CoVID Assistance

During these times of uncertainty there is help available!! Below are links and information for organizations and companies that are providing financial assistance due to the hardships of CoVID.

**Please be aware that while we try to keep this information as up to date as possible, the funding offered by these companies is constantly changing. Be sure to confirm availability directly with them, Thank You.** 

All Saints Parish Financial Assistance for Puyallup Residents

Homelessness Prevention Funds are disbursed by the Servants of St. Teresa, an All Saints Parish ministry, in the forms of:

Rent
Available to residents of the Puyallup area (Note: The eviction notice requirement has been suspended during the pandemic.)

Utilities
Available to residents of Puyallup with a disconnection notice

Prescription Medication
Available to residents of the Puyallup area

Assistance is based on availability of funding and granted once a year per household. To learn more about these vital programs, please call 253 848 2000 or send an e-mail. (Messages are returned Monday through Thursday, between 1 and 3 P.M.)

Eviction Rent Assistance Program

RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR 16-24 YEAR OLD YOUTH

The REACH Center is distributing $900,000 in rent payments for youth through age 24 who have missed a rental payment since March 2020.

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program serves eligible Pierce County youth households who have at least one month of rent not paid or partially unpaid since March 1st, 2020. To receive these funds from The REACH Center, the head of household must be between 16 and 24 years old and earn less than 50% of Area Median Income.

Only rent can be paid with these funds, not utilities or other fees.*

Homeless Prevention

Families Unlimited Network may be able to provide up to $300 of your home rental costs each year. If you qualify for the program, you can not receive assistance if you are not behind on your rent and/or have not received a 3-day pay/vacate notice.

The goal of Families Unlimited Network’s Homeless Prevention Program is to keep members of our community safe, and to contribute to a stable home environment. We believe a household should never have to choose between shelter or other necessities, such as food, healthcare, or electricity. Homeless Prevention funds enable our community members to devote their resources to other crucial expenses. Funding is currently limited and we encourage those who live in our service area to call and schedule an appointment.

FAMILIES UNLIMITED NETWORK
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA 98464
253-460-3134

Washington Emergency Rent Assistance Program

In order to qualify for the Department of Commerce’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program, a tenant must earn 50% AMI or less within the prior 60 days, have at least one month of rent that is unpaid or partially unpaid since March 2, 2020, and meet one of the following:

  • Rent burdened: 50% or more of current monthly income is needed to pay rent.
  • Previously homeless within last five years. This includes experiences of couch surfing/double up.
  • Eviction history within last seven years.
  • Housing disrupted due to household member’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • At risk of severe illness as per CDC (62 or older, underlying condition).
  • Disability of any household member. Includes a 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.

CITY OF PUYALLUP COVID-19 RELIEF INFORMATION

Puyallup City Hall
333 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-841-4321
Open Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm

CITY OF FIFE COVID-19 RELIEF INFORMATION

The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19.

We are offering a hardship payment plan for City of Fife utility customers, and are suspending water shutoffs and late fees through December 31, 2020.

Fife City Hall
5411 23rd Street East
Fife, WA 98424
Phone:253.922.2489

Centro Latino
Housing Assistance Program 

1208 S. 10th St.
Tacoma, WA. 98405
Office: 253.572.7717

Our Mission

LASA is a community-supported agency committed to the prevention of homelessness and reccurent homelessness.

LASA understands the economic impact caused by the recent pandemic. We will not sit back and watch our community fall; together we will push forward and rebuild our community!

If you are someone who is experiencing a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for rent assistance.

 

What We Do

Helping Hand House is dedicated to providing emergency shelter and housing solutions to families in our community, ending their crisis of homelessness. We provide housing and other services to families living in East Pierce County, whose income is below 30% of the area median income, and who are homeless or living in places not fit for human habitation.

4321 2nd St SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
info@helpinghandhouse.org
Phone: 253.848.6096

Emergency Assistance Program

In response to COVID-19, we’re here to help during this difficult time of uncertainty and financial hardship in our community.

TPU created a $2.4 million fund to help customers experiencing immediate financial crisis with a utility bill credit for eligible households. Money not claimed by Nov. 30th, 2020 is lost!! APPLY SOON!

Eligibility requirements for a one time Emergency Assistance grant can be found here.

Funds for Eviction Rent Assistance Program are moving quickly

Commerce does not provide this assistance directly to the public. Rental assistance will be provided through local housing providers in your community.

List of County Eviction Rent Assistance Program Providers
List of Youth and Young Adult Eviction Rent Assistance Program Providers

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Grant is part of Washington State’s response to the COVID-19 disaster. The program intends to prevent evictions that would contribute to the spread of the virus by paying past due, current due and future rent. The ERAP is targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably. Its end date is December 31, 2020.

OCT. 23, 2020

New: Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

Program Overview

If your agency is working with immigrants experiencing hard times because of COVID-19, and they aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance, encourage them to apply to the NEW Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. Applicants could receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household).

Eligibility requirements and applications can be found here.

OCT. 23, 2020

Metropolitan Development Council

Did you know that if you need help paying your utility bills or rent, you can apply for energy and rent assistance directly through MDC?

To apply, you must live within the city of Tacoma and meet the income guidelines.

Payment is made directly to the heating vendor and the amount paid will be based on your last 12 months’ heating costs.

Eligibility requirements and applications can be found here.

Rental Assistance Program

The Pierce County Rental Assistance Program serves eligible Pierce County households who cannot pay rent during the COVID-19 emergency.

  • Households are eligible to receive up to three (3) months of rent assistance contingent on the need for ongoing assistance, and subject to available funding.
  • Rent payments due prior to March 1, 2020 are not eligible.
  • Payments are made directly to landlord / property owners or other parties whom you owe rent. 

OCT. 23, 2020

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) pays heating bills directly to utility companies for eligible applicants living outside City of Tacoma limits. Payments are based on eligible household’s fuel usage for the past 12 months and income.

All applicants receive education on energy conservation, utility payment plans and budgeting. Eligible applicants must provide social security cards, a photo ID, and documents to verify your address and income.

Eligibility requirements and applications can be found here.

OCT. 23, 2020

Help for people impacted by COVID-19

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has a web page devoted entirely to resources for CoVID-19 hardships.

There are resources for Veterans, Transportation, Housing, Mental Health, Financial, Legal help and more here.

OCT. 23, 2020

Make It Tacoma

Make It Tacoma has also created a web page devoted specifically to helping people find the assistance they need.

Find help from City, State, Federal, or Private/Nonprofit resources here.