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Affordable Housing

COVID-19 Update

Housing Offices: the housing office is currently closed to in-person services; however, staff are available by email and phone.
760-434-2810 | housing@carlsbadca.gov.

Tenant and Landlord Resources:
Governor Newsom signs legislation to extend eviction moratorium and assist tenants and small property owners impacted by COVID-19 (1/29/21)
State of California Information for Tenants & Landlords - State of California Declaration Form
CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium - CDC Declaration Form

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

County of San Diego Emergency Rental Assistance
San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance.

Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 can be submitted starting March 2, 2021.The County’s ERAP 2021 serves all areas of the San Diego region except for the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista.

For more information on the county's program, please visit www.sdhcd.org or call 858-694-4801 to speak to a housing representative.

If you are not sure which program serves your area, you can visit www.ERAPsandiego.org.

Los residentes del Condado de San Diego que han sido afectados económicamente por el COVID-19 que necesiten ayuda para pagar la renta y las utilidades pueden calificar para recibir asistencia.

Empezando el 2 de marzo, pueden presentar las solicitudes para el Programa de Emergencia de Asistencia de Renta (Emergency Rental Assistance Program, ERAP) 2021 del Condado de San Diego. El ERAP de este condado se aplica a todas las áreas de la región de San Diego, excepto las ciudades de San Diego y Chula Vista.

Para obtener más información sobre el programa del condado, visite www.sdhcd.org o llame al 858-694-4801 para comunicarse con un representante.

Si es residente de las ciudades de San Diego y Chula Vista, o si no está seguro de qué programa se implementa en su área, visite www.ERAPsandiego.org.

County of San Diego COVID-19 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Flyer

County of San Diego COVID-19 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

City of Carlsbad Emergency Rental Assistance
The City of Carlsbad provides one-time grants of up to $4,500 to cover past due and future rent payments for eligible households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds have been depleted.

Income Limits: Total current annualized household income must not exceed 80% of the household size-adjusted Area Median Income as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (See chart below)

Household Size

1 2 3 4
$64,700 $73,950 $83,200 $92,400
 $99,800  $107,200  $114,600 $122,000 


COVID-19 Related Financial Hardship: Households must have experienced a financial hardship directly related to COVID-19.  This includes loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19, being COVID-19 positive or caring for someone who is/was COVID-19 positive or increase in medical expenses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.

Other Eligibility Notes:
Households must not receive any other forms of rental subsidy such as Section 8 or other rental assistance programs, rapid rehousing assistance, or rental assistance from non-profit agencies.

Only one application per residence will be permitted.

The applicant's landlord must agree to participate in the program to process the one-time emergency rental assistance grant.  Payment will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the applicant household.

For more information on emergency rental assistance payments through the city, please contact one of the city's providers:

Online application: Interfaith Community Services / 760-448-5696

Online application: Community Resource Center / 760-300-3238

More information:
Jessica Osborn, Housing Navigator, jessica.osborn@carlsbadca.gov, 760-708-6136

Legal Support:
Legal Aid Society of San Diego
www.lassd.org | 1-877-534-2524

Additional resources available to provide relief to tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 is available on this city webpage

Upcoming Webinars

When we have new webinars, we will list them here.

Affordable rental housing

In the City of Carlsbad there are many apartment buildings with affordable housing units to those who qualify as very low, low, moderate and upper income.

The city has 24 apartment buildings that offer affordable units to those who qualify.  Each complex manages its own application process and waiting list. Find these complexes and get information about how to be considered to rent a unit on this online map.  In addition, we do have future affordable apartments.  This list will be updated as more information is added.

Affordable housing for sale

The city requires housing developers to set aside 15% of their units as affordable or pay into a fund the city uses to develop affordable housing. Buyers must be from low-income households and be able to show that they will not be paying more than 35% of their income on housing costs for their new home. There are currently no new units for sale.

Developer requirements

The City of Carlsbad has several programs designed to increase affordable housing opportunities for lower income households. The signature program is Carlsbad's mandatory inclusionary housing program. This program requires housing developers to provide 15% of their total units as affordable to low income households. Since this requirement was set forth by ordinance in 1993, the city has experienced the successful construction of over 2,000 units of housing affordable to low, very low and extremely low income households. Read more about this law in the City of Carlsbad Municipal Code section 21.85.


If you or someone you know is in need of immediate housing, please contact a member of the city's Homeless Outreach Team, who can assist with referrals to temporary shelters and other social services. The city has a Homeless Response Plan that provides resources, social workers and other support for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Related topics

Other housing assistance  
Housing Commission 
CDBG funding
Code Enforcement 
Mediation program / neighborhood conflict resolution 
Redevelopment / Successor agency
Census 2020
Regarding the Tenant Protection Act, please read this information.  You can also contact Legal Aid for further information.

Reports and documents

Administrative Plan for Section 8 Rental Assistance Program
Utility Allowance
2021 Housing Income Limits

Contact information 

City of Carlsbad 
Housing Services 
760-434-2810 | 760-720-2037 fax 
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive 
Carlsbad, CA 92008

M - Th: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.