King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program
Department of Community and Human Services
King County is starting the next round of the Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). The program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness.
Tenants Needing Rental Assistance:
King County is scheduled to open our Tenant Pool on May 17, 2021, for individuals or households needing rental assistance. Please note, the open date is subject to change.
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What We're Doing
With $145 million in funding from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), this program will help King County residents by:
- Paying past, current, and future rent
- Targeting resources to people in need
EPRAP Data for 2020
DCHS is committed to community access of vital information about EPRAP. Accountability and transparency are important to us.
Visit the EPRAP Data page to see our dashboards.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Tenants facing eviction: email Housing Justice Project
Other community resources: call 2-1-1
How EPRAP Works
King County received $145 million for rental assistance through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). This funding has strict requirements and guidelines that King County and all partners must follow.
To make sure resources get quickly and efficiently to those at the highest risk of eviction, we will deploy three programs to serve the community:
- Hub and Spoke Program (community-based hubs)
- Landlord Program
- Tenant Pool Program
King County will solicit interest from local community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide a “hub and spoke” model for direct help to tenants behind in rent. CBOs interested in serving as a HUB will give community support in these ways:
- The lead (HUB) agency serving a specific demographic area or population will provide rental assistance to their community both through the HUB agency and (at minimum) two additional (spoke) agencies.
- The HUB agency will promote their rental assistance guidelines and ways to access assistance to the community.
Non-profit organizations supporting the Hub and Spoke Program will help tenants with differing abilities and languages. There are agencies contracted to provide language support and reasonable accommodations, making sure tenants successfully apply for rental assistance.
King County will solicit interest from landlords who have five or more tenants behind in rent. Landlords will work with community-based organizations (CBOs) to ensure tenants apply for rental assistance.
Landlords interested in having rent paid for tenants will:
- Complete landlord registration identifying the property address
- List the number of tenants needing rental assistance
- List the number of months the tenant is behind in rent
- Agree to the Terms of EPRAP for Landlords
Tenant Pool Program
King County will solicit interest from tenants who are currently behind in rent.
Tenants will submit their interest into King County’s “portal” system after answering questions that ensure they are eligible for EPRAP.
- Tenants processed through the Large Landlord Support program will receive notifications about their property status and will not have to apply directly to the Tenant Pool
- King County will select tenants from the pool weekly to receive rental assistance
- CBOs will guide tenants through the “portal” to apply for assistance and submit required documentation.
CBO Outreach and Application Support
King County will solicit interest from local community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide direct assistance to tenants and landlords in the following ways:
- Engage in community outreach to ensure households know about the Tenant Pool
- Help tenants and landlords with the application or document process through:
- Language Support
- Technology Support
- Disability Support
EPRAP Data for 2020
The 2020 program offered rental assistance and eviction prevention through three funds: a pool for individual tenants, a pool for small landlords, and bulk payments to large residential landlord properties and manufactured home parks.
Learn more about last year's EPRAP data.