City of Encinitas offers COVID-19 emergency rental and utility assistance program

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(Karen Billing)

The City of Encinitas has established a program to offer financial assistance to help pay for past-due or upcoming rent and utility payments, according to a city news release. Payments of up to $4,500 are made directly to the landlord and/or to the utility to cover the costs of rent, trash and water. The program is for income-qualified households within the City of Encinitas that can demonstrate the need for assistance due to the coronavirus global pandemic. Documentation is required and a checklist is provided for convenience.

Applications must be submitted online only, and those without online access or requiring special assistance may contact (760) 456-7757 by telephone or by email. For additional information, and to apply go to — City of Encinitas news release