King County's Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program is one of the ways the county is helping residents behind in rent and utility payments due to COVID-19 hardships. Households throughout King County who have fallen behind in rent due to unemployment, lost wages and health crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for assistance.

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

Household Eligibility

An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household that meets the following criteria:

  • The residence is located within the King County geographical area.
  • Confirms a lease/regular recurring rent payments.
  • Tenant must confirm that household income is at or below 50% of Area Median Income; households can use 2020 income or current income to prove eligibility.

Median family income           50% Income limits* ($) by number of persons in family
1 2 3 4   5   7   8
2020   $113,300 $41,800   $47,800   $53,750   $59,700  $64,500   $69,300  $74,050  $78,850
2021 $115,700 $40,500 $46,300 $52,100 $57,850  $62,500   $67,150  $71,750  $76,400

* Seattle - Bellevue, WA HUD Metro FMR Area Median Income Limits

  • Tenant must confirm they are experiencing a financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tenant must confirm they are at risk of experiencing homelessness or currently experiencing housing instability.
  • Landlord must provide documents that show a tenant is still occupying the residence and has missed/past due rent payments not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020.
  • Landlord must agree to payment (T-RAP) and sign EPRAP Terms and Conditions.

Rental assistance provided to an eligible household cannot duplicate any other federally funded rental assistance provided to the household.

*US Citizenship is not a requirement under EPRAP assistance. King County will not ask for information about immigration status.


How it Works

 
Landlord Program
In April/May 2021, 314 large landlords representing 1,300 properties agreed early to be part of EPRAP and signed an agreement to not evict an EPRAP enrolled tenant for non-payment of rent through December 2021. Contracted agencies are assigned properties from the landlord pool and then they work directly with tenants to help them gather required documentation.
 
Tenant Pool Program
The Tenant Pool program is a way for tenants to directly register to receive rental assistance through King County. Eligible tenants pre-register on the EPRAP Tenant Portal. Each week, King County randomly selects registered tenants from the tenant pool to participate in the program. The number selected varies based on service provider's capacity.
Contracted agencies are assigned households from the Tenant Pool and work with landlords to help them understand the EPRAP landlord terms and conditions, and gather required documentation.
 
Hub & Spoke Program 
In the Hub an Spoke program, King County contracts with "Hub" CBOs that then sub-contract with "Spoke" CBOs to provide rental assistance services to the community. 
The hub agencies can provide direct service while also distributing or allowing spokes to draw in tenants representative of their communities. This program allows eligible tenants to sign up directly through the community organizations they're already connected to. 
Contracted agencies work with both the tenant and the landlord to help them gather required documentation. 
 
Outreach and Application Assistance Program
The Outreach and Application Assistance Program is designed to support the Landlord and Tenant Programs. Participants in this program are deployed to help gather required paperwork in the community by providing in-person outreach. 
Contracted agencies provide extensive outreach to community members that support tenants and landlords identified by King County who need help applying for rent due to language, disability, or technical needs.