When the City of Tacoma launched its Rental Assistance Program last month, it was met with an overwhelming community response with requests for a way in which people could donate directly to those struggling with housing costs. In partnership with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the City of Tacoma has opened the Rental Assistance Fund. Donations can be made to this fund to increase the overall amount available for people who need housing assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19.

“I am proud that Tacoma is a community where people come forward to share both their needs and their willingness to help. This fund is a direct response to our community’s desire to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors impacted by COVID-19,” stated Mayor Victoria Woodards. “We are stronger together, and the generosity and desire to take care of one another in these times is direct reflection of the character of this city. We are Compassionate Tacoma.”

The Rental Assistance Program was launched by the City in April with $1.2 million from the Housing Trust Fund. It provides a one-time payment of $1,000 to landlords of Tacoma residents who has experience loss of income due to COVID-19.

In the initial application period, more than 600 applications were received. An additional application period will open if funds remain after the first round of applicants receive assistance.

To donate to the City of Tacoma Rental Assistance Fund, click here.

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