Fresno County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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2021 Fresno County

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Many residents and landlords have inquired about the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

The County of Fresno received money from the US Treasury Department and the State Block Grant  for this program. The funds will be used for direct financial assistance to eligible renter households in the County’s jurisdiction that have been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is for Fresno County residents. If you live in the City of Fresno, please visit era.fresno.gov for more information and to submit your application.

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Quick Facts

Rental assistance will be provided for Fresno County Residents whose income levels are at the 80% Area Median Income (AMI) or lower who have faced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Your income will be calculated during the application process and will include: 

  • Current wages
  • Social Security Income
  • Unemployment Income
  • Alimony and/or Child Support
  • Armed Forces benefits including pay or disability 

80% of balance due will be paid in agreement with landlord to accept payment in full.

Payments will be made directly to the landlords who agree to the program. If a landlord does not agree to the program, 25% of the amount due will be paid directly to the tenant to provide eviction protection via SB 91.

At this time, assistance is only available for rental properties, back mortgage payments are not eligible for assistance.

Frequently
Asked Questions

Who is Eligible?

  • Any resident of the County of Fresno, except for City of Fresno. Please see City of Fresno application for City Residents at era.fresno.gov.
  • Tenants residing in Fresno County Islands within City of Fresno limits are eligible.
  • Tenants will not asked about their citizenship nor will they be required to show proof of citizenship.
  • Inability to pay rent must be related to COVID-19 hardship.

Tenant income must be at 80% AMI or lower

Persons in FamilyIncome LImit
1$39,150
2$44,750
3$50,350
4$55,900
Persons in FamilyIncome LImit
5$60,400
6$64,850
7$69,350
8$73,800

What Documentation is Required?

Tenants will need to provide at least one item from each category below:

  • Documentation of income reduction related to COVID-19
    • EDD paperwork
    • Paystubs demonstrating reduced hours
    • Letter from your employer
  • Documentation of Rent Owed
    • 3 day notice from landlord
    • Tenant ledger showing balance due
    • Rental agreement showing monthly rent amount
  • Documentation of Occupancy
    • Rental agreement
    • Mail received at address


Landlords will need to provide the following:

  • Government ID or Business License
  • IRS W9
  • CA 590
  • Proof of Ownership or Management of Property


Landlords may also submit the following documents to expedite the application process:

  • Past Due Rent Statement
  • Rental/Lease Agreement
  • 3 Day Notice to Pay

Cities We Serve

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ClovisMendotaShaver Lake
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DunlapOrange CoveTollhouse
EastonPratherTranquility

How Much Assistance Can Be Received?

  • Unpaid rent from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 is eligible for assistance.
  • Landlords must agree to accept 80% of balance due as payment in full.

How To Apply?

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