Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes

No elderly San Diegan should sleep on a sidewalk because they lost their home, but sadly, one of the fastest-growing homeless populations is seniors. Nearly one of every three homeless people in San Diego are over the age of 55.

That's why the Board of Supervisors approved a new pilot program proposed by Supervisors Lawson-Remer and Anderson, to help low-income seniors at risk of homelessness with rental assistance, making sure they can keep a roof over their head and can live with the dignity they deserve.

Would an extra $500 per month help you avoid losing your home?

If so, please consider looking into this program!

How to Apply

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a household income at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income.  
  • Be using more than half of their income toward housing. 
  • Have their name on the lease or rental agreement. 
  • Have a landlord willing to participate in the program. 
  • Not be receiving any other rental subsidies.  
  • Sign consent forms to participate in the program. 

To apply for this rental subsidy, email your full name and contact information to Application assistance and translation services will be provided.

How it Helps

Supervisor Lawson-Remer believes that in order to successfully tackle the homelessness crisis in our region, we must prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

The senior rent subsidy program provides assistance to help catch vulnerable seniors before they fall into homelessness while also connecting residents to services such as transportation, health care, technology support and more.

And now this successful program is expanding, with an additional $2 million to be opened up to the public later this year for application.