San Diego County Rental & Utility Assistance Program

San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance. Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 can be submitted starting March 2, 2021Applications will be accepted until funding is no longer available.

For more information on the County’s program, please visit or call (858) 694-4801 to speak to a housing representative.

Eviction Ban 

The County Board of Supervisors approved a County-wide Eviction Mortarium, which became effective on June 3, 2021. Please see FAQ prepared by Legal Aid Society of San Diego for details.

Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

The new statewide law includes targeted protections for tenants to shield them from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 1, 2021 and extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.

Additional information on the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act can be found here.

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Additional information can be found here.

NEW! Commercial and Residential Tenant Moratorium

On April 1, 2020, City Council adopted a Emergency Ordinance to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent for residential and commercial tenants related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). The Ordinance is effective for rent due on or after March 27, 2020.   The moratorium will last until the local emergency is terminated or the withdrawal of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20, whichever occurs sooner, though the Council can extend the time period by a subsequent resolution. Click here for more information and a link to the Moratorium Ordinance. Legal Aid Society of San Diego has information on their website regarding eviction rights. For tenants currently receiving Section 8 rental assistance, please see information on HUD’s website.


Affordable Apartments and Homes

The City achieves affordable housing units in a variety of ways, such as providing assistance in the development of the units, or as a result of local or state requirements. The units are often located in communities, where there is a mix of affordable and market rate units, and are not guaranteed to be affordable for everyone.

Due to limited availability and increased need for affordable housing, each of the apartment communities typically has a waiting list. The following table shows the City’s affordable apartments. Interested households are encouraged to contact the communities individually to determine the eligibility criteria and waitlist information.



Number of Affordable Units



Contact Information

Cantebria Senior Apartments

645 Via Cantebria


1 Bedroom

50% AMI

(760) 436-1989

Pacifico Encinitas

1100 Garden View Rd


1, 2, & 3 Bedroom

50% & 80% AMI

(760) 635-3760

Iris Apartments

639-643 N. Vulcan Ave


2 & 3 Bedroom

30% - 60% AMI

[email protected]

Su Casa Apartments

620 Melba Rd


1,2 & 3 Bedroom

60% AMI

(760) 436-3209

Esperanza Garden Apartments

920 Regal Rd


2, 3, & 4 Bedroom

80% AMI

(760) 476-9860

Pacific Pines Apartments

S. El Camino Real


1 & 2 Bedroom

50% - 80% AMI

(760) 591-9737

Manchester Apartments

2074 Manchester Ave


2 Bedroom

60% AMI


Second Street Apartments

850-856 Second St.


1 & 3 Bedroom

65% AMI

[email protected]

Boathouse Apartments

730 Third St


Studio & 1 Bedroom

50% & 80% AMI

(760) 436-5700

AMI = Area Median Income. Income limits are published annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


New Affordable Housing

In addition to multi-family affordable units, occasionally, affordable homes are available for rent as a part of a new subdivision. Typically, these are single-family homes that are made available through the City’s inclusionary housing program or the State’s Density Bonus housing program. Within the program requirements, the developer performs the marketing, establishes the rent price, creates and maintains an interest list, and determines qualified applicants. The City performs an oversight role in ensuring compliance of the affordability requirements. The table below provides information on rental affordable housing opportunities that may be available in the near future. As new projects and/or contact information becomes available, this table will be updated.


Number of affordable units

Estimated project completion




Contact Information

Fox Point Farms  40 Summer 2023 Nolen Communities various 50% AMI sign up for interest list