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Posted on: January 29, 2021

County Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Orange has launched the Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide as much as $10,000 of rental assistance to people who have been severally impacted financially by the pandemic. The County will accept applications during the month of February from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utility bills due to the impact of COVID-19. The County has been allocated approximately $65.5 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and will work through regional providers to deliver timely financial assistance. Impacted renters who live in Orange County should apply for the program as soon as possible  


  • 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); and
  • Not a resident of Anaheim, Irvine, or Santa Ana. These cities are launching their own programs because their population exceeds 200,000 and received direct contributions.

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. 


The Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide renters with a maximum financial benefit of $10,000 per eligible rental household. 


Applicants need to download, complete and upload these documents with their application submittal: 

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


To apply, visit the Emergency Rental Assistance program page. Please note that you cannot apply before 8:00 a.m. on February 1, 2021.

For more information, please view the County of Orange’s Flyer (PDF) or by visiting the program website.

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