Eviction Prevention

Summary of Program

This emergency program will begin taking appointments on March 8th. *We will update this information periodically as funding sources change*

Eviction Rent Assistance Program 2.0 (ERAP)- The Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Grant is part of Washington State’s response to the COVID-19 disaster, intended to prevent evictions that would contribute to the spread of the virus by paying past due, current due and future rent, targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably.

This assistance can offer up to 12 months of assistance at 100% of total rent due, with the ability to pay back to March 2020 arrears.

Beginning March 8th, we will be taking calls on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to schedule appointments to determine eligibility. If you are calling outside of these hours and would like to be added to our waitlist to contact for cancelled or non-showed appointments please scroll down to the “Be added to our waitlist

Eligibility

Tenant Eligibility

Household Size Net Income
1 $43,900
2 $50,200
3 $56, 450
4 $62,700
5 $67,750
6 $72, 750
7 $77, 750
8 $82, 800

Tenants must meet BOTH 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. At least one month of rent is not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020.

In addition, tenants must meet ONE or more of the following requirements:

  1. Rent-burdened: 50% or more of current monthly income is needed to pay rent.
  2. Previously homeless within last five years; includes experiences of couch surfing/doubled up.
  3. Eviction history within last seven years.
  4. Housing disrupted due to household member race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
  5. At risk of severe illness as per the Centers for Disease Control: 62 years old or older, underlying health condition.
  6. Disability of any household member. Includes a physical, developmental, mental, or emotional impairment, including impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, or brain injury. A person with HIV/AIDS is considered disabled.

Eviction Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) eligibility is based on the following information:

  • Tenant Application
  • Landlord Payment Agreement Form
  • W-9 for payment
  • Tenant Income Documentation (if tenant does not have documentation, they can self-certify)

Landlord Eligibility
As a condition of receiving funding, landlords must agree to:

  • Landlords can initiate a request for assistance on behalf of their tenants by completing the Commerce ERAP Payment Agreement Form. Eligibility is based on tenant eligibility. At minimum, a reasonable attempt to contact the tenant must be made by the ERAP 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.

If a tenant is unresponsive, ineligible, or eligibility cannot be determined, assistance must be denied. If denied and the landlord (owner) is seeking assistance for four units or less, refer landlord to the Commerce Limited Landlord Relief Program (LLRP).

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

Schedule an Eligibility Apointment

Beginning March 8th, we will be taking calls on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to schedule eligibility appointments. If you are calling outside of these hours, please click here to fill out a preliminary application and be placed on our waitlist. If you are unable to access our website, please call on the following Monday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm to schedule an appointment.

To apply by phone please call: (360) 416-7588. Our scheduling days for this line are: Mondays 8am-12pm

Click here to be added to our waitlist

Questions / Preguntas

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