Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA) Program
Opens on October 9, 2020
Closes on October 29, 2020
Applications are not considered based on date and time received. After all the applications are received, they will be placed in a computer-generated random order.
As long as you have received the SERA Program Application Successfully Submitted email, your application will be reviewed.
Through federal Coronavirus relief funding, this program will provide emergency rental assistance to pay past due rent for residents in the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Isleton and Galt, along with unincorporated County of Sacramento, who are experiencing loss or reduction in income from employment because of COVID-19.
Applicants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in rental assistance via payment made directly to the landlord. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need.
City’s Tenant Protection Program assists city residential and commercial landlords and tenants who are interested in addressing and resolving rent payments and tenancy issues related to COVID-19
The City has hired the Sacramento Mediation Center to provide dispute resolution services for properties within the city of Sacramento to assist with the local Tenant Eviction Moratorium Ordinance and related rent repayment plans. The services under this program are voluntary and at no cost to the participating parties while funding is available.
The California Apartment Association provides information for landlords and tenants and has additional information about the COVID -19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020.
The Renters Helpline provides telephone counseling and mediation services for Sacramento County residents in a housing crisis or dispute. The program counselors deal directly with concerns regarding landlord-tenant disputes and help refer fair housing issues to the appropriate agency.
Financial and Employment Resources:
The City of Sacramento (in partnership with the Sacramento office of International Rescue Committee) offers free professional one-on-one financial navigation and coaching for local residents.
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- benefits and support available, and
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HOW TO APPLY
Review all eligibility requirements and required documents below prior to starting the application process.
Register and complete the application. It is important that you remember your log-in and your password.
You will receive email confirmation once your application is successfully submitted. An email will be sent in November to everyone who submitted an application stating whether they are eligible (see eligibility criteria below) and explaining the next steps.
Families will be notified as their application is selected for review.
Your application and documents will be reviewed. You will be contacted if additional information is required. Staff will contact your landlord to confirm your tenancy and any rent owed. The landlord will submit required documentation.
The rental payment is sent directly to the landlord. You will be notified of the payment.
After November 2nd, you can check on the status of your application at www.shra.org/sera
TO BE ELIGIBLE, RENTERS MUST:
Show employment income lost or decreased because of COVID-19
Rent your home in the City of Sacramento, Folsom, Isleton, or Galt or in the unincorporated County of Sacramento
Have a written lease or rental agreement or SERA Rental Verification form signed by the landlord AND a current utility bill in your name
Have current household income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
INCOME ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
50% Area Medium Income (AMI)
1 Person: $30,250
2 Person: $34,550
3 Person: $38,850
4 Person: $43,150
5 Person: $46,650
6 Person: $50,100
7 Person: $53,550
8 Person: $57,000
Income guidelines apply to current household income related to COVID-19 income loss.
PRIORITIES WILL BE GIVEN TO:
Families with minor children
Households where the current income is 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or less
1 Person: $18,150
2 Person: $20,750
3 Person: $23,350
4 Person: $26,200
5 Person: $30,680
6 Person: $35,160
7 Person: $39,640
8 Person: $44,120
Completed applications with all necessary documentation
If you need assistance, please contact the SERA Program by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (916) 449-1266.
You can also receive help uploading required documents and other technical assistance in person at 816 Revere Street (Alder Grove) and 480 Redwood Avenue, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., M-F from October 9th – October 29th.
LANDLORD & PROPERTY OWNERS
As the landlord, you are acknowledging that the identified tenant
Is applying for rental assistance through the Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and
is renting property from you, and
For the renter to participate, the landlord must agree to:
Accept the rental payment
Not pursue eviction for non-payment while receiving rental assistance
Waive any late fees or penalties for rent not paid during the period of time the rent payments are received
Lease Agreement, Rental Agreement or proof of residency
Landlord certification form (stating amount owed in back rent and Landlord agrees not to charge late fees for rent paid or to evict tenant for non-payment of rent for the period covered by the rental assistance)
Direct Deposit Information
RENTERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE IF:
Currently reside in public housing funded by Public Housing Authorities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Receive other on-going government rental assistance (Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers, Permanent Supportive Housing, or Section 811)
TO APPLY, RENTERS MUST SUBMIT:
A completed application
A government-issued ID for the applicant that matches the name on the lease