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Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program extends safety net for tenants financially hit by Covid-19

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Norine Dworkin

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Friday, March 12, 2021



Orange County has more than $33 million in federal funds to help residents pay overdue rent and stay in their homes.

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program, which morphed from the Eviction Diversion Program at the end of February, will disburse $33.4 million in federal funds to help eligible tenants stay in their homes during the pandemic.

Funds from the income-based program are paid directly to landlords for renters who can document that their shortfall is related to Covid-19. Individuals who are even a month behind in rent may qualify.

Payments would cover past-due rent from April 1, 2020 to the present, for up to 12 months. However, payments are capped at $10,000, and these payments can’t be combined with other sources of rental assistance.

For more information on eligibility and required documents or to apply, visit

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