Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA2) Program


APPLICATION PERIOD

Go HERE to view the flyers for this program.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

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 assistance for past rent and utilities owed from April 1, 2020 to present. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need.

Applications will be placed in a computerized random order—NOT first-come-first-served.

Priority will be given to households that owe rental arrears.


PROGRAM UPDATE

Senate Bill 91 (SB 91) went into effect on January 29, 2021, and is designed to assist landlords and tenants throughout the state of California that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.  Assembly Bill 832 (AB 832) was approved on June 28, 2021 and made key changes to SB 91.

Below is a comparison of some of the changes between SB 91 and AB 832. The SERA2 Program is working to quickly make programmatic changes to comply with AB 832.

Senate Bill 91Assembly Bill 832
Assistance for rental arrears shall be limited to compensation of 80% of an eligible household’s unpaid rental debt accumulated from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, inclusive, per eligible household.Assistance for rental arrears shall be set at compensation of 100% of an eligible household’s unpaid rental debt accumulated on or after April 1, 2020.
Prospective rent payments for an eligible household shall not exceed 25% of the eligible household’s monthly rent.Prospective rent payments for an eligible household shall be set at 100% of the eligible household’s monthly rent.
Assistance is paid to landlords on behalf of eligible households that are currently housed and occupying the residential unit for which the assistance is requested at the time of the application.Eligible households that no longer occupy the residential unit may receive rental assistance to pay for rental arrears even though they no longer live there.

Landlords that received 80% of the rent arrears owed to them for April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 will receive payment for the remaining 20%.

Landlords that received 25% of the rent for April 2021 to June 2021 will receive payment to cover 100% of the rent owed for this period.


ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

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.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

To be eligible for assistance with rent and utilities for April, May and June 2021, 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 through the SERA1 Program (in October 2020 to February 2021) are eligible to apply again.

Priority will be given to households that owe rental arrears.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR TENANT APPLICATION

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 annual gross household income for 2020

Documentation of all current household income for past 2 months


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


TO APPLY

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


REPORTS

ANY QUESTIONS? Please contact us at: sera@shra.org 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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