City of Fresno

Self Certification of Eligibility for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance.

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For help please call (559) 621-6801, or email us at ERAP@fresno.gov.

Tenant Application

Do you live in Fresno?

Did you lose income due to COVID-19 after March 13, 2020?

Are you past due for rent and/or utilities?

How many people are you supporting in your household (please include yourself)?

What is your household’s current annual income

  • Completed ACH Form (to accept direct deposit, only if landlord does not accept payment)
  • Federal, State, or local Rental Assistance received after March 13, 2020
  • Rent Statement
  • Rental Agreement
  • Rental Ledger
  • W-9 (if landlord does not accept payment)
  • Photo ID
Landlord Application
  • Completed ACH Form (if accepting direct deposit on behalf of tenant)
  • Rent Statement (if tenant is unable to provide)
  • Rental Agreement (if tenant is unable to provide)
  • Rental Ledger (if tenant is unable to provide)
  • W-9

Tenant Application FAQ's

For more information about the program visit the City of Fresno’s website at www.fresno.gov/erap, or for prescreening and online application visit https://era.fresno.gov. If you have any questions regarding this program please email ERAP@fresno.gov or call (559) 621-6801 .

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Rental Property is located in the City of Fresno; and
  • Tenant must meet income requirements (refer to Fresno County Area Median Income table below); and
  • Tenant must be unable to pay the full amount of rent because of a loss of income due to COVID-19; and
  • Tenant must provide qualification of unemployment benefits or experience a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and
  • Tenant must provide documentation that rent arrears and/or utility arrears is owed; and
  • Tenant must complete the tenant portion of the online application

Fresno County Area Median Income -- 50% and 80% Income Limits*

Persons In the Family 50% Income Limit 80% Income Limit
1 $24,500 $39,150
2 $28,000 $44,750
3 $31,500 $50,350
4 $34,950 $55,900
5 $37,750 $60,400
6 $40,550 $64,850
7 $43,350 $69,350
8 $46,150 $73,800
*Tenant must complete the tenant portion of the online application
Yes. A tenant can apply if they meet all eligibility requirements, but will only receive 25% of the rent arrears.
  • Return a declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress, signed under penalty of perjury, and returned within 15 business days of receiving a notice to "pay or quit." The landlord may request that the declaration be filled out monthly with every notice to “pay or quit.
  • Pay 25% of the total rental arrears owed between September 2020 and June 2021 by June 30, 2021.
  • Please note, this payment does NOT need to be made monthly. The tenant household only needs to pay 25% or more of the total rental arrears owed between September 2020 and June 2021 by June 30, 2021.

Tenants who both pay 25% of their rent owed between September 2020 and June 2021 by June 30, 2021 and provide their landlord a declaration of COVID-19 financial distress are forever protected from eviction for non-payment of rent for their rent due between September 2020 and June 2021.

SB 91 does not protect tenants against lawful "Just Cause" evictions for legally valid reasons other than non-payment of rent (for example: health and safety violations or destruction of property).

If you meet the qualifications of the program, 80% of your rent arrears will be paid directly to your landlord OR 25% of your rent arrears will be paid to you if your landlord chooses not to participate.

All documentation will need to be uploaded in the online application platform at https://era.fresno.gov. Required documentation is as follows:

  • Income verification (monthly or annual)
    1. Wage statement
    2. Interest statement
    3. Unemployment compensation statement (if applicable)
    4. Copy of Form 1040 as filed with IRS or pre-March 2020 pay stubs and 2 months of most recent pay stubs
  • Rental Agreement
  • Rental Statement showing rent arrears
  • W-9 if tenant is receiving the 25% payment
  • Utility bills showing utility arrears (if applicable)
  • Relocation Fees (if applicable)

Below is the priority focus list with rent arrears being the main focus. Utility arrears may be addressed as the program progresses and if funding is available.

  • Priority 1 – Rent arrears for applicants below 50% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Priority 2 – Rent arrears for applicants between 50% and 80% AMI
  • Priority 3 – Utility arrears
  • Priority 4 – Prospective Rent
Note: Utilities that are covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.

If landlord agrees to participate, then 80% of rent arrears will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant. If landlord does not participate then 25% of the rent arrears will be paid directly to the tenant.

For questions regarding the application, please contact the City of Fresno Emergency Rental Assistance program office at 559.621.6801 or via email at erap@fresno.gov

Landlord Application FAQ's

For more information about the program visit the City of Fresno’s website at www.fresno.gov/erap, or for prescreening and online application visit https://era.fresno.gov. If you have any questions regarding this program please email ERAP@fresno.gov or call (559) 621-6801 .
  • Rental Property is located in the City of Fresno; and
  • Tenant must meet income requirements (refer to Fresno County Area Median Income table below); and
  • Tenant must be unable to pay the full amount of rent because of a loss ofincome due to COVID-19; and
  • Landlord must complete the landlord portion of the online application

Fresno County Area Median Income -- 50% and 80% Income Limits*

Persons In the Family 50% Income Limit 80% Income Limit
1 $24,500 $39,150
2 $28,000 $44,750
3 $31,500 $50,350
4 $34,950 $55,900
5 $37,750 $60,400
6 $40,550 $64,850
7 $43,350 $69,350
8 $46,150 $73,800
*Tenant must complete the tenant portion of the online application

The application is located at https://era.fresno.gov. You can find additional information on the program at www.fresno.gov/erap

All documentation will need to be uploaded in the online application platform. Required documentation is as follows:

  • Completed ACH form for direct payment to your financial institution
  • Rental Agreement (if tenant is unable to provide)
  • Rental Statement showing rent arrears (if tenant is unable to provide)
  • W-9

Eligible landlords will receive payment of 80% of their tenants past due rent accumulated between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. A direct payment will be made to the landlord in the name of the tenant and the landlord must agree to accept this payment as payment in full of any unpaid rent for that period and not evict the tenant for non-payment.

Yes. An eligible household that occupies a federally-subsidized residential or mixeduse property may receive ERA assistance, provided that ERA funding is not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.

However, if an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household is not eligible to receive ERA assistance.

Below is the priority focus list with rent arrears being the main focus. Utility arrears may be addressed as the program progresses and if funding is available.

  • Priority 1 – Rent arrears for applicants below 50% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Priority 2 – Rent arrears for applicants between 50% and 80% AMI
  • Priority 3 – Utility arrears
  • Priority 4 – Prospective Rent
Note: Utilities that are covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.

Yes, if you include the utility costs (water, sewer, trash, PG&E) in your rent calculation, you can include these costs in your rent arrears calculation.