County of Orange Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program


The County of Orange closed the application period for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program on February 28, 2021.  If you have already submitted an application for the ERA Program, a regional provider will follow-up with you directly and provide guidance on next steps. If you are in need of assistance and connection to community resources, please contact 2-1-1.  The County of Orange will evaluate the possibility of a second open application period based on ERA Program funds availability.


The County of Orange has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program on February 1, 2021 and will accept applications for a period of one month from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utilities bills due to the impact of COVID-19.

Eligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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). Please visit starting February 1, 2021 to find the 80% AMI level for your household size

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. 

Documentation requirements include:

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

Orange County landlords are able to apply on behalf of their tenants, as long as the tenant co-signs the application. To find more information or to get ready to apply, our residents may call 2-1-1 starting February 1, 2021 to receive assistance in multiple languages, visit or text ERA to 898211. 


OC Rent Assistance Flyer Final
OC Emergency Rental Assistance Program Flyer- Spanish