MCERAP Prioritization Policy

Due to limited funds, the Monterey County Emergency Rental Assistance Program has instituted a prioritization policy in order to ensure the assistance can be distributed as equitably and to as many households in need as possible. Please see below for details.

  • For rent in arrears, the max number of months we can assist with is 12 (unless the tenant requires up to 18 to prevent eviction)
  • For future rent, the max number of months we can assist with is 3
  • For a hybrid of future/arrears, max number of months we can assist with is 15, only 3 of which can be future rent (or 18, ONLY if 15 are required to prevent eviction, 3 of which can be future rent)
  • Prioritization criteria will utilize the following factors:
    • Household Income
    • Higher score using a 10 point scale = higher priority
  • From the list of eligible applicants, we would prioritize households whose income is at or under 30% AMI > 50% AMI > 80% AMI
  • In all cases, rental arrears are to be prioritized over future rent and over utility payments

 

Point System

  • Behind on rent (6 points)
  • Behind on rent and received a pay or quit notice (2 points)
  • Behind on rent and received an official eviction notice (2 points)
  • Not behind on rent but currently facing housing instability (defined as inability to pay upcoming rent) ( 1 point)
  • Currently unemployed (1 point)
  • Household facing a crisis or special circumstance* (1 point)
  • First time applicant (3 points)

 

*special circumstances could include the following:

  • single parent
  • veteran
  • disabled
  • other circumstances as defined by the assisting agency

 

This policy is effective as of 1/21/22.