SMRR Tenant Hotline: 310-394-0848
RENTAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE NOW: The State of California Housing Is Key program is now available to landlords and eligible tenants. Eligible low-income households can apply to receive help to pay unpaid rent that has accrued due to the Covid-19 health emergency. Immigration status is not relevant. Not first come first serve, but very low income and most at risk will get money sooner. To apply, visit: https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html
Click here for information regarding the City of Santa Monica’s Right To Counsel program for tenants who need legal assistance.
Watch SMRR’s latest Webinar recorded 4-23-21
Get answers to questions regarding rental assistance, non-payment protections, harassment and eviction protections, and fair housing. Watch here: SMRR Live Webinar: Avoiding Eviction Post-COVID: “Rental Assistance and Tenant Protections”.
Steering Committee 5-8-21
Santa Monica Eviction Moratorium: For full details and updates about Santa Monica’s eviction moratorium and the eviction protections under California law please visit this link: https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-eviction-moratorium
Legal Help for Tenants
The Eviction Defense Network (in Los Angeles) is offering tenants free online consultation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Email [email protected] with questions and include relevant documents if you can. If you do not have access to the email their office hours are M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM at 1930 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90057.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has closed their office reception areas to visitors, starting Monday, March 16 through the end of the month. However, applicants can access LAFLA services by calling 800-399-4529 between 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-4:30 p.m. for intake only, Monday through Friday; or applying online for help. All current client activity will be conducted remotely when possible. Clinics will be held by telephone or video conference when possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for clients with disabilities.
Information for Tenants
Fact sheet for Santa Monica renters prepared by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Fact Sheet from LAFLA
Notice to Landlord form: Link to the Notice To Landlord Form created by the City of Santa Monica to help tenants communicate with their landlords (updated 1-28-2021): Notice to Landlord form
City of Santa Monica webpage regarding California’s rental assistance program: https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-renthelp
Affordable Housing and Rent Subsidy Information
Affordable housing and rent subsidy program information is available for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers. Application dates and details: Application and Registration Info
Emergency Meals Programs: The City of Santa Monica is operating an emergency food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park. Details about the program can be found at this link: smgov.net/vapark
City Resources: City of Santa Monica list of resources: City’s List of Community Resources
Recycling information: Don’t know if something should be recycled, composted or placed in the trash bin? We can help. A representative of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery and Recycling department came to a recent SMRR meeting and answered questions about the current state of recycling in Santa Monica. Click here for more information.