NEW WAITING LIST ESTABLISHED
SERA applications and re-certifications received after Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. will be placed on a waiting list while staff completes processing approximately 30,000+ applications that have already been submitted. However, any applications received after February 11, 2022 where the tenants have received an eviction notice (and the Sacramento Superior Court notifies SERA Program staff) will not remain on the waiting list but will be reviewed for eligibility to determine if payment can be issued immediately.
As of February 10, 2022, more than 11,400 applicants have received a total of approximately $90 million in rental assistance from the SERA program.
At this time, the SERA program does not have enough funding to assist all of the 30,000+ applications currently received.
SHRA has applied for additional emergency rental assistance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury; however, it is not known if, or how much, additional funding will be awarded to Sacramento.
Contingent upon funding availability, staff will process applications and re-certifications from the waiting list (i.e., those received after February 11, 2022) after processing the 30,000+ applications already received.
Priority will continue to be given to applicants in the City and the County who have received an eviction notice that has been filed with the court.
Updates on the program will be posted on the SERA website at www.shra.org/sera
Welcome to the Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA) Program!
If you are a landlord and already have an existing account, you can log in using the "Login" option above to add additional tenants.
If you started an application but did not complete it (or submit it), you can click the "Login" option above to continue the application.
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 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 eligible to receive assistance.
To start a new application or to recertify or to edit your application, You must submit the SERA application within 15 days of registration or you will have to start over. click below:
Need Help? Click here for a list of local organizations ready to help you complete your application and upload documents.
The Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA) Program, in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, will provide emergency rent and utility assistance to 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.
TO BE ELIGIBLE: Applicants must currently rent their home anywhere in the County of Sacramento
To be eligible for assistance with rental and utility arrears for the period of April 1, 2020 to present, you must have 2021 household gross annual income at or below the following low-income limits:
Additionally, applicants must:
1. Have at least one household member that:
- is qualified for unemployment benefits
- has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
2. Demonstrate housing instability or a risk of being unhoused.
Households that previously applied for and/or received received rental assistance are eligible to apply again.
How much rental arrears can be paid?
An eligible household may receive up to a total of 18 months of financial assistance towards past due rent and utilities, subject to the availability of funds.
Utility payments will be issued directly to the utility company.
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This project is being supported in whole or in part, with federal funding (Assistance Listing Number 21.023) awarded to the City of Sacramento and the State of California by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.