King County Rent Help Resources

Last updated: April 22, 2022

The below resources are for residents of King County in Washington State, who have fallen behind with rent and are looking for financial assistance, who want help or have questions about creating a repayment plan for a rent debt, or want to talk to someone about their rights as a tenant.

 


Rent Debt Repayment Plan & Tenant Legal Help

Under the governor’s moratorium, renters have a right to ask for a repayment plan to pay rent that was due since March 2020 onward, which you could not pay because of the pandemic.

If you’re behind on rent, your landlord must offer you a payment plan.

In hopes of reducing the severity of a wave of evictions in the community, the King County Superior Court has established an Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) that will require problem solving steps in situations involving non-payment of rent so that there will be no need to file an eviction case.

If you are contacted by the King County Dispute Resolution Center, or Bellevue Conflict Resolution Center regarding a debt to your landlord, you have 14 days to respond to them. Failure to respond to this notice within 14 days may result in the filing of a summons and complaint for an unlawful detainer action with the court (eviction).

If you need help or have questions about creating a repayment plan or mediation with your landlord, contact one of the below offices.

King County Dispute Resolution center (county wide):
Submit the Tenant form linked here to schedule an appointment:
https://kcdrc.org/get-help/

For additional questions or if you have issues with the form, contact them by email at DRCinfo@kcdrc.org, or phone at 206-443-9603.

Bellevue Conflict Resolution Center (Bellevue & Kirkland):
425-452-4091, or write: bcrc@bellevuewa.gov

Housing Justice Project (county wide)
(206) 267-7069
https://www.kcba.org/For-the-Public/Free-Legal-Assistance/Housing-Justice-Project

Eastside Legal Assistance Program:
To schedule a phone consultation, call our intake line at 425.747.7274 (English), or 425.620.2778 (español)
www.elap.org

Outside King County?

Landlords and tenants can find details about the eviction resolution program, and how they can participate, on the statewide web site dedicated to the program here:

Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

 


 

King County Regional Access Points

Regional Access Points are entry points to Coordinated Entry For All. These entry points are resource centers where households experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness may call ahead to schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool, households must contact a Regional Access Point directly.

Follow the link here to find and contact the Regional Access Point closest to you.

Regional Access Points

 


 

New Washington State Law: Landlords must give a “good” reason to end a tenancy or not renew a lease

A new state law says landlords must have a “good” or legal reason for not renewing a rental agreement, ending (terminating) a tenancy, or evicting a tenant. This new law (House Bill 1236) went into effect on May 10, 2021. The new law lists what counts as a “good” reason to ask a tenant to leave the rental unit or to evict a tenant.

Read more about the law at Washington Law Help.

 


Emergency Rent Assistance Programs

The organizations below may be able to provide some rent assistance or help with first month move in costs.

 

Bellevue LifeSpring

Families in Bellevue or the Bellevue School District, and who have children under the age of 18 in the household are eligible to apply for their services. Send an email to help@bellevuelifespring.org.
https://www.bellevuelifespring.org/get-assistance/

 

Catholic Community Services

Providing rent assistance for East King County. Call 206-328-5724.

 

City of Kirkland Residential Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Relief Program

The City of Kirkland is partnering with community-based agencies to provide immediate financial assistance to Kirkland residents struggling to pay for their rent, mortgage, and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For questions about the program, email housinghelp@kirklandwa.gov or call 425-587-3326.

Check eligibility, and apply for assistance on the program webpage:

https://www.kirklandwa.gov/Government/City-Managers-Office/Rental-Relief-Resource-Center/Residential-Rent-Mortgage-and-Utility-Relief-Program

 

HopeLink

Hopelink can help pay your rent during a time of financial need. If you are experiencing a short-term financial crisis due to unexpected expenses – such as medical bills, auto repair or loss of income – Hopelink may be able to help you pay one month’s rent so that you are able to stay in your home. In addition to preventing eviction, Hopelink’s Financial Assistance program may be able to help with move-in costs.

Financial Assistance appointments are currently being conducted by phone. To schedule an appointment, please call the Hopelink center in your area. https://www.hopelink.org/find-location

 

Issaquah Community Services

Rent, utility, and other assistance depending on needs. Call (425) 837-3125.

 

Kenmore Cares

Individuals and households that reside in the city of Kenmore, who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic, and who meet income requirements are encouraged to apply for Kenmore Cares direct cash funding support on their website.

www.kenmorecares.org

 

King County Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Call 206-545-2344 to apply for assistance. They accept calls Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

 

Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place Rental Assistance Request Portal for families with children needing rent assistance: https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/rental-assistance

 

MCRC

Rent assistance, utiliy bills, application fees, food & hot meals. Call 1-888-404-6272.

