COVID-19 Resource Page

If our community is going to survive both the COVID-19 public health crisis, and the ensuing economic crisis and recovery period, we will all have to work together and support one another. Below is a list of resources related to housing, which we will keep updated. Local 2020’s COVID-19 webpage provides the most comprehensive list of local resources.

Rent & Mortgage Assistance

  • OlyCAP has additional funding to provide rent relief (and other basic needs assistance) for people who have lost income due to COVID-19. This is a link to their needs request form.
    • October 2020 Update: ERAP (Emergency Rent Assistance Program) currently offers up to 3 months of past due or currently due rent (but not future rent) to low income WA households affected by Covid-19. OlyCAP is the agency handling applications for Jefferson County. The simplest way to apply is to call Olycap at 360-385-2571, leave a message with your name and phone number, and someone will return your call within a few days.  It may take as long as a week to receive a reply.  Please be patient – the funds are currently available. The grant only covers rent or mortgage – not food, medical bills or general expenses. If utilities are included in the rent, they are also covered. Funds go directly to the landlord, not to the applicant.  The grant is “client-friendly” in that: 1) Information can be taken orally by phone.  2) Paycheck stubs and rent receipts are not required. 3) No questions are asked about immigration status. 4) Families with decreased income and/or special needs receive priority.
      (JCIRA is supplying 3 Spanish-speaking volunteers to conduct some pre-application phone calls.)
  • Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates can provide financial assistance to people who are immigrants, regardless of documentation status. To make a request, call the JCIRA phone number, 360-232-6070, and leave a message with your name and phone number.
  • Dove House has expanded their services to provide rent and mortgage relief to people who have been impacted by COVID-19. You do not need to be a client of Dove House to apply for these funds, you only have to have worked in Jefferson County and lost income due to COVID-19. To apply, call Dove House at 360-385-5292.

Basic Needs Assistance

  • St. Vincent de Paul provides financial assistance for smaller bills such as phone bills, internet, and utility. Reach out to them directly at 360-379-1325.
  • JeffCo Mutual Aid is offering limited amounts of cash assistance to those who have lost work. This is a community effort that has sprung up in response to COVID-19.

Legal Resources

  • Watch the recording of a presentation given by the Northwest Justice Project about the Washington Eviction Moratorium.
  • Brumley Law Firm has made a series of template letters to assist people with maintaining their rights under COVID-19 emergency mandates. It includes a template letter to landlords for renters who cannot make rent, and a mortgage assistance letter.
     
  • Governor Inslee has extended and expanded the moratorium on evictions through December 31st, 2020. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS before leaving any rental.

  • If you think you are facing an unlawful eviction and need legal help, contact the CLEAR Hotline 1.888.201.1014 (both lines are open from 9:10AM-12:15PM) CLEAR SR. 1-888-387-7111 

  • Learn about the eviction moratorium at Washington Law Help.
     
  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan banks, is providing payment forbearance to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus for up to 12 months due to hardship. It is important to get in touch with your lender immediately if you expect to be late or unable to make your monthly mortgage payment. The worst thing you can do is to not communicate with your lender. Learn more here.

Other Resources

REPAH – Home repairs for low income homeowners. Low income home owners who need assistance to keep their homes livable can apply HERE, along with three bids for the cost of repairs. Recent repairs include septic, bathroom repairs, water heaters, windows, wheel chair ramps, grab bars, roofing repairs and water leaks. REPAH has a maximum repair budget of $2500 for each home owner.