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King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program is one of the ways the County is helping residents who are behind in rent and utility payments due to COVID-19 hardships. The program provides payments for back rent and even future rent obligations. Households throughout King County who have fallen behind in rent due to unemployment, lost wages, and health crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for assistance.

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To ensure resources are distributed to those at the highest risk of eviction, four programs have been deployed that are designed to distribute rental assistance quickly, efficiently, and equitably.

1. Landlord Program 

In April/May 2021, 314 large landlords representing 1,300 properties agreed early to be part of EPRAP and signed an agreement to not evict an EPRAP-enrolled tenant for non-payment of rent through December 2021. 

Contracted agencies are assigned properties from the landlord pool and then they work directly with tenants to help them gather required documentation.

  • A Giving and Caring Heart
  • African Community Housing and Development
  • Multi-Service Center
  • Muslim Housing
  • Reclaiming Our Greatness
  • World Changers Non-Profit
  • United Way
    • Neighborhood House
    • ReWA
    • Solid Ground
    • Urban League
    • Wellspring

2. Tenant Pool Program

The Tenant Pool is a way for tenants to directly register to receive rental assistance through King County. Eligible tenants pre-register on the EPRAP Tenant Portal. Each week, King County randomly selects registered tenants from the tenant pool to participate in the program. The number selected varies based on service providers’ capacity.

Contracted agencies are assigned households from the Tenant Pool and work with landlords to help them understand the EPRAP Landlord terms and conditions, and gather required documentation.

  • Arc of King County
  • Centro Cultural Mexicano
  • Riverton Park United Methodist Church
  • St. Stephen Housing Association
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Y Social Impact Center
  • YouthCare
  • Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center

3. Hub and Spoke Program

In the “Hub and Spoke” model, King County contracts with “hub” CBOs that then sub-contract with “spokes” CBOs to provide rental assistance services to the community.

The hub agencies can provide direct service while also distributing or allowing spokes to draw in tenants representative of their communities. This program allows eligible tenants to sign-up directly through the community organizations they're already connected to.

Contracted agencies work with both the tenant and the landlord to help them gather required documentation.

  • El Centro de la Raza (Hub)
    • Para Los Niños
    • Villa Comunitaria
  • Mary’s Place (Hub)
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Community Passageways
    • Eastside Legal Assistance Program
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families (Hub)
    • Falis Community Services
    • 4 C Coalition
    • Asian Council and Referral Service
  • Pacific Islander Community Association of WA (Hub)
    • First Chuukese Washington Women Association
  • YWCA (Hub)
    • Mother Africa
    • Africatown International
  • White Center Community Development Association (Hub)
    • Cham Refugees Community
    • Education for All
  • Praisealelujah (Hub)
    • Gold Soul Foundation
    • Generosity On the Go
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest (Hub)
    • Refugee NW Resettlement Office
    • Korean Women’s Association
  • West African Community Council (Hub)
    • Sengalese Association of Seattle
    • Congolese Integration Network
  • Chief Seattle Club (Hub)
  • Horn of Africa Services (Hub)
  • Jewish Family Services (Hub)

4. Outreach and Application Assistance Program

The Outreach and Application Assistance Program is designed to  support the Landlord and Tenant Programs. Participants in this program are deployed to help gather required paperwork in the community by providing in-person outreach.

Contracted agencies provide extensive outreach to community members that support tenants and landlords identified by King County who need help applying for rent due to language, disability, or technical needs.

  • 4 Tomorrow
  • Afghan Health Initiative
  • Centro Cultural Mexicano
  • Dispute Resolution Center – Seattle
  • Empower Next Generation
  • Generosity on the Go
  • Northwest Behavioral Guides
  • Port of Support
  • Praisealelujah
  • Reclaiming Our Greatness
  • Serve Ethiopians Washington
  • South East Youth and Family Services
  • St. Stephen Housing Association
  • The Dare2Be Project
  • UNITY Services
  • West African Community Council

This program targets direct services to underrepresented communities, focusing on serving properties based on the highest delinquency rates. The program prioritizes income-qualified households at or below 50% of Area Median Income and households that verify financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19.

Tenant Pool Program

This program promotes equity by focusing on groups who face additional barriers to accessing rental assistance and those who the COVID-19 outbreak has disproportionately impacted. (Asian, Latinx or Hispanic, Black or African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, as well as youth and young adults.)

King County will draw tenants from the Tenant Pool weekly and assign them to agencies based on their weekly capacity, mission, and demographics. The Tenant Pool model promotes equitable allocation of resources to tenants in need of assistance.

Hub and Spoke Program

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 to make sure tenants successfully apply for rental assistance.

Agencies supporting the Landlord Program will receive a direct allocation of rental assistance (25% of their contract) to serve their own clients or households reaching out directly to them for help.

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