Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Program OverviewERAP

The City of Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance Program is intended to provide housing stability for families and individuals facing economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will be provided for:

  • Households with unpaid rent from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, helping to stabilize households and prevent evictions. 
    • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months, if needed, to ensure housing stability, and if Program funding is available.
  • Eligible households may also receive funding for unpaid utilities for the same time period, including electricity, gas, water, sewer, and garbage.
  • Funds will generally be paid directly to the landlord and/or utility providers.

 

Rental Assistance Application

Please contact El Concilio for assistance with the Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance Program at 209-644-2690 or ERAP@elconcilio.org - www.elconcilio.org.

 

Si tiene preguntas en español, mande un correo electrónico a ERAP@elconcilio.org o llame al número de 209-644-2690 de la oficina de El Concilio - www.elconcilio.org.

 

Application Period

The City of Stockton will begin accepting applications on March 15, 2021, at noon.

  • Applications for both renters and landlords must be submitted, with all required documentation, by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2021.

 

Rental Addresses - within the City of Stockton

To apply for the City of Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the renter's household address must be located within the city limits of the City of Stockton. To determine if the address is located within the City of Stockton, please enter the street number and street name using this link:

 

Eligibility Prioritization

As required by Federal and State legislation, assistance will be prioritized for eligible households that include:

  • Households with income at or below 50% of area median income (AMI) will be prioritized for assistance, before households with income at or below 80%.
  • An individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to applying.
  • Rental assistance for April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, utility arrears, then future rent for April, May, and June 2021, if funding is available.

 

Eligible Applicants

An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of an eligible household. Landlords and eligible households are encouraged to work together during the application process to maximize the amount of assistance received.

 

Landlord and Renter Participation

If a landlord agrees to participate in the process, funding may be awarded for 80% of the eligible household’s unpaid rental debt for up to 12 months, from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. As a condition of the award, a landlord must agree to waive the remaining 20% rental obligation for the period awarded.

  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rental arrears assistance, plus an additional three months, if needed, to ensure housing stability, and if Program funding is available.
  • Households may be eligible to receive up to 100% in utility assistance for the same period.

 

Renter Only Participation

If a landlord chooses not to participate, funding is limited to 25% of the eligible household’s unpaid rental debt accumulated from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

 

Qualified tenants will also be able to access funds to cover 25% of prospective/future rent for the months of April, May, and June of 2021, subject to funding availability.

  • Eligible households may only receive future rent, if past rent is not owed, or if funding is requested to reduce past rent.
  • Eligible households are limited to three months of future rent at a time, but renters may reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three-month period if needed.
  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months, if needed, to ensure housing stability, and if Program funding is available.
  • Households may be eligible to receive up to 100% in utility assistance for the same period.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, renters must:

  • Provide documentation of residing in a rental property, which must be located within the city limits of Stockton, during the period for which funding is requested.
  • Have income that does not exceed 80% of area median income (AMI) based on family size. Priority will be provided to households below 50% of area median income (AMI). See chart below:

2020 Maximum Income Allowed Based on the Number of Persons in Household

Housing Size 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons   5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% AMI $26,250 $30,000 $33,750  $37,500   $40,500 $43,500 $46,500 $49,500
80% AMI $42,000 $48,000 $54,000 $60,000   $64,800 $69,600 $74,400 $79,200

 

  • One or more tenants qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Provide documentation that verifies loss of income due to COVID-19.

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Required Documents for Applications

Examples of required documents for both renters and landlords are provided below.

 

Renters
  • Valid identification for all applicants.
  • Basic applicant information for all household members.
  • Current rental agreement.
  • Utility statement(s) reflecting unpaid utility bill(s).
  • Authorization to apply for funding on behalf of the eligible household if a representative is completing the application.
  • Documentation of household income:
    • Include the most recent two months of paystubs prior to application or 1040/W-22 for 2020.
  • Verification of loss of income (one of the following):
    • Termination Notice,
    • Unemployment Award Letter,
    • Pay Stubs reflecting reduced salary,
    • Bank Statements, or
    • Other similar documentation.

 

Landlords
  • Proof of Ownership: Property Deed(s), Mortgage Note(s), Property Tax Statement;
  • Property Management Agreement (if applicable);
  • Documentation showing the amount of rental arrears for the period of April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021; 
  • Copy of Property Insurance Statement; and
  • Lease or rental agreement reflecting tenant’s name, residence address, and monthly rent due.

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Apply Here

State Rent Relief Housing is keyThe Emergency Rental Assistance application portal is not currently compatible with the Microsoft Edge web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 

 

  

Rental Addresses - outside the City limits (in San Joaquin County)

If your address is outside the City of Stockton, you may be eligible to apply for San Joaquin County Emergency Rental Assistance

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Resources

 

For questions about other rental, financial, and employment resources, please contact the Economic Development Department or submit an AskStockton request.

 

  

External Links


State of California - Housing is Key or CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center: 1- 833-430-2122

 

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/8/2021