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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 cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana and Irvine received direct allocations from the Treasury and will be implementing their own programs.
If you already applied for the County of Orange Emergency Rental Assistance Program during the month of February 2021 and have not yet received assistance, there is no need to submit a second application. The Regional Providers are still processing applications submitted in February 2021 and will be following up with you on next steps.
If you have already received assistance from the program and did not receive the maximum $10,000 assistance, you may be eligible for further assistance.
Eligible Households for ERA Program assistance are defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualified for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
- Household income requirements are listed in the application.
- Assistance is not duplicative of any other federally funded assistance.