Rent Help Available for Young Adults ages 18-24 in King County

Last updated: November 3, 2020, at 11:36 a.m. PT

Originally published: September 3, 2020, at 9:46 a.m. PT

rent help for young adults age 18-24

Struggling to pay rent? You're not alone. The Y is here to support young people through these financially uncertain times.

The Y Social Impact Center is offering up to six months of rent assistance for young adults ages 18-24 who live in King County. After applying, you will be contacted by the Y Social Impact Center Staff about needed documents in order to meet additional eligibility.  

Apply if you meet ALL criteria 1-4: 

  1. Currently 18-24 years old  
  2. Household resides in King County (A household is any group of people wanting to maintain housing together)
  3. Income at or below 80% area median income over the past 60 days  
  4. Behind in at least 1 month of rent (full or partial) since March 1st 


Once you’ve applied, you’ll be contacted by a Y Social Impact Center staff who will help you walk through additionally requirements and documents needed.  

You or anyone in your household must also meet at least ONE of the below criteria: 

  • Experienced homelessness (includes couch surfing or doubling up) in the past five years 
  • Been evicted in the past seven years
  • Housing been disrupted due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion?
  • At risk of severe illness as per CDC (62 or older, underlying condition).  
  • A member of your household has a disability including physical, mental, emotional, impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, or brain injury, a person with HIV/AIDS is considered disabled. 
  • Currently pregnant or parenting
  • Experienced the foster care system, adoption, mental health or drug and alcohol treatment, or been involved in the court systems

Additional Info 

  • People who are undocumented are eligible for this program.
  • Assistance is available to tenants in formal and informal (friend/family) rental agreements.
  • Funding pays for 80% of the amount due OR the Fair Market Rent rate and will be available Sept 8, 2020 - December 31st, 2020.
  • Interpretation services available.
  • Rent assistance is limited to six months and can be any combination of past, current, or future rent.

What if I don’t qualify? 

If you do not qualify, don’t worry, below is a list of other funding sources you may qualify for or contact the Y Social Impact Center for help navigating these resources by emailing

Additional Resources for Rent Help 

Some resources will require you to call 2-1-1. Resources with * serve under 18 years old.