Rental apartments available through the San Diego Housing Commission
Rental apartments available through the San Diego Housing Commission. Courtesy SDHC

The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to provide $52 million in state funds for rental assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will be available to county residents outside the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, both of which have separate funding assistance.

Emergency rental assistance funds “will bring needed financial relief to families who are still having a hard time making ends meet as we work our way back from the devastating effects of this pandemic,” said board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who is also a member of the county’s COVID-19 subcommittee.

Fletcher also praised the Biden administration and Gov. Gavin Newsom “in recognizing there are still struggling families that continue to need our support.” The funding comes from the recently adopted Senate Bill 91.

Supervisors had three options on how to handle fund distribution, and chose one that gives the county more say on allocating the money.

David Estrella, director of Housing & Community Development Services, said the county must meet certain timelines, including distributing at least 65% of the money by June. The county will also have hire more people to handle distribution of rental assistance money, Estrella said.

In January, the board voted to accept $48.8 million in federal funds also being used for rental assistance.

— City News Service contributed to this article

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