Local Emergency Funds

Financial assistance available for immigrants and those seeking help with housing costs

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

This program helps eligible tenants and landlords who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, and have past due rent or utilities. Landlords who participate in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program can get reimbursed for an eligible renter’s unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020. Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply on their own and receive assistance for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020. San Mateo County has received approximately $47 million and both tenants and landlords can apply. Income-eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship.

Application Window: Ongoing

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Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing

This program offers emergency financial assistance for housing costs to eligible San Mateo County residents who have difficulty paying their rent, utility bills, and other essential expenses.

Application Window:Ongoing

Residents should contact the Core Service Agency that serves their area of the County, and more information is available here:

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San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund

This program offers $1,000 grants to immigrant residents of San Mateo County who lost income due to the pandemic, did not receive a stimulus check, and have a household income of less than 80% of the area median income ($97,440 for an individual, more for families).

Application Window: Ongoing

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