Rental Assistance

Now Open: Rental Assistance through United Way of King County

Since April 2020, United Way has provided rent assistance to more than 10,000 households impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Applications for rent assistance is now open! For individuals or households needing rental assistance, visit to register for the Tenant Pool. Each week, King County will randomly select registered tenants to participate in the program. Weekly selections will continue until all funds are disbursed.

Systems for Prioritizing Assistance

  1. United Way of King County: Seattle is partnering with King County's Tenant Pool program and all households who apply through the program are pre-screened for income at or below 50% AMI.
  2. Affordable Housing Providers: Rent assistance will be provided to tenants of rent- and income-restricted housing. At least three-quarters of these households have incomes at or below 50% AMI.
  3. Community Based Organization Partners: Community-based organizations are prioritizing funds for households with incomes at or below 50% AMI and/or those who have been unemployed for at least 90 days. Organizations are tailoring these strategies to address the cultural needs of the communities they serve.

Seattle City Council Approves New Round of Rental Assistance

A new round of rental assistance is coming!  City Council just approved almost $23 million in new financial support for low-income renters who have experienced financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The approved legislation makes the following funding allocation:   

  • $8.0 million to the United Way of King County to provide rental assistance;    
  • $7.0 million to provide rental assistance on behalf of tenants residing in publicly-subsidized rent- and income-restricted affordable housing;    
  • $6.2 million to community-based organizations to target rental assistance for BIPOC communities; and   
  • $1.5 million to provide emergency utility assistance to income qualified renters through Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities programs.   

We understand that tenants and landlords are eager to receive assistance. Much more detail, including FAQs and how-to steps for accessing assistance, will be forthcoming -please stay tuned!