California Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

California ERAP Treasury Programs:

Chula Vista  will  launch an application process by March 15 to distribute $16.8 million in state and federal funds to help qualifying residents pay past-due and upcoming rent, water, sewer, gas and electric bills. These payments are for Chula Vista renters affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To continue to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Irvine’s residential renters, the City of Irvine, in partnership with Orange County United Way, will be allocating approximately $17.7 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). OC United Way will be assisting the City in administering the ERAP. The application period will be from March 8 to March 19, 2021. This program is only eligible to residential renters in Irvine and is not available to commercial, industrial or other types of business-related tenants.

A new program to help some Orange County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to pay rent and some utility bills was announced. The county is using $65.5 million from the federal government to help some needy renters hang on to their apartments and cover some bills.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, is offering emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19, through federal and state funding. The application period for the Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA) Program Phase 2 will be February 25 – March 19, 2021.

The County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, January 26 to expand the emergency rental assistance program for San Diegans who have suffered economic hardships due to COVID-19. The County’s program allows San Diegans who are facing eviction or are unable to pay their rent to apply for financial assistance. Funds can be used to cover rent, utilities and other household expenses. The expanded program will award funds for up to six months of expenses at a time and applicants can request additional funding if they still require monetary assistance after that time. The emergency rental assistance program would also give priority to single-parent households, many of which have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic’s impact on the economy.

County of Santa Barbara will be offering Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance through United Way of Santa Barbara County. All County of Santa Barbara residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support may apply. There are strict eligibility requirements for this funding opportunity

 

California CARES+ Programs:

The Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed to assist very low- to low-income families and individuals who are suffering a temporary financial setback due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and need help with delinquent rent to achieve housing stability. The program is available to current residents of Alameda County, excluding Oakland and Berkeley.

The city of Alhambra is offering $596,000 in emergency funding for housing assistance and to supplement a meals program for seniors.

As part of the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, Anaheim created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provided assistance to approximately 1400 household when the local eviction moratorium ended in June.

$5 million program for residents struggling amid the coronavirus crisis to pay back rent deferred under Anaheim’s eviction moratorium, or state and federal eviction protections

The Town of Apple Valley as an entitlement Grantee under the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program, receives an annual allocation from the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use in the implementation of eligible programs. The Town will be using a portion of CDBG entitlement funds to implement an Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program that provides security deposits and short-term rental and/or utility assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDBG-ERA funds will be used to facilitate urgent housing assistance to individuals and households experiencing a financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously voted to approve a rent subsidy program for tenants impacted by COVID-19 at the Sept. 15 Regular Meeting. Councilmembers spent well over an hour crafting the final details of a $715,000 program that will directly pay landlords in an effort to stave off a potential wave of evictions stemming from the economic ripples of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide emergency rental assistance to Buena Park residents facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households who applied will receive emergency rental assistance up to $1,000 per month, through December 31, 2020.

The City of Carson has allocated CARES Act emergency funding to provide rental assistance grants to income eligible individuals and families residing in the City of Carson and economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furloughs or deduction in hours or pay. Rental Emergency grants of up to a max of $10,000 are made on behalf of the incomeeligible applicant, to maintain housing and/or to reduce rental payments in arrears as a result of the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Chino City

The Chino city council Tuesday approved using the majority of its recent allocation of $457,388 in CARES Act funds to provide rental assistance intended to prevent homelessness and evictions.   The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was awarded $326,404 to provide residents with financial hardship three months of rental assistance.

These dedicated emergency funds are for those who are impacted during these trying times. This program, an expansion of our eviction prevention hotline, allows us to help families who have lost income, increased expenses for safety precautions, and are at risk of losing their housing. Available assistance: Payment of past due rent, payment of current month’s rent, payment of future months’ rent, payment of outstanding utility bills, funds for food and necessities, funds for short-term emergency housing, referrals to other services.

The Corte Madera COVID-19 Housing Assistance Fund was created through a partnership between the Corte Madera Community Foundation and the Town of Corte Madera. This $75,000 fund is intended to assist Corte Madera residents who are currently experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and the necessary health and safety precautions to comply with shelter-in-place orders issued by the County of Marin and the Governor of the State of California.

