Houses

Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (FERA)

The Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program provides rent and utility assistance for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19.

Please note: Lake County or FERA providers will never ask for payment or fees associated with your application.

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If you pay rent in Lake County and have experienced a COVID-related financial hardship, you can get help paying your rent or utility bills, click here to view the informational flyer!

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 If you have questions or need help filling out an application, call 211, text your zip code to 898211 or visit 211lakecounty.org.

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Do You Need Help Paying Your Rent or Utility Bills?

Are you unable to afford your housing costs in Lake County because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? If so, you can get help paying your rent and utility bills.


Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for help:

  • You must pay rent in Lake County
  • You must have a COVID-related financial hardship (job loss, furlough, reduced hours due to school closures, unexpected medical or other expenses).
  • You must be at risk of homelessness or housing instability
  • Your household must have a current annual household income below the following amounts:

    • 1 Person Household: $52,200
    • 2 Person Household: $59,650
    • 3 Person Household: $67,100
    • 4 Person Household: $74,550
    • 5 Person Household: $80,550
    • 6 Person Household: $86,500
    • 7 Person Household: $92,450
    • 8 Person Household: $98,450

 

What Counts as a COVID-Related Financial Hardship?

  • If you or someone in your household was laid-off, furloughed, or had hours cut at work
  • If you or someone in your household had to work fewer hours or quit to stay home to care for a child
  • If you or someone in your household incurred significant costs due to COVID-19, such as medical bills
  • There may be other circumstances that count as well - call 211 if you have questions about your eligibility


What Counts as being “At Risk of Homelessness or Housing Instability”?

  • If you have a past-due rent or utility notice
  • If you have an eviction notice
  • If your household had to move in with another household temporarily because you couldn’t afford rent in your home
  • If you are currently homeless, such as staying at a shelter
  • There may be other circumstances that count as well - call 211 if you have questions about your eligibility

 

Who Can I Contact to Apply?

You can fill out the application online (beginning Monday, April 5, 2021). If you have questions or need help with your application, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 for more information and to be connected to a referral agency that can help. 

You will need to fill out an application and provide evidence of your income and expenses. If you are approved, the money will be sent to your landlord or utility company.

 

Additional Information for Landlords:

Landlords, if your tenant may benefit from this program, please forward them a flyer, direct them to this website, or let them know they can call 211 or text their zip code to 898211. You will need to fill out a form online as part of your tenant's application. Once approved, the FERA provider will pay you directly.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions.