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Posted on: January 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] County of Orange Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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The County of Orange will launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program on February 1, 2021 and will accept applications for a period of one month from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utilities bills due to the impact of COVID-19.

It is important to note that the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine received direct allocations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury as they have populations that exceed 200,000 residents. Residents of each of those three cities will be served by local city programs.

Eligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to:

• Rental households who can demonstrate that their housing stability is at risk due to unpaid rent or utility bills due to COVID-19 

• Rental households’ combined income must be at or below 80% area median income (AMI). Please visit http://era.211oc.org starting February 1, 2021 to find the 80% AMI level for your household     size

Please know the ERA program does not apply to homeowners and past due mortgage payments, utilities, or energy costs and is solely to be used for renter households. 

Documentation requirements include:

• Photo ID

• Copy of a lease agreement

• Proof of income affected by COVID-19, such as an unemployment letter or letter from an employer that details your reduced hours or pay

• Proof of unpaid rent or utilities such as documentation from a landlord or utility company stating the amount owed and that it is overdue

Orange County landlords are able to apply on behalf of their tenants, as long as the tenant co-signs the application. To find more information or to get ready to apply, our residents may call 2-1-1 starting February 1, 2021 to receive assistance in multiple languages, visit https://era.211oc.org/ or text ERA to 898211.

Click here to read the full release.

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