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Thank you for your interest in the City of Encinitas COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. The application period is now closed. If you submitted an application and have questions please contact (760) 456-7757 or [email protected]. Para asistencia en español, por favor llame al (760) 943-2150.

The City of Encinitas COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible Encinitas households facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible and complete applications will be processed based upon demonstrated financial need and availability of program funds.

Who Can Receive Assistance?

At a minimum, qualified applicants must meet the following:

  • Renting a home in Encinitas and have written lease agreement.
  • Eligible immigration status (U.S. citizen/U.S. National, lawful permanent resident/conditional permanent resident, a refugee/person seeking asylum or granted asylum).
  • Financial hardship directly related to COVID-19.
  • Not currently receiving any rental subsidies.
  • Savings do not meet financial needs.
  • Current household income is at or below 80% of the Regional Median Income based upon household size as shown in the table below.
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Limits $64,700 $73,950 $83,200 $92,400 $99,800 $107,200 $114,600 $122,000

How to Apply

  • Applications are available online only. Apply Online Here.
    • If you do have internet access or need special assistance with completing the application, please contact (760) 456-7757 or [email protected].
  • Applications are available from now - midnight September 7, 2020.
  • Documentation is required to confirm eligibility. This checklist may help prepare all necessary documents/information to fill out the application.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their application was submitted. If you have submitted an application online and not received a confirmation, please first check your email Junk or Spam folder. If you have questions about the program or your application status, please contact (760) 456-7757 or [email protected] and you will receive a response as soon as possible during City business hours.  
  • The City will not maintain a waiting list for this program.

Payment Assistance Information

  • One-time payment of up to $4,500 to assist with past-due or upcoming rent and utilities. Payment amount will be based upon demonstrated financial need.
  • Payments are made directly to the landlord and utility providers.
  • Utilities include trash (EDCO) and water (SDWD, OMWD).
    • For SDGE payment assistance, please visit 2-1-1.
    • Additionally, 2-1-1 San Diego provides a directory of numerous services and resources, especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landlord Requirements

  • Provide information from the IRS Form W9 to verify ownership of rental property. This is provided by the owner to City after applicant is approved.
  • Authorize the City of Encinitas to make payment.
  • Please note that landlord participation is voluntary. If a landlord does not wish to participate and/or complete the required forms, no payments will be made.

Questions? Please Contact (760) 456-7757 or
[email protected]
Para asistencia en español, por favor llame al (760) 943-2150.


Program Documents
Application Checklist (English)
Application Checklist (Spanish)

Funding is provided through the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.