COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program

All available funds for the City of Dublin COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program have been allocated and the program is closed. Rent and utility assistance is available through Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Dublin created this rent assistance program to assist Dublin residents.

Unable to pay your rent because of the effects of COVID-19? 

  • Loss of income
  • Reduced hours and wages
  • Caring for a household member
  • Increased childcare expenses
  • Illness

The City’s COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program may be able to help you!

What is the COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program?

The COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program (“Program”) is intended to reduce potential risk of homelessness and preserve housing stability for existing Dublin residents. The Program provides rent assistance for lower-income households experiencing an unforeseen financial crisis and an inability to pay rent due to a loss of income related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Funding is provided by the CARES Act through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

How much assistance does the Program provide?

Eligible households may qualify for a maximum of $6,000 or a maximum of 6-months of rent, whichever is less. 

How can I use the money received through this Program?

Funds may only be used to pay outstanding, unpaid rent due on a current lease or rental agreement. All funds are paid directly to the landlord. 

When can I apply for COVID-19 Rent Assistance?

The City is accepting applications until all available Program funds have been expended or the Program is closed at the City’s discretion. Program funds are limited. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis and available funding will be allocated based on the date the City confirms receipt of a complete application with all required submittal documentation and confirms that the application meets the Program Eligibility requirements. 

Who is eligible for COVID-19 Rent Assistance?

  • Dublin residents.
  • Lost job or have lost income due to COVID-19.
  • Household income at or below 120% Area Median Income. Note: A maximum of 30% of the Program funds can be allocated to households earning 81% to 120% AMI.
  • Lease is in the applicant’s name.
  • Be current on rental payments prior to March 17, 2020 and remain in otherwise good standing with the terms of the lease.

Area Median Income Limits for Alameda County

Area Median Income

How do I apply for COVID-19 Rent Assistance?

Simply complete your application online and upload the required documentation. You may also download the application and submit it in person with the required documentation to the Community Development Department - Housing Division. You may also obtain an application form from the Housing Division.

Before you start your application, we recommend that you gather the required documents that you will need to upload with your application.

How do I find out more information?

Please refer to the Program Guidelines for additional details about the COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program.

For questions about the Program or assistance with your application, please contact City Staff at 925-833-6610 or via email at


Need help scanning documents to upload with your application? There are several free apps available from the App Store and Google Play to download to your phone or mobile device. These apps will enable you to scan documents which you can then upload with your application. Alternatively, simply take photos of the documents using your phone and then upload them with your application.

For questions about the Program or assistance submitting your application, please contact City Staff at 925-833-6610 or email.