Councilman Introduces Motion To Speed Up Rental Assistance Payment Process

Councilman Kevin de León has introduced a motion aimed at speeding up the timeline for landlords to receive back rent for tenants who couldn’t pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that at the current pace, the city’s rental assistance program won’t complete payments for 18 months.

De León, speaking before the City Council meeting Friday morning, said the rent relief program received more than 113,000 applications and the city has about $235 million to distribute, with another $260 million expected. However, the city has only paid out about $35 million, he said.