City of Fresno

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

Need Help?

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 April 1st, 2020?

Are you past due for rent, utilities, or are in need of assistance through September 30, 2021?

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

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
  • Tenant must meet income requirements (refer to Fresno County Area Median Income table below); and
  • Tenant must complete the tenant portion of the online application

Include any of the following that applies to determine income eligibility:

*Note: Those who show proof of participation in a state or federal subsidy program such as CalFresh, WIC, CalWORKS, etc. do not need to show further proof of income
  • Your 2020 Tax Return
  • 2020 W2 and 1099G if you were unemployed
  • Current pay stubs
  • Proof of participation in state or federal subsidy programs such as CalFresh or CalWORKS (your 2020 or 2021 acceptance or renewal letter is preferred).

Yes. A tenant can apply and if eligible, will be paid directly for 100% of rental arrears dating back to April 1, 2021. Any outstanding utilities will be paid directly to the utility provider.

The state’s current eviction moratorium has been extended to September 30, 2021

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.”

Rental debt that accumulated due to COVID-19 hardship that was incurred on or after September 1, 2020, and before September 30, 2021, a landlord must be provided 25 percent of the unpaid rent demanded in the notice that forms the basis of the complaint before October 1, 2021, to prevent an unlawful detainer judgment based on that complaint.

If the landlord agrees to participate in this program, 100% of rental arrears will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the eligible household. If the landlord refuses to participate, payment will be made directly to the renter. However, the renter has 15 business days to remit payment to the landlord or face a penalty.

Eligible renters may also receive assistance for past due utility payments. Past due utilities accumulated from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, will be compensated in full up to a total of 12 months. You may receive assistance paying utilities and home energy costs that are not covered by the landlord and that are billed separately such as electricity, gas, water sewer, trash removal, and energy costs, such as fuel oil. Internet service is also an eligible cost.

All payments for utilities and home energy costs should be supported by a bill, invoice, or evidence of payment to the provider of the utility or home energy service. Utilities and home energy costs that are covered by the landlord will be treated as rent. Payments of utility costs will be paid directly to a utility provider based on the utility bill information provided.

Note: Utilities that are covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.

Landlord Application FAQ's

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
  • Tenant must meet income requirements and be below 80% Fresno County Median Area Income (AMI)
  • Your renter’s household is income-eligible.
  • All payments you receive must be used to satisfy the renter’s unpaid rent. The eligible time frame for financial assistance dates back to April 1, 2020.

Your renter’s take steps to verify that they meet eligibility requirements and sign the application

The landlord must complete the landlord portion of the online application

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

  • Completed ACH form for direct payment to your financial institution
  • Rental Agreement
  • Rental Statement showing rent arrears
  • W-9

If the landlord agrees to participate in this program, 100% of rental arrears will be made directly to the landlord on behalf of the eligible household dating back to April 1, 2020. If the landlord refuses to participate, payment will be made directly to the renter.

Yes. An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive ERA assistance if 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.

Yes. Utilities that are covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.

Eligible renters may also receive assistance for past due utility payments. Past due utilities accumulated from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, will be compensated in full up to a total of 12 months. You may receive assistance paying utilities and home energy costs that are not covered by the landlord and that are billed separately such as electricity, gas, water sewer, trash removal, and energy costs, such as fuel oil. Internet service is also an eligible cost.

All payments for utilities and home energy costs should be supported by a bill, invoice, or evidence of payment to the provider of the utility or home energy service. Utilities and home energy costs that are covered by the landlord will be treated as rent. Payments of utility costs will be paid directly to a utility provider based on the utility bill information provided.