King County will use several approaches to quickly serve as many households as possible. The rental assistance program will pay some large residential landlord properties and manufactured home parks in bulk payments for eligible tenants.
The County will additionally seek to distribute tenant rental assistance to smaller landlords whose eligible tenants qualify for assistance through a lottery process. Funding will be prioritized for the highest-need areas in King County.
Tenants must meet BOTH of the following eligibility requirements:
- Income is at or below 50% of the Area Median Income over the past 60 days; and
- At least one month of rent is not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020.
In addition, tenants must meet ONE or more of the following requirements:
- Rent-burdened: 50% or more of current monthly income is needed to pay rent.
- Previously homeless within last five years; includes experiences of couch surfing/doubled up.
- Eviction history within last seven years.
- Housing disrupted due to household member race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
- At risk of severe illness as per the Centers for Disease Control: 62 years old or older, underlying health condition.
- Disability of any household member. Includes a physical, developmental, mental, or emotional impairment, including impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, or brain injury. A person with HIV/AIDS is considered disabled.
This is not an application. Tenants will be chosen by lottery on a weekly basis. The lottery will launch on September 14, 2020. If you are selected, you will be contacted by a community-based organization that will help you complete the application.
If you are not selected, you will remain in the interested tenant pool and eligible for all subsequent lotteries until the funds are expended. Tenants who are not selected will receive an email every Friday after September 14, 2020 to inform them of their status.