Get Rental and Utilities Assistance Now at DAP Health
Open to all eligible County residents
DAP Health is now a full-time application site for rental assistance from United Lift. The service is available to any eligible Riverside County resident, despite immigration status. It is not necessary to be a patient or client of DAP Health to receive this assistance.
This service will be offered at DAP Health through June 30, 2021.
The program will cover up to 12 months of back rent and three months of future rent. Help with utilities is also offered.
- Call for appointment: (760) 656-8438
- Location: DAP Health, 1695 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
- Availability: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The United Lift Rental Assistance Program is a coordinated effort between Riverside County, Inland SoCal United Way and Lift To Rise to keep Riverside County families and residents financially impacted by COVID housed by providing direct rental and utility assistance.
DAP Health is bringing its expertise with intake services, welcoming new participants daily.
The application process requires uploading forms online and providing supporting documents. This can be time consuming, but Mike Cohan, resources navigator, is adept at getting this done quickly for participants who work with him.
“We don’t want anyone getting lost in the shuffle,” says Michael.
Once at DAP Health, Michael completes their application online for them while they are with him. This includes scanning all of their documents and then routing them appropriately.
“I ensure that they’re qualified before I send them in,” Michael says. “It’s been busy here, but it’s been really, really good.”
That’s because of the impact this program is making in people’s lives daily, he says.
One participant lost her income because she is a house cleaner, and pandemic life has made customers cancel the service everywhere. The pressure to support her household of three has resulted in keeping long hours to stay active in job searching.
“She’s actively looking for work in the middle of the night because she doesn’t like not working,” he says.
While also caring for a sick loved one during the daytime, it was not long before bills had piled up.
Since meeting with Michael, she is getting 12 months of back rent covered, plus the utility bills.
Meeting with Michael also means being offered access to all of the other things DAP Health offers.
These include COVID testing and resources, plus ongoing medical and mental healthcare.
“It’s been a forum where they can come in and I was able to educate them on the services that we provide here for better health,” Michael says.
Having a partner in this work like Lift To Rise also helping DAP Health do more for the community, he says.
“It’s made a world of difference because the team has provided so much training for us” says Michael. “They’ve been so supportive to make sure that we have the resources we need.”
Bi-lingual team members at DAP Health help make it easy for Spanish speakers to apply for the program when calling and visiting the campus.
“I have a lot of people that have come in who are Spanish speaking only,” says Michael.
Think you don’t deserve help? Guess again.
“The ripple effect that it’s causing from having no job or reduction in hours, is definitely taking a toll on people,” he says.
Asking for help is hard for a lot of people. He works hard to put people at ease when they work with him.
“I explain that uncertainty from this pandemic is out of our control, and it’s happened to the best of us,” Michael says. “If you qualify and you need it, don’t be embarrassed to take it.”
That the fear goes away before they leave, he says.
About Lift to Rise
Lift to Rise is a cross-sector, community-driven movement to improve life in Southern California’s Coachella Valley for the majority of residents who do not experience the opulence and luxury for which the area is known. With input from more than 50 collaborative partners and countless community members Lift to Rise created a 2020-2022 Action Plan—a roadmap to radically increase housing stability and advance economic opportunity for all Coachella Valley residents. We envision a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable, and thriving.
About DAP Health
DAP Health is an advocacy-based health center in Palm Springs, CA serving over 9,700 patients, offering medical and mental healthcare, STI testing and treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, and lab. A variety of services enable patients to experience optimal health, including social services, support groups, alternative therapies, and other wellness services. Excellent HIV care is provided by the largest team of specialized clinicians in the area.
DAP Health opened one of California’s first COVID clinics and hotlines to offer screening, testing, and treatment. DAP Health is also working to improve social determinants of health to prevent negative health outcomes during this pandemic, like food and housing insecurity, joblessness, isolation, and access to ongoing healthcare.
DAP Health’s sexual health clinic offers STI testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the twelfth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that DAP exceeds industry standards in terms of financial health, accountability, and transparency.
The DAP Health Research Program is a leader in research that supports better health outcomes for people with HIV (PWH). The Program offers The ANCHOR Study at DAP Health, and research studies exploring antiretroviral medication and the effects of wellness on health.
Visit www.daphealth.org to learn more.