Rent Help for City of Seattle Residents

Last updated: August 11, 2022, at 12:02 p.m. PT

Originally published: March 23, 2022, at 2:07 p.m. PT

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We are not currently accepting new applications for the City of Seattle Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The Y Social Impact Center is offering rental and utility assistance for the City of Seattle residents. Funding is limited to 18 months of rental assistance; up to 15 months of past due rent and 3 months of future rent. Please apply through our online portal if you meet ALL criteria listed below:

  1. Tenant’s residence is located within City of Seattle limits.
    • Unsure if an address is within City of Seattle limits? Use this City Limit Tool to find out! Enter the address and the tool will show you.
  2. Household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and meet all the following criteria:
    • Household income AT or BELOW 80% area median income.
    • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  3. Tenant must attest that all information provided is correct and complete.
  4. Tenant must provide the following documentation after application has been received: 
    • Proof of Rental or Lease Agreement
    • Proof of outstanding back rent owed since March 3, 2020 3.
    • Provide attestation of income OR proof of income for all household members 18 years or older


Once you've applied, you'll be contacted by a Y Social Impact Center staff within 2 weeks about needed documents in order to meet additional eligibility.

Additional Info

  • Tenants who are undocumented are eligible for this program.
  • Interpretation services available.
  • Rent assistance is limited and not always guaranteed depending on funding.

What if I don’t qualify?

If you do not qualify, click here to view a list of other funding sources you may qualify for or contact the Y Social Impact Center for help navigating these resources by emailing or by texting/calling (206) 751-7130 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please allow up to 2 business days for a team member to respond to your inquiry.