Program Information

Program Information

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.

Pierce County has an operational rental assistance program. We are currently receiving applications and expending funds for rental assistance. Our fund sources are the is US Department of the Treasury and WA State Dept. of Commerce. 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 80% AMI income limits per household:

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Additional services and resources are available here. This project is being supported in part by federal award number ERA0377, awarded to Pierce County by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury.

If you are not a Pierce County resident, click here to find out where you can apply for rental assistance.


In accordance with federal and state mandates, we are prioritizing households that are:

  • Under 50% Area Median Income (see chart above)
  • Unemployed for at least the last 90 days
  • Working with the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC)
    • cases are referred as requested by the DRC

Pierce County Rental Assistance performs an eligibility check twice a month, and eligible applications are added to the queue to be served. This first screening looks for income requirements, if you’re a renter in Pierce County, and how you’ve been impacted by Covid-19. During this process, applications are prioritized in Priority 1 (those listed above) and Priority 2 (all other applications submitted). Applications are referred to our non-profit providers based on their case manager capacity. Priority 1 applications are referred before Priority 2 applications. Example: Priority 1 applications from March and April are the first to be referred, followed by Priority 2 applications from March and April. Then, Priority 1 applications from May and June are referred, followed by Priority 2 from May and June.


Currently, the majority of applications being submitted are Priority 1. Check our interactive dashboard for helpful data, including average number of days from application submission to payments. However, some households may have to wait longer than anticipated. We understand this is a stressful time and appreciate your patience while we process applications as quickly as possible.

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