La Mesa Announces Expansion of Mortgage Assistance Program

La Mesa will expand its mortgage relief program to help struggling tenants impacted by the pandemic.

The city announced this week that the program will now include rent payment relief for residents. Rental requests will be taken from Monday.

“We are committed to putting this help in the hands of our residents who have been hardest hit by COVID-19, and this relief is a way to help those who are still struggling to pay their mortgage or rent,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis. in a report.

“We urge our residents who need help with mortgage or rent payments to apply and help us raise awareness of this vitally important program.”

The maximum reward amount is $5,000 per household to help settle overdue balances or future mortgage or rent payments. Mortgage and lease payments must be for properties within the city limits of La Mesa.

Applications will be accepted until program funds are exhausted. Eligible applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year, the city received federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funding aimed at helping families recover from the economic effects of the pandemic. To help run the program, the city has contracted with Leaving home Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has worked with families and communities since 1972.

“We are honored to partner with the City of La Mesa to provide financial assistance to residents by helping them achieve housing stability and prevent potential homelessness,” said Prevention Team Leader Andrea Castellanos. homeless people at Home Start, in a statement.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria, go to https://bit.ly/3HNJxsr. Application forms are available on this site and can be completed there, or they can be downloaded, completed and dropped off at 333 E. Main St., El Cajon.

For questions about the program, email [email protected] or call (619) 643-6202.