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Bolt Creek Fire Disaster Assistance for King County residents

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ELIGIBLE COSTS 
• Emergency non-congregate sheltering costs due to the identified disaster. 
• Transportation/Fuel costs related to necessary and extended commutes due to U.S. Highway 2 closure caused by the identified disaster. 
• Reimbursement for food loss due to power-outage caused by the identified disaster 
• Reimbursement for generator fuel costs incurred due to power-outage caused by the identified disaster

General Eligibility Determination
To be eligible, an individual or family must meet ALL of the following:
1. Was a resident of King County during the Bolt Creek Fire.
2. Incurred eligible costs caused by the Bolt Creek Fire.
3. Have not received any other disaster assistance from federal, state, local, private insurance, or non-profit to cover the cost of individual or household immediate disaster needs.

AND
4. An individual or family must meet ONE of the following criteria:
a. Is disabled;
b. Has a household income equal to or less than 80 percent of the area median family income based on the number of persons in the family. The program uses the Low (80 percent) Income Limits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s FY 2022 Income Limits Documentation System for the Seattle-Bellevue, WA HUD Metro FMR Area: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/homedatasets/files/HOME_IncomeLmts_State_WA_2022.pdf;
c. The individual’s or family’s home qualified for the property tax exemption program in RCW 84.36.379 through 84.36.389; or
d. The home qualified for the property tax deferral program in chapter 84.38 RCW.

Reimbursement for Emergency Non-congregate Sheltering
To be eligible, Recipient must meet or provide the following:
1. Incurred lodging or temporary housing costs due to road closures, safety concerns, or damages that affected the habitability of their primary residence as a result of the Bolt Creek Fire.
2. Provide proof of short-term accommodation costs such as receipts or financial statements during the Bolt Creek Fire.
Eligible Recipients may receive reimbursements based on the following:
• Number of days Recipient stayed in short-term non-congregate sheltering.
• Receive reimbursement at the Washington State County lodging per diem rate: Travel | Office of Financial Management (wa.gov)

Transportation/Fuel Costs Reimbursement
To be eligible, Recipient must meet or provide the following:
1. Regularly used U.S. Highway 2 to commute to work, school, or reoccurring medical appointments.
2. One-way commute of Recipient has increased more than 25 miles.
3. Recipient attestation requesting reimbursement for increased commute by more than 25 miles due to U.S. Highway 2 road closure as a result of the Bolt Creek Fire.
Eligible Recipients may receive reimbursements based on the following:
• Mileage added to commute of 25 miles and over.
• Number of days per week the applicant regular commutes to work, school, or recurring medical appointments
• Receive reimbursement at the State of Washington’s Privately Owned Vehicle mileage rate of $0.625 per mile.

Reimbursement for Food Loss
To be eligible, household must meet or provide the following:
1. Recipient attestation requesting reimbursement for food loss caused by the Bolt Creek Fire.
Eligible Recipients may receive reimbursements based on the following:
• Receive $500 per eligible household.

Reimbursement for generator fuels costs
To be eligible, Recipient must meet or provide the following:
1. Incurred generator fuel costs due to power outage caused by the Bolt Creek Fire.
2. Provide proof of incurred fuel costs such as receipts or financial statements or recipient attestation requesting reimbursement for generator fuel costs during the Bolt Creek Fire.
Eligible Recipients may receive reimbursements based on the following:
• Number of days Recipient used generator due to power outage caused by the Bolt Creek Fire.
• Eligible for $98/day.

Proof of Residency
Proof of residency includes one of the following documents demonstrating recipient’s full name and
physical, primary residency in King County. 
• Any utility bill from state fiscal year 2022
• Washington State issued driver’s license, identification card, or permit
• Washington vehicle registration or title
• Cell phone bill or internet bill
• Home utility or service document (bill, statement, hook-up order, etc.) for Washington address (gas, electric, water, garbage, sewer, landline phone, TV, internet)
• Bank or credit card document (statement, card mailer, etc.)
• Washington State voter card
• Washington school transcript
• DSHS benefits letter (medical, food, etc.)
• Proof of home ownership (mortgage documents, property tax documents, deed, title, etc.)
• Rent receipts or lease agreement
• Selective Service Card
• Concealed weapons permit from a Washington county (license to carry concealed pistol)
• Homeowner's or renter's insurance policy or other insurance statement
• Washington professional license (nursing, physician, engineer, pilot, etc.)
• Internal Revenue Service 2021 W-2 form from an employer, form 1099 or paystub from employer
• US military document
• Certified Washington marriage certificate

Proof of Income
Recipient must also meet one of the following and provide proof of income:
1. Is disabled. Proof includes one of the following:
Written acknowledgement by Social Security or Veterans Administration.
Proof of Disability Affidavit or attestation from medical provider on facility letterhead.
Award letter or other verification notice from a federal or state agency demonstrating recipient is approved for a disability benefits program or other assistance program as a result of a disability.
 
2. Has a household income equal to or less than 80 percent of the area median family income based on the number of persons in the family. The program uses the Low (80 percent) Income Limits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s FY 2022 Income Limits Documentation System for the Seattle-Bellevue, WA HUD Metro FMR Area. Proof includes the most recent copy or copies of one of the following which must include a date and the recipient’s name:
Pay stubs covering the last 60 days of income (or three months of bank statements demonstrating deposit amounts and blacking out the account number)
Social Security letter
Unemployment benefits letter
Letter attesting to being unemployed and receiving no income during State Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023)
W-2 forms or most recently filed tax statements demonstrating income.
Proof that the recipient’s income is below the minimum threshold to file a federal tax return based on their filing status.
Documentation of self-employment, if applicable

3. The home qualified for the property tax exemption program in RCW 84.36.379 through 84.36.389. Proof includes one of the following:
Confirmation of eligibility/approval from the County Assessor’s Office of Form 63 0001 “Application for Property Tax Exemption” by the Washington State Department of Revenue valid for the Washington State 2021 property tax year.
Confirmation of eligibility/approval from the County Assessor’s Office of Form 64 0002 “Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Exemption from Real Property Taxes” by the Washington State Department of Revenue valid for the Washington State 2021 property tax year.
Validation by the Washington Emergency Management Division using Washington State 2021 property tax year data provided by the County Assessor’s Office that shows eligibility for the Tax Exemption Program.

4. The home qualified for the property tax deferral program in chapter 84.38 RCW. Proof includes one of the following:
Confirmation of eligibility/approval from the County Assessor’s Office of Form 64 0011 “Deferral Application for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities” by the Washington State Department of Revenue valid for property tax year 2021.
Validation by the Washington Emergency Management Division using Washington State 2021 property tax year data provided by the county assessor’s office that shows eligibility for the Tax Deferral Program

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