Despite the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and a backlog of unpaid rent, almost three-quarters of the COVID-19 Rental and Utilities Assistance Fund remains available.
During the Olympia City Council meeting yesterday, City Manager Jay Burney provided an update on the assistance fund. Burney claimed that the Community Action Council still has sufficient capacity to handle the current number of applicants. In total, the Council still has a remaining $28 million in its assistance budget. Moreover, the Council also provides a $1 million weekly budget to cover rental and assistance applications.
Currently, Burney said that the council has already approved 1,600 applications which includes providing $10.5 million in rental assistance, $422,000 in utility assistance and $70,000 in other housing-related assistance.
Overall, Burney said that those who had received rental and utilities assistance includes 711 households with children under the age of 18. In addition, the majority of the approved applications comes from low-income families
Burney also encouraged residents who are struggling with housing instability to set an appointment, “If you are in need of assistance with past due rent or utilities due to COVID impacts, I encourage members of the community to contact them right away.”
To apply, interested applicants must meet the four initial screening criteria:
To learn more, residents may visit the Community Action Council website or call 360-438-1100.
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