Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Fresno, CA

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It is now possible to get 100% of your rent and utility bills reimbursed to qualified tenants and landlords.


The city of Fresno has received around $42 million in emergency rental assistance from the federal and state governments to help residents maintain their housing stability during these unprecedented and challenging economic circumstances. The City of Fresno, in partnership with six community benefit organizations, will provide help to both landlords and tenants in the coming year (CBOs). Residents of Fresno who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and who are unable to pay their rent and utility bills in full by April 1, 2020, can apply for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP) through the City of Fresno’s Housing and Community Development Department.

Even though the Eviction Moratorium has expired, you can still apply for ERAP protection. It is anticipated that ERAP money will be exhausted by September 30, 2025, whichever comes first. More information on the eviction moratorium and the City of Fresno’s Eviction Protection Program in Fresno, California, can be found by visiting this website.

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What Kind of Help Can I Expect?

Past Due Rent

If landlords participate in the California COVID-19 Rent Relief program, they may be eligible to receive payment for unpaid rent that dates back to April 1, 2020.

In the event that their landlords refuse to engage in the program, tenants who meet the program’s eligibility standards can do so on their own and receive assistance with back rent due as far back as April 1, 2020, if their landlords participate in the program on their own. In order to avoid a fine, the renter must pay the landlord within 15 business days after the lease’s expiration.

Future Rent

Qualified tenants may be eligible for a loan for up to three months’ worth of future rent.

Income assistance, whether it is for the present or the future:

Furthermore, renters who have not paid their utility bills in full since April 1, 2020, maybe eligible for 100 percent help from the utility provider. The utilities provided by the landlord will be included in the rental price.

Since the first day of April in 2020, the maximum amount of rental and utility assistance that an applicant can obtain is limited to 18 months per application. It is possible to use rental arrears, or a combination of rental arrears and future rent, as financial assistance. Rent payments for the foreseeable future can only be made in three-month increments. As an illustration, consider the following:

15 months of rent arrears plus 3 months’ rent equals 18 months of arrears.

Please keep in mind that if you want an additional three months of projected rent, you will be required to provide proof of your income.

Program Priority Phases

The following is a breakdown of the priority phases of the program:

First Priority – Rent arrears for applicants whose incomes are less than 50% of the area median are considered (AMI)
Second Priority-Rent arrears are a key issue for those candidates who owe between 50 percent and 80 percent of their monthly rent. AMI
Third Priority-Unpaid utility bills are the third most important priority.
Fourth Priority– Expected Rental Income Downtown Revitalization Economic Development Office of Community Affairs Office of Community Affairs City Hall (Mayor’s Office) Our Mission Our Vision About Fresno’s High-Speed Rail Communications Office Grant Program to Save Our Nonprofits Small Business Grants for America’s Future Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Youth In the Fresno Street2Home Fresno County

Documents Required

Residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are income-qualified, as well as those who have outstanding rent or utilities or who require assistance with upcoming rent or utilities, are eligible to participate in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

Qualifications for tenants, as well as required documents:

>>The rental property must be located in the city of Fresno.
>>Rental affordability is required (see the chart below for the typical income in Fresno County); in addition, tenants must complete the online application for tenants (see the link below for more information).

If any of the following factors are relevant to assessing your income level, please indicate them in your response:

>>In the event that you can produce verification of participation in a state or federal subsidy programs such as WIC or CalWORKS, you will not be required to provide additional proof of income.

>>Unemployed taxpayers will receive W2 and 1099G forms in the year 2020.
>>Paystubs from the most recent pay period should be provided.
>>Benefit programs like CalFresh and CalWORKS can be used to demonstrate eligibility for certain benefits (your 2020 or 2021 acceptance or renewal letter is preferred).


After April 1, 2020, there will be no more utility invoices or statements sent out for any delinquent utility payments that have not been made.
LANDLORDS: CALIFORNIA COVID-19 Rent Relief can aid tenants who have fallen behind on their rent and are in need of financial assistance to make ends meet during difficult financial times. You must meet the following standards in order to be considered:

In accordance with its income, the household of your tenant qualifies for help (refer to Fresno County Area Median Income table below)
The outstanding rent owed by the tenant must be paid in full at all times. If you require financial assistance before April 1, 2020, you will be unable to obtain it.
If your renter(s) is/are not entitled to rent, they must sign the application and say that they are.
Applicants who meet the income eligibility requirements will not be required to provide proof of citizenship, regardless of their immigration status.

Landlords’ eligibility and documentation requirements:

>>The rental property is located in the city of Fresno.
>>Renters who are behind on their rent or utility bills, or renters who are seeking for a home to rent, should contact us.
>>The landlord component of the online application must be filled entirely by the landlord.

Please bring the following documentation with you:

>>The lease or rental agreement must include the tenant’s name, address, and the amount of rent that they are responsible for paying each month, as well as the terms of the agreement.
>>From April 1, 2020 W-9 on the rent ledger or rent statement, there is an outstanding balance of rent due (for tax purposes)

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