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What is the basic eligibility information?

  • Under 50% AMI (gross income for all adults from the previous 60 days before application).
  • Must have owed rent from March 1, 2020, or later.
  • At least 1 household member must meet at least one additional criteria* including:
  • * Rent burdened: 50% or more of current monthly income is needed to pay rent.
  • * Previously homeless within the last five years. This includes experiences of couch surfing/doubled up.
  • * Eviction history within the last seven years.
  • * Housing disrupted due to household member race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • * At risk of severe illness as per the CDC (62 or older, underlying condition).
  • * Disability of any household member. Includes physical, developmental, mental, or emotional impairment, including impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, or brain injury. A person with HIV/AIDS is considered disabled.

If screening a young adult age 24 or younger, these additional criteria can be used to determine eligibility: Person 24 years old or younger that is pregnant or parenting OR person 24 years old or younger that is a recipient (current or past) from any one of the following: foster care; adoption; mental health; drug, alcohol treatment; court systems.

*These will NOT be asked to be verified – self-declaration or clicking the box on the online application is sufficient for these criteria.

How much rent assistance can be received?

  • A maximum of 3 months total rent assistance
    • One month must be arrears, the other 2 can be current or future rent payments

What are the rental requirements?

  • This can be formal lease with a landlord or an informal agreement with rental payments being made to friends/family
  • We will be looking at 100% FMR for rental amounts, but can pay a portion of rent owed if the unit rent is over 100% FMR
  • No lease documentation will be required

How to apply?

  • Online: – these applications will be responded to in the order in which they’re received. Please review the website for any questions you may have on the application. This will be available starting September 1.
    • This is the preferred method for applying for San Juan County residents
    • We have translation services available if needed on the website
  • Phone: (360) 734-5121 ext 308 – this will be a message line that will be checked regularly and will be responded to in the order in which they’re received. This will be available starting September 1 
    • Interpretation services available if needed

What happens after the online application is submitted?

  • Opportunity Council staff will contact the client in the manner which they have selected on their application to confirm final eligibility (phone, mail, email).