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As residents continue to feel the financial impacts of the coronavirus, Simi Valley became the latest municipality to launch a rental assistance program. 

The city of Simi Valley Emergency Rental Assistance Program will assist low-income city residents who were financially impacted by the coronavirus, the city announced last week

Eligible applicants can receive up to three months of rental assistance or up to $5,000, whichever is less. Applicants must be a resident of Simi Valley, be financially impacted by COVID-19, and have an annual income less than 50% of the area median income for Ventura County. 

This income limit varies by household size. For example, for a household of four this income limit would be $56,450, but for a household of one it would be $39,550.

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Payments will be made directly to the landlord or property manager, and priority will go to those who have not received any other grant funding or assistance. 

Simi Valley’s program comes after Ventura County launched a Pandemic Rental Assistance program in June, which received over 2,600 applications. The city of Thousand Oaks also launched a rental assistance program in August.

Simi Valley is using $182,000 in special COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant funds provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to pay for the program. 

Simi Valley residents can apply for funding through Oct. 9 at 

Erin Rode covers housing, real estate and development for The Star. Reach her at [email protected] or 805-437-0312.

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