City of San Diego Eviction Prevention Program

City of San Diego Eviction Prevention Program

How to Get Help

While we welcome walk-ins, you can simply call our toll free number 1-877-LEGAL AID (1-877-534-2524) for faster service.
 

Eligibility

Eligible tenants must:

  • Reside at a City of San Diego address;
  • Have household income at or below 80 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income ($97,000/year for a family of four);
  • Have an obligation to pay rent; and
  • At least one member of the household has a reduction of income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Legal Assistance

The City of San Diego Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) helps low-income renters in the City of San Diego who are facing eviction for non-payment of rent or experiencing other housing problems due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPP is operated by Legal Aid Society of San Diego through a contract with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Community Development Block Grants fund this program.

EPP includes the following types of assistance:

Full legal representation for Eligible Tenants throughout the pre-eviction and eviction process, in settlement negotiations and through trial, if necessary.
 
Limited legal services for Eligible Tenants through clinics, hotlines or appointments (virtual or telephonic), such as help with:
- Counsel and advice
- Completing COVID-19-related declarations
- Submitting formal responses to eviction notices
- Formal responses to Unlawful Detainers
- Requests for reasonable accommodations
 
Renter education and clinic:
- Know Your Rights workshops (coming soon)
- Help with Unlawful Detainer court forms
- Help with Civil Harassment Restraining Order court forms

For Assistance with Court Forms, You May Visit:

Unlawful Detainer Clinic
San Diego County Superior Court, Hall of Justice
330 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday, except court holidays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Civil Harassment Temporary Restraining Order Clinic
San Diego County Superior Court, Hall of Justice
330 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Walk-in Hours: Monday –Friday, except court holidays, 8:30 a.m. – noon 

For Emergency Rental Assistance – COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program

In the City of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers the City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Program. This program helps pay rent and utilities for qualifying households with low income experiencing financial hardship due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access the application portal, visit https://covidassistance.sdhc.org/