Starting March 15, 2021, Contra Costa County tenants and landlords impacted
by COVID-19 can apply for assistance from the COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Over $75 million
is Contra Costa County’s allocation of federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from
the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which allocated $2.6 billion to Californians in
need of rental relief.
The program assists income-qualified renters impacted by COVID-19 who need help to pay for
rent or utilities. Eligible household income may not exceed 80% of the local median income.
Eligible renters whose landlords do not participate in the program can still receive 25% of
unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Eligible renters can also
receive future rent assistance equal to 25% of their monthly rent. The program also provides up
to 80% rent reimbursement to landlords for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020, and
March 31, 2021.
Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rent Relief and in Spanish Ayuda con la Renta.
Tenants and landlords can contact the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122
for assistance to apply. To learn more and find state resources, visit Housingiskey.com.
For information on Contra Costa County’s Ordinance on Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze,
see FAQs on the County website. For additional resources, call 211 or 800-833-2900, text HOPE
to 20121, or visit www.contracosta.ca.gov.
Contact: Susan Shiu, PIO, 925-313-1183