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Opportunity Council administers the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program for residents in Whatcom, Island, and San Juan Counties.

All other Washington State counties are served by Department of Commerce partners. Learn more about how to apply for assistance in your county here.

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News Bulletin

  • Whatcom Rental Assistance appointment are auto released in the system every few days. Please check back later if all appointments are filled.
  • Eviction Defense Screening Line through the Northwest Justice Project: 1-855-657-8387

How to Apply Where you Live

Click on your county below to learn more about applying for rental assistance. Learn more about who can qualify here. 

Those behind on their rent and eligible for assistance should call the Island County Housing Resource Center at 360-678-8284. For more information, please visit

Other counties are served by Department of Commerce partners. Visit the Department of Commerce to find the agency serving your area.


Tenants must meet both of the following eligibility requirements: Income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income over the past 60 days and behind on rent (or utilities- San Juan County only). Households that are at or below 50% Area Median Income OR have one or more individuals who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days before application date receive priority for appointment scheduling. Please choose your county below to view the Area Median Income.

Number in Household


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 50% AMI $31,250 $35,700 $40,150 $44,600 $48,200 $51,750 $55,350 $58,900
80% AMI $49,950 $57,100 $64,250 $71,350 $77,100 $82,100 $88,500 $94,200
Number in Household


2 3 4 5 6 7


50% AMI $30,550 $34,900 $39,250 $43,600 $47,100 $50,600 $54,100 $57,,600
80% AMI $48,850 $55,800 $62,800 $69,750 $75,350 $80,950 $86,500 $92,100
Number in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% AMI $31,750 $36,300 $40,850 $45,350 $49,000 $52,650 $56,250 $59,900
80% AMI $50,800 $58,050 $65,300 $72,550 $78,400 $84,200 $90,000 $95,800


Tenants applying for rental assistance may need to supply the documentation listed below.

Documentation of all sources of income received in the past 30 days (fixed income), 60 days (income that is not fixed) or for the past year (2020) for all household members: pay stubs, child support, DSHS, Social Security, unemployment, W-2, tax filings, etc. Income documentation must be from the source.

Copy of current past due utility bill, past due rent notice(with documentation showing which months are due), eviction notice, or documentation of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions

A copy of lease/rental agreement or letter from the landlord showing rent address and monthly amount. Additional documentation will be required if the landlord is not listed as the owner of the property on the County’s assessor website (established Property Management companies are excluded from this requirement).

Legal Help

If you have questions regarding your rights as a tenant or if you have received an eviction notice and have questions, please contact legal aid or go online for information on your options.

Click here for up to date information on eviction law during COVID-19.

Call the Clear Line 1-888-201-1014, Mon-Fri 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM, or complete the online application for services here. Seniors (age 60 and over) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111.

Call 360-671-6079 ex 15 for more information.

Washington State Attorney Generals website

Eviction Defense Screening Line through the Northwest Justice Project: 1-855-657-8387

Legal Resources and FAQs from Washington State Department of Commerce for those receiving Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP, TRAP) can be found here.

Se pueden encontrar recursos legales y preguntas frecuentes del Departamento de Comercio del Estado de Washington para aquellos que reciben Asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler (ERAP, TRAP) aquí.

Dispute Resolution

If you have received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent, you should receive a flyer for the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP). It is important to contact your local Dispute Resolution Center immediately to participate in the program or you risk being evicted without having a chance to participate in mediation.  If you receive an eviction notice for no-payment of rent and DO NOT receive the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) flyer, you should contact the Eviction Defense Screening Line at 1-855-657-8387 to discuss your options. Dispute Resolution Centers may also offer help to improve communication, increase understanding, negotiating payment or repayment plans, discuss deposits and move out timelines, address lease agreements and other related issues, and empower parties to determine their own solutions. Please click on your county below for the Dispute Resolution Center serving your county.

Rental Assistance Policy Forms

Whatcom, Island and San Juan county’s rent assistance program is currently operational per Proclamation 21-09.

This project was supported by a grant awarded by US Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.