T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------
T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------

Need rental assistance? 

Need rental assistance? 

Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP)

T-RAP UPDATE

Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed.

Rent assistance may be available through our partner organizations below: 

If you have past-due rent, you may reach out to your landlord or property manager to discuss a repayment plan.

Eviction Information – Thurston County, WA

A landlord can’t have a tenant physically removed from a rental without going through the legal eviction process.

For a tenant to be evicted, the landlord must demonstrate a reason that falls under the list of just causes for evictions and then go through the legal process. Reasons a Landlord Can Evict

Any tenant with a summons & complaint for eviction has the right to legal counsel.

Get legal assistance by calling the Eviction Defense line at 1-855-657-8387 or apply at nwjustice.org/apply-online

Eviction for Non-Payment of Rent is one of the allowable causes for eviction.

It must start with a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate served to the tenant and the landlord must notify the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program at the Dispute Resolution Center.

  • This used to be a 3-day notice, but now 14 days’ notice is required.
  • The tenant should contact the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program within those 14 days to prevent the landlord from being able to file the eviction in court right away. The tenant does not have to leave after the 14 days are up. The tenant cannot be physically removed until the landlord goes through the legal eviction process, but that may result in the eviction filing being on the tenant’s record.
  • The landlord is required to offer the tenant a reasonable repayment plan for any back-rent amounts that accrued during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Process for 14 Day Notice:

  • If you’ve received a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate call the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program at the Dispute Resolution Center within the 14 days.This program works with Rent Assistance to help prevent you from getting an eviction for nonpayment of rent. 
  • Please call them as soon as you can: 360-956-1155 ext. 113. 
  • They would see if they received a copy of this notice from your landlord, as required by law. You cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if the notice was not also sent to the Dispute Resolution Center.
  • The Dispute Resolution Center offers facilitative mediation services that empower both parties to work through a dispute to their own best informed and mutually acceptable
  • It is important to contact them as soon as possible within the 14-day period. 
  • If they don’t answer, leave a message with your name, phone number, the date you got the 14-day notice and your landlord or property manager’s name.

A landlord can’t remove a tenant without going through the legal eviction process.

  1. They have to serve the tenant a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate, offer a reasonable repayment plan, and notify the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program at the Dispute Resolution Center that they served the tenant with it on the same day that they served the tenant.
  2. Then the landlord is required by law to work with the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program and the tenant to go through their program to mediate a repayment plan. It is optional for the tenant to participate; however, the tenant’s participation is likely in their best interest and rental assistance may be available.
  3. If the mediation is not successful or the tenant declines to participate, the landlord gets a certificate stating it was unsuccessful.
  4. With the certificate the landlord can begin the eviction process. The landlord must serve a Summons and Complaint for eviction/unlawful detainer on the tenant. The case may be filed with the court, or it may be unfiled at this stage. At this point the tenant may have the right to legal counsel and should call to be screened ASAP.
  5. The tenant MUST respond in writing to the summons before the deadline listed. If they do not respond, the tenant may be evicted without a court hearing.
  6. If the tenant responds within the deadline, then the landlord must file the eviction/unlawful detainer with the court and set a hearing date. The tenant should be notified of the court date (Order to Show Cause) and have the opportunity to attend.
  7. Then the judge would see the certificate stating mediation was unsuccessful, hear from both parties and decide whether to grant the eviction or not.
  8. If the court grants the eviction (writ of restitution), the landlord can then have the Sheriff physically remove the tenant from the property.
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INDIVIDUALS HELPED
As of 1/18/2022, 315 applications approved
$ 0 +
TOTAL MONEY SPENT
TOTAL Rent Assistance $1,729,470.10 Utility Assistance $72,236,53

The Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP) Grant is part of Washington State’s response to the COVID-19 disaster, intended to prevent evictions that would contribute to the spread of the virus by paying past due, current due and future rent, targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably.

Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative is proud to be one of the Partner Organizations for this program. For more information and ways to apply, contact us at 833-201-0940 then press 2 or send us an email at [email protected], Mon – Fri (10am – 6pm PDT).

Eligibility:

(A renter in a household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria)

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experience a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experience a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 % of area median

Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50% of area median are prioritized for assistance.

Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household monthly income at the time application.

Assistance Available:

  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if needed
  • Arrears must be paid first before future rent payments considered
  • Only total owed may be paid on the household’s behalf

The T-RAP Guidelines Questions & Answers (Q&A) are posted on the Commerce website : https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/cares-act-and-state-rent-assistance/

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*Note: If you live outside of Thurston County, please see the link below:
Rent Assistance Providers List

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