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About $66 Million in Federal Relief Money Coming for Orange County Renters

Orange County will begin distributing nearly $66 million in federal funding to help renters who suffered financial setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency rental assistance (ERA) program, which begins locally Feb. 1, is part of a $25 billion federal rescue package to help those who’ve fallen behind on rent and utility payments. “The ERA Program must largely be used for direct financial assistance, including rent, rental arrears and utilities and home energy costs,” the county says on its website. Not all Orange County residents are eligible for the program; Irvine, Anaheim and Santa Ana received direct allocations from the U.S. Department of Treasury and will be implementing their own plans. To meet ERA assistance criteria, households must include at least one person who qualified for unemployment, experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or suffered other financial hardship due to the pandemic. They must also demonstrate a risk …