Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The County of Sonoma Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides payment assistance for renters or landlords who need help with rent and utilities. Applications can be completed online or sent in via mail. Any community member can apply for assistance regardless of immigration status. Funds can be used to pay rent as well as past-due utility bills and home service bills. With the passage of Assembly Bill 832, Sonoma County has expanded financial support available to tenants and landlords through this Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The resources from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program that were enacted on April 19, 2021, have expanded to provide broader rental assistance, more equitable access, housing stability throughout the county, as well as extending the eviction moratorium in Sonoma County until November 1, 2021. LEARN MORE  |  SoCoEmergency.org/ERAP

Rent Relief Program

The California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) announced the launch of the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. With as many as 1.5 million Californian renters behind on rent and at risk of eviction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be a lifeline to renters and landlords by keeping the hardest-hit families in their homes and leading to a more equitable economic recovery. The program provides rental reimbursement to landlords and relief to eligible tenants for unpaid rent accrued between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. LEARN MORE

Rental Assistance Program (NOW CLOSED)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Santa Rosa is implementing the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program to assist residents with rental payments through September 30, 2021. Approved by City Council on May 19, 2020 the City has reallocated over $600,000 from federal housing funds to assist up to 50 tenants who have been impacted by the current public health emergency, either through total or partial loss of income. The City has sent this plan for reallocating federal funds to this new program to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval.

The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program application period is now closed. In order to qualify for rental assistance, the applicant must have meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a household income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) (See table below for income limits)
  • Must have had a loss or decrease in wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Must have at least one member of the household who is a documented U.S. citizen (this person can be a minor.

2020 Income Limits (effective June 1, 2020)

Household SizeExtremely Low
30% of Median
Very Low
50% of Median

60% of Median
Low
80% of Median
Median
100% of Median
Moderate
120% of Median
1 Person$23, 900 / Year
$1,992 / Month
$39,800 / Year
$3,317 / Month
$47,760 / Year
$3,980 / Month
$63,650 / Year
$5,034 / Month
$71,900 / Year
$5,992 / Month
$86,300 / Year
$7,192 / Month
2 Persons$27,300 / Year
$2,275 / Month
$45,450 / Year
$3,788 / Month
$54,540 / Year
$4,545 / Month
$72,750 / Year
$6,063 / Month
$82,150 / Year
$6,846 / Month
$98,600 / Year
$8,217 / Month
3 Persons$30,700 / Year
$2,558 / Month
$51,150 / Year
$4,263 / Month
$61,380 / Year
$5,115 / Month
$81,850 / Year
$6, 821 / Month
$92,450 / Year
$7,704 / Month
$110,950 / Year
$9,246 / Month
4 Persons$34,100 / Year
$2,842 / Month
$56,800 / Year
$4,733 / Month
$68,160 / Year
$5,680 / Month
$90,900 / Year
$7,575 / Month
$102,700 / Year
$8,558 / Month
$123,250 / Year
$10,271 / Month
5 Persons$36,850 / Year
$3,071 / Month
$61,350 / Year
$5,113 / Month
$73,620 / Year
$6,135 / Month
$98,200 / Year
$8,183 / Month
$110,900 / Year
$9,242 / Month
$133,100 / Year
$11,092 / Month
6 Persons$39,600 / Year
$3,300 / Month
$65,900 / Year
$5,492 / Month
$79,080 / Year
$6,590 / Month
$105,450 / Year
$8,788 / Month
$119,150 / Year
$9,929 / Month
$143,000 / Year
$11,917 / Month
7 Persons
$42,300 / Year
$3,525 / Month
$70,450 / Year
$5,897 / Month
$84,540 / Year
$7,045 / Month
$112,750 / Year
$9,396 / Month
$127,350 / Year
$10,613 / Month
$152,800 / Year
$12,733 / Month
8 Persons$45,050 / Year
$3,754 / Month
$75,000 / Year
$6,250 / Month
$90,000 / Year
$7,500 / Month
$120,000 / Year
$10,000 / Month
$135,550 / Year
$11,296 / Month
$162,700 / Year
$13,558 / Month

These are the City of Santa Rosa’s standard Income Guidelines based on United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY2019 Income Limits. Some projects may be subject to alternate income limits. HUD may apply adjustments to areas with unusually high or low family income, uneven housing cost-to-income relationships, or high rental costs in relation to median income. According to HUD guidance, income limits are rounded up to the nearest $50.