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Lewis County receives Eviction Rental Assistance Program funds

CENTRALIA, WA (April 2020) – The nearly $5 million dollars through the federal COVID relief package passed in December will be available to renters to cover back rent and utilities beginning May 1, 2021. These funds come on the heels of another grant provided to assist renters in Lewis County.

 

“What we learned with the previous rental assistance program is that there’s a huge need, and we are just realizing the great need in our own communities as individuals and families are beginning to recover just a tiny bit. Now people are being given a light at the end of the tunnel, and we hope that it can provide meaningful, housing stability for so many.”

 

The funds are targeted to individuals who are at or below that 80 area median income, and of the funds awarded at least 10% will be targeted to young adults who have been impacted particularly hard during the pandemic, Meja Handlen of Lewis County Public Health and Social Services stated.

 

Information on application will be shared through different avenues; social media sites, mailed fliers, information attached to past due bills, as well as in-person events to reach communities that might find it difficult to come in to the local office located at 303 N. Gold St in Centralia.

 

It is important to note, that these funds for both rent and utilities are specifically targeted to renters only.

 

Although the statewide moratorium is still in effect until June 30, this program is to lessen the impact of what is expected to be an influx of evictions following the end of the moratorium.

 

The program is designed to keep individuals housed and maintain their housing status as the community begins to see a reprieve of the financial effects many individuals have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Applications for this funding will begin May 1, 2021 and run until the funds have been exhausted. For application information, call The Salvation Army at 360-736-4339. However, for Spanish speaking individuals contact Equity Institute 1-855-283-2241.

At least 60% of the T-RAP applications that are processed are for households who have incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income and have one or more individuals who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days before their application date.

We are basing priority off of income information provided during the application process.

We will also be prioritizing 10% of our funding to provide assistance to youth ages 18-24.

Lewis County’s rent assistance program is currently operational per Gov. Inslee’s Proclamation 21-09.

Inquiries can also be sent via email at LCAssist@usw.salvationarmy.org

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