If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic. Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do. The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.
Find where to apply To find the state or local agency where you can apply for rental assistance, visit cfpb.gov/govrent
If you can’t find a program in your area, call 2-1-1 or your local housing authority for assistance.
While many remain Safe at Home, HOPICS staff work the front lines to protect the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population in South Los Angeles. Thomas Curwen and Benjamin Oreskes of The Los Angeles Times shine light on how the Coronavirus pandemic puts an already vulnerable population at-risk and what HOPICS outreach workers are doing to help.