Applying for Rent & Utility Assistance

Who is Eligible?

This program is only for renters.

Homeowners are not eligible to apply for this program, but they are encouraged to apply for utility assistance through our Energy Assistance Program.

Homeowners in the City of Tacoma can apply for mortgage assistance here. For others behind on their mortgage and in need of assistance, contact the WA State Foreclosure Hotline at 1-877-894-4663.

If you are a Pierce County resident outside the City of Tacoma, click here to apply for mortgage assistance.

Utility and bill pay:

Renters past due on payments can apply for financial support for the following bills:

  • Electric
  • Water/Sewer
  • Gas
  • Garbage pickup
  • Fuel Oil
  • Internet

How to Apply?

Need rental or utility assistance?

  • Click here to apply online           . (For the best experience, please use Chrome or Safari web browsers.)
  • If you don't have reliable internet access, call 2-1-1 to apply over the phone.
  • For more assistance with your application, please reference our Video Library.

Or Apply In-Person

If you need assistance please come to one of our in-person events or visit  our Rental Assistance Providers.

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What is Needed to Apply?

  • Household information, including birthdays, for all household members
  • Income verification for all household members for each source of income (Note: Stimulus checks and additional unemployment benefits are NOT counted as income for this program)
    • 2020 tax return or household W-2
    • Unemployment statements
    • Alimony, child support, disability, retirement or VA benefits
    • Current or past pay stubs
  • COVID impact documentation
    • Proof of employment
    • Loss of job or wages
  • Landlord name, email and phone number
  • Copy of lease or rental agreement
  • Landlord statement with past due balance
  • Past utility bills (if you're apply for utility assistance)

What's Next?

After You Apply:

Log into the online application any time to check the status of your eligibility. You will need your username and password to log in or make edits to your application. Questions about your status? Email the rental assistance team at [email protected].


View our interactive dashboard, updated weekly, that showcases rental assistance program data.

Attention Applicants:

Pierce County Human Services may share personally identifying information about each household with community partners as required to receive services or reporting. Community partners include, but are not limited to, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington State Department of Commerce, City of Tacoma, City of Lakewood, Nonprofit providers, Center for Dialogue and Resolution, Tacomaprobono, Superior Court, and employment services.