The Corte Madera COVID-19 Housing Assistance Fund was created through a partnership between the Corte Madera Community Foundation and the Town of Corte Madera back in June 2020. This relief fund was used to assist qualified applicants with paying a portion of their rent or mortgage payment for their primary residence. Due to the continuing economic hardships people in our Town, we are once again encouraging our residents to apply for a possible opportunity to receive some housing assistance.

The Costa Mesa CDBG-CV Rental Assistance Program provides residents experiencing a loss of income, directly related to COVID-19, with up to $6,000 per household or a maximum three (3) months full rent, whichever is less. Residents with incomes at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) who were current with rent payments prior to March 31, 2020, and who are otherwise in good financial standing may qualify.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides financial assistance to low-moderate income persons. With funding from the CARES Act, Culver City will provide assistance for people who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of rental assistance grants.

The purpose of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“Program”) is to mitigate potential homelessness and displacement of existing Emeryville Affected Residential Tenants that experience a decrease in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Program is the third prong to the tenant protections efforts the City of Emeryville has implemented to assist tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The other two measures include a moratorium on evictions and an ordinance requiring Landlords to offer repayment plans for any unpaid rent during the period the eviction moratorium is in effect.The Emeryville Disaster Fund and private donations is providing funding to support tenants’ rental payment needs upon the end of the Emeryville Eviction Moratorium. Bay Area Community Services (BACS) will be administering this program on behalf of the City of Emeryville.

The City of Encinitas COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible Encinitas households facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • CityLink Housing Assistance: Fontana City

CityLink, in partnership with the City of Fontana, has funding to assist Fontana residents with rental assistance and rapid re-housing through Emergency Solutions Grants, according to Anna Ulibarri, who coordinates CityLink’s services. “If you have been affected with income loss, loss of job or other mitigating circumstances because of COVID-19, live in the City of Fontana, and need assistance, you can contact our lead case manager at (909) 803-1059, ext. 2204 for program details,” Ulibarri said.

The city of Fresno is offering the first wave of $5 million in grants to help people stay in their homes if they’ve been hurt financially by the coronavirus. Co-sponsored by Councilmembers Esmeralda Soria, Miguel Arias and Luis Chavez, the program offers grants of $1,500 to individuals and $3,000 for families.

The City of Gilroy, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Family Center, is providing Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV) towards a rental assistance program. These funds are designed to help extremely low-income tenants with paying a portion of their rents in order to avoid eviction.

The Glendale City Council made available $2.75 million in COVID-19 Recovery Grants on July 1, 2020 to help those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Low-income renters were given the opportunity to apply for funding. Because the program was oversubscribed, a random lottery was conducted by an independent third party vendor on July 24, 2020.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP-C19) provides residential rent payments to landlords on behalf of a low income eligible household, up to $750 per month, for two months ($1,500 maximum assistance).

The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program offers eligible households impacted by COVID-19 with assistance towards monthly rent up to $1,000 per month for up to six months. The City of Glendora is providing financial assistance to qualifying households that have seen their income reduced as a result of COVID-19. The program is made possible through the Community Development Block Grant – Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) funds issued through the CARES Act.

The purpose of Hayward’s Rental Housing Relief Program (“program”) is to support residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to offset corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a onetime rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants to reduce burden on tenants and ensure landlords receive the revenue needed to maintain housing services. Bay Area Community Services (BACS) will be administering the program on behalf of the City of Hayward.

The Indio City Council approved the distribution of more than $750,000 to help residents impacted by COVID-19 pay their late rent and past due water bills. $645,754 will go towards rental assistance. The collective action partnership Lift to Rise has agreed to administer the rental assistance program. About 285 renter households could be helped through the program, the report said.

The COVID-19 rent relief program impacts eligible participants who are of very low- to extremely low-income status.  The relief manual states that participants “may pay a minimum of 30% of their total income toward monthly rent, total tenant payment.” The relief program is given on a need-basis. The same manual states that “priority will be given to those below 30% Area Median Income.”

Irvine residents on Monday were able to begin applying for a new round of rental assistance dedicated for those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city will offer financial help to as many as 250 renters.

