COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Program Overview

The COVID-19 City of Downey Emergency Residential Rental Assistance Program provides emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay, residing in the City of Downey.

Emergency Rental Assistance grants are rental payments made on behalf of income-eligible households to pay for past, current or future rent for a maximum period of 1 month as a result of the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. This rental assistance program will be deployed quickly to provide relief to both tenants and landlords.

Program Eligibility 

Eligible households must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Reside in the City of Downey.
  2. Annual household income does not exceed the State of California, Housing and Community Development Department established "Moderate-Income" limits. Household income eligibility is based on the following three (3) factors:
    1. Unit size;
    2. The total number of persons residing in the household; and,
    3. The total amount of the annual household income.
  3. Economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning April 1, 2020- to present.
  4. Current residential lease agreement.
  5. Completed W-9 form from bona fide landlord/property management agent or company.
  6. Signed Program Participation-Payment Acceptance form from bona fide landlord/property management agent or company.
  7. Confirmed current rental balance.

Income Eligibility 

Annual income is defined as the total gross amount of income received from all sources by adult individuals of the household who have earned or received income during a 12-month period prior to the April 1, 2020. Additional information on household income is provided in Types on Household Income section below.

To determine program eligibility, all sources of annual income for each household member over the age of 18 and the exact amounts earned from each income source must be accurately documented. The primary applicant(s) are also required to certify by signature that the information provided regarding household members is correct.

Eligible households must be at or below the “Moderate Income” limits for confirmed household size. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program Household Income Limits are based on income requirements established by the State of California, Housing and Community Development Department, as displayed in this chart:

Emergency Rental Assistance Household Income Limits

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Application and Grant Distribution Process:

Grants will be awarded to qualified applicants on a “first come, first served” basis until funds run out.


  • Applications will be accepted starting on Wednesday, June 17th at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Interested applicants can apply by calling 562-299-6706 to complete an intake form over the phone. 
  • Applications will only be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • If a household is considered eligible, an application will then be sent by email, mail, or may be retrieved in person from Downey City Hall. 
  • Eligibility will be determined upon submission of a completed application with all required information and documents
  • Emergency rental assistance will not be paid directly to households; rather, the financial assistance will be paid directly to the bona fide landlord or property management agent.

Application Guidelines



For more information,  please email at or call the City at 562-299-6706.