An announcement from Sound Outreach.
Washington State’s eviction moratorium expires at the end of September and the State has been working to distribute $650 million in federal relief funding. However, what does that mean for renters seeking relief in the Pierce County area? And what is Sound Outreach (SO) doing to help?
How many renters are applying for assistance?
9,747 people as of Aug 4th had applied for rental assistance, overwhelming the system. There are so many people in need of rental support that each of the community providers are struggling to keep up. Currently 2,231 households have been served and 7,516 are waiting in the queue to receive financial assistance.
Which local community partners are distributing federal rental assistance?
Currently a coalition of nine community providers: Associated Ministries, Share and Care House, REACH Center, LASA, Helping Hand House, KWA, Multicultural Child & Family, Centro Latino, and Goodwill, are distributing rental financial assistance in the Pierce County area.
How is Sound Outreach assisting with rental support?
Our community partners are getting rental assistance out as quickly as possible. But cash assistance may not be enough to keep some families from losing their homes. Sound Outreach’s coaches are supporting the effort, by meeting one-on-one with those with other financial challenges, and creating customized action plans to address needs beyond rental financial assistance. Our community partners have expressed that they see a valuable need that SO is filling being able to work with individuals and families to improve their finances by creating sustainable plans. By stabilizing renters, SO will help prevent a delayed housing crisis from occurring when the financial funding is exhausted. Learn more about SO’s Renter Support Program at this link.