At a special meeting on June 23, the Irvine City Council reaffirmed a previously approved Rental Assistance Program to provide financial support to Irvine residents impacted by COVID-19. The City of Irvine has committed $2,000,000 in one-time federal CARES Act funding to create the Rental Assistance Program.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a $5 million rental and mortgage assistance program with money from the CARES Act. The county will partner with the Housing Authority of the County of Kern to vet applicants and distribute money directly to landlords or lenders. The Bakersfield City Council also approved $5 million for a Rental Assistance program in partnership with the Kern Housing Authority.

Kings Community Action Organization is providing rental or mortgage financial support to help individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Anyone who resides in Kings County that is behind on their rent or mortgage payments due to a COVID-19 related event and is within the 200% poverty range is eligible for the program.

The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance (LB CARES) program provides emergency rental assistance grants to Long Beach households that are income-eligible and have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough, or reduction in hours or pay.

Nearly 50,000 Los Angeles families hurt by the economic and health fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could get help from a $100-million rent relief program passed by the City Council on Tuesday. The money would provide up to $2,000 in rental assistance for low-income households who have lost work, fallen ill or had to assist sick family members during the crisis.

The NCJW|LA Los Angeles Rental Assistance Program (RAP) supports women and their families to stay in their homes. We have activated the Emergency LA Rental Assistance Program (RAP) due to COVID-19. The Emergency LA RAP provides one-time financial assistance, for up to $1,000 for households impacted by COVID-19 through loss of employment, reduction in income or illness. Checks are made payable directly to property management companies. Qualified applicants live in one of four zip codes (90004, 90028, 90029, 90038), identify as female, and have at least one dependent living with them.

The LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for tenants who reside within the COUNTY of Los Angeles, with the exception of residents of the CITY of Los Angeles.  The funding source for the program is the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. The program will provide rental assistance to tenants who are low-income and recently impacted by loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants will be selected based on a lottery system and those who are selected must provide required documentation.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis to create an Emergency Rent Assistance Program during the COVID-19 crisis. When it is created, the program could provide up to $1000 per month for three months to renters who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes CARES COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ML CARES) is designed to provide limited emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible Mammoth Lakes households that are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay all, or a portion, of their monthly rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The city of Manteca is offering a Rental Assistance Program. The Rental Assistance Program is administered by Central Valley Low Income Housing Corp. on behalf of the city of Manteca. Assistance includes rent for the current month and past due rent back to March 13 caused by the impact of COVID-19.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved doubling the size of an existing safety net COVID-19 Response Fund for immediate rental assistance for the homeless and those facing homelessness. The county and the Marin Community Foundation each contributed $500,000 to the relief fund on March 24. Of the $1 million, $650,000 was allocated for rental assistance between March 31 and June 30. On April 21, the county and the Marin Community Foundation each contributed an additional $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund. In mid-July, the Foundation allocated another $1 million for coronavirus response, of which $500,000  was earmarked for rental assistance.

About $3 million in rental assistance has been provided since the program started in March, when the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a new local relief fund partnership with the Marin Community Foundation. About $2.8 million more is available for a round of funding to cover rental payments from September through January, in alignment with the state’s eviction moratorium.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (COVID-19-ERA) program provides emergency rental assistance grants to income-eligible households economically impacted during the COVID- 19 pandemic through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay. Emergency Rental Assistance grants are rental payments made on behalf of an income-eligible household, up to $1,500 for a period of 1 month to maintain housing and/or to reduce rental payment delinquency in arrears.

Central Valley Opportunity Center is helping Merced County residents with up to $4,000 in rental, mortgage, and utility assistance.

The Rental Assistance Program is designed to provide limited assistance to persons in the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the County of Mono who are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay all or a portion of their monthly rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Mountain View City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to create a $500,000 renter assistance program to stave off evictions amid mounting wage losses and economic hardship caused by the new coronavirus.

The Napa City Council is reallocating approximately $1.4 million from its Housing Division for rental assistance for tenants. About $400,000 of the total will be drawn from an existing program to support low-income first-time homeowners, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ferrell received permission from the state and HUD to use a portion of the city’s award from last year for rental assistance instead. The remaining $1 million will come from money the city has collected in loan repayments from earlier low-income homebuyers.

