Housing Programs and Resources

Development Services counter service is now open to the public during the following business hours:

 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 

8:00 am - 3:30 pm (closed from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm for lunch)

Closed on Tuesdays


The State of California has launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  

To apply for the program please visit the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief page through the Housing Is Key website, or you can call toll-free 833-430-2122.


Commercial and residential development project permit applications and inspection requests can be submitted online and all staff members are available by phone or email.

COVID-19 MORTGAGE PAYMENT RELIEF PROGRAM 

 

If you are struggling to pay your mortgage, please visit https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/resources_for_homeowners



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PROGRAMA DE ALIVIO PARA EL PAGO DE LA 

HIPOTECA POR COVID-19

Si tiene problemas para pagar su hipoteca por favor visite: https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/resources_for_homeowners



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The Development Services Department is responsible for projects and programs consistent with the policies of the City’s General Plan Housing Element.

Affordable Rental Housing Projects

The development of multi-unit affordable housing projects have been assisted through grant funds which can be used in conjunction with other funding support that is obtained by the developer or partners of the project. Grant funding for these projects ensures that they remain as affordable housing projects and the rents that are charged are regulated according to the conditions imposed by the governmental body or agency issuing the grant. The City has assisted the development of the following housing projects.

  • The Aspens at South Lake Tahoe – 47 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income households
  • Evergreen Apartments – 26 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income households
  • Kelly Ridge - 32 units of affordable senior housing for very low-income persons 62 years and older
  • Sierra Garden Apartments – 75 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons
  • Sky Forest Acres – 18-unit housing project for very low-income persons with disabilities
  • Tahoe Pines Apartments - 28 units of family affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons
  • Tahoe Senior Plaza – 44 units of senior housing for very low-income persons 62 years and older
  • Tahoe Valley Townhomes – 70 units of family housing for low- and very low-income persons

Affordable Housing Resources List (PDF)

List of properties Certified Exceptional (PDF) by the City of South Lake Tahoe Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Maintenance Program.  Properties obtain this level of certification by passing three successive annual inspections. 

Tenants and Landlords Resources

Information on the Sugar Pine Village Project.

Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless: (530) 600 - 2822 or email 

Saint Joseph Community Land Trust: (530) 541 - 8930 has a loan program available for families that are living in a motel. Visit https://www.saintjosephclt.org/ for more information.

Mobile Home Parks Inspections and Concerns: (530) 206 - 6231 or e-mail David Osfeld

Recycling information: Visit the South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services website.

Abandoned vehicles: Call Code Enforcement at (530) 542-6135.

Liberty Utilities: Financial Program 

The CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy) program offers income-qualified primary residential customers a 20% discount on their monthly electric bill. Income guidelines and more information can be found on this webpage. Applications can be processed online or through completed paper application delivered to Liberty office locations in South Lake Tahoe or Tahoe Vista. Applications available through the link above in both English and Spanish. 

 

Liberty offers an assistance program for residential customers who have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. Qualifying customers receive an extension of their lower rate baseline allowance on their monthly energy bill and, when possible, advanced notice for a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  

 

Income-qualified Liberty customers are eligible for energy efficient home improvements at no cost to them. Customers can call 1-866-812-5766 to speak with the contractor managing this program for guideline qualifications and scheduling. 

 

211 is a free 24/7 information and referral service for community services. 211 is supported by United Ways of California, public and private funders, and city and county agencies. The service connects people with health and human services and resources when assistance is needed. 211 is available to communities in multiple languages via call, web, and text. During times of disaster, 211 provides incident specific information by coordinating with local emergency services. With 211, communities can access information about shelter, food, medical, and recovery services. 211 also provides information about utility assistance programs, such as the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

HEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides an annual energy bill payment on behalf of the eligible applicant. For more information please call 1-866-675-6623. 

PSPS - Public Safety Power Shutoffs

This link provides information specific to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) including customer preparation tips, wildfire mitigation efforts, and a helpful explanation of Liberty PSPS criteria. Documents are available in a variety of languages including English and Spanish. Liberty encourages all customers to confirm contact information on their account in order to receive PSPS notifications by calling 1-800-782-2506.

 

State and Local COVID-19 Residential Eviction Moratorium

Under the City’s moratorium, beginning on September 30, 2020, a landlord may request unpaid rent that was due between March 19, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The tenant has 60 days to pay the rent due; however, the state legislature enacted the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088), which was signed by the Governor and took effect on August 31, 2020 and was amended by SB91 on January 28, 2021, and by AB 832 on June 28, 2021. The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, as amended, protects certain tenants suffering financial distress from COVID-19 from eviction for nonpayment of rent due between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. Local eviction moratoria that were already in place, like the City of South Lake Tahoe’s Amended Emergency Order No. 3, are preserved. The state and local moratoria work together to protect tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. Key points from the state and city residential eviction moratorium are:

  • To obtain eviction protection under the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, the tenant must respond to the landlord’s notice to pay rent with a declaration that the tenant must sign under penalty of perjury and return to the landlord within 15 days. No financial verification is required unless the landlord has proof that the tenant earns at least $100,000 or more than 130 percent of the county median income annually.
  • If the tenant provides the required declaration, then prior to October 1, 2021, a landlord cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of the full amount of rent that was due between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. A landlord can evict a tenant only if they had violated the lease prior to March 1, 2020. 
  • If the tenant provides the required declaration, then prior to October 1, 2021, a landlord cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of a portion of the amount of rent that was due between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. A tenant must pay 25 percent of the rent due between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 to take advantage of this protection. This rent payment may be made up to September 30, 2021. Financial assistance is available from the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program to cover these rent payments.
  • A landlord cannot get an unlawful detainer order from a court prior to October 1, 2021, if the tenant has provided the required declaration of financial distress due to COVID-19.
  • Landlords can initiate eviction actions beginning on October 5, 2020, for tenants who fail to return the required declaration in response to a notice to pay rent.
  • A landlord may still evict a tenant for reasons besides non-payment of rent due to financial distress from COVID-19. Neither the local or state eviction moratorium forgives unpaid rent, which a landlord may seek through small claims court after November 1, 2021.