Get Emergency Help with your Rent

With emergency funding through the City of Seattle, qualified applicants can get help paying back up to 15 months of past, present, or future rent.

Who Qualifies for Emergency Rental Assistance

This emergency funding is for households within the City of Seattle impacted by COVID-19, regardless of immigration status, who have not been able to pay their rent due to:

  • Unemployment
  • Loss or reduction in income
  • Illness
  • Other financial hardships

Applicants must state that they are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, and have an income that is at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). Learn about the area median income.

If you are already living in subsidized housing, there may be different funds you can access to help you with your rent. We recommend you first reach out to your building manager to understand what funding options may be available.

How to Apply

Get your application in today so we can help you with your rent before the eviction moratorium runs out.

Applicants should have ready:

  • Residence Documents
  • Income Documents, with the option to attest to income if documentation is inaccessible.

Landlords will need to provide:

  • Lease
  • Ledger
  • Valid W-9 form

You can also fill out paper forms and submit them by mail to 722 18th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 or turn them in at our temporary food bank (420 E Pike St.). Download paper application.

Completed applications should take approximately one month to review, approve, and fund.

Get started on your application

Need help completing your application?
Call 206-812-4940 or contact daniel@byrdbarr.place

Having technical issues with your online application?
Contact jacob@byrdbarr.place

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the application be available and how can I apply?

We are now accepting applications. You can apply online on our website, in person at our food bank, or by mailing us your completed form to 722 18th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions, you can call us Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm at 206-812-4940.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply?

This emergency funding is for households within Seattle city limits that have been impacted by COVID-19, who have not been able to pay their rent due to:

  • Unemployment
  • Loss or reduction in income
  • Illness
  • Other financial hardships

Applicants must state that they are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, and must have an income that is at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). Please refer to this chart to help determine your area median income.

Anyone within the Seattle city limits can apply, regardless of immigration status, so long as they pay rent.

Applicants who are most at risk will be prioritized in funding, but funding will be provided to all who apply until the emergency fund is exhausted.

How much money can I get?

Applicants may qualify for as much as 15 months of past, present, and future rent. There is no cap. Your landlord must agree to waive any additional arrears accumulated before March, 2020.

Can these funds only be used for past due or back rent?

If funds allow and your back rent is less than the 15-month maximum, we can provide three months of future rent for each eligible applicant. It is possible to extend that by an additional three months, if still under the 15-month maximum limit.

What information do I need to provide for my application?

Applicants will need to provide residence documents that can prove your residence in a rental property and income documents, with the option to attest to income if documentation is unavailable or inaccessible.

For all members of the household who are over the age of 18, you can either provide documents that reflect your income for all of 2020 (tax statements, W-2s, etc.), or you can provide documents that reflect your income in the month prior to the date of application (pay stubs, unemployment statements, etc.)

If you do not have access to income documents, a self-certification of income can be provided instead.

For proof of residence, you can provide a lease or rental ledger with your name, address, and dates, or, if proof of residence is unavailable, you can self-certify that you live in at the rental property provided in the application.

Landlords will be asked to provide lease, ledger, and a valid W-9 form. Landlords will need to register with the Office of Housing database and agree to program terms and conditions.

What if I’ve applied for rent assistance through another program or organization? Can I still apply?

Yes. The assistance cannot duplicate any other assistance, including federal, state, or local assistance for the same amount. To help us ensure the assistance is not duplicative make sure the ledger you provide is current and shows any other assistance received.

Do I have to pay this money back?

No! This grant is free from any obligations.

Can anyone apply for funding regardless of their immigration status?

Yes. Any person or household can apply so long as they are a renter residing in the Seattle city limits. Byrd Barr Place is committed to the security and confidentiality of your information. All information provided will only be used to verify eligibility for this program.

What if my landlord doesn’t respond?

If a verified landlord does not respond after three (3) documented attempts, we can issue payments directly to the applicant.

How will I know if my application is approved?

You will receive a notification via email once your application has been processed. If no email address is provided, we will provide notification via phone or mail.

How will I know if my application is denied?

You will receive a notification via email once your application has been processed. If no email address is provided, we will provide notification via phone or mail.

What if I was behind on rent before the pandemic?

To receive emergency funding through this program, your landlord must agree to waive any arrears or back rent accumulated before March 2020.

What if my landlord refuses to accept this funding and still threatens to evict me?

If a verified landlord does not respond after three (3) documented attempts, we can issue payments directly to the applicant. Landlords will be barred from evicting tenants for non-payment, but are still allowed to evict for criminal offenses and other lease violations that are unrelated to unpaid rent. Landlords must return any future rent provided under those conditions.

When is the deadline for applications?

There is no deadline for applications. This program will end when funding is exhausted, or on September 31, 2022, whichever comes first.

Are there other organizations I can apply to to help with my rent?

I live in subsidized housing. Can I apply for this program?

Yes. Funding through this emergency assistance program may be provided directly through your housing provider. Buildings receiving Seattle Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funding (SERAP) include:

Who can I contact regarding my application?

You can call 206-812-4940 Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm to speak to our support team. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties with your application form, you can contact jacob@byrdbarr.place. If you have follow up questions about your application, you can contact daniel@byrdbarr.place.