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Chula Vista gives greenlight to rent relief program

Chula Vista City Council Virtual Meeting
Posted at 11:37 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:17:05-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Help is coming to many Chula Vista families struggling to pay their rent and utilities due to the coronavirus.

The Chula Vista City Council made nearly $17-million available to help residents struggling to pay their rent or utilities due to the coronavirus.

The city council passed the resolution with four people voting to give it the green light and one member abstaining.

Families eligible for the program must show the coronavirus has impacted them. For example, a job loss or hours cut a result of the pandemic.

City officials say landlords can also participate in the program. Under state rules, they would get 80 percent of unpaid rent and, in turn, must agree to forgive the remaining 20-percent.

Applications for the program could become available by early March.

Chula Vista city officials ask those interested in the program to sign up for a notification service online- to remain updated with timelines. As of Tuesday's meeting, city officials say more than 700 people have signed up for that service since it launched on Friday.