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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.

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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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