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HB 1368 Covid Rental Assistance

Posted By: Alex Robertson Advocacy , 2021 Legislative Session , COVID-19 , Rental Assistance ,

The Washington State Legislature passed HB 1368, which allocates $365 million in rental assistance to counties to distribute. Similar to the rental assistance afforded in the CARES act in late 2020, counties will be responsible for distributing funds that they receive. Each county has a different application process and regulations that they have imposed on the funds. 

There are two counties that have already made the rental assistance available, which are detailed below. Stay tuned for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to advocacy@rhawa.org.

Pierce County

Pierce County allows both housing providers and tenant to apply for rental assistance here.

Valeri Knight, with Pierce County Human Services, joined our lobbyist Jim Henderson to share information on the program and how to apply. To watch the interview, click here.

To qualify for the rental assistance, the tenant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at or below 80% AMI for the year of 2020, the last 90 days or both.
  • Show that they have been impacted by covid, such as an increase costs, loss of income or loss of work hours.
  • The tenant's Social Securtiy Number is NOT required.

The program can pay up to 12 months of past and current rent due since March 13, 2021, paid directly to the housing provider.

Spokane County

The Spokane County rental assistance program is NOT available for the City of Spokane, they will be launching their own program in the future.

Spokane County requires the tenant to apply for rental assistance here.

To qualify for the rental assistance, the tenant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at or below 80% AMI for the year of 2020, the last 90 days or both.
  • Show that they have been impacted by covid, such as an increase costs, loss of income or loss of work hours.
  • Show that they are at risk of homelessness or housing instability