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Emergency
Rental Assistance
Available Now!

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Emergency Rental Assistance is Now Available for Placer County

Placer County has launched Rent Help Placer – an Emergency Rental Assistance Program funded by the U.S. Treasury. Rent Help Placer provides financial assistance to eligible low-income renters in Placer County to pay for past due or current rent and utility payments. Applicants must show a loss in income or other related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify.

If you live outside Placer County, visit EmergencyRentalAssistanceProgram.com to find your local Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Or visit HousingIsKey.com for more information about COVID-19 Rent Relief in California.

Renters

If you are a low-income renter in Placer County and are unable to pay your rent or utilities due to financial impacts of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Rent Help Placer.

Landlords/Utility Providers

Learn more about information and resources for Landlords and utility providers to support Rent Help Placer relief efforts. Download our free resources today.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The Placer County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income renters in Placer County to pay for past due or current rent and utility payments. Applicants must show a loss in income or other related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify.

The program is for low-income renters, with payments provided directly to landlords. To be eligible for assistance, your household must have an income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and be able to prove one of the following due to COVID-19:

• Have lost income or qualify for unemployment benefits
• Incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship
• Are at risk of housing instability or eviction

*Income eligible applicants who have been unemployed for 90 or more days or who are at below 50% of the Placer County AMI will be given priority.

A household is defined as any individuals living in one dwelling. Occupants can consist of a single family, two or more families who live together, or any group of related or unrelated individuals who share a common housing unit. Income for all household members 18 years old or older will be considered when calculating annual household income.

 

Income Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
80% AMI $50,750 $58,000 $65,250 $72,500 $78,300 $84,100 $89,900 $95,700
50% AMI $31,750 $36,250 $40,800 $45,300 $48,950 $52,550 $56,200 $59,800

The program will consider the following forms of income when determining eligibility:

• Gross earnings from wages, salaries, and overtime pay, including earnings for those in the Armed Forces
• Interest, dividends, and other net income from real or personal property
• Social security, insurance, retirement/pension, disability, or death benefit payments (full amount of periodic payments)
• Unemployment, disability compensations, worker’s compensation, or severance payments
• CalWORKs, TANF, GR, Medi-Cal or Covered California payments
• Alimony, Child Support, regular contributions or gifts received from organizations or people outside of the residence
• If you are self-employed: the net income from the operation of a business or profession

You will NOT be asked to include:

• Income from employment of children under 18
• Payments received for the care of foster children or foster adults
• Inheritance or life insurance disbursements
• Student financial aid
• Adoption assistance

Once you have determined that you are eligible, be sure to have the following ready before you apply:

Proof you live in Placer County

• A rental agreement that shows your address, rent amount and signatures from you and your landlord

Proof you are at risk of housing instability or eviction

• A past due rent or utility bill, or eviction notice

Proof you lost income due to COVID-19 (ONE of the following)

• Termination letter from your job
• Most recent paystub with employer information
• Copy of unemployment application or proof of current or expired benefits, including Federal unemployment benefits
• If you are self-employed: tax records, income statements or other proof you have lost income

Proof you are income eligible
*Household income is based on either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application. The program will consider any of the following proof of income paperwork:

• 1040 form from 2020 tax return

or ONE of the following:

• Last two paystubs
• W-2 or other wage statement
• Proof of Social Security, retirement/pension, disability, or death benefit payments
• Bank statements showing regular deposits of income
• Unemployment, disability compensations, worker’s compensation, and severance pay
• Proof of payments from CalWORKs, TANF, GR, Medi-Cal or Covered California
• Alimony, Child Support, regular contributions or gifts received from organizations or people outside of the residence
• Sworn statement from your employer
• For self-employed: tax records, income statements or other proof showing loss of income

If you are applying for utility assistance only

• Past due or current utility bill, may include natural gas and propane, electricity, garbage, water, and sewer bills

Now Accepting Applications Through April 30, 2021