by Kenneth Ferreira, Contributing Writer

The City of El Monte, in response to the growing number of families on the edge of becoming homeless or who are in desperate need of housing, is working to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless through the City of El Monte’s Rapid Re-Housing Program.

The Program is funded by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) and as part of the homeless prevention and diversion programs Measure H funds are used for assistance in paying rent or providing housing.

Assistance will be offered to low income households who rent in the City, are homeless, or are living in emergency shelters.

Rental Assistance

One-time rental assistance up to $1,200.00 is available to help renters who are at-risk of becoming homeless. This program is for individuals of families who are behind on their monthly rent payment or have received an eviction notice or are otherwise at-risk of becoming homeless.

Households must meet HUD’s Very-Low Income Limits of 50% of the area median income. This amount changes based on the number of people in the household. This means a household of three cannot make more than $50,700.00 per year, a household of four cannot make more than $56,300.00 per year and a family of six cannot make more than $63,350.00 per year.

Housing Assistance

Similar to rental assistance, housing assistance of the program includes one-time assistance up to $1,200.00 for security deposits and/or payment of first/last month’s rent to help individuals or families who are homeless or living in an emergency shelter transition into permanent housing.

Participants must be transitioning into permanent housing located within El Monte city limits.

How To Apply

Applicants need to provide a lot of documentation – verifiable sources of legal income, bank statements, and tax forms to name a few so take this into account when planning your application process.

Once the applications are submitted, and only one application can be submitted per household, all eligible applications will be entered into a lottery. The lottery will determine the order in which each application will be reviewed for verification of eligibility.

A hard copy of the application form is available outside of City Hall West – Housing Division. A drop box is located outside of City Hall West – Housing Division for submission of hard copy application.

For more information, please view the Virtual City Hall, which can be accessed through the City of El Monte Website, or direct all questions to the El Monte Business Resource Center which can be contacted by dialing (626) 258-8670 or by sending an email to