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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Issaquah Rental Assistance Program

The Issaquah COVID-19 Recovery Rental Assistance Program provides up to three (3) months of overdue rent per household to be used toward rental arrears to moderate, low, or very low-income households, at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In October 2021, Issaquah City Council approved $500,000 in emergency rental assistance funds to help assist the community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in anticipation of the statewide moratorium ending on October 31, 2021. The City of Issaquah is contracting with Hopelink as the non-profit partner to implement the Rental Assistance Program. 

Eligibility:

  • Current residents of Issaquah (98027 and 98029)
  • Households meeting income eligibility requirements of moderate, low, or very low income (at or below 80% of the area median income, which equates to $90,500 per year for a household of four). Please see below the 2021 Area Median Income (AMI) guidelines
  • Demonstrated need of temporary financial assistance because of the impact caused by COVID-19

2021 King County Area Median Income (AMI) Guidelines including Family Size

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

30% Very Low Income

$24,300

$27,800

$31,250

$34,700

$37,500

$40,300

$43,050

$45,850

50% Low Income

$40,500

$46,300

$52,100

$57,850

$62,500

$67,150

$71,750

$76,400

80% Moderate Income

$63,350

$72,400

$81,450

$90,500

$97,750

$105,00

$112,250

$119,500

100% Median Income

$81,000

$92,600

$104,150

$115,700

$125,00

$134,250

$143,500

$152,750


Household Requirements: 

  • A copy of the rental lease agreement or proof of regular recurring rent payments
  • Proof of outstanding back rent owed since March 3, 2020. No payment shall be made directly to residents
  • Self-attestation of COVID impacts on housing stability 
  • Self-attestation noting that rental assistance provided to an eligible household cannot duplicate assistance provided to the household from any other source. Both landlords and tenants must self-attest to not duplicate funding

How to Apply: 

  • Call Bellevue Hopelink 425-943-7555 and indicate you are inquiring about the Issaquah Rental Assistance Program; or
  • Apply online here

Additional Rental Assistance Resources

  • Issaquah Community Services – Provides emergency financial assistance for utilities and rent 
    • Contact: 425-837-3125 or email; Online application here
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Provides emergency financial assistance for utilities and rent 
    • Contact: 206-767-6449, M-F, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Online application here

 Mortgage Assistance

  • Homeowners with FHA, USDA, VA, or Section 184 or 184A mortgages (for members of federally-recognized tribes) and those with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac have the right to request forbearance on their payments for up to 6 months, with a possible extension for another 6 months without fees, penalties, or extra interest. Homeowners should contact their mortgage servicing company directly 
  • Washington home-ownership hotline at 877-894-HOME
  • St. Vincent de Paul can provide mortgage assistance on a case-by-case basis, for more information call the helpline Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 206-767-6449

For additional resources and COVID relief programs, including utility assistance please check here

 

 

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