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, 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 15 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.