 

Salvation Army

Provide emergency rent assistance for low income individuals and families. Call 206-447-9944 (opt. 5).

 

Sound Generation Pathways

Housing resources for seniors (over 60), adults with disabilities, one-time rental assistance.  Call 206-448-3110.

 

St Vincent de Paul

Call 206-767-6449 to apply for assistance. They accept calls Monday through Friday, from 8am-3pm.

 

World Relief Seattle (refugees and immigrants)

Assistance for refugees and immigrants.  https://worldreliefseattle.org

Call 253-277-1121. 

 

YMCA of Greater Seattle (Bellevue and Auburn renters)

The YMCA of Greater Seattle can provide rent assistance to households in incorporated Auburn and Bellevue city limits.

Email renthelp@seattleymca.org, or call 206-751-7130. Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.


 

Eviction Legal Help

The organizations below can provide tenants access to an attorney after an eviction has been filed or served.

 

Northwest Justice Project

Tenants can apply online on the Northwest Justice Project website at the link here to begin the screening process for eviction help. https://nwjustice.org/apply-online

 


 

Emergency Shelter

The organizations below can provide emergency shelter to single adults or families.

 

King County Family Emergency Shelter Intake Line

Any family with children, in need of same day emergency shelter should call 206-245-1026.

This hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Mobile outreach services can meet with unsheltered family wherever they are in King County.

They can accommodate families that have pets with them.

 

Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place has 700 beds at six family centers, operating 24/7. Families with children needing emergency shelter can call 206-245-1026, or request help online:

Mary’s Place Outreach Request Portal: https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/outreach-request

 

New Bethlehem Project

Visit New Bethlehem Day Center (11920 NE 80th St Suite 100 Kirkland, WA 98033), Hours 10am-2pm Tues – Fri, for access to showers, laundry, meals and referrals to shelter and housing. Only requirement is that you be a family, that is with a minor child under age 18 or K-12 as part of the family unit. https://www.nbpshelter.org/

You can also call them at 206-245-1026

 

Day Center at Sophia’s Place

Hours: Every day from 8 am to 3 pm

Services: Meals (breakfast and lunch), showers, laundry, computers, and access to service providers including medical, legal assistance, and job search

Location: Sophia’s Place
3032 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425. 896.7385

Bus route: 249

 

Helen’s Place Shelter

Hours: Open 24/7

Services: Meals (breakfast and lunch), showers, laundry, computers, case management and supportive services, and on-site mental health services

Location: Helen’s Place
8045 120th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425.572.2178

Bus route: 250

 

Overlake Christian Church Safe Parking Program

OCC has established a Safe Parking ministry to provide a temporary and safe place for up to 15 single men and couples with no place to stay except in their vehicles.

Email the Safe Parking Team at safeparking@occ.org, call (425) 895-5904 or stop by the church office when we’re open.

 


Utilities

Puget Sound Energy

PSE have launched an assistance program for our customers who may have been impacted by the pandemic.

Visit the program webpage for eligibility and application information: https://www.pse.com/help

City of Bellevue Utility Rate and Tax Relief

The City of Bellevue has several programs to help low-income persons living within the service area of Bellevue Utilities. For more information, please call 425-452-5285 or email UtilityRelief@bellevuewa.gov.

https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/utilities/pay-your-utility-bill/utility-rate-and-tax-relief

 


Food

HopeLink

Hopelink food banks are currently providing pre-packed boxes of food at all five locations, as well as some fresh items. During each visit, you will be able to pick up enough food for at least 21 meals. You do not need to call in advance.

https://www.hopelink.org/need-help/food

 


Resources for Seniors

East King County Resource Guide for Older Adults and Their Families

The East King County Resource Guide for Older Adults and Their Families is published as a community service by the City of Kirkland Senior Council, the City of
Kirkland and EvergreenHealth.

The guide can be found here: Resource Guide PDF

 


Other Community Resources

Domestic Violence (DVHopeline, entire Puget Sound region): Call 877-737-0242

Domestic Violence (Lifewire, East and North King County): Call 425-746-1940, or 800-827-8840

Crisis Line: Call 206-431-3222 or 800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 800-272-8255, then extension #1.

Drugs & Alcohol: Call 206-722-3700.

Pet food assistance: Seattle Humane’s Pet Food Bank collects and distributes pet food donations for pets belonging to low-income seniors, families in crisis, and any community members in need. https://www.seattlehumane.org/pet-food-bank/