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Seattle City Council Approves New Round of Rental Assistance

A new round of rental assistance is coming!  City Council just approved almost $23 million in new financial support for low-income renters who have experienced financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The approved legislation makes the following funding allocation:   

  • $8.0 million to the United Way of King County to provide rental assistance;    
  • $7.0 million to provide rental assistance on behalf of tenants residing in publicly-subsidized rent- and income-restricted affordable housing;    
  • $6.2 million to community-based organizations to target rental assistance for BIPOC communities; and   
  • $1.5 million to provide emergency utility assistance to income qualified renters through Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities programs.   

We understand that tenants and landlords are eager to receive assistance. Much more detail, including FAQs and how-to steps for accessing assistance, will be forthcoming –please stay tuned!