Rent assistance in Seattle and King County.

Locate information on resources that may be able to offer rent assistance in Seattle and King County Washington. Several different government programs, charities, non-profit organizations and agencies focus on dealing with housing issues that residents may be facing. Services range from direct financial assistance to paying rent up through free legal advice on evictions.

The leading non-profits and agencies to call for housing and rent help are noted below. As with most financial assistance programs, funding is limited, and many programs have waiting lists, such as the section 8 housing voucher program. It is always advised to call a Seattle or King County Washington organization early when you need rent help or advice on dealing with a landlord, and do not wait until you have received an eviction notice.

Wellspring Family Services Housing Services, which is located on 1900 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, Washington 98144 (phone number 206-902-4271) offers programs including eviction prevention and rental assistance. Among other housing programs and services, the agency provides limited financial assistance and cash grants for low-income (50% or less of HUD income guidelines) and working poor individuals and families. In addition, speak to a counselor about housing stability services, advocacy, and eviction prevention programs.

Catholic Community Services offers King County residents emergency assistance. At most once per year, the non-profit provides move-in cost assistance, eviction prevention, emergency rent help and limited motel and shelter vouchers.

There are a few locations in the region. Some of the requests for financial assistance may be addressed by the charity issuing loans for paying those rent or housing costs. Other social services and referrals are available too. Call (206) 323-6336 for more information.

University Churches Emergency Fund can offer emergency assistance up to once per year. Income limitations are in place. Call the program to get emergency financial assistance and referrals to non-profits. Aid is limited to $50 to $75 once in a 12-month period.  16th Ave NE in Seattle, dial 206-524-7885





Housing Justice Project (HJP). Phone 206-267-7090. The Seattle Washington pro-bono law firm can offer free legal help to qualified elderly, low-income, and disabled tenants who are facing eviction but who need an attorney. Some of the legal services offered, all for free, include legal advice, information and educational materials about the eviction process; referrals; and direct landlord/tenant negotiations. While not as common, there may also be free legal representation available with an attorney at eviction hearings.

Northwest Hope and Healing Foundation, based in Seattle, can be contacted for rental assistance. The non-profit agency provides assistance to women with breast cancer across King County Washington and the Northwest US.

Jewish Family Service. Regardless of religion, this agency may offer rent assistance. Dial 206-461-3240. They are located at 1601 16th Ave., Seattle 98122. Get referrals, including emergency financial assistance. Programs offered can help cover and pay for refundable security deposits for families and individuals with children who were previously homeless in King County. Keep in mind that limited housing, rent and shelter funds are available. However shelter vouchers, including motel and hotel, are available as well.

Salvation Army on Pike Street in Seattle (206-447-9944). The charity organization can provide emergency rent assistance for those low income individuals and families who have eviction notice. A counselor can also assist with move ins. Also food and limited utility bill assistance is offered. This is in addition to all rental programs.

Hopelink is a non-profit with several offices in King County and Seattle. Funds or loans may be issued for paying rent, move in costs, or security deposits. Low income families, seniors, and disabled may all benefit. Some of the locations are Bellevue ((425) 943-7555), Kirkland ((425) 943-7555), Redmond ((425) 882-0241), Carnation ((425) 882-0241) and other spots.

Legal Action Center - Low income residents in King County can get free advice and support in dealing with unnecessary or illegal evictions. They work on solving disputes over security deposits, section 8 subsidy terminations, and address other rent or andlord-tenant disputes. (206) 328-5696




Senior Services - For seniors over 60 years old, the center can provide information, resources and assistance about a range of services for those who need help. Call them for information on resources and support, including one time rent help as well as assistance with applying for federal and state subsidies. Dial (206) 448 - 3110.

Central Area Motivation Program. While this focuses on energy and heating assistance, they may be a place to call to get information on rent and housing programs too. Funds are limited. Dial 206-812-4940

North Helpline, Address - 12736 33rd Avenue Northeast, Phone - 206-367-3477. A limited area of Seattle and King County Washington is covered, including ZIP codes of 98115, 98125, 98133, 98155, and 98177. The non-profit can offer emergency assistance, including rent assistance, eviction prevention funds and advice, help for move-in costs, assistance with preventing utility shut-offs, and referrals to community services and local charities. Hours of the site are limited.

Eviction assistance and homeless prevention can assist with housing costs such as rent or energy bills. One major benefit to the King County program is it provides other support services to tenants, and this includes free legal advice or representation in housing court. Financial help for rental expenses as well as rehousing is combined with other aid. More on King County eviction and rehousing help.

West Seattle Helpline, located on 35th Avenue, provides limited emergency rent assistance to prevent eviction from homes and apartments. (206) 932 - 4357

Solid Ground Landlord/Tenant Counseling. Dial 206-694-6767. Some limited one time rental assistance is offered. However more extensive is free eviction counseling, and basically free advice for those who receive eviction notices. Also get advice and support including information on tenants' rights and responsibilities.

King County Housing Authority, Section 8 Office is located in Seattle. Call the office at 206-214-1300. The office provides services to King County outside of the city limits of Seattle and Renton Washington. Section 8 housing vouchers in effect offer subsidies for rental housing for low income, elderly, disabled, working poor and families. There is a lengthy waiting list.





Another government office to try to call for help is the Seattle Housing Authority. Phone 206-239-1500. While they do not offer an emergency rent assistance fund, they can facilitate rental housing for low-income families, disabled/ elderly/ handicapped individuals, including additional section 8.

Neighborhood House Helpline - Low income residents of South King County, including White Center/Burien residents, can get assistance with eviction prevention funds and grants. Seattle Washington (206) 767 - 7124.

Housing Justice Project - Attorneys will offer free legal advice to prevent evictions. All resources are limited and offered on a walk in basis. Access mediation, get help in resolving rent payment disputes, and other housing matters, including repairs or discrimination.

  • Kent Washington, dial (206) 267-7090
  • Seattle Washington, call (206) 267-7090


By Jon McNamara

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