SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership begins accepting applications Monday April 12th.

It’s an emergency rental assistance program that will leverage more than $46.8 million in federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funds to provide rental and utility assistance to county residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program provides up to 12 months of rental arrears and/or prospective rent payments, as well as utility arrears and prospective assistance. It will target the most vulnerable individuals/households that have experienced the greatest impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This program will bring much-needed relief to tenants trying desperately to stay in their homes and, in turn, landlords who have been hard-hit by the economic effects of the pandemic,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The county’s partnership with Inland SoCal 211+ is a key step toward economic recovery for our region.”

The county’s program will target its efforts to the most vulnerable individuals/households that have experienced the greatest impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households must meet the following criteria to receive assistance:

Household Eligibility

Household must reside within San Bernardino County. Residents of the cities of Fontana and San Bernardino must submit applications directly to their respective cities for assistance. Applicants from these cities who apply for the County’s program will be redirected to their applicable programs.

Household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and have a household income at or below 50% of area median income (AMI).