Low-Income Senior Renters Can Register for POD Pilot Program Starting November 4
Between 250 and 400 seniors will be supported through cash-based assistance over the next year
October 29, 2019
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Starting November 4, 2019, the City of Santa Monica will accept registrations for the Preserving Our Diversity (POD) pilot program. The POD program provides financial assistance to very low-income, long-term Santa Monica senior renters to help cover their basic needs. Council approved the $2 million expansion of the program this summer to assist an additional 250 to 400 seniors.
The cash-based assistance aims to help households achieve a minimum amount of monthly after-rent income of $700 for a one-person household or $1,225 for a two-person household. To be eligible for the program, you must:
- Be a senior aged 65 or older.
- Have lived in a Santa Monica rent-controlled apartment since before January 1, 2000.
- Have an annual household income less than or equal to $36,550 for a one-person household or $41,800 for a two-person household.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in applying for POD, please register for an application (in English and Spanish) online via computer, tablet, or smartphone, through a secure website at www.santamonica.gov/pod, or by calling the Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) at (310) 458-8743, Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration will remain open for interested seniors to register. Following registration, only those who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an application from the City. All applications submitted to the City will be placed on a waitlist. Applicants will then be selected by lotteries for enrollment on a rolling basis over the next year.
Regular workshops will be held to help with the registration and application process. The first two will be held on November 6, 2019, in the morning and afternoon.
- Virginia Avenue Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Santa Monica Main Library from 6 – 8 p.m.
Know someone who might qualify for the program? Please share information with them, encourage them to register, or help them register.
For additional information or questions, please visit www.santamonica.gov/pod.