San Francisco’s emergency rental assistance program, which can provide up to six months of rental assistance, including three months of future rent, to tenants at risk of becoming homeless due to a pandemic-related loss of employment or income, will begin accepting applications today, May 28.

In order to qualify for assistance, tenants must (1) have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a documented reduction in household income due to the pandemic, demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and (2) have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI), the limits for which currently range from $102,450 for an individual to $146,350 for a family of four.  Priority will be given to applicants with very low (50% of AMI) and extremely low incomes (30% AMI).

Keep in mind that assistance will not be allocated on “a first-come, first-served” basis but rather based on the risk of becoming homeless, or experiencing housing instability, with eviction protections for non-payment of rent slated to expire on June 30, 2021.