Keep Oakland Housed is expanding services to provide crisis stabilization and support, continuing to operate on the front lines of the housing crisis to prevent homelessness before it starts.

KOH is a city-wide collaborative effort made up of Bay Area Community Services, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and East Bay Community Law Center. The effort is uniquely poised to support the unprecedented number of Oakland community members who are experiencing a housing crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Ontario has created the following new program with CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to aid qualified low-income Ontario residents in recovering from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:. Short-Term Rental and Utility Assistance Program (Renters Only): This program provides emergency grants to qualified low-income renters that had a documented loss in household income related to COVID-19. Eligible uses of funds include deferred rent payments to prevent eviction and deferred utility payments. Maximum assistance is limited to $10,000 per household.

Orange County United Way has established a relief fund to prevent people helped by rapid re-housing and transitional living programs from becoming homeless. In April the program offered households $500 to pay rent.

The Rental Assistance Program provides emergency rental assistance grants up to $5,000 to income-eligible individuals and families economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay.

Two San Mateo County parishes and Catholic Charities of San Francisco partnered together during the fall to pay rent for nearly 50 clients who had fallen behind on payments during the pandemic.  The collaboration between the three groups helped leverage aid quickly and efficiently to people who had lost their jobs and the ability to pay rent. St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto met with prospective applicants and forwarded them to Catholic Charities staff, who handled applications and connected people with other social support services.

The City has launched its Emergency Mortgage Assistance and Emergency Rental Assistance grant programs with funding from the Federal government’s CARES Act. Paramount homeowners or renters who have lost income because of COVID-19 can get one-time grants to help with mortgage or rent payments or utility payments. To qualify you must meet certain income limits.

The maximum amount of assistance is $1,000 per month for two consecutive months. The grant is paid directly to the mortgage company, landlord, or utility company, and does not need to be paid back.

Funds are limited. Therefore, a virtual lottery will be conducted on Monday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. to determine the order that applications will be reviewed. Applications are due at City Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

The City of Pasadena’s Housing Department can help. The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program is available for eligible households financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERA can provide grants for up to three (3) months’ worth of past due rent, not to exceed $4,500 total. This program is available to renters residing in Pasadena, who have a current lease, and have notified their landlords of their inability to pay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Petaluma City Council unanimously approved the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist Petaluma’s low-income households affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with temporary rental assistance. The program will be administered by Petaluma People Services Center, a venerable local non-profit organization.

The Placer County Housing Authority and the Community Development Resource Agency HOME program are offering rental assistance to eligible low-income residents who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tenant Based Rental Assistance program offers assistance for up to four months of unpaid back rent and late fees accrued after March 13, 2020 (not to exceed $2,500), and is limited to funds available.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”) has the objective of mitigating potential homelessness and displacement of existing Pleasanton residents who are experiencing a decrease in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus, unable to pay their rent, by providing a grant to assist eligible tenants pay for delinquent rent.

The City has a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program for families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. The program is managed by the Fair Oaks Community Center and is intended to help households who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 and have no other alternative sources of income, such as paid leave or unemployment insurance.

United Lift is a rental assistance program coordinated between Riverside County, United Way of the Inland Valleys, and Lift To Rise with the goal of keeping 10,000 families and residents housed. United Lift will administer $33 million in rental assistance between the months of June and November, with the first round of payments expected to be dispersed in early July.

The Sierra Health Foundation is overseeing a collaborative effort, called Collab for short, that uses established community groups to reach out to communities in an emergency-like response directive

Health counseling for those testing positive, immediate contact tracing, help with unemployment, rental assistance, food deliveries, and food bank serves are some of the resources being offered.

Through federal Coronavirus relief funding, this program will provide emergency rental assistance to renters in the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated County of Sacramento who have experienced a loss or reduction of employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in rental assistance via payment made directly to the landlord.

The County of San Benito has made available CARES funding to residents impacted by the COVID Pandemic to offer a variety of services. Residents and families who are struggling paying their rent or who are facing eviction can apply for assistance with Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA), Community Services & Workforce Development (CSWD).

The San Diego City Council has approved the creation of an emergency rental assistance fund tied to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although the details are still under consideration.

