Help Paying Rent

The Opportunity Council administers the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program for residents in Whatcom, Island, and San Juan Counties. For help in all other Washington State counties or to find your local Community Action Agency, visit the Washington State Community Action Partnership.

Applying for help
Other Housing Help
Help with other basic needs

Not just a life raft for individual households, Rental Assistance is a critical community safety net, aiding in the prevention of homelessness, reduction in foreclosure risk and strengthening the economy. A critical part of the community safety net, Rental Assistance is vital in helping prevent homelessness, reducing foreclosure risk and supporting the local economy.

How to apply where you live:

Those behind on their rent should call the Island County Housing Resource Center at 360-678-8284.

Rental Assistance Application – San Juan Renters

Rental Assistance Application – San Juan County Landlords

Those in need of assistance but unable to complete an online application or who have other questions may call (360) 734-5121 ext 308.


Applications open again at 8:00 am on Thursday, July 1st.

Rental Assistance Application – Whatcom County

Unfortunately, due to high demand, limited appointments are available each month. Applications are no longer accepted once appointments for the month are full and and will reopen at 8:00 am on the first business day of the following month. To complete the initial eligibility screening, applicants may apply online or leave a voicemail at (360) 746-3826.

The Opportunity Council provides rental assistance in Island, San Juan and Whatcom Counties. Other counties are served by other partners in the Community Action Partnership. Visit to find the agency serving your area.