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COVID-Related Benefit Programs

The public benefits below are now available during this unprecedented public health emergency.
View the programs that may benefit you and request them soon because some are time-sensitive. 

Emergency rental assistance

Beginning October 1, 2021, a landlord must apply for rental assistance before they can try to evict a tenant through the courts for failing to pay rent.

If you are a renter who is at-risk of eviction for non-payment of COVID-19 related debt, you should:

  1. Apply for 100% assistance with back rent and/or future rent at HousingIsKey.com
    and
  2. Tell your landlord that you have applied

For more assistance or information, call (833) 687-0967.

Eviction moratorium

If you have been financially hurt by COVID-19, your landlord cannot evict you for being behind on rent—as long as you’ve been able to pay at least some of the rent. This “eviction moratorium” or eviction ban began on March 1, 2020 and lasts until September 30, 2021.

For more information: Visit the City's Rent Protections webpage or call 3-1-1

Child Tax Credit

Nearly all families with kids qualify to get a federal, monthly payment of up to $300 per child under age 6, and up to $250 per child ages 6 to 17. You can receive these payments even if you are homeless or incarcerated.

How to get your tax credit

  • If you filed 2019 or 2020 taxes or signed up for stimulus checks using the IRS Non-Filer tool last year you don't need to do anything. The IRS will send your money automatically. If the IRS has your bank account info, you should have received your first payment in July. If the IRS doesn’t, you will receive a check by mail.
  • If you haven’t filed a tax return for 2019 or 2020, file now to claim your money! You can get free tax assistance by visiting: EarnItKeepItSaveIt.org.

Help with finding a job

HSA’s JobsNOW! program has recently expanded this program to serve more job seekers. JobsNOW! matches people looking for jobs with open positions; we also help employers fill positions by paying employees’ wages for up to six months.

Need help finding a job? Call our JobsNOW! hotline (877) 562-1669 or email HSA.JobsNOW@sfgov.org

Learn more: Visit our JobsNOW! webpage.

Free vaccine clinics

The threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant is very real, making it more important than ever to get vaccinated. Vaccines are safe, effective, and free.