Housing Authority of the County of Kern


For a limited time only, the Housing Authority of the County of Kern, is able to provide incentives for landlords. If you are a landlord in Kern County take advantage of this opportunity now!


Attention Landlords:

Have a tenant who is not paying all of their rent?  You can apply for assistance on their behalf to pay rent owed to you.  The tenant’s income must be under 120% of area median income ($83,880) for a household of four.  This one-time program expires in December so don’t delay.  Click on the link below to apply.



Until further notice, Housing Authority offices are open by appointment only.  Applicants, participants, and residents can contact the Authority by phone or email for service.  Rent payments will be collected by secure drop box with receipts emailed or mailed if requested. If you need to submit documents, please email or mail if possible.   We are continuing to issue vouchers and lease up participants, however only emergency and initial inspections will be conducted. There will be no interruption of HAP payments.  Additionally, if a participant has lost income due to COVID 19 we are processing interim reexaminations to assist with their portions of the contract rent.   Furthermore, we want to make you aware that   the Governor issued EXECUTIVE ORDER N-37-20, a state wide moratorium on evictions.


What this means:


The order is in effect to keep tenants from being evicted for nonpayment of rent due to the effects of COVID-19 and who satisfies all of the following requirements:

  • The tenant paid rent due to the landlord as agreed prior to the order.
  • The tenant notifies the landlord in writing before the rent is due as outlined in the order that the tenant needs to delay all or some payment of rent for reasons related to COVID19
  • The tenant must maintain documentation to verify the need for delay.


No writ may be enforced while this Order is in effect to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent who satisfies the requirements.  The order does not relieve the tenant of their obligation to pay rent in a timely manner if they are able and it does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent.


More information


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We are working hard to maintain our excellent customer service and operations during this difficult time. If you have any questions please contact Mardi Sharples, Housing Administrator at 661-631-8500 ext. 1305 or email at MSharples@kernha.org.