ATTENTION!

The King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) will stop accepting new tenant applications as of February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Existing applicants can continue to log into the tenant portal.

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

Starting May 25th DCHS has contracted with United Way King County’s Homebase program www.uwkc.org/renthelp/ for the EPRAP Tenant Pool Program administration and oversight. UWKC and their partners will continue to process applications for tenants that pre-registered before February 28, 2022, through the tenant portal on our website while rent assistance funding remains.

Each week, King County randomly selects registered tenants from the tenant pool to participate in the program. The number selected varies based on funding availability. Existing applicants can continue to log into the tenant portal to get a status update. King County EPRAP has limited funding available. Unfortunately, we will not be able to help everyone that has already pre- registered

King County is not accepting new applications for rent assistance.

Please call 211 to connect to agencies throughout King County that may still have rent assistance resources available.
 

Terminology and Definitions

Authorized Representative/Property Manager
An authorized representative or property manager may register on behalf of a property owner/landlord. You will need to provide proof of your right to represent the landlord. You will also be asked to provide information about the person or company who owns the property(ies) and you will upload IRS Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification on behalf of the property ownership.
EPRAP Payment Period
EPRAP Payment Period: EPRAP Payment Period refers to the period of time that rent payments are being made by the King County, on behalf of the tenant. This could be up to 9 months of current and/or past due rent and up to 3 months of future rent. For a total of 12 months of possible assistance for a household.
Household/Tenants
All people who occupy a single housing unit and have a history of shared resources. A unit may be occupied by one or more households, depending on lease arrangements. Eligibility will be determined and payment made for each individual household.
Landlord Agreement
You will complete the enrollment process by reviewing and providing your electronic signature on the Landlord Agreement and bulk payment agreement, if required.
Landlord Property(ies)
You will provide information about the property owned by the Landlord Ownership. You will be able to include multiple properties so long as they are owned by the same Landlord Ownership and are associated with the same W-9 and Taxpayer Identification Number.
Unit
A dwelling unit that is leased or regularly rented and/or occupied by a household.