San Diegans behind on rent payments may qualify for the city of San Diego’s COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program, administered by the housing commission. The program can help pay past-due rent and utility bills and, in some cases, can be applied to overdue expenses for Internet services. The meeting will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Logan Heights Library on 567 S. 28th St.
Representatives from SDG&E will also be on hand to provide sign-ups for the California Alternate Rates for Energy, or CARE,program and the Arrearage Management Payment plan, or AMP.
Any financial help is not considered household income, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the program does not ask about immigration status.
CARE is available to customers whose total household income is at or below specific income limits, such as $52,400 for a family of four and can reduce electric bills 30 to 35 percent. AMP is a payment plan that reduces a portion of a participant’s debt and can forgive up to $8,000 in utility bills if 12 on-time payments are made on current monthly bills.
Walk-ups are welcome to Wednesday’s session and attendees are encouraged to bring:
rental documents, such as a lease past-due rent noticescurrent utility/household billsgross annual household income for the calendar year 2020, andcurrent household income
Unpaid utility bills have stacked up across California during the pandemic. In the first quarter of this year, more than 3.3 million residential customers of the state’s big four utilities have fallen behind on their bills, including more than 485,000 customers in the SDG&E service territory.
As for renters, about 724,000 California households are behind on their rent payments. California’s tenant protections against evictions, also extended earlier this year, expire after Sept. 30.
Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission extended the moratorium for shutting off power to customers for non-payment but the extension runs out at the end of this month.
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