Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The County of Orange has re-opened the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program as of April 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021, or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.
If you and your family have been impacted by COVID and need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utility bills and meet the eligibility requirements, you can receive up assistance. The ERA Program provides up to $10,000 in funding to assist eligible households with unpaid rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Families can apply online at https://era.211oc.org/, call 211 directly or text ERA to 898211. Additional information available on: https://www.ochealthinfo.com/occ/emergency_rental_assistance_program.
- English – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYNSplKTUbk
- Spanish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xD2TUK_ups
- Simplified Chinese – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asEWojcedgw
- Farsi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwS--pBECiU
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- Vietnamese – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SiQg7vuybM
Santa Ana, Irvine, and Anaheim have their own programs. Residents of those cities should visit the city websites for application information.
Is your family facing a housing crisis or experiencing homelessness? If so, click here to complete the Family Solutions Collaborative's online Client Profile Form.
Family Solutions Collaborative Orange County https://211oc.org/get-help/211oc-can-help/families-experiencing-homelessness.html
The Family Solutions Collaborative is a coalition of the leading family service nonprofits in Orange County and was formed to streamline the process for homeless and at-risk families to be connected to the services they need in a timely manner.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Currently staying in Orange County, CA
- Have at least one minor child with you aged 17 years or younger or currently pregnant
- Currently experiencing homelessness or at-risk for becoming homeless
How we can help: If you are a family that is currently experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless
Please complete the online and confidential Client Profile Form and you will be contacted within two business days. You may also call 211 for assistance. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 PM.
If you are an individual or couple seeking assistance, or if you need assistance in a language other than English, please call 211 directly.
Si necesita otro idioma que no sea inglés, llame directamente al 211.
CA COVID-19 Rent Relief https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/program_overview
If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.
To check eligibility requirements and apply, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122, toll free.
New Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Orange County https://era.211oc.org/
The County of Orange closed the application period for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program on February 28, 2021. If you have already submitted an application for the ERA Program, a regional provider will follow-up with you directly and provide guidance on next steps. If you are in need of assistance and connection to community resources, please contact 2-1-1. The County of Orange will evaluate the possibility of a second open application period based on ERA Program funds availability.
The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program provides funding to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERA Program must largely be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears and utilities and home energy costs.
Eligible Households for ERA Program assistance are defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
i. Qualified for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
ii. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
iii. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); and
iv. Assistance is not duplicative of any other federally funded assistance.Eviction Moratorium ExtendedOn January 29, 2021, Governor Newsom signed legislation to extend the state’s landmark eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. The legislation pauses evictions for tenants who declare under penalty of perjury an inability to pay all or part of their rent for COVID-19 related reasons. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to property owners, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction, even after the moratorium ends.
City of Fullerton - COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide a one-time emergency rental assistance to Fullerton residents facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can receive a one-time grant up to $1,000. Application is available now. For more information, please call (714) 738-6544 or visit https://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/city_manager/public_information/novel_coronavirus/resident_resources/emergency_rental_assistance.asp.
Orange County Family Solutions Collaborative
The Family Solutions Collaborative is a coalition of the leading family service nonprofits in Orange County and was formed to streamline the process for homeless families to be connected to the services they need. If you and your family are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, please complete the form at the link below (Client Profile Form) and the information will be directed via e-mail to a Family Service Navigator at your nearest Access Point (location where a family receives support and referrals to appropriate housing options).
Family Solutions Collaborative es una coalición de las organizaciones principales de servicios familiares sin fines de lucro en el Condado de Orange y se formó para simplificar el proceso para que las familias sin hogar o a riesgo de perder su hogar se conecten a los servicios que necesitan. Si usted y su familia están sin hogar o están en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar, complete el formulario en el enlace a continuación (Formulario de perfil del cliente) y la información se dirigirá por correo electrónico a un Navegador de Servicio Familiar en su Punto de Acceso más cercano (ubicación donde una familia recibe apoyo y referencias a opciones de vivienda apropiadas).
Fair Housing Foundation
Fair Housing Foundation is offering free virtual workshops for tenants and landlords regarding information on COVID-19, laws, housing discrimination, notices, eviction process, and more. Workshops in English are offered every Tuesday via Zoom from 1:30pm to 3pm. Registration is required.
Fair Housing Foundation está ofreciendo talleres virtuales gratuitas para inquilinos y propetarios sobre información de COVID-19, leyes, discriminación de vivienda, avisos, proceso de desalojo, y más. Los talleres en español se ofrecen cada jueves a través de Zoom de la 1:30pm a 3:00pm. Se requiere registración antes.