Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funding for rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 and are behind on rent.
We anticipate a large number of applications and appreciate your patience.
The purpose of the Rental Assistance program is to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents (including those living in the City of Tacoma) impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Below is a snapshot of income limits per household:
- When can I apply for rental assistance/utility assistance?
- I received rental assistance in 2020. Am I eligible for assistance in 2021? Will I have to reapply?
- What is the application process?
- When/how will I be notified when I am approved?
- Who do I contact if I need assistance with the application?
- How do I know if my income qualifies for assistance?
- I received assistance through another rental assistance program in 2021. Can I apply for this program also?
- Does this program serve people in Tacoma?
- How will I be contacted by the provider?
- I rent a room from family/friend. Am I eligible to apply?
- Now that I've applied for rental assistance, is this a guarantee that my application will be accepted?
- I live in a hotel/motel. Am I eligible to apply?
- My contact information has changed since I submitted my application, what do I do?
- I am currently homeless. Am I eligible to apply?
The eviction moratorium has been extended through March 2021.
- You still must pay rent eventually.
- Under the eviction moratorium, landlords can't increase residential rents and are expected to offer tenants a repayment plan. Landlords also can't charge late fees under the moratorium.
- People can still be evicted for other reasons, such as property damage or criminal behavior.
- You cannot be evicted during the crisis unless you are causing a threat, or your landlord wants to sell or move into the property.
- The proclamation bans retaliation against tenants and creates a legal defense for tenant lawsuits.
Pierce County residents at risk of eviction due to non-payment of rent are eligible for free resolution services. Whether it’s creating a payment plan, leaving an eviction filing off your record or extending your due date to help you get on your feet, the Eviction Resolution Program has specialists to help find solutions that work for both the tenant and landlord.