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Housing and renter support during COVID-19

Renters

There are local resources for both renters and homeowners available in Sonoma County.

Paying utility bills

  • Salvation Army – 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, (707) 542-0981
    • Help to pay water, electric and other utility bills.
    • Afternoons, Monday-Friday, by appointment only.

Renters and homeowners

  • COVID-19 Protections and Information
    • Legal Aid has prepared several resources designed to inform Sonoma County residents of the most up-to-date laws regarding renters and homeowner protections, rental support, and other COVID-19 laws. Please visit Legal Aid of Sonoma for the full list of resources.
  • Season of Sharing (SOS)Disaster assistance with housing costs and critical family needs applications accepted through June 30.
    • Supports low-to-moderate income families with dependent children, age 55 and older, disabled individuals, veterans, pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester, survivors of domestic violence and transitioning emancipated foster youth between 18 and 24.
    • During the pandemic, support is also available for those who have lost income due to the coronavirus.
  • Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
    • Information about low-income rent and deposit assistance programs.

For assistance with rent or utilities, see Financial & Housing Assistance »

Just Cause

The County protections for nonpayment of rent have expired.  If any rental or utility debt was accumulated during March 2020-October 2021, the tenant must pay 25% of the total debt on or before September 30, 2022, in order to receive protection from eviction. Any tenant who has not applied, or any tenant who has applied and been rejected for assistance related to non-payment of rent after October 2021, is not protected by County eviction limitations. Furthermore, any tenant that applied for assistance on or after April 1, 2022 in order to cover rental debt accumulated after October 2021, is not protected by County eviction limitations.

The COVID-related Just Cause eviction rules will sunset on September 30, 2022, absent further state or County action.  The Just Cause ordinance does not prevent eviction for nonpayment of rent. If you need to consider your legal options, you are welcome to contact Sonoma Legal Aid at (707) 542-1290

For tenant support and questions about how the eviction ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors may apply to you, contact Legal Aid Sonoma County at (707) 542-1290 or California Rural Legal Assistance at (707) 528-9941 or watch the videos below, explaining Sonoma County’s Eviction Defense Ordinance:

  • Information for tenants regarding Sonoma County’s COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance

Ways to help

For more information, see How you can help »