Using state and federal relief funding, Monterey County SB91 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will distribute $28 million of rent and utility assistance to low-income eligible households located in Monterey County that are facing housing instability due to direct or indirect financial impact from the COVID-19 crisis. This support is not a loan and eligible tenants receiving this rental and/or utility support are not required or expected to pay it back.
For program information view the flyers or content below. Visit the program FAQs for further details.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for the rental and utility support through the Monterey County ERAP, residents need to meet the following requirements and provide the needed documents:
- Tenants living within the County of Monterey, regardless of immigration status
- Tenants may have formal or informal lease arrangements
- At or below 80% Area Median Income of Monterey County
*Program will prioritize funding for very low-income tenants (at or below 50% AMI), as well as those who are at immediate risk of homelessness or have rental arrears
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- Tenants have suffered a COVID-19-related financial distress that caused them to be unable to pay their rent between the dates of April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. A COVID-19-related financial distress can include any of the following:
- Loss of income caused by the pandemic
- Increased out-of-pocket expenses directly related to performing essential work during the pandemic
- Increased expenses directly related to the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic that limits the tenant's ability to earn income or increased costs of these responsibilities
- Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have reduced a tenant's income or increased a tenant's expenses
If you have any questions related to eligibility, the application process, or your tenant protections, please visit our FAQs page.
Applicants must provide the following to apply:
- Documentation of housing or financial instability resulting from loss or reduction in income due to COVID-19
- Proof of income eligibility (one of the following: 2020 tax return, recent paystub, W-2, bank statement, unemployment award/benefit, hour reduction notice from employer)
- Government-issued ID (from any country) that includes a photo, name, and birthday for the head of household
- Rent due notices
We will be hosting a series of webinars for the landlords to receive more information regarding the program. Did you miss the webinars? You can still view a recording of the first webinar or the informational slides that were presented.
Information for the Landlords
Tenants must apply first. If eligible, the landlord will be notified by one of the partnering agencies to provide the required paperwork(s) stated below. The landlord cannot initiate the application process for their tenant(s). Landlords/Property Managers can download this attestation template and fill it out for tenants applying for assistance.
A formal lease is not required, however, assistance must be paid directly to the landlord. The property landlord must provide the following forms:
- Government-issued ID
- Tax info, such as a W9
- Rental assistance will be paid directly to the landlord
- Past due rent plus utility assistance may not exceed 12 months of assistance per tenant.
- Eligible renters can also receive help paying future rent at 25% of the amount owed for up to 3 months.
- Rent arrears must be paid before future payments.
- The landlord must accept ONLY 80% of the total payment that is due. The tenant is not required to pay the additional 20% if the landlord agrees to participate in the program. If the landlord refuses to comply, the agency may only pay 25% of the total rent due.
13 community service organizations and local agencies have been awarded rent and utility funds for distribution to eligible tenants:
- City of Greenfield: (831) 674-5591 ext. 2137
- City of Salinas: (831) 758-7365
- City of Gonzales: (831) 675-5000
- City of Seaside: (831) 899-6772
- City of Monterey: (831) 646-3995
- City of Soledad: (831)223-5075
- King City: (831) 385-3281
- Salvation Army: (831) 899-4988
- Goodwill Central Coast: (831) 287–2350 Ext. 8361
- Monterey Peninsula College Foundation (Students only): (831) 655-5507
- Hartnell College Foundation: (831) 755-6180
- Central Coast Energy Services: (888) 728-3637
- North County Recreation and Park District: (831) 200-3639