By CBSLA Staff

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — San Bernardino County Friday announced a new emergency rental assistance program to provide rental and utility assistance to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, funded by the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and run in conjunction with Inland SoCal 211+, will provide up to 12 months of back rent and/or prospective rent payments, as well as late utilities and prospective assistance.

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“This program will bring much-needed relief to tenants trying desperately to stay in their homes and, in turn, landlords who have been hard-hit by the economic effects of the pandemic,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said. “The county’s partnership with Inland SoCal 211+ is a key step toward economic recovery for our region.”

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The $46.8 million program will target its efforts to the most vulnerable residents who have experienced the greatest impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about the program and eligibility requirements can be found on the county’s website and on ISC211’s website.

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Applications can be filled out online starting Monday. Those who do not have access to a computer can call 211, extension 5, for help applying.