Eviction Prevention

Summary of Program

The Skagit County Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible Skagit County renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Schedule an Eligibility Appointment:

By Phone: Phone lines are open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday to schedule appointments to determine eligibility, 360 416-7588. Due to the high volume of expected calls and limited appointments, appointment times for the week may be filled up before the 12:30 p.m. timeframe. Each week a percentage of appointments will be available for waitlist inquires. If a household does not answer for their phone eligibility appointment, program staff will pull from the waitlist. At this point in time, appointments are being scheduled weekly.

Online: Please visit the NEW Skagit County Emergency Rental Assistance Portal at skagitcounty.net/renthelp to submit an eligibility application.

Eligibility

Tenant Eligibility

Household Size 80% AMI 50% AMI
1 $46,100 $28,850
2 $52,650 $32,950
3 $59,250 $37,050
4 $65,800 $41,150
5 $71,100 $44,450
6 $76,350 $47,750
7 $81,600 $51,050
8 $86,900 $54,350

Tenants must meet all 3 of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income over the past 60 days (view chart); and
  2. Experiencing a financial Hardship directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19 outbreak that threatens the household’s ability to pay the costs of the rental property when due
  3. At risk of experiencing homelessness or currently experiencing housing instability

Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP) eligibility is based on the following information:

  • Tenant Application
  • Landlord Payment Agreement Form
  • W-9 for payment
  • Tenant Income Documentation
  • Housing Status Documentation
  • Financial Hardship Documentation
  • Rental Agreement Documentation

* If applying for Utility assistance, the Eviction Prevention Program may be able to pay for electricity, gas, water & sewer, trash, and internet.

Landlord Eligibility
Landlords can initiate a request for assistance on behalf of their tenants by completing the T-RAP Payment Agreement Form. Eligibility is based on tenant eligibility. At minimum, a reasonable attempt to contact the tenant must be made by the T-RAP service provider using the information provided from the landlord.

If a tenant is not eligible or the landlord does not accept the conditions, the household will not be served.

FUNDING IS NOT AVAILABLE TO HELP EVERY TENANT IN NEED. TENANT ELIGIBILITY DOES NOT GUARANTEE ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED.


Resources for Homeowners
Homeowner Assistance Fund
Washington Homeownership Resource Center: 1 (877) -894-4663

Documentation Needed

The following documents may be used to verify the above eligibility:

Proof of income, which can include paystubs, W-2’s or other wage statements, 2020 tax filings, or bank statements demonstrating regular income. If you have no income you can complete a certification of no income in the application.

Proof of Financial Hardship, which could include a letter of termination from your job, documentation of unemployment benefits. Verbal verification is also allowable.

Proof of housing status, which can include a current lease or documentation of residence showing evidence that establishes a pattern of paying rent, or a statement from the landlord that verifies the applicant’s housing instability. Proof of past due rent or eviction notice, or past due utility notice.

Questions / Preguntas

For questions, please call Community Action at (360) 416-7588 or email EPAssistance@communityactionskagit.org.
Para preguntas, por favor llame a Community Action a (360) 416-7588 o mándenos un correo electrónico a EPAssistance@communityactionskagit.org.