Riverside County and United Way host rental assistance pop-up event in Hemet 

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HEMET – Residents struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic found up to $3,500 in assistance at a pop-up event in Hemet Wednesday, Oct. 7, sponsored by Riverside County and Inland SoCal United Way. Applications for the United Lift rental assistance program were accepted at the Workforce Development Center in Hemet.

The United Lift rental assistance program provided $33 million to renters affected by COVID-19. Payments were made directly to landlords with no limit as to the number of payments a landlord may receive.

Residents living near Hemet, San Jacinto, Idyllwild and Anza were conditionally approved on the spot based on the following documentation: a form of identification, lease agreement, proof of COVID-19 impact or related loss of income and landlord’s contact information.

“We want to thank all of the staff, volunteers and partner organizations who are dedicating resources, working one-on-one-to assist our neighbors and helping to spread the word about the available rental assistance,” Lisa Wright, president of Inland SoCal United Way, said.

Eligibility for the rental assistance program was limited to renters in Riverside County with a current lease agreement who could document a loss of income due to COVID-19 economic impacts, leaving them unable to pay their rent.

There were no income limits for tenants; landlords needed to provide a rental agreement and W-9 to participate.

Wright said the program recently wrote a check for $500,000 to a single landlord to help 140 families.

“We are encouraging landlords to work directly with us, as we are able to help more families this way at once,” Wright said.

The county’s Board of Supervisors was both the funding and operational partner in the program, Wright said.

“The staff at the Housing, Homelessness Prevention, and Workforce Solutions Department have worked so hard to build this program,” she said. “We are grateful that we are able to execute this program with their leadership and support.”

Submitted by Riverside County.