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Rental Assistance

The Office of Housing acknowledges that the current need for rental assistance is greater than the limited funds available. The City of Seattle is working with cities across the country to advocate for additional federal funds that would allow for the continuation of rental assistance programs.

The King County Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) is NOT accepting new rental assistance applications after February 28, 2022. For individuals or households living in King County or City of Seattle still needing rental assistance, please visit the link below to complete an interest form to join a waitlist for rental assistacne. United Way of King County will keep you updated as new funds become available. Limited resources are available at this time.

Get Help with Rent | United Way of King County (uwkc.org). 

City of Seattle Rental Assistance Programs

Between April 2020 and February 2022, the Office of Housing and our partners distributed rental assistance funding through implementation of three programmatic approaches:

  • Community Based Organizations (CBOs): Worked with community partners to conduct outreach tenants, work with landlords, complete required documentation, and deliver rent assistance where it is most needed.  
  • Nonprofit Affordable Housing Providers: OH staff has worked with almost 30 nonprofit affordable housing providers to distribute COVID rent relief to tenants with very low incomes living in Seattle's affordable housing properties.  
  • United Way of King County (UWKC): Provided funding to UWKC to support their work with hundreds of tenants in need of COVID rent relief, through the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program.  

Rental Assistance Reporting:

Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, the City of Seattle, in partnership with United Way of King County and numerous community-based organizations, distributed a total of $40,201,343.88 in Emergency Rental Assistance to 7,842 households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download a PDF of the most current reporting here

This data will be updated on a quarterly basis, with the next update projected to come in Summer 2022. 

Types of Assistance Provided 

The majority of Emergency Rental Assistance provided has been in the form of Rental Arrears, totaling 77.86% ($31,302,456.93) of all assistance. Assistance for Current and Future Rent accounts for 18.21% ($7,321,547.24) of all assistance provided; Utility Arrears accounts for 3.85% ($1,549,305.96); Current Utilities accounts for 0.04% ($15,363.29); and Other Housing Costs account for a total of $12,670.46 $11,035.46.

Income Data

Most households (47.08%) who received Emergency Rental Assistance have incomes that are less than 30% of Seattle’s Area Median Income, while 23.52% have incomes between 30%-50% of AMI, and 17.67% have incomes between 50%-80% of AMI. 11.74% of households were deemed eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance through Categorical Eligibility (i.e., their eligibility was determined based on the fact that they receive other types of government assistance that use income as a qualifying criteria), and thus we do not have exact income figures for these households.


A bar graph containing information on the income for households that received Emergency Rental Assistance.  Less than 30% AMI: 41.04% Between 30%-50% of AMI: 21.01% Between 50%-80% of AMI: 19.35% Eligibility based on government categorical eligibility: 18.60%

The following chart was used to calculate income bands for each household:

For households served July 2021 – March 2022:

 

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of AMI $25,100 $28,650 $32,250 $35,800 $38,700 $41,550 $44,400 $47,300
50% of AMI $41,800 $47,800 $53,750 $59,700 $64,500 $69,300 $74,050 $78,850
80% of AMI $66,700 $76,200 $85,750 $95,250 $102,900 $110,500 $118,150 $125,750

Source

For households served April 2022 – June 2022:

 

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of AMI $27,200 $31,050 $34,950 $38,800 $41,950 $45,050 $48,150 $51,250
50% of AMI $45,300 $51,800 $58,250 $64,700 $69,900 $75,100 $82,250 $85,450
80% of AMI $66,750 $76,250 $85,800 $95,300 $102,950 $110,550 $118,200 $125,800

Source

Racial Data

The following data is based on the heads of the households that received Emergency Rental Assistance and only represents 4,642 of the 7,842 total households that received assistance (heads of household that declined to answer or for whom we do not have racial data were removed from this data set).

The majority of heads of households who received assistance identify as People of Color (66.31%) and 33.69% identify as White. Of the folks that identify as People of Color, 46.91% identify as Black or African American, 6.99% as Mixed Race, 7.29% as Asian, 2.96% as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 2.16% as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

A bar graph containing information on the race of the heads of households who received Emergency Rental Assistance.  American Indian or Alaska Native 3.38% Asian 7.10% Black or African American 43.46% Mixed Race 7.44% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.38% White 37.25%

Ethnic Data

The following data is based on the heads of the households that received Emergency Rental Assistance and only represents 4,839 of the 7,842 total households that received assistance (heads of household that declined to answer or for whom we do not have ethnic data were removed from this data set).

The majority of heads of households who received assistance identify as Not Hispanic or Latino (84.23%) and 15.77% identify as Hispanic or Latino.

A pie chart containing information on the ethnicity of the heads of households who received Emergency Rental Assistance.  Not Hispanic or Latino 85.03% Hispanic or Latino 14.97%

Gender Data

The following data is based on the heads of the households that received Emergency Rental Assistance and only represents 5,279 of the 7,842 total households that received assistance (heads of household that declined to answer or for whom we do not have gender data were removed from this data set).

55.81% of heads of households who received assistance identify as Female, 42.98% identify as Male, and 1.21% identify as Non-binary.

A bar graph containing information on the gender of the heads of households who received Emergency Rental Assistance.  Female 52.93% Male 45.71% Non-binary 1.36%

Households with Children

The following data is based on a subset of households that have received Emergency Rental Assistance, and only accounts for households served between October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (we were unable to collect information about households with children prior to October 1, 2021). During this service period, we were able to gather information from 2,968 households whether or not there were children in the household. Of these 2,968 households, 1,270 (43%) had children living in them (defined as anyone under the age of 18), and 1,698 did not have children living in them.

Housing

Maiko Winkler-Chin, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA , 98124-4725
Phone: (206) 684-0721
Fax: (206) 233-7117
Housing@seattle.gov

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