Emergency Rental and Small Business Assistance Programs

Residents and small business owners who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance through the City of Hanford’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental, Small Business Assistance Programs starting July 13, 2020. These programs are provided by the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), Community Block Development Grant (CDBG), through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 


The City of Hanford CARES, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to low- and moderate-income residents, emphasizing those negatively impacted by COVID. This program offers up to (3) three months of rental assistance. Payments will be made directly to the owner/landlord. Residents are not expected to pay back this assistance. Awards will be based on the availability of CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funds. Applicants will need to submit an application and documentation proving eligibility.

Program Guidelines and Applications:

 To determine if you are eligible for assistance, please read the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Guidelines (PDF) before applying for the program. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.

Emergency Rental Assistance Application

Emergency Rental Assistance Application (English/Spanish)
W9 Form (must be filled out and returned with application)

Small Business Grants

Small Business Emergency Assistance Program Guidelines
Small Business Emergency Assistance Program Application
Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses
W9 Form (must be filled out and returned with application)


Hanford Cares Emergency Rental Assistance Program Flyer
Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia de Hanford CARES

Application Deadlines:

The City will accept applications beginning July 13, 2020, at 8 a.m. through July 24, 2020, at 5 p.m., or until the first 20 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. Applications may be submitted via email or hand-delivered to City Hall, Community Development Department. All applications will be date and time stamped as they are received. 

Applications will be evaluated for completeness. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned. 

For general inquiries about the City of Hanford CARES Emergency Rental, Small Business, and Utility Assistance Programs, email  or or call (559) 585-2587 or (559) 585-4766.