Kitsap County currently has an operational eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19, who are behind on rent and are at risk of losing their housing (meeting the requirement in Governor Inslee's
We anticipate many renters applying and appreciate your patience!
If you are already enrolled in
Bremerton Housing Authority or
Housing Kitsap programs you should contact your agency directly to apply for rental assistance.
Some tips:• Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI). Below is a snapshot of 50% AMI income limits by household size:
• If you aren't sure if you qualify, you can still download, complete, and submit the pre-application anyway. We may be able to refer tenants who don't qualify for this eviction prevention or utility assistance program to other programs for support.
• We included a checklist to help you prepare for the pre-application. Note that you do not need to have all of this information to fill out the form! However, the more information you can provide us, the faster we can process your application.
• This program is only for renters and landlords. Homeowners are not eligible to apply for this program unless they are the landlord.
• Utility assistance covers the following bills:
Home energy costs
This program is funded by grants from the Department of Treasury and Washington State Department Commerce, administered by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing & Homelessness Division, and operated by Kitsap Community Resources through the Housing Solutions Center.
Bremerton Housing Authority and Housing Kitsap are operating this eviction assistance program for tenants served by these organizations.
*Personally identifying households information is not provided to the federal government.
Households are prioritized by the following methods 1) households must be at or below 50% AMI, and 2) households with one or more individuals who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days before their application date are prioritized to be assisted before households that are not unemployed.
Washington State has implemented numerous changes to the eviction process in the state. Some of these changes are permanent, others are temporary. Please read the
5160 Resources and Summary.pdf for information and an overview about the many changes to Washington State Eviction Law. The resources below can provide more information about these changes may provide additional assistance or services.
If you are a tenant who has been served and eviction notice, these are legal resources available to help you.
Northwest Justice Project | Eviction Defense Screening Line dial
855-657-8387 (leave a message for a return call) or Apply Online
Kitsap Legal Services | Free legal services, including representation for qualifying individuals
EvictionDefense@KitsapLegalServices.org or (360) 479-6125
Eviction Resources and Eviction Defense Helper tool
Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center | Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (for evictions due to non-payment of rent), contact
Average number of days from submitting a pre-application to the waitlist, eligibility and documentation are reviewed, and a complete application has been approved₁:
Average number of days currently to make a payment to a landlord once a complete application has been approved₁:
For more detailed information view our
KEPA Data Summary (updated 8/1/22)
₁ An application is considered approved once: all documentation for household eligibility has been received; the household is determined to qualify for the program; the landlord has submitted needed documentation; and payment agreements have been signed, and payment has been approved by a manager.
☐ All of the Tenant's contact information ☐ All of the landlord's contact information
☐ A list of who lives in your home, including:
☐ First & last name
☐ Date of birth
☐ Gender identity
☐ Whether or not they are Hispanic
☐ Their relationship to you
☐ Their current monthly income
☐ If anyone is unemployed, the dates they have been unemployed
☐ The amount of rent you are supposed to pay each month
☐ The number of bedrooms in your housing
☐ Whether or not your housing is subsidized
☐ The amount of rent you currently owe your landlord
☐ The month for which you have not paid your rent
☐ If you are asking for help with utilities, a list of which utilities and how much you owe them each
As part of the new Kitsap Eviction Prevention Assistance (KEPA) Program, Kitsap County has funding available to contract with organizations to perform Outreach & Education and/or Application Assistance for this rental assistance and utilities assistance program to the communities that they serve, such as racial and ethnic minority populations, immigrants and refugees, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities or who are deaf, and Native Americans. Grant applications for organizations are available May 20th at noon until June 3rd at 4pm at
https://kcowa.us/kepa-partner. The first round of applications is due 6/3/2022. Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis until 8/1/2022.For more information please see the
KEPA Funding Opportunity Info (pdf) document.
Download the KEPA Outreach Partners Flyer 7-2022 (pdf)
Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Division hosted an optional Technical Assistance session for the upcoming "By and For" Community Organizations Assisting Diverse Populations funding opportunity. View the recording at the following
Youtube link, and see the
Presentation Slides (pdf) for more information.
Past Due Rent
Past Due Rent Tearoff
Past Due Utility Bills
Past Due Utilities Tearoff
The Kitsap Eviction Prevention Assistance Program (KEPA) includes several different funding sources for rental assistance prevent eviction for our County's lowest-income households. This program is funded through the federal Corona Virus Relief Act.
More information about the KEPA Program, guidelines, and forms can be obtained on the
Housing & Homelessness Division Grantee Page
Link to the Commerce CARES Act and State Rent AssistanceERAP Guidelines, Forms and Q&AT-RAP Guidelines, Forms and Q&A
The Washington State Dept of Commerce operates a few programs to assist landlords directly to proide relief for damages to property, preserve tenancy, and for COVID relief. Visit
Washington State Landlord Mitigation Programs for assistance.
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.