Application Deadline Extended | Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Aid for for qualifying tenants impacted by COVID-19 in South Pasadena

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The City of South Pasadena has extended the application deadline for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (EARP) to February 1, 2021 to allow tenants additional time to apply for assistance after the holidays. The ERAP will help provide South Pasadena tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19 and meet federal low-income requirements with a onetime grant of $1,000.

The monthly assistance payments will be provided directly to property owners or landlords on behalf of qualifying residents and will be applicable to rent due during the eligible period from March 19, 2020, until the end of the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order.

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Application packets are available on the City’s website

Eligibility requirements are outlined in the application packet, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

Applicants may pick up application packets at the Senior Center (1102 Oxley St) by appointment. Please call (626) 491-3869 during business hours or email to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, application packets are available at the South Pasadena Police Department’s front counter (1422 Mission St.) between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, February 1, 2021. Applications may be submitted via email ( or in person by calling (626) 491-3869 and scheduling an appointment.

To be considered for the grant, applicants must first submit the eligibility form included in the application packet before the application deadline. The City will review these forms to determine eligibility.

Applications submitted by the original deadline of December 10, 2020 and meet eligibility requirements will move forward to the second phase of the process. Applications received after this date will be evaluated separately and, depending on the number of applications, a lottery drawing may be conducted to select applications relative to the number of grant awards remaining.

The second phase of the application process requires eligible applicants to submit documentation confirming substantive income losses caused by job layoffs, furloughs or reduction in hours or pay during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning March 19. All documentation, including rental lease agreements, will be subject to verification.

The City is partnering with the Housing Rights Center to assist with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The City Council approved use of federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding through the CARES Act for this program. The ERAP will provide $1,000 one-time grants to 60 qualified tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rental assistance payments will be made directly to landlords or property management companies on behalf of qualifying tenant.

For more information, please visit Email: or Call: (626) 491-3869