Rental Assistance

The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County is partnering with the City of Riverside, the State of California, and Housing and Urban Development to help households at risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Rental Assistance Application

Please note the following qualifications must be met in order for your application to be considered:

  1. You must live inside City of Riverside city limits
  2. You must be in immediate danger of eviction and provide an eviction or pay or quit notice
  3. This program only covers back rent; it will not pay for future or current rent payments
  4. You must provide documentation that your loss of income is COVID-19 related – no exceptions
  5. You must provide current income information for the last 30 days and meet the income requirement based on this period (combined household income can’t exceed 50% of Adjusted Median Income for Riverside County): www.harivco.org/Program/IncomeLimits/tabid/72/Default.aspx

When you have completed your application and compiled copies of all of the required documentation, please email it to rentassist@fairhousing.net, fax to 951-682-0262, or mail to PO Box 1068, Riverside, CA, 92502.

If you have questions or need assistance filling out your forms, please call 951-682-6581.

When you have completed your application and compiled copies of all of the required documentation, please email it to rentassist@fairhousing.net, fax to 951-682-0262, or mail to PO Box 1068, Riverside, CA, 92502.

 

Please remember that this program is first come, first serve, so email and fax will be the most effective ways to provide your application and supporting information. Also, please do not mail originals, we will not return any documentation that is submitted with the application.

Program Overview

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The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides rental assistance grants to renter(s) who meet certain requirements and are in danger of eviction due to loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants do not have to be repaid and will cover up to three months’ rent at up to 100% of the unpaid past due amount.

The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County will collect your information using the application process, determine your program eligibility based on your responses on the application and your documentation, and contact your landlord/property manager to verify past due amount and other information. If your application is approved, payment will be made directly to your landlord/property manager and you will be provided with a receipt, acknowledged by your landlord/property manager, for your own documentation.

The program requirements, listed below, have been determined by our funding sources. The application and documentation are our way of collecting and verifying this information, and we can not accept or process incomplete applications. Please fill out and return an application quickly, as funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and your application is not in line until it is complete and all of the necessary documentation is submitted.

Program Requirements/Qualifications

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  • Must reside within the City of Riverside
  • Applicant must have received an eviction notice and no other housing identified
  • Past due rent to be paid by this program cannot predate March 27, 2020 (when state city moratorium went into effect)
  • Applicant must have lost income due to COVID-19 and provide supporting documentation
  • Applicant must provide proof that they can resume rental payments after assistance is provided
  • Maximum assistance per household is 3 months of unpaid rent
  • Must not have received other rental or utility assistance for period beginning March 1, 2020
  • Applicant income must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income at the time of application
Persons in Household Combined Annual Household Income
1 $26,400
2 $30,150
3 $33,900
4 $37,650
5 $40,700
6 $43,700
7 $46,700
8 $49,700

Documents Required

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  • Photo ID for all household members over the age of 18
  • Birth certificate or certified statement of birth for all household members over the age of 18
  • Social security card for all household members over the age of 18
  • Household gross income for last thirty days for all household members over the age of 18. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    • Pay stubs
    • Bank statements
    • Current award letters for Social Security, SSI, VA
    • Child support – account statements or bank statement
    • Pension – current benefit statement with gross benefit amount listed
    • Unemployment – current gross rate, can use printout from online account or information received in the mail
    • TANF – current month award notice
    • Food stamps – award letter showing benefits
  • Copy of current lease
  • Eviction notice – this includes an order from the court or a notice from the property owner
  • Consent forms to release information

Application Process

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To begin the application process, please download and fill out the application and forms in the link below.

Click here to Complete Application

If you have questions or need assistance filling out your forms, please call 951-682-6581.

When you have completed your application and compiled copies of all of the required documentation, please email it to rentassist@fairhousing.net, fax to 951-682-0262, or mail to PO Box 1068, Riverside, CA, 92502. Please remember that this program is first come, first serve, so email and fax will be the most effective ways to provide your application and supporting information. Also, please do not mail originals, we will not return any documentation that is submitted with the application.

Tentative Payment Timeline

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We will begin reviewing applications right away and notify applicants within two weeks if they have qualified. Our first round of payments directly to landlords is scheduled for July 12. We will update the payment timeline as more information is available from our funding sources.

Budget and Credit Training

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The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County wants to help individuals and families to get on the path to financial stability. Budgeting, building credit and getting on the path to homeownership are all keys to long-term housing security. Please use the tools included here, and call our office at 951-682-6581 if you would like to speak with a housing counselor about building a sustainable monthly budget.