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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Increased Grant Limit Available for Late Property Taxes


April 1, 2023




California Mortgage Relief Program Raises Cap on Property Tax Assistance


MARTINEZ, CA –  The Tax Collector's Office is notifying homeowners that the California Mortgage Relief Program has raised the limit for assistance with delinquent property taxes from $20,000 to a maximum of $80,000 per household.

This update comes as homeowners face upcoming property tax deadlines. To prevent delinquent property taxes and reduce additional penalties, homeowners must pay the second installment of their secured property tax by April 10, 2023. After this date, late payments will incur a 10 percent penalty.

Many Californians may still be feeling the impact of the financial hardships they endured throughout the pandemic. By increasing the cap on property tax assistance, the Program is continuing to act as a safety net for homeowners. If you believe you may now be eligible, please re-apply.

Homeowners who previously applied for property tax assistance have been notified that they may be eligible for additional funding. To receive additional assistance for property tax payments, homeowners must meet all other program requirements at the time of re-application.

In February 2023, the program expanded eligibility by allowing previously awarded homeowners who are still eligible to return for additional funds; including grants to reduce or eliminate partial claims or loan deferrals received during or after January 2020; resetting the delinquency date for past due mortgage and property tax payments to March 1, 2023; and expanding assistance to homeowners whose property has up to four units.

The assistance provided through the California Mortgage Relief Program is in the form of grants to eligible households which do not need to be paid back. While there is no strict deadline for applications, homeowners in need should apply as soon as possible at

Homeowners with questions are encouraged to call the Contact Center at 1-888-840-2594 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can also visit to learn more about resources and assistance available to them.

The CalHFA Homeowner Relief Corporation (CalHRC) is a special-purpose affiliate of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA). CalHFA is an independent state agency that assists low to moderate income Californians by acting as the state’s affordable housing lender. Through CalHRC, the agency is able to disburse The American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) on behalf of the State of California given its extensive expertise in the mortgage assistance and homeownership space.


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