Emergency rent assistance funds will be available for city residents

Emergency rent assistance funds will be available for city residents

Additional emergency rent assistance funds will be available for city residents

Brian Walker, Director of Communications, 509.655.1387

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 8:13 a.m.

Residents of the City of Spokane will soon be able to apply for $5.59 million in new Emergency Rent Assistance Program funds awarded by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

“The city has requested additional funds aimed at preventing evictions and is pleased to receive these critical trade funds which will be distributed to those most at risk of becoming homeless,” said Jenn Cerecedes, director of the community services department, housing and social services in the city. . “The funding is intended to prevent evictions by paying for overdue and future rent and utilities that have resulted from the pandemic. Funds will be distributed equitably based on population demographics.”

Households must meet the four initial selection criteria to be eligible for rent and/or utility assistance:

  • A household member has qualified for unemployment or experienced a reduction in income, incurred large expenses, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You currently have housing instability or a risk of housing instability, which may include unpaid rental charges or the anticipation of an inability to pay future rent.
  • Your household income is at or below 80% of the area median income
  • Your household resides within the city limits of Spokane.

A special budget ordinance on funding was approved by City Council tonight.

The fund application process will be announced in the near future on the city’s website once details such as a subrecipient provider to distribute the funds to the community are finalized.

Since last June, the city has distributed nearly all of the previous $27 million in funding given for its emergency rental assistance program by the U.S. Treasury and State Commerce Departments.

More than 2,470 households in the City have benefited from the program which began on June 1, 2021.

The Carl Maxey Center, which prioritizes assisting African American households and BIPOC, continues to accept applications.

SNAP is processing emergency rental assistance applications for Spokane County residents.

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