The United Lift Rental Assistance program will end its online application portal on July 29.
United Lift has been a collaborative effort, over the past two years, between Riverside County, Inland SoCal United Way, and Lift To Rise, to support Riverside County families and residents financially impacted by COVID-19 through direct assistance with rentals and utilities.
By the end of 2022, the program will have disbursed more than $250 million countywide and helped 25,000 households, representing 100,000 local residents. Program officials said it was one of the most successful rental assistance efforts in the country.
Residents of Riverside County can still apply through the online application by July 29. Housing assistance funds, which are provided by various federal and local sources, will still be disbursed through the end of 2022, as long as the funding lasts.
“We would like to thank all of the partners, community members and dedicated staff who have come together to make rental assistance a huge success in Riverside County,” said Michael Walsh, Riverside Assistant Manager. County Housing and Workforce Solutions. “When we began this effort in the midst of the pandemic economic crisis, we did so with the goal of reaching all county residents who needed an elevator to stay housed. We never imagined that this would lead to a program of unprecedented local scale to support 100,000 of our neighbours.
Program officials said there were still large numbers of people in need of housing assistance, even as the local economy began to recover from the pandemic. They said there is a need to focus on longer term affordable housing issues in the area.
“While the Rental Assistance Program is nearing its end, our long-term work in the region to improve housing affordability and stability remains strong,” said Heather Vaikona, President and CEO. from Lift to Rise. “Many of the people and partners who came together to make assisted housing possible are now part of our work to plan, fund and produce the affordable housing we need to make our communities places where everyone has opportunity. sustainable and can thrive in the long term.”
United Lift will be relaunched as a collaborative eviction protection effort to reduce evictions and keep residents housed. The relaunch will take place in the fall of 2022.
“We are 100% committed to keeping people housed in Riverside County,” said Riverside County Housing Director Heidi Marshall. “The same vision and partnership that made assisted housing a resounding success will be essential to our shared goals of reducing evictions in the short term and increasing the supply of affordable housing in the long term.”