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Director: Jennifer Johnson

 

Skagit County Rental Assistance Program

 

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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.
Check Eligibility and Apply to determine if you qualify and which provider is right for you.

Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of households being behind on rent. In response to this need, federal, state and local policy makers have appropriated rent assistance to pay back rent, utilities, and some future rent to help people stay housed.

Here in Skagit County, over $11 million dollars has been allocated to this effort to prevent evictions. Since August 2020, 650 households have been provided assistance through this effort. Skagit County’s rent assistance program is currently operational per Proclamation 21-09.

To address this unprecedented level of need, our partner organizations have expanded their capacity to process applications for assistance. Nevertheless, it can take several days to make a payment to a landlord once a complete application has been submitted.

Households must meet all four of the initial screening criteria to be eligible for rental assistance:

  • Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • You have current housing instability or risk of housing instability, which may include unpaid rental fees or anticipation of inability to pay future rent.

  • Your household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income

  • Your household resides in Skagit County

Documentation

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.

 

 

 

RENTAL ASSISTANCE HOME

 

CHECK ELIGIBILITY AND APPLY

 

FAQ’S

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

EVICTION MORATORIUM
UPDATE

 

CONTACT