Kitsap County has contracted with Kitsap Community Resources to provide $525,000 in temporary financial rental and mortgage assistance to low-income county residents who have lost their jobs or are struggling financially due to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of the federal government.
Temporary financial assistance to qualifying individuals helps promote public welfare by lessening the financial impact caused by sudden job loss and potentially prevents more intractable problems such as long-term unemployment, hunger and homelessness.
"These funds will make an important difference to hundreds of Kitsap County families during this difficult time and we are proud to partner with Kitsap Community Resources to make this happen,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.
Kitsap Community Resources will administer the CARES Act COVID-19 Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program in partnership with Kitsap County and identify and select qualified households to participate. The program provides short-term assistance (maximum of three months) to approximately 400 Kitsap households meeting the following criteria:
- Below 80% Area Median Income (click here for details)
- Not receiving any other form of federal, state or local housing subsidy
- Resident and dwelling must be located within Kitsap County
- To be eligible for this program you must show job loss or reduction of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak
- Have a current lease agreement or mortgage statement in the applicant’s name
- CARES funds may only be utilized for payments due after March 23, 2020
Preference will be given to applicants who have not received previous rental or mortgage assistance since March 1, 2020.
Kitsap County residents interested in this program can visit the Kitsap Community Resources at https://www.kcr.org/ or call (360) 473-2035.