San Diego County residents who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 could qualify for one-time assistance of up to $3,000 to pay for past-due or upcoming rent. the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors allocated $24 million in funding for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to ease that burden for thousands of county residents. The County of San Diego will be accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program from September 24, 2020 –to October 8, 2020. Eligible applicants will then be selected at random.

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is partnering with the Eviction Defense Collaborative, Young Community Developers, La Raza Community Resource Center, Q Foundation and Catholic Charities of San Francisco to disburse the Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund money.

The San Leandro Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide rental assistance payments for up to three months on behalf of qualifying San Leandro renters who have lost income due to COVID-19 and meet federal low-income requirements. The program is being funded with $451,972 in one-time Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. The application period opens on September 8, 2020 and will close on September 30, 2020.

 San Marcos renters who have experienced financial setbacks due to COVID-19 may be eligible for the City’s new COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. The program, funded with $1,051,615 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resources, will provide immediate financial aid to residents experiencing a loss of income directly related to COVID-19. It provides rental assistance (up to $10,000, total per household, per application for six (6) months of partial or full rent.) to residents whose incomes are at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, who were current with rent payments prior to March 16, 2020 and who are otherwise in good financial standing.

Emergency Financial Assistance can be requested to help pay for the following emergency needs, based on eligibility criteria and funding availability: housing assistance, utilities, transportation assistance, and other essential needs. Funds are limited and will be distributed based on eligibility and funding availability, through the Emergency Financial Assistance programs at the Core Service Agencies, including a new COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program

The San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund – initially funded by a generous contribution from John A. and Susan Sobrato – is providing financial support to immigrant families left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrant families may be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant to help in this time of crisis.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has dedicated $2 million to establish a grant program for small-scale residential rental property owners in the County who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Housing Successor Agency of the City of San Pablo announced a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program today that will provide a one-time grant of up to $1,000 per household for residents of the city. The grant can be used to “help pay for rent, mortgage or utility payments during the Contra Costa County Shelter-in-Place caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to the city.

In March, the Santa Ana City Council established the Coronavirus Emergency Rental Relief Fund for Tenants (Santa Ana “CARES for Tenants”) to provide $2.1 million in emergency rental relief for qualified, low-income households who are not able to pay their rent due to the Coronavirus. Low-income Santa Ana renters impacted by the Coronavirus may apply online to receive $1,500 in emergency rental assistance toward any rent due after March 19th, 2020.  The assistance is paid directly to the landlord. Additional funds were subsequently added.

Additional CARES Act funding has been made available in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara. As a result, the City of Santa Barbara Rental Assistance funding opportunity has been reopened.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program is providing limited rental assistance to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program is providing limited rental assistance funds to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents, living in unincorporated areas of the County, that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support.

The City of Santa Clara has launched a program aimed at helping some residents who have fallen behind on rent. Through its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the city is focused on low-income households at or below 60% of AMI.

At the City Council meeting on September 1, 2020, the City Council approved $1.5 million in additional funds and modified the program to allow households at 80% AMI or lower to pre-qualify. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications will be open on October 5, 2020.

Destination: Home is organizing a fund to cover rent and other basic needs for low-income families who have lost income due to the coronavirus. Santa Clara County, the city of San Jose, and Cisco have each donated $2 million. Total funding as of late March was $11 million.

Thanks to funding from the County of Santa Clara, City of San Jose and a network of private partners, we are launching a new round of assistance for at-risk residents who have been financially-impacted by COVID-19. The level of assistance will be based on the household’s specific situation, and the amount needed to trigger key state eviction protections via AB 3088 and ultimately keep people housed.

The Economic Development Department of the City of Santa Cruz is partnering with Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) to market and administer an Emergency Eviction Prevention Program. The program is funded with HOME funding and CDBG-CV funding. Grant funds may be used to assist with payment of past due rent, incurred on or after April 1st, 2020. A maximum of two month’s assistance is available for those who need it and are eligible with a monthly limit not to exceed $2,500 or a total limit of $5,000 total per household. The emergency housing assistance will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the household.

Santa Cruz County has launched a program to help residents who lost income as a result of the pandemic pay rent and utilities. Households will be eligible for up to $10,000 to pay bills going back to April 1. Applicants will be selected at random.

