Do You Need Help with Rent? Emergency Rent Assistance Program Now Available

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A new rent assistance program is available to assist tenants in Clark County who owe partial or full rent to their landlord in March 2020 or later.

Up to three months of assistance may be provided to eligible households. Assistance will be provided to eligible households until available funds are expended. Households may only be assisted one time with these funds and have an income equal to or less than 50% of Area Median Income ($46,050 for a family of 4). Additional screening requirements must also be met. However, citizenship documentation is not required.

Anyone needing to access the program is encouraged to call the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline at 360.695.9677, for all languages from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays. You can also call Share at 360.952.8317 ext. 387 in English, or 360.952.8318 ext. 386 in Spanish, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Additional information can be found at Council for the Homeless Emergency Rent Assistance Program.

From the Council for the Homeless website, “Right now, because of a statewide eviction moratorium that is in effect until October 15, 2020, there are very few legal reasons a household can be evicted from a rental.

That means you cannot be evicted for non-payment of any rent, fees, or utilities due between April 1 and October 15, 2020.

In Clark County, WA you can seek legal advice and support from the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program: 360-334-4007 or the CLEAR hotline: 1-888-201-1014 if your landlord threatens to evict you, your landlord applies late fees, or you need more guidance.”

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Grant is intended to prevent evictions by paying past due, current due, and future rent, targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably.

This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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