Rental Assistance

The Office of Housing acknowledges that the current need for rental assistance is greater than the limited funds available. The City of Seattle is working with cities across the country to advocate for additional federal funds that would allow for the continuation of rental assistance programs.

The King County Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) is NOT accepting new rental assistance applications after February 28, 2022. For individuals or households living in King County or City of Seattle still needing rental assistance, please visit the link below to complete an interest form to join a waitlist for rental assistacne. United Way of King County will keep you updated as new funds become available. Limited resources are available at this time.

Get Help with Rent | United Way of King County (uwkc.org). 

City of Seattle Rental Assistance Programs

Between April 2020 and February 2022, the Office of Housing and our partners distributed rental assistance funding through implementation of three programmatic approaches:

  • Community Based Organizations (CBOs): Worked with community partners to conduct outreach tenants, work with landlords, complete required documentation, and deliver rent assistance where it is most needed.  
  • Nonprofit Affordable Housing Providers: OH staff has worked with almost 30 nonprofit affordable housing providers to distribute COVID rent relief to tenants with very low incomes living in Seattle's affordable housing properties.  
  • United Way of King County (UWKC): Provided funding to UWKC to support their work with hundreds of tenants in need of COVID rent relief, through the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program.  

Rental Assistance Reporting:

Between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, the City of Seattle, in partnership with United Way of King County, Urban League, Wellspring, and numerous community-based organizations, distributed a total of $30,128,370.58 in Emergency Rental Assistance to 7,116 households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Download a PDF of the most current reporting here

This data will be updated on a quarterly basis, with the next update projected to come in Summer 2022.