Now Soliciting NonProfits to Participate
King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program
King County is currently seeking non-profits to support the work of EPRAP through four distinct opportunities:
Four Ways Non-Profits Can Help
Hub and Spoke Program
In the “Hub and Spoke” model, King County contracts with the “hub” that then sub-contracts with the “spokes” for distribution of services to the community. The hub can provide direct service while also distributing or allowing spokes to draw in tenants representative of their community. This model supports the expansion of rental assistance to communities.
King County will solicit interest from local community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide a “hub and spoke” model of direct assistance to tenants behind in rent.
How CBOs Can Help
CBOs interested in serving as a HUB will provide community support in the following ways:
- Lead (HUB) agencies serving a specific demographic area or population will provide direct rental assistance to their community both through the HUB agency and (at minimum) two additional (spoke) agencies.
- Lead (HUB) agencies will promote rental assistance guidelines and ways for the community to access assistance.
How We're Promoting Equity
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.
The Landlord Program model supports high volumes of tenants to be served effectively and efficiently through coordinated bulk payment agreements. Under the program, landlords who currently have five or more tenants behind in rent can ask to have all tenants living in their properties supported under this program.
Landlords will be responsible for:
- Submitting leases and other documentation
- Identifying how many tenants are behind in rent
- Submit a list of tenants to the CBO supporting their property
How CBO's Can Help
King County is looking for local community-based organizations (CBOs) to coordinate landlords and tenants. Under this program, CBOs will work with landlords first and then work directly with tenants to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria.
Landlords participating in this program are already aware of the terms to receive rental assistance for tenants. Because they agree to terms in advance, this program moves more rapidly than the Tenant Pool program.
How We Promote Equity
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.
Non-profit organizations supporting the Landlord 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.
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.
Tenant Pool Program
The Tenant Pool is a way for tenants to register to receive rental assistance through King County. King County will contract with community-based organizations to work with tenants and landlords to distribute rental assistance to the community.
How We Promote Equity
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.
How CBOs Can Help
King County is looking for local community-based organizations (CBOs) to coordinate tenants and landlords. Under this program, CBOs will work with tenants first and then work directly with landlords to help them understand the terms and conditions. This program requires a high level of direct support to tenants and landlords.
Agencies working to support the Tenant Pool program will receive a direct allocation of rental assistance (25% of their contract) to serve households reaching out to them directly for help.
Agencies supporting the Tenant Pool program will access additional support for households with different abilities and languages. These agencies will connect to organizations contracted to provide language support, technology support, and disability supports so that tenants are successful in applying to receive rent assistance.
Outreach and Application Assistance Program
The Outreach and Application Assistance Program provides a client-centered effort to engage with the community and target King County’s high-risk populations. Agencies interested in supporting the program will offer the following services:
- Provide extensive outreach to community members whom their agency serves and are representative of their client population.
- Support tenants identified by King County who need help applying for rent due to language, disability, or technical needs.
Outreach and Application Assistance agencies will not provide rental assistance but instead, be partnered with agencies to ensure their community can access services.
Next Steps for Nonprofits
If you are a non-profit interested in any of these opportunities, please submit your interest. King County will reach out to you directly for the next steps. A recording of this training will be posted on the website on April 29.