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King County Will Help Pay April Rent for Low-Income Households Who Couldn’t Pay

King County Will Help Pay April Rent for Low-Income Households Who Couldn’t Pay

Rich Smith reports on a new program meant to help low-income residents in King County impacted by the coronavirus pandemic pay rent.

The $5 million in funding for this comes from an “expansion” of United Way’s Home Base program, with Seattle throwing in $1 million from the Office of Housing, King County pulling $1.5 million from the Veteran’s levy, the Seattle Foundation throwing in $1.5 million, and a handful of big businesses contributing the rest.

Funds will be administered by Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Wellspring Family Services, Solid Ground and Open Doors for Multicultural Families. So after you apply and qualify, those are the organizations that will end up paying your landlord.

During the presser, King County Executive Dow Constantine said “we know our combined efforts won’t meet the need,” and he called on federal and state governments to “get this housing insecurity issue the attention it urgently needs.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan argued that “we need something greater than the new deal” to help this.

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