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Kitsap County launched an eviction-prevention program earlier this month.

The $18 million resource, which is funded by several federal and state funding sources, will provide financial support for households behind on utilities and rent, a county release states.

“Helping individuals and families maintain their housing and avoid the potential devastation of evictions is the number one thing we can do to support our entire community on the path to recovery,” said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, in the release.

The Kitsap Eviction Prevention Assistance Program (KEPA) has a pre-application process that determines eligibility that either landlords or tenants alike can initiate. Once eligibility is determined (households must have a total income of 50 percent or less of the area’s median income and have experienced COVID-related financial challenges), a household can apply for assistance with past-due rent, current rent, and up to two months of future rent, the release states.

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