LA City - Get help with Back Rent

Posted on 09/19/2023

Get Help with Your Back Rent:  Emergency Renters Assistance Program Opens 9/19/2023


The City of Los Angeles has created a new “Emergency Renters Assistance Program” to assistlow-income home or apartment renters, who are at risk of homelessness due to their inability to pay rent because of financial hardship.


Up to six months of back rent may be provided via this program.


To learn more about the Emergency Renters Assistance Program, please click the following link to the "Emergency Renters Assistance Program (English-Spanish) - 9-2023" flyer:




To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling they live in and meet all four of the following requirements:


1. Applicants must live within the City of Los Angeles regardless of immigration status.  To check whether your residential address is located within L.A. City boundaries, visit


2. Between March 2020 and the present, one or more members of the household must have experienced job loss or loss of income; incurred significant costs (such as major medical bills); or had some other type of serious financial difficulty.


3. Have unpaid rent owed to their current landlord for any month(s) between April 1, 2020, and now.


4. The current household income is at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).  For example, for a 1-person household, income limit is $70,650; For a 2-person household, income limit is $80,750.




Applications open Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 8am for the Emergency Renters Assistance Program. 


At this time, applications are slated to close on Monday, October 2, 2023, at 6pm.


Applicants who qualify are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


• Apply online at (24/7 until applications close)


• Apply by phone by calling (888) 379-3150 (M - F 8am - 6pm)


• Apply in person by visiting an intake office location (use the website or phone number listed above to find the nearest location)








The Emergency Renters Assistance Program is led by the City of Los Angeles Housing Department and funded by the United to House Los Angeles measure, which LA voters approved in 2022.


This measure imposes a tax on high-priced real estate sales within the City of Los Angeles at a rate of 4% on transactions of $5 million or more, and 5.5% on sales exceeding $10 million.


Funds collected are utilized for programs, projects, and initiatives to support seniors; those with disabilities; and other vulnerable Angelenos, who are unhoused or at risk of homelessness.

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