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Emergency Renters' Assistance Program

City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program

The application period for the 2021 COVID-19 City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program has ended.

Unfortunately, due to the extensive economic impact of COVID-19, the demand for rental assistance has greatly exceeded the available funds. If you have any questions regarding the program, please visit the FAQs. Should additional funds become available, information will be publicized on this site.

Program Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Background

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the State of California and the federal government, has created the 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)  to assist residential renters who have been unable to pay their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is charged with the implementation of the ERAP.


About The Program

Information and Eligibility

To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and meet the following requirements:

  1. Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. To verify you live in the City of Los Angeles go to: neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org;
  2. One or more individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 outbreak; and
  3. The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI).*

    2020 HUD Income Limits for Los Angeles (30%, 50% AMI)

    Family Size
    Income Level 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
    Extremely Low (30%) $23,700 $27,050 $30,450 $33,800 $36,550 $39,250 $41,950 $44,650
    Very Low (50%) $39,450 $45,050 $50,700 $56,300 $60,850 $65,350 $69,850 $74,350
    Income Limit
    Family Size Extremely Low (30%) Very Low (50%)
    1 Person $23,700 $39,450
    2 Persons $27,050 $45,050
    3 Persons $30,450 $50,700
    4 Persons $33,800 $56,300
    5 Persons $36,550 $60,850
    6 Persons $39,250 $65,350
    7 Persons $41,950 $69,850
    8 Persons $44,650 $74,350

Eligibility Selection and Payment

Eligible applicants will be chosen through a random selection process to participate in the program. The program is required to give priority to paying past-due, unpaid rent. If selected, the program can pay 80% of a tenant’s past-due rent for the period of April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, but only if the landlord agrees to waive the remaining 20%.

If a landlord does not agree to these terms, the program can pay 25 percent of the tenant’s past-due, unpaid rent, as well as up to 25 percent of the tenant’s upcoming future rent, for 3 months. These rules are in alignment with regulations established by Senate Bill 91.

Check application status below:

(For submitted applications)

STATUS LOOKUP

If you are NOT a City of LA resident, visit the State website (housingiskey.com) to apply for the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.

For questions regarding your application, please call the
ERAP hotline (833) 373-0587
available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

TTY line (for hearing or speech impaired): (888) 705-5768


Frequently Asked Questions

Tenants FAQs

Landlords FAQs

*Subject to funding availability, the City may open future applications to renter households with incomes up to 80% of AMI.


Additional Information

> Regardless of participation in any rental assistance program, all tenants impacted by COVID-19 are still protected by both city and state emergency renter protections currently in effect.

> The ERAP is for City of L.A. residents only. Tenants who live in the greater LA County area (87 cities), but do not live in the City of L.A., can apply for rental assistance with the State of California at: housingiskey.com.


Disclaimer

Please be aware of scammers. City employees will not ask you for personal information, such as your Social Security Number, over the telephone related to this Initiative. Please use a secure means to transmit personal contact information to the City for this Initiative.

Any personal information provided to the department may be considered public records subject to public disclosure by requesting parties, pursuant to the California Public Records Act, though certain confidential information may be redacted prior to disclosure to requesting parties.

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City Of Los Angeles
Emergency Renters Assistance Fund

This is a donation page (not application for assistance). HCIDLA is accepting donations to assist renters/landlords with rent. Your kind donation will help low-wage workers who are facing extreme economic hardship due to COVID-19. Donations to this fund will assist renters in the City of Los Angeles to be able to stay in their homes.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

COVID-19

To assist residential renters who have been economically impacted by the Coronavirus, the Mayor and the City Council have adopted tenant protections on evictions and rent increases in the City of Los Angeles.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Renter Protection

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