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Applicants may go online to www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp to complete the find applications for rental assistance and utility assistance. For households who do not have internet access, please call 211 and complete the application over the phone.
Yes, households that were assisted in 2020 are eligible to apply under the 2021 rental assistance program. Yes, you will have to reapply.
Tenants can apply using our online application found at www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp. After submission, your application will be referred to a service provider for processing and to determine eligibility. After the providers receive the referral, they will make initial contact with you and provide next steps. The service provider may contact you for additional documentation and contact your landlord for documentation. The provider will then schedule an intake meeting if necessary.
Please note: We received a large number of applications when the program began, so wait times for providers to make initial contact you with may vary. We appreciate your patience.
A service provider will work with the applicant to determine eligibility and collect required documentation. The applicant will be contacted regarding the outcome of eligibility via email or phone. You can always check the status of your application on our website at www.piercecountywa.gov/housinghelp.
If you have no access to the internet, you can call 2-1-1 for help filling out the online application over the phone.
If you have specific questions about the application, you can email [email protected].
For a status update on your rental application after you’ve applied, please log back into the application and check for the status update.
Household current income must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). See chart below for limits.
Income includes all adult (18 years and older) household members and unearned income attributable to a minor (17 years and younger). A household is one or more individuals seeking assistance together. Providers must calculate the household’s total gross income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s current monthly income at the time of application
If income is a fixed amount (TANF, SSDI, etc.), multiply the gross monthly amount by 12 to determine annual income.
If income is not at a fixed amount each month, (TANF, SSDI, etc.) determine the average over the last 60 days by using the following method: $(60 days of total income)/2 = Average income X 12 months=Annual income
Yes, if you received assistance from another program and are still past due on your rent, you may apply through this program. However, this program must ensure no duplication of services with any other federal fund source, so there may be a limit on how much assistance your household can receive.
Yes! This program serves all of Pierce County, including residents who live within the City of Tacoma.
The provider will be in touch via email, text and a phone call. Please check your email regularly after you have submitted your application and please answer unknown calls. Providers will attempt to contact you three times before marking your file “unable to contact” and moving to the next household.
Yes, households who are renting from a friend/family member are eligible to apply. Households will have to provide an informal lease agreement with the household or bank statements showing payments have been previously paid to the friend/family member. Rent amount depends on the number of bedrooms in the house and fair market rent.
No. Payment depends on eligibility, documentation from the tenant, documentation from the landlord, and available funds. Households can check their status by logging back into the portal anytime.
Yes, households who are long term stayers (14-days or longer) at a hotel/motel are eligible to apply. The monthly amount will be based on efficiency apartments fair market rents. Households will have to provide a past due statement from the hotel/motel and documentation showing payments have been previously paid to the hotel/motel.
Log back into the application and update your information. If you are unable to update, please email [email protected] to update your information, please include past information and updated information.
No. This program is for households that are living in their current rental units. If you’re experiencing homelessness, please call 211 for a Coordinated Entry Assessment.
Yes. If your rent is not past due, but you are unable to pay your utilities and have a bill showing the past due amount you can apply for utility assistance. This program cannot pay utilities and leave your rent past due.
Electric, Water/Sewer, Gas, Garbage Pickup, Fuel Oil, and Internet
Yes, households with Housing Choice/Section 8 vouchers are eligible to apply. This program can help with the tenant’s portion of the rent and utilities as deemed eligible.
No, this program is for households that are in their current rental unit.
Yes, you can select a specific provider from the application. There is no guarantee that you will be referred to your provider of choice, but Pierce County staff will make every effort to get you referred appropriately and quickly.
No, the Pierce County Rental Assistance program will not issue payments directly to tenants. Checks will only be sent to the landlord or friend/family member or hotel manager. Utility and other payments will only be sent to the utility or bill provider.
Future rent is an eligible expense and is paid on a case-by-case basis based on need.
The time frame for coordinating with the landlord and determining that a client is eligible will vary depending on the documentation submitted and how quickly households and landlords respond. If an application is submitted with all required documentation, they will be processed more quickly than an application that is missing items. Payments are made directly to landlords.
Please note: We anticipate a large number of applications when the program begins, so wait times for providers to make initial contact you with may vary. We appreciate your patience.
Please email [email protected].
Participants can submit 2020 tax documents, wage statements, unemployment compensation statements, pay stubs, public benefits statements and bank statements as evidence of income. Providers will work with households to collect missing documentation.
Renting a Home/Apartment or a room in a home
The applicant must have a lease or rental agreement in your name, and the service provider will request a W-9 from the landlord. The lease may be month to month, or it may be longer.
Renting from a Friend/Family Member
The applicant must have a lease or informal agreement or be able to provide bank statements showing payments have been made. The service provider will request a W-9 and proof of past rental payments from the friend/family member.
Staying in a hotel/motel
The applicant will need to provide a past due statement from the hotel/motel manager and proof that payments have been made in the past. The program will need a W-9 from the hotel/motel.
You do not need to reapply. If you have already been served, just contact the service provider who served you and ask for additional months through their contact. If you have not been served, just hang tight and the provider will ask how many months of assistance you need at the time of processing. If your income documentation is older than 90 days, they will need to collect updated documents.
Assistance is provided to each household regardless of address.
Yes. Just log back in and update your information. Eligibility questions cannot be changed during process but contact information can. If you are missing a document, the provider will help you collect the required documentation.
Please hold on to your documentation until the provider contacts you. They will collect everything when they complete the intake.
Rent must be in arrears (currently overdue) for application submission and program enrollment. This means any rent payments that should have already been paid in the past, that are currently due (i.e. late) to your landlord or property manager. This rental assistance cannot be used to pay future rent. We know the state and federal government allow for future payments, however this County does not.
If you are not behind on your rent, but are behind on any of the following, you may apply:
No, rental assistance paid on behalf of eligible households does not need to be paid back. This is not a loan program. Households and landlords who received duplication of services must pay back the duplicate amount.
No, this program is only for rental and utility assistance.
If you have multiple properties, please create one log-in and upload a W-9 for each property.
No, tenants will not see your log-in information, W-9 or banking information.
We must have proof of all sources of income for each family member, including but not limited to:
Please hold on to them and the provider will collect them once you’re approved and they start the intake process.
Click the “Change your password” icon on the log-in page and an email to reset your password will be sent to you.
After registering, check your email and click the link we sent you. That will verify your email and you will be able to log back in and complete your application.
No, this program is for Pierce County renters only. Please check your local area for rental assistance options.