Funding sources and guidelines

Funds for King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) are an allocation of the Federal Coronavirus Response, American Rescue Plan and is expected to include funds from the Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funds. Funding guidelines are established by the Department of Treasury and Washington State Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Goals

The goals for this program are established by the U.S. Department of Treasury and tailored by King County to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

  • Prevent evictions
  • Direct assistance to very low-income households
  • Focus on equity for groups of people who historically have not been provided equitable access to rent assistance and those who have been disproportionately been impacted by COVID-19: Latinx or Hispanic, young adults, Black or African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
  • 10% of all funds will be provided to serve youth ages 18-24, and emancipated 16- and 17-year olds

Available assistance

All eligible tenants will receive the full assistance available:

  • Up to 9 months of current and past-due rent (and utilities, if they are included in rent) with all additional past-due rent being waived by the landlord
  • 3 months of future rent

We will pay rent directly to landlords, on behalf of tenants.

How it works

The Landlord Program supports high volumes of tenants to be served effectively and efficiently through coordinated bulk payment agreements. Under the landlord 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.
The Tenant Program supports a tenant-led registration process to receiving rental assistance. This program works to promote equity in who is served, with a focus on groups of people who historically have not been provided fair access to rent assistance.
The Hub & Spoke Program supports broad expansion of rental assistance to the most vulnerable households by partnering with By-and-For providers to serve tenants representative of the target populations they serve.
King County will contract with community-based organizations to coordinate the application and registration process for both tenants and landlords. Outreach & Assistance will include equity-based strategies and deploy critical resources such as language support services to households identified with higher risk of housing instability.