Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The County of Orange was allocated $65,576,556 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) for the implementation of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. The 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. The ERA Program will provide a maximum financial assistance of $10,000 per eligible household to pay for rental arrears and past due utilities. The cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana and Irvine received direct allocations from the Treasury and will be implementing their own programs.

Eligible Households for ERA Program assistance are defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  1. Qualified for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; 
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; 
  3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); and 
  4.  Assistance is not duplicative of any other federally funded assistance.

Area Median Income (AMI)

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If you or someone you know would benefit from accessing the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and homelessness prevention services, please call 2-1-1; text ERA to 898211; or visit: www.ERA.211oc.org for more information and to complete the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

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