[2/7/22] Community Action Council Helps Renters
The Chelan Douglas Community Action Center was busy last year giving out money to keep people in their homes. The Eviction Rent Assistance Program was set up by the Legislature as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, intended to prevent evictions that would contribute to the spread of the virus by paying past due, current and future rent and utilities. Alan Walker, the executive director of the Community Action Council:
Walker says the guidelines for eligibility were set up by the state; those who qualified must have an income at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income:
If the landlord said no, Walker said they could go no further; fortunately, he said those cases were few and far between. Walker said the Community Action council helped families mostly in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area, although help was sent throughout the two counties. And that help, Walker adds, is still needed:
Several regional non-profit organizations are supporting the effort with communicating the availability of rent assistance through the Community Action Council, including Hand In Hand Immigration Services, Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFE), and Children’s Home Society of Washington.
To apply, contact the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council office at (509) 662-6156 to schedule an appointment and ask for “Rent Assistance.”