City of San Diego – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

 

 

The San Diego Housing Commission opened the application portal for the City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program created to assist low-income tenants (in the City of San Diego) who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. These payments will be made directly to the household’s landlord.

 

Logan Heights CDC is partnering with the San Diego Housing Commission to support tenants with the application process! We are offering language and application support to tenants over the phone or at our site. If you know of any tenants who need support in completing their application due to the need for language or computer access, please feel free to connect them with our team. For on-site support we are taking appointments only and they must call 619.858.0563 and ask for Ebony or email info@loganheightscdc.org before coming to the site (COVID-19 safety measure). In addition, Parent Voices and ACCE are putting together an Emergency Rental Assistance Workshop to learn more about the application and resources available to tenants in our region! Flyers are attached.

City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Link: https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/

(For more information about this program, please contact 2-1-1 or call (619) 535-6921)

 

 

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SAN DIEGO – With increasing demand for digital connection amid the global pandemic, the City of San Diego is moving forward with a partnership to donate end-of-life City computers to the San Diego Futures Foundation to help bridge the digital divide for thousands of San Diegans while avoiding potential future costs associated with recycling the technology.

On Wednesday, the City Council Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee unanimously approved the partnership to begin helping some of the nearly 30,000 local households that do not have computers.

“With so many San Diegans working and learning remotely, a computer is no longer a luxury but a lifeline,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “With the need for this technology growing, this partnership with the San Diego Futures Foundation will help bridge the digital divide for thousands for San Diegans and help them stay connected during this pandemic and beyond.”

 

Currently, the City uses a contracted vendor to recycle or destroy end-of-life computer equipment like desktops and monitors. Shifts in the global recycling industry could put this free service in jeopardy in the future. The current contract for these services has reached the end of its term and will wind down within two years.

If approved by the City Council, the partnership would allow the San Diego Futures Foundation to receive, refurbish and distribute the roughly 800 computers the City considers end-of-life for its employees each year. To date, the City has 2,271 desktop computers that are ready to be refurbished and distributed that would otherwise be destroyed.

“With the current contract nearing expiration, this partnership would offer an innovative solution for the City to address digital inclusion and avoid potential costs with recycling this equipment,” said Jonathan Behnke, the City’s Chief Information Officer. “This technology could help someone who is struggling right now to work remotely, access government services, use telehealth services, go to class and much more.”

The Futures Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in City Heights that provides technology and training for San Diegans of all ages as well as nonprofit organizations who may need IT help. With a proven track record, the San Diego Futures Foundation has provided more than 53,000 computers to those in need and provided more than 10,000 training sessions. Through this partnership, the foundation would provide training to help recipients of the computers get off to a quick start and provide them with the resources to find affordable internet services.

 

“It’s exciting to see the City of San Diego is taking a major step in ensuring that the individuals on the wrong side of the digital divide will have computers made available from the City as they’re being retired or phased out of use,” said Gary Knight, Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation. “This partnership marks a major step in ensuring that this digital divide is addressed in a meaningful way.”

 

With the Committee approval of the ordinance, it is expected to go before a full City Council vote in the coming weeks.