Emergency Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19

Help will soon be available for qualified Washington County residents who are unable to pay rent and utility costs due to COVID-19 related income loss. Washington County has an allocation of $3 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
(CARES) funding to pay current and past due rent and utilities including gas, electric, and water. 

Although there has been a temporary hold on evictions, full payment of rent is required and landlords may evict tenants with past due rent after state and federal restrictions on eviction filings are lifted. 

You may qualify for CARES assistance if you:
  • Are less than 80% of the Area Median income
  • Are a current Washington County resident
  • If you have past due rent, utility costs or currently experiencing homelessness
  • Have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Assistance can be provided regardless of immigration status 
The application will be available on Monday, August 10, 2020. 

You should prepare to provide the following documents, which may be used in preparing an application:
  • Verification of current income (paystubs, benefit letter, proof of unemployment)
  • Proof of your emergency including what you owe and who it is owed to (copy of late rent notice, utility bill, shut-off notice, etc.)
  • Verification of identity (copy of driver’s license or state identification, birth certificate, social security card, copy of passport, etc.)
  • Further information or verification may be required
There is no application deadline; however, renters are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure assistance is received timely and before funding runs out.