Light of Hope Fund/COVID-19 Response

Rental Assistance Program

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Catholic Charities Rental Assistance Program

If you were unable to pay rent due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to 12-months of rental relief. Catholic Charities is one of five agencies in the Yakima Valley eligible to distribute funds directly to landlords to help offset potential housing instability caused by the pandemic. Whether you are renting an apartment from a property manager or a room from a family member, as long as you have a rental agreement, Catholic Charities may be able to help.

This program is open to residents of Yakima County, Washington State.

How does the program work?

The rental assistance program is set up as a lottery. This is to ensure those from all participating agencies are given an equal opportunity to receive benefits. Eligible applicants are selected each week and Catholic Charities then sends a check directly to the landlord of those selected. Recipients are eligible for up to 12 months of past benefits or three months of upcoming rental payments. If the applicant received aid in the last 12 months, benefits are restricted. No more than 12 months of benefits are eligible within one year.

Who is eligible?

The program is available for anyone over the age of 18, in a household making up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). The table below shows the eligible income by family size. Applicants must live in Yakima County, Washington State.

Number of Persons in Household Annual Household Income
1 $39,550
2 $45,200
3 $50,850
4 $56,500
5 $61,050
6 $65,550
7 $70,100
8 $74,600
Number of Persons in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual Household Income $39,550 $45,200 $50,850 $56,500 $61,050 $65,550 $70,100 $74,600

*According to Federal Guidance, assistance received through this program should not count as a benefit for the purpose of determining whether someone is considered a public charge.

Why now?

On September 30, 2021, landlords can evict tenants that are behind on their rental payments. Governor Inslee had put a moratorium, or a stop, on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic for tenants unable to pay rent. However, tenants were still financially responsible for their rent and the terms of their lease agreements. When the moratorium ends, landlords can request those payments and evict tenants unable to pay. This program is intended to help those who may have fallen behind in their payments maintain a stable home.

This program ends December 2021 or when the funds are spent, whichever comes first. Yakima County has $28 million available to fund this program. As of May 2021, they had issued $2.5 million.

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