Emergency Rental<br>Assistance Program (ERAP)

Emergency Rental
Assistance Program (ERAP)

Orange County's Fourth District

We have reached our capacity for processing applications to the District 4 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Due to the high volume of responses received, therefore, we are pausing the acceptance of new applications at this time.

Please check back on d4.ocgov.com/ERAP for the latest information and updates regarding the program's status.

What is the Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

The District 4 Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is a preventative measure to stop the cycle of homelessness by assisting families on the brink of losing their housing. Key features of the ERAP Program include short-term rental assistance to eligible residents for up to 3 months, along with case management services provided by the Friendly Center.

Emergency Rental

Assistance Program (ERAP)

Do you need help with your rent payment, or are currently unhoused and looking for assistance? Please call (714) 769-8777 or visit or apply through Friendly Center’s Rental Assistance Eligibility Form. Limited assistance is available. Funding will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

The following are the requirements to qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):

  • You must reside in Orange County’s Fourth District, which includes the cities of Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, Placentia, Stanton, Portions of Anaheim, and unincorporated areas in the 4th District.
  • You nust be at risk of losing housing due to unpaid rent, low-income households based on HUD guidelines, and/or experiencing a sudden change in income.
  • You must submit the following documents: Completed and signed W-9 form from your landlord, Photo ID, and a Lease/Contract with signatures.
Case Manager Services

Case Manager Services

Housing Options

Work with a Case Manager to find suitable housing options for you and your family.

Monthly Budget

Your Case Manager will help you create a monthly budget for rent, utilities, groceries, and other needs that fits your income.

Other Resources

You will receive other resources such as registering you for our weekly Food Distribution, Financial Literacy Classes, Job Development, and more.

We're Here for You

Please call to get help for you and your family. All services are free.

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Mon/Wed: 11:30AM - 8:00PM
Tues/Thurs/Fri: 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Two Service Locations

• 147 W Rose Avenue, Orange, CA 92867
• 6688 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621

Frequently Asked Questions

Households who are eligible to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program, include:
– Rental households who can demonstrate their housing is at risk due to unpaid rent.

To be eligible for the ERAP Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
•    Reside in the Fourth District, including the cities of Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, Stanton, portions of Anaheim, and unincorporated areas in the Fourth District.
•    Be at risk of losing housing due to unpaid rent.
•    Be a low-income household based on United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines.
•    Experience a sudden change in income due to one of the following: sudden medical emergencies, loss of employment, loss of partner/family member on the rental lease or being unhoused but earning sufficient income. 
•    Committed to case management.

Financial assistance, up to 3 months of rent assistance per household, for rental arrears.

Please click on the Rental Assistance Eligibility Form on this page, or visit d4.ocgov.com/ERAP for more information.

The guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury does not allow for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
assistance to be provided to homeowners and past due mortgage payments, utilities or energy costs. It is solely to
be used for renter households.

Household may be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program if they are at or below 80% of the Area
Median Income (AMI).

No, this assistance is a grant and does not have to be paid back.

At minimum the following documents must be provided to confirm eligibility for the Emergency Rental Assistance
o Photo identification
o Copy of a lease or rental agreement
o Proof of income
o Proof of unpaid rent  (i.e. documentation from a landlord stating the amount owed)

After you complete the online or telephone application with Friendly Center, you can expect a case worker to contact you to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment. Please be prepared to bring needed documentation to confirm eligibility and continue through the process.

In most instances, the payment will be made directly to the landlord.

If you are approved to receive rental assistance, the case manager from Friendly Center will provide you with the details.

Any adult that is listed on the lease/rental agreement can submit the application for rental assistance on behalf of
the household. Your household should only submit one application. Information provided in your application should
be reflective of the circumstances of all the persons in your household.

Telling your landlord that you have applied for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help facilitate the
process and expedite timelines, as providers will be reaching out to them too.

In the event your landlord refuses to participate in the program, Friendly Center will work with you to identify other solutions.

The County of Orange has partnered with Friendly Center to review applications and make payments directly to the landlord.
If you have questions about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, including eligibility and application process, please contact Friendly Center. If you have already submitted an application, had an initial appointment and have additional questions, please contact your case worker.