Tenants in Rent-Controlled Apartments Are Urged to Apply Now for One-Time Rent Relief

September 13, 2022 2:32 PM

On Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. applications will close for the “Rent Control Adjustment Relief” (RCAR) program which provides one-time rent relief to help rent-burdened Santa Monica households in rent-controlled apartments unable to afford the Rent Control General Adjustment that took effect on September 1, 2022.

The RCAR program is intended to keep families housed, shield tenants from eviction, and help both property owners and tenants manage this year’s unusually high General Adjustment increase. Currently, there is $750,000 of funding available for the RCAR program. Assistance will prioritize those households who are expected to be most impacted by the rent increase with priority given to very-low- and extremely-low-income households. The program will focus on tenants who have received a Notice of Rent Increase implementing the 2022 general adjustment and are severely rent-burdened households that are paying 50% or more of their income on rent.

The application period will close on Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Santa Monica residents in rent-controlled apartments are urged to review information and apply now at santamonica.gov/programs/rent-control-adjustment-relief. Qualifying tenants should apply for this program as soon as possible.

For persons with limited access to a computer, paper applications are available at Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through September 19. Both online and printed applications are available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Farsi. Applications completed on the online portal can be translated into these languages and many more. Rent relief is not automatic; tenants must apply and be qualified to get help. The program is open to all tenants of rent-controlled apartments regardless of citizenship status.

Santa Monica housing voucher holders are EXEMPT from applying for RCAR. These households will be automatically assessed for eligibility for RCAR assistance as part of their annual recertification process through September 2023. These households will be screened for RCAR assistance using the documentation provided as part of the recertification process, no additional application process will be required.

This program builds on the City’s prior COVID-19 rental assistance efforts. The City of Santa Monica has helped 2,300 Santa Monica tenants and property owners receive more than $38 million in rental assistance through the State of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Additionally, $2.8 million in rental assistance was distributed to more than 640 Santa Monica families since March 2020 by leveraging federal funding from Community Development Block Grants and the CARES Act as well as local funding from the City’s General Fund and community contributions to the We Are Santa Monica Fund.

For more information about the Rent Control Adjustment Relief program and to apply, visit santamonica.gov/programs/rent-control-adjustment-relief. If you have questions or need help applying, contact (310) 458-2201, ext. 5771 or rentcontrol@santamonica.gov.

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