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.
There is an effort to protect family cohesion when they face allegations of neglect or abuse. The effort includes legislation in Olympia (HB 1227) and seeks to emphasize alternatives to placing children into foster care, where appropriate.
You can read the full story HERE.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to guarantee legal representation for people who are facing eviction and and cannot afford their own lawyers. A recent amendment to the measure simply requires that one sign a statement that they cannot afford their own counsel.
You can read the entire story HERE.
In response to COVID-19, governments and agencies at various levels have instituted protections for both residents and small businesses. Things such as eviction moratoria rental assistance programs continue to be extended and modified, but it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. Local attorneys have created a helpful guide that summarizes what’s in place as of January 4, 2021.
The announcement and guide and be found HERE.
Without public debate or a formal hearing on the topic, the Washington State Supreme Court decided last month to end the Limited Licence Legal Technician (LLLT) program. The June letter ends a program that broadened access to legal representation and served as a model for other states across the nation. Please read/listen to the KNKX new story HERE.
With help from two partners, the City of Seattle Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs has complied a spreadsheet that can help you determine what benefits a person is eligible for based on their immigration status.
The spreadsheet no substitute for legal advice, but is rather intended as a quick reference guide.
Read more about it and access the spreadsheet HERE.
Join the Unemployment Law Project’s WEEKLY webinar to find out the latest about how the pandemic is affecting unemployment benefits. The free webinar will answer viewer questions and takes place every Monday at 12:00pm PST. For more information and to register, click HERE.
The Northwest Consumer Law Center offers programs to provide affordable legal help with foreclosure, bankruptcy, debt collection, credit reporting issues, automobile purchases and student loan issues. To be eligible for this assistance you must be a Washington State resident and your total household income – before taxes, expenses, deductions, etc. – must be at or below a limit based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.
For more information and to determine if you qualify, visit the Get Help section of NWCLC’s web site or call their intake telephone line at (888) 978-3386, extension 1722.