The city of Moreno Valley announced Thursday that qualifying households in financial distress can receive up to $5,000 in one-time rental assistance grants.

“We know that there are many individuals and families in our community who are worried sick about how they’re going to pay the rent,” Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said. “And others are already without housing.”

The city received $1.68 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act funding specifically for a rent relief program, replicating what the Riverside County Department of Housing, Homelessness Prevention and Workforce Solutions has had in place since June.

In the western county region, the program is administered by the nonprofit United Way of the Inland Valleys.

According to the Moreno Valley city manager’s office, residents who apply for rental assistance must present documentation showing loss of income stemming from the coronavirus public health lockdowns, and applicants cannot earn more than 50% of the county census-designated median income, depending on household size.

For a family of four, that would translate to $37,650 in annual earnings.

More information is available through United Way of the Inland Valleys by calling 211, or visiting uwiv.org/.

Additionally, the city’s guidelines for rental assistance can be found at www.moval.org/rentalrescue/.

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