If your household qualifies, the Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service. Qualified households on tribal lands will receive up to $75 per month. Your household can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
To learn more and to apply, visit the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit web site here.
The Washington Legislature recently passed a number of important changes to the state’s landlord-tenant laws (generally, at RCW 59.18). These changes include things like standards for rent repayment plans (as long as the state eviction moratorium is in effect), help for low-income tenants to get legal assistance, support for Eviction Resolution Pilot Programs and a prohibition against “no cause” evictions.
The Northwest Justice Project has put together a very good summary of the changes HERE.
Information about King County’s Eviction Resolution Program can be found HERE.
You can find a link to an Eviction Defense Helper HERE.
Low income residents of King County who are behind on their rent can now apply for a new assistance program. Recipients will be selected in a weekly lottery-style drawing and can can receive up to 12 months of total rent – including up to three months of future rent. To qualify for the aid, applicants must be experiencing COVID-related hardships and housing instability.
You can read the entire Seattle Times article HERE.
Renters can apply for the help here: https://rent-help.kingcounty.gov/
Having legal representation can make all the difference in the world – from keeping someone in their home, to securing proper citizenship status, to protecting people against consumer fraud. This week, the White House announced that it was reinvigorating federal efforts to provide that critical aid – including a request of $1.5 billion in funding for state and local justice systems.
You can read the White House announcement HERE.
The Associated Press story can be read HERE.