you know needs food benefits, see our Food and food assistance page.

No credit score changes

  • Available to all Californians
  • Automatically prevents late or missing payment info from being shared with credit reporting agencies

This protection is available without any action on your part.

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