Rent and Utility Assistance Program

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern is now accepting applications for the Rent and Utility Assistance Program.  If you are a renter and were impacted financially by COVID-19 you may be eligible to receive short-term assistance for rent and/or utility costs.

Help with rent and utilities is now available if you meet the following requirements:

1. At lease one member of you household qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.

2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and

3. Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median; and

4. Are a renter in the City of Bakersfield or Kern County

The fastest method is to apply online now by clicking on the below link. Only submit one application, as duplicates can cause a delay in services.

Chrome is the preferred browser when applying online: 

If you live in the Bakersfield City Limits click here to apply.
If you live in the Kern County area click here to apply. 

Download application, fully complete, and email with with required documents to RUP@kernha.org. Should you have any questions about your application, or if you need assistance completing this form, contact us at: 661-578-5339.

Download application below:

Tenant Application – English
Tenant Application – Spanish

Complete application and email to RUP@kernha.org.

Download the application below, complete, and attach the required documents and mail to:

Attn: Rent and Utility Assistance Program
Housing Authority of the County of Kern
601 24th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Download application:

Tenant Application  – English
Solicitud para Inquilino  – Espanol

Upon submitting your application, the following required documents need to be provided:

  • Valid government ID (expired documents and utility bill with name and address are acceptable alternatives)
  • A copy of your lease, rental agreement, or other evidence of your rental obligation
  • If you have one, provide a copy of your most recent past-due rent statement
  • If you have one, provide a copy of your eviction notice
  • Income verification (see application for all that apply)

If you do not have some of the required documents noted above, please complete the self-attestation form below and provide with your application:

Landlords, if your tenants are not able to pay rent because they were impacted by COVID-19, you can also apply for assistance by applying online (preferred) and/or completing the below application.

Online Application 

Chrome is the preferred browser when applying online: 

If your tenant lives in the Bakersfield City Limits click here to apply.
If your tenant lives in the Kern County area click here to apply. 

Download application:

Landlord Application – English
Solicitud para Propietario  – Espanol

 

PH: (661) 578-5339

Email: RUP@kernha.org