County of San Diego

Security Deposit Assistance Program

The County of San Diego’s Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP) helps eligible County residents with a security deposit payment.

The program provides one-time payment assistance for renters unable to pay for a security deposit through a security deposit voucher program. The security deposit cannot exceed two months’ rent for a maximum award amount of $7,000. Vouchers are limited. Application period opened September 3, 2021 and will remain open until further notice. Applications submitted during the first two weeks will be assigned for review via a random lottery. Applications received after the first two week period will be assigned for review based on date and time of application as funding permits.

Application period opened September 3, 2021.

To apply over the phone or for assistance: Call (858) 694-4801

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, households must meet all the following criteria:


  • HCDS will serve individuals and families in the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista and the unincorporated areas of San Diego

Eligible Income:

  • Household must fall at or below 120% Area Median Income (AMI) limit


120% of AMI

















Rental Information:

  • Rental period for unit should not be less than six months
  • New unit where security deposit assistance is being provided must be located in the County’s jurisdiction

Help With Your Application

If you need help with your application, these community based organizations are able to help;

Organization Address Phone Languages
Chicano Federation

3180 University Ave Ste 400,

San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 285-5600 X382 English, Spanish
Mental Health America

4069 30th Street

San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 253-6194 English, Spanish
License to Freedom

131 Avocado Ave

El Cajon, 92020
(619) 387-6056 English, Arabic, Kurdish, Chaldean
License to Freedom

131 Avocado Ave

El Cajon, 92020
(619) 333-6994 English, Farsi, Dari, Pashto

150 Valpreda Road

San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 736-6734 English, Spanish
South Bay Community Services

430 F Street

Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 420-3620 English, Spanish
La Maestra

4060 Fairmount Ave.

San Diego, CA 92105-1608
(619) 269-1254 English, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Chaldean

If you are a Community Based Organization that is assisting with applications and have any questions or would like training regarding these programs, please contact us at (858) 694-4801 for assistance.

Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP) flyer and FAQ's

SDAP Flyer

English / Spanish / Arabic  / Mandarin / Vietnamese Tagalog


English / Spanish / Arabic  / Mandarin / Vietnamese Tagalog

Additional translations for Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese coming soon

News Articles

FOX 5: How to get San Diego rent, security deposit assistance and help for landlords

County Expands Assistance for Struggling Tenants, Landlords

KPBS Interview: San Diego County Housing Announces Initiatives To Help Tenants, Landlords


  • Landlord webinar available the 1st Thursday of every month from 9am-10am.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 619-343-2539,,633625638#     United States, San Diego

Phone Conference ID: 633 625 638# 

Upcoming Events

Learn more about the Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program by visiting our booth at these local community events:

October 1st: San Diego: Southeastern Live Well Center Groundbreaking, 9am-10am Southeastern Live Well Center (