Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Program Update - Funding Exhausted
Current funding is exhausted. As-of December 15, 2021, applications are no longer being accepted.
The City has requested additional State and Federal funding. Should additional funding become available, qualifying completed applications will receive funding in the order received.
Approved Applications – Funding Verified
If your application was approved and you received a confirming message with a specific amount of funding, a check has been provided or is in progress.
- Applications submitted before the close date will be processed for rental arrears only for the period of April 2020 - November 2021, with a maximum of 18 months of assistance or until all available funds are exhausted.
- Payment of prospective/future rents and utility payments will no longer be processed for payment.
- Applicants seeking utility arrears assistance are to apply to the LIHEAP program.
- El Concilio will prioritize the processing of current applications by the date the application was submitted and the established program priorities.
Over $35 million in funding has been provided or is in progress. Check processing has taken longer than expected. We thank you for your patience.
Applications Submitted – No Funding Verification
If your completed application was submitted and you have not received a message confirming funding, we will hold your application and process your request should additional State and Federal funding become available.
Qualifying, completed applications may receive partial funding, should the City receive additional State or Federal funds.
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.
The City of Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides housing stability for families and individuals facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Help to stabilize households and prevent evictions for households with unpaid rent from April 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021.
- Funding for unpaid utilities for the same time period, including electricity, gas, water, sewer, internet, and garbage, has been provided to eligible households.
- All payments for housing expenses required supporting documents, such as a bill or invoice.
- Funds are generally paid directly to the landlord and/or utility providers.
- Other housing expenses include relocation costs, such as rent security deposits, and rental fees, application or screening fees for tenants.
- Free legal assistance through CRLA (California Rural Legal Assistance) for those facing eviction or receiving notices from landlords.
The City of Stockton began accepting applications on March 15, 2021. No additional applications were accepted after December 15, 2021.
- Funding is currently exhausted. Should additional State and Federal funds become available, qualifying applications will be processed in the order received.
- Applications for both renters and landlords required all documentation to be considered complete.
Rental Addresses - within the City of Stockton
The City of Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance Program requires that the renter's household address 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:
Rental Addresses - outside the City of Stockton
If you do not live within the city limits of the City of Stockton, please visit the State of California Housing Is Key website for assistance and to determine what resources are available to you.
- CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center: 1- 833-430-2122
As required by Federal and State legislation, assistance has been prioritized for eligible households that include:
- Households that are being evicted or at risk of being evicted
- Households with income at or below 50% of area median income (AMI) were prioritized for assistance, before households with income at or below 80%;
- An individual who has been unemployed for 90 days prior to applying;
- Past due rental assistance from April 1, 2020, through November 30, 2021; and
- Past-due utility payments.
Applications for rental assistance were accepted from either an eligible household or from a landlord on behalf of an eligible household. Landlords and eligible households were encouraged to work together during the application process to maximize the amount of assistance received.
Landlord and Renter Participation
With a landlord participating in the process, funding may have been awarded for 100% of the eligible household’s unpaid rental debt for up to 15 months, from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
- Eligible households may have received up to 12 months of rental arrears assistance, plus an additional three months, if needed, to ensure housing stability, and if Program funding was available.
Households may have been eligible to receive up to 100% in utility assistance and housing expenses for the same period.
In addition to ERAP1, funding may have been awarded for 100% of the eligible household’s unpaid rental debt for up to 18 months, from April 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021.
Renter Only Participation
If a landlord chose not to participate, funding was still available at 100% of the eligible household’s unpaid rental debt accumulated from April 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021.
- Eligible households may have only received future rent, if past rent was not owed, or if funding was requested to reduce past rent.
- Eligible households were limited to three months of future rent at a time, but renters could reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three-month period if needed.
- Eligible households may have received up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months, if needed, to ensure housing stability, with a max of 18 months through ERAP1&2 until Program funding was exhausted.
- Households may have been eligible to receive up to 100% in housing expenses and utility assistance for the same period.
State of California
The best protection against eviction is to know your rights:
The State of California eviction moratorium ended September 30, 2021. State law prevented landlords from seeking eviction of tenants who were eligible for the rent relief program without first completing a rental assistance application with the program.
- Eligible tenants who completed an application with the program may be protected from eviction for non-payment of rent.
City of Stockton
If the address of your residential rental property is within the city limits of Stockton, a City Ordinance offers additional eviction protection through a moratorium that is in effect until 90-days after the State of California COVID-19 Emergency Declaration is lifted.
Rent Relief Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, renters were required to:
- provide documentation of residing in a rental property that is located within the city limits of Stockton, during the period for which funding was requested.
- have income that does not exceed 80% of area median income (AMI) based on family size. Priority was provided to households below 50% of area median income (AMI). See chart below:
2021 Maximum Income Allowed Based on the Number of Persons in Household
- One or more tenants qualify for unemployment or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship, due to COVID-19.
- Demonstrated a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
- Provided documentation that verifies loss of income due to COVID-19.
Required Documents for Applications
Examples of required documents for both renters and landlords are provided below.
- 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 2021.
- 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.
- 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 June 30, 2021;
- Copy of Property Insurance Statement; and
- Lease or rental agreement reflecting tenant’s name, residence address, and monthly rent due.
Online Portal - Closed to New Applications
The Emergency Rental Assistance application portal is not currently compatible with the Microsoft Edge web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
For questions about other rental, financial, and employment resources, please contact the Economic Development Department or submit an AskStockton request.
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 --- 12/21/2021