Homeless Prevention Services / Rent Assistance
Qualified households who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless may be eligible for rental assistance and/or assistance with move-in related costs depending on needs, income, and the availability of funds.
For more information on the emergency shelter and possible rental assistance funding for Wahkiakum County residents, please follow the links listed below.
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) - INACTIVE
Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2.0 (ERAP 2.0) - CLOSED AS OF APRIL 30, 2021
- Toll free Eviction Defense Screening line: 855-657-8387, active July 1 and run by Northwest Justice Project
- Tenants Union of Washington State hotline: 206-723-0500 or 509-319-0009
Inslee issues housing stability “bridge” proclamation – Beginning July 1st , 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a housing stability ‘bridge’ emergency order, Proclamation 21-09, intended to bridge the operational gap between the eviction moratorium enacted by prior proclamations and the protections and programs subsequently enacted by the Legislature.
- Landlords and tenants avail themselves of rental assistance and eviction resolution pilot programs pursuant to SB 5160 to resolve any COVID-related past due rent (February 29, 2020 through July 31, 2021);
- Tenants take steps to pay rent or avail themselves of rental assistance in order to pay future rent (beginning August 1, 2021 throughout the effective dates of this order);
- For any tenant who is or becomes in arrears, landlords offer a reasonable repayment plan to tenants per SB 5160; and
- Tenants respond to notice of funding and other available programs within the timeframes established by SB 5160.
Wahkiakum County’s rent assistance program is currently operational per Proclamation 21-09. Please see the Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP) link above. This program remains in effect until, at least, remains in effect until 11:59 PM on September 30, 2021.
In short, an eviction for non-payment of past due rent is not permitted until such time as the resources and programs established by the Legislature are in place and operational, and eviction for non-payment of future rent (August 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021) is not permitted if the tenant has demonstrably taken action to pay rent. Evictions for other reasons allowed under state law are permitted.
In addition, although late fees are prohibited, rent increases are permitted as provided under state law (RCW 59.18.140).
Finally, the non-traditional and other transient housing previously covered by the eviction moratorium are not included in this order, including hotels/motels, Airbnbs, and camping areas.
This order is effective July 1, 2021 and remains in effect until 11:59 PM on September 30, 2021.