Are you behind on rent and utility payments?

The Hartnell College Foundation is one of 13 agencies and organizations helping United Way of Monterey County distribute $28 million in rent and utility assistance to income-eligible individuals and families.

We want to assist Hartnell students and their families and friends who are facing housing instability because of lost or reduced income due to COVID-19.

You may be able to receive thousands of dollars to help you catch up on overdue rent and utility bills.

Complete the online contact form, below, and a representative from the Hartnell College Foundation will provide you with more information.

Or, if you are ready, you can immediately apply for emergency rent/utility assistance through Hartnell.


To Request More Information

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for this rental and utility support from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), residents must meet the following requirements and provide needed documents:

  • Tenants living within the County of Monterey, regardless of immigration status
  • Tenants may have formal or informal lease arrangements

At or below 80% of the Area Median Income of Monterey County
*Program will prioritize funding for low-income tenants (at or below 50% AMI), as well as those who are at immediate risk of homelessness or have rental arrears


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Required Paperwork

Applicants must provide the following to apply:

  • Documentation of housing or financial instability resulting from loss or reduction in income due to COVID-19
  • Proof of income eligibility (2020 tax return, recent paystub, W-2, bank statement, unemployment award/benefit, hour reduction notice from employer)
  • Government-issued ID (from any country) that includes a photo, name, and birthday for the head of household
  • Rent due notices

Landlord Collaboration

We will be hosting a series of webinars for the landlords to receive more information regarding the program. The first webinar took place on Friday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m. Did you miss the webinar? You can still view the informational slides that were presented.

Information for the Landlords

Tenants must apply first. If eligible, the landlord will be notified by one of the partnering agencies to provide the required paperwork(s) stated below. The landlord cannot initiate the application process for their tenant(s). 

A formal lease is not required, however, assistance must be paid directly to the landlord. The property landlord must provide the following forms:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Tax info, such as a W9
  • Confirmation that the tenant is not an immediate family member

Program Limitations

  • Rental assistance will be paid directly to the landlord
  • Rent plus utility assistance may not exceed 12 months of assistance per client. Of these 12, only 3 may be future rent payments. Arrears must be paid before future payments
  • The landlord must accept ONLY 80% of the total payment that is due. The tenant is not required to pay the additional 20% if the landlord agrees to participate in the program. If the landlord refuses to comply, the agency may only pay 25% of the total rent due.

Information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Monterey County is also available by calling the countywide information hotline, 2-1-1.