Rental Assistance

Seattle City Council Approves New Round of Rental Assistance

A new round of rental assistance is coming!  City Council just approved almost $23 million in new financial support for low-income renters who have experienced financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The approved legislation makes the following funding allocation:   

  • $8.0 million to the United Way of King County to provide rental assistance;    
  • $7.0 million to provide rental assistance on behalf of tenants residing in publicly-subsidized rent- and income-restricted affordable housing;    
  • $6.2 million to community-based organizations to target rental assistance for BIPOC communities; and   
  • $1.5 million to provide emergency utility assistance to income qualified renters through Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities programs.   

We understand that tenants and landlords are eager to receive assistance. Much more detail, including FAQs and how-to steps for accessing assistance, will be forthcoming -please stay tuned! 

Rental Assistance through United Way of King County

Since April 2020, United Way has provided rent assistance to more than 10,000 households impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Currently applications for rent assistance are now closed.  If you are behind in rent, United Way is asking individuals to please complete this 1 minute survey and they will contact you when more funds become available to determine your eligibility.

New federal and state funding for rent assistance will be available in the spring of 2021.

Office of Housing Seeks Community Organizations to Administer Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Office of Housing, in partnership with the Federal Government, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to administer a Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This RFQ seeks organizations that will achieve targeted racial equity outcomes, prioritizing organizations led by and serving people who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color. Funds will be awarded to organizations that have an established track record of serving communities that:

  • Have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; and,
  • Have a disproportionate need for rental assistance.

Full details and application can be found on our Funding Opportunites page.