COVID-19 Programs (CARES Act)

Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA)

The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program provides one-time grants to individuals and families that own/rent and occupy a residential property in Fontana as their primary residence who have lost income because of COVID-19 and who are at risk of default on their mortgage or rent payments.  The maximum amount of assistance is up to $5,000 (total) for up to three (3) consecutive months, based on actual need.  

Funds are limited and applications will be reviewed and awarded on a First-Come, First Served basis.

The grant payments are paid directly to the mortgage company/property owner/property manager. In order for the payments to be processed once an application has been approved, a W-9 will need to be completed by the mortgage company/property owner/property manager and submitted to the Housing Department by mail, in-person drop off at a City Hall payment box, or email at

To qualify, the total annual family income (adjusted for family size) cannot exceed the limits listed in the table below. This includes all income from all persons over the age of 18.  Documents required to qualify are listed in the application.  The City reserves the right to request additional documentation from applicants as necessary to determine eligibility.

2020 Income Limits by Household Size
Effective July 1, 2020

Household SizeIncome Limit (80% AMI)

As of August 21st at 5:00 p.m., the City is no longer accepting applications for the Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program.  If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please complete the form using the link below.  If funds become available, then potential applicants will be contacted by mail in the order of the waitlist to submit an application with supporting documentation.  

Households that have already received assistance/payments are not eligible for the waitlist.

Click here for wait list.  Only one (1) waitlist request per household or property will be able to move forward in the application process.

Emergency Microbusiness Assistance & Business PPE Reimbursement Programs

These programs are no longer available.  The funds have expired.