Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Oct. 19, 2021

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Rent assistance programs available for Clark County residents

By , Columbian staff writer
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Clark County is reminding renters of its eviction prevention rent assistance programs, which help low-income renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee extended the state’s eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. The previous moratorium was set to expire Sept. 30.

Since August 2020, the county has provided more than $25 million in financial assistance to 3,447 households to pay 25,867 months of rent and utilities. Another approximately $750,000 will go to around 100 households each week.

At noon Monday, the county will begin accepting referrals for 1,200 additional households to receive assistance, including arrears. Tenants must be deemed eligible to receive assistance.

Links to apply are provided but will not be live until Monday.

Anyone without internet access can call 360-695-9677 to apply. Applicants without phone or internet service may access applications through Share at the Fromhold Center, 2306 N.E. Andresen Road, across from WinCo.

Additional spots are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. Oct. 18, noon Nov. 3 and noon Nov. 17.

Tenants seeking information about their rights are asked to contact the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program at 360-334-4007 or NW Justice Project’s CLEAR program at nwjustice.org/get-legal-help or call 888-201-1014 between 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. People under age 24 may contact the Legal Counsel for Youth and Children at 206-494-0323, ext. 715.

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