City of Spokane Rental Assistance Program

Notice: Due to extremely high application volume, applications received on or after Monday August 15th, 2022 may exceed program funding. THE APPLICATION HAS CLOSED (08/19/22 @ 5 pm PST)

The City of Spokane and its partners are running this rental assistance program to address the hardship faced by our community. This emergency rental assistance program is intended for those who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds are available for past due, current due, future rent and utilities. In this webpage we will share with you information about the application process, provide FAQs for tenants and landlords, and share simple resources that simplify this process.

If you need help with this online application, please email us at FORWARD-support@livestories.com or call us at 1-855-582-3973.

Need Help? Reach Out to Our Community Partners

The City of Spokane works with other community resources to help you navigate these difficult times. Each community organization serves City of Spokane residents to meet additional needs and to connect residents with resources in addition to rental assistance.

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An organization that supports citizen participation, integration, community development, and empowerment of the Latino population in Spokane.

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Creating housing justice to improve tenants’ living conditions and transform housing practices.

Mediation firm dedicated to resolving conflict without litigation.

Eligibility Requirements

Households must meet all the initial screening criteria to be eligible for rental assistance

• Currently have a missed/past due rent payment not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020, and still occupying the residence.

• Your household income is at or below 80%* of the Area Median Income – Click Here for an Area Median Income calculator. 

• Your household resides within the Spokane City limits – Click Here for a map of Spokane neighborhoods.


* The City of Spokane prioritizes assistance to households with income that does not exceed 50 percent of the area median income for the household, households with active eviction cases, elderly and/or disable applicants as well as referrals from the local DRC for households involved in the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP).

Required Documents

The following documents will be used to verify your eligibility will be required: 

• Proof of income, which can include paystubs, W-2s or other wage statements, 2020 tax filings, or bank statements demonstrating regular income.

• Proof of a current lease, or documentation of residence showing evidence that establishes a pattern of paying rent.

• Proof of past due rent or utility notice, or eviction notice.

Please note that if you don't have these documents, you might still qualify for assistance. Get in touch with us so that we may assist you with the application.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What are the eligibility requirements?

Households who rent their home/apartment meet four criteria for City of Spokane ERAP assistance.

i. One or more individuals within the household are obligated to pay rent or have past due rent on a residence located in the City of Spokane.

ii. Total household income is equals or less than eighty percent (80%) of the area median income (AMI).

iii. Currently have a missed/past due rent payment not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020, and still occupying the residence.

What is the application process?

After submitting your application, it will move through the following five steps:

1. Application Review

2. Tenant Outreach - someone will contact you if more information is needed.

3. Eligibility Determination - if you meet the eligibility criteria, your application moves to the next step. If not, you will receive a written denial which you can appeal.

4. Landlord Outreach

5. Payment Processing

How do I check on the status of my application?

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please login to your FORWARD account and click the "My Applications" tab to see your status.

How will I know if I meet the City of Spokane income eligibility requirements?

You meet the income eligibility requirements if your total household income is equal to or less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). Your AMI depends on how many people live in your household; see the table here.

Do I have to be a US citizen to apply for the City of Spokane Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) 2.0? Or age limit?

No. United States citizenship is NOT an eligibility requirement of this program.

You must be 18 Years or older to apply. Or you are legally emancipated if under 18 years of age.

How many months does Emergency Rental Assistance cover?

Households with missed or partially paid rent can receive rent and/or utility assistance from March 1, 2020.

Will the Emergency Rental Assistance be considered taxable income for households?

No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Emergency Rental Assistance is to help eligible households that require financial assistance to pay for rent, utilities, and other related expenses. Rental and utility payments ONLY count as gross income for your landlord or utility provider.

Once my Emergency Rental Assistance application is approved, how will I receive the payment?

ERAP payments will be made directly to landlords and service providers. The information provided in your application will be used to contact your landlord or utility provider(s). You will receive documentation of all payments made to your landlord or utility provider(s) on your behalf.

What utilities are covered?

They can include electricity, gas, water/sewer, trash removal, energy costs, such as fuel, oil, or wood for heating. The Internet is considered an utility for this program.

Phone and TV bills are NOT included in the program.

What about costs other than rent and utilities?

ERAP 2.0 does not allow for "other housing costs"; however, it does consider the following unique situations eligible as a RA expense: Rental situations may include leased rental units, renting from friend/family, hotel/motel arrangements, mooring/slip fees, and RV/mobile home lot rent. There is no minimum term for the tenancy.

I receive a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project-Based Section 8, USDA Rural Development). Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. Households that receive a monthly federal subsidy are eligible to apply for assistance. However, assistance will only be provided for the amount not covered by other programs.

Is there a maximum amount of assistance per applicant covered by this program?

Yes, we can assist with maximum rent payment amount up to 150% Fair Market Rent (FMR) and must not be more than the total rent due amount.

What is FMR?

FMR is the Fair Market Rent of a rental unit in a designated area decided by the Department of Housing Urban Development. As defined in 24 CFR 888.113, Fair Market Rents are estimates of 40th percentile gross rents for standard quality units within a metropolitan area or nonmetropolitan county. The table below depicts the FMR for City of Spokane, Washington.

Tenant Online Application Tutorial Videos

How to Create an Account

How to Apply

How to Upload Documents

How to Submit Rent/Utilities