Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA2) Program


Go HERE to view the flyers for this program.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, through federal and state funding, is offering emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters living anywhere in Sacramento County who have experienced a reduction in household income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible applicants can receive up to 15-18 months of assistance for past rent and utilities owed. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need.

Applicants that have received an eviction notice from their landlord will be given priority. An eviction notice must be submitted with the application in order to receive priority. These applications will be processed according to application date or court date.


If you’ve already been assisted through SERA and still need help paying past due rent and utilities, you must recertify your information. Please login to your account and answer the questions. Your recertification will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive additional assistance.


If you’ve already been determined ineligible, you can login into your account and edit your application and submit it. The updated application will be reviewed to determine if you are now eligible to receive assistance.

Please click HERE for additional resources.


Applicants must currently rent their home anywhere in the County of Sacramento.

To be eligible for assistance with rent and/or utilities,  you must have 2021 household gross annual income at or below the following low-income limits:

1 person $50,750
2 person $58,000
3 person $65,250
4 person $72,500
5 person $78,300
6 person $84,100
7 person $89,900
8 person $95,700


Additionally, applicants must:

  • Have at least one household member that:

– is qualified for unemployment benefits, OR
– has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19

  • Demonstrate housing instability or a risk of being unhoused

Households that previously applied for and/or received rental assistance are eligible to apply again.

An eligible household may receive up to a total of 15 months of assistance towards past due rent and utilities, subject to the availability of funds.

Priority will be given to households that owe rental arrears.


One form of identification for the person applying

All pages of your Lease or other proof that you are renting your home

Document received from landlord showing amount owed in arrears

Current utility bills showing amounts owed

Documentation of all current household income for past 2 months

If you have received an eviction notice, please provide one of the following:

What documents can be used to show the landlord / tenant relationship? (one or more of these documents may be requested)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Please DO NOT submit duplicate applications, as they will not be accepted.

Need Help? Click here for a list of local organizations ready to help you complete your application and upload documents.

If you have applied in February or March 2021, please click the “check your status here” button below.  All applications that have been submitted prior to March 19th, 2021 are currently under review.

Additional Renter, Financial, and Employment Resources

ANY QUESTIONS? Please contact us at: or (916) 449-1266

This project is being supported in whole or in part, with federal funding (Assistance Listing Number 21.023) awarded to the City and County of Sacramento and the State of California by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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