Rental Assistance

The Seattle Housing Levy provides funding to nonprofit organizations to assist low-income renters who are facing homelessness due to a housing crisis. Managed by Seattle's Human Services Department, the Rental Assistance Program supports income-qualified families and individuals who are dealing with back rent, facing an end to other rent subsidies, or dealing with unsafe housing situations. Rental Assistance funds, which are paid directly to landlords, are generally prioritized based on need as determined by a housing counselor and can help for up to six months, depending on the situation.

Interim Community Development Association

  • Program intake: (206) 623-5132
  • Language capacity on staff: Tagalog, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokien, French, Waray and Cebuano   

Muslim Housing Services

  • Program intake: Prospective participants should call (206) 723-1712, or visit the program office at 6727 Rainier Avenue South between 10-6 Monday through Friday.
  • Language capacity on staff: English, Somali, Oromo, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Tigrinya and Amharic
  • Program notes: This program only serves families (must have a child under 18).

Neighborhood House

  • Program intake: Fartun Mohamed, (206) 356-1028, fartunm@nhwa.org
  • Language capacity on staff: Somali
  • Program notes: Participants must be very low income (under 30% MFI).

YMCA's Eviction Prevention Program

  • Program intake: Prospective participants should attend a weekly orientation session to learn more about the program. Orientation sessions are held on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the 2100 Building, located at 2100 24th Avenue South (check-in in Suite 250 upon arrival). May also call (206) 549-8625 for more information.
  • Program notes: This program serves young adults 25 or under.   

YWCA's Project Self Sufficiency

  • Program intake: (206) 209-5677   

Wellspring Family Services

  • Program intake: Prospective participants can call on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 10 am. Number is (206) 902-4275 ext. 292. Appointments scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Language capacity on staff: Somali, Oromo and Amharic  

Solid Ground

  • Program intake: Referrals received through partner agency network or by calling 2-1-1 to get appointments.
  • Program notes: Participants must be very low income (under 30% MFI).  

Eligibility for the Rental Assistance Program is based upon the number of household members and total household income. Income limits for 2015 are:

 

30% Area Median Income

50% Area Median Income

1 person

$18,850

$31,400

2 person

$21,550

$35,850

3 person

$24,250

$40,350

4 person

$26,900

$44,800

5 person

$29,100

$48,400

6 person

$32,570

$52,000

Financial Empowerment Centers provide free, professional, one-on-one financial education, counseling, and coaching to help people to become financially stable. Their services are available to anyone in Seattle, and they are especially useful to residents facing difficulty with their housing costs. Financial Empowerment Centers will also connect clients with other services such as, tax preparation, enrollment into health insurance, legal advice for financial problems, housing, and foreclosures.

Financial Counselors are bilingual and speak the following languages:

For more information, or to meet a financial counselor, contact a center near you Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (206) 923-6555; or email FEC@nhwa.org.

  • Rainier Vista (HUB Center) 4431 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA  98108 (Map)
  • North Seattle College OC&E, 9600 College Way N. OCE&E building, 1st floor, oc0123, Seattle, WA  98103 (Map)
  • Renton WorkSource, 500 SW 7th Street, Ste. 100, Renton, WA  98057 (Map
  • Wiley Center at Greenbridge, 9800 8th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA  98106 (Map)
  • YWCA Opportunity Place, 2024 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA  98121 (Map)