Low to moderate income households in Santa Maria that have experienced a decrease in income as a result of COVID-19 may qualify for emergency rental assistance. The program, funded with special Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG-CV), will offer up to three months of rental assistance (or up to $5,000 maximum) to qualified households. Funding is limited and applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis.

The Santa Monica COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program application will launch on Tuesday, July 7, 2020,to provide rental funds to eligible Santa Monica residents who demonstrate a loss of income or increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program aligns with the City’s Economic Recovery Task Force focused on developing and supporting measures to help Santa Monica businesses and residents recover during and after this unprecedented crisis.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide eligible applicants up to three months of rental assistance to pay rent for August 2020 or later, up to $5,000 per household, for up to an estimated 300 households. The program does not cover back rent deferred by the local eviction moratorium. Eligible applications will be entered into a lottery for final selection. 

The City of Simi Valley Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program will assist eligible, low-income City residents impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to meet their housing expenses. The grant fund’s intended use is for residential rent payments to stabilize housing for low-income residents most at risk due to loss of employment, reduction of work hours, inability to work due to child care needs, care needs of family,  elderly, or significant costs from COVID-19.

The City of Solano approved funding from the state and county to stand up an emergency rental assistance program, to be distributed by the Community Resource Center (CRC).

On Aug. 25, the Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $4 million in CARES Act funding to stand up a COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program (RAP). The RAP, administered by Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano, will provide rental assistance paid direct to landlords on behalf of eligible renter households. Applicants must have a head of household over 18 years of age, be a Solano County resident as of the first day of this year, have an income at or below 100 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines and be able to demonstrate financial hardship and/or loss of income due to COVID-19. Eligible participants may receive up to $4,000 in one-time rental assistance per household.

Solano County residents who have lost their jobs or had their wages reduced due to COVID-19 and need rental assistance, are urged to apply for a second round of County funded Rental Assistance Program; designed to support individuals and families in low-income communities impacted by the ongoing pandemic health emergency.

The County of Sonoma awarded $2.37 million to several local nonprofits for rent relief for those impacted by COVID-19 and for low-income landlords who have lost income as a result of the pandemic.

The City of South Pasadena announced that application forms and program materials are available for a newly launched rental assistance program that will help provide relief to qualified tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide residents who have lost income due to COVID-19, and meet federal low-income requirements, with a one-time grant of $1,000.

Tehama County Community Action Agency is offering temporary housing assistance to those impacted by the coronavirus or COVID-19. You may be able eligible for assistance with rental payments, mortgage payments or utility payments. To see if you are eligible, complete a COVID-19 Relief Housing Program application or call Kelly Thompson at 528-4922. lncome requirements apply.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) for Emergency Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program will provide assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a reduction in income, have become unemployed or have been affected in other ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program provides funds to assist low-income, eligible County residents with unpaid rent due to pandemic-related hardship. It also provides financial relief for landlords and property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is intended to stabilize housing for the lowest-income residents and those at greatest risk due to loss of employment, loss of work hours, the inability to work due to child care needs, family/elder care needs, or substantial medical costs due to COVID-19. The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents who owe past-due rent because they have experienced a particular loss due to COVID-19; have very low incomes; meet all program criteria; and ensure a complete application.

The Visalia City Council unanimously voted at its Oct. 5 meeting to use the third round of Community Block Development Grant, Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to expand its rent and utility assistance program to help those who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

We have activated an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (RAP) due to COVID-19. The Emergency WEHO RAP provides limited rental assistance to WEHO tenants facing financial hardships. Households can receive up to two payments, a minimum of 30 days apart, for up to $1000 towards their monthly rent. Checks are made payable directly to property management companies.

This program was available to eligible Westminster residents financially impacted by COVID-19. The City of Westminster received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds to be used to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). On May 13, 2020, the Westminster City Council approved funding of CDBG-CV funds to provide limited rental assistance to qualified Westminster residents to help meet the needs of the community. Applications can only be submitted to the City between June 2 and June 16, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Rental Assistance Program is to support residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to offset corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a one-time rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants to reduce burden on tenants and ensure landlords receive the revenue needed to maintain housing services.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

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