The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides emergency rental and utility assistance grants to income eligible individuals and families economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough, reduction in hours or pay, or medical reasons. Assistance will be in the form of rent and utility relief for renters and landlords including direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Renters affected by the pandemic can apply for up to $3,500 in rental and utility assistance combined per month for up to fifteen (15) months. Payments will be issued directly to the landlord and/or utility companies on the renter’s behalf.
Eligibility is based on the renter’s ability to meet the following criteria:
The renter has a risk of homelessness, housing instability, or unsafe living conditions demonstrated by any of the following:
Utility shutoff notice
Past due rent notice
Past due utility notice
Any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing instability
The renter or member of the renter’s household is eligible for unemployment insurance benefit or has experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
The renter’s household income is less than or equal to 80% of the Area Median Income.
Landlord must agree to provide necessary information to receive payment and guarantee no eviction of the renter after payment.
Yuma County has partnered with Western AZ Council of Government (WACOG) for this program. Applicants will be able to download, complete and submit applications through WACOG’s Emergency Rental Assistance website beginning March 15, 2021. Or call the WACOG office at 928-217-7144. Paper copies of the application are available at the following locations:
WACOG office - 1235 S. Redondo Center Drive, Yuma
Yuma County Administration building - 198 S. Main Street, Yuma
All Yuma County Library locations
Neighborhood Services, Yuma City Hall, 2nd Floor
Somerton City Hall-143 N. State Avenue, Somerton
San Luis City Hall- 1090 E. Union Street, San Luis
Wellton Town Hall- 28364 Oakland Avenue, Wellton
Questions regarding this program can be emailed to the Yuma County Rental Assistance office. DOWNLOAD the Yuma County Rental Assistance Application (english) DESCARGUE la Solicitud de asistencia de alquiler del condado de Yuma (español) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (PDF list) PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES (lista en PDF)