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Resources for Renters Impacted by COVID-19

By heidic July 30, 2021

Last year the CDC placed a moratorium on evicting renters who fell behind on rent as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19.  The moratorium expires July 31, 2021; however, WA State Governor Jay Inslee recently announced a bridge proclamation (21-09) allowing the moratorium to continue through September 30, 2021, in Washington State.  The extension is designed to create the space of time needed for additional funding to be received and programs activated. 

Assistance is available for consumers whose arrears are from February 29, 2020 to July 31, 2021, and includes specific guidelines renters and landlords must meet before a tenant can be evicted.  The assistance program is managed by specific organizations in each County.

If you or someone you know needs help, please connect with the resources below to determine if you can benefit from the program.  There are income limitations.  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) also states tenants may be eligible even if their rent is current.  For more information: Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program.

This is a very stressful time for those who are concerned about eviction, and connecting quickly with resources is important.  Below are resources to find contacts or organizations processing the COVID-19 relief assistance in King, Snohomish and Pierce County. 

Dial 211 for help getting connected to resources within the county a person resides.  This is useful for all resources, not just housing assistance.

Rental Assistance Finder, provided by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.  Enter your   state and county or tribe/tribal lands, and the agency information for your area is generated. King County and City of Seattleā€™s Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) or (425) 259-3191 for Snohomish County residents to apply for assistance for Pierce County and City of Tacoma residents to apply for assistance