Kitsap County has received funding for eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19, who are behind on rent and are at risk of losing their housing.

We anticipate many renters applying and appreciate your patience!

How to apply for Rental Assistance or Utility Assistance or Both

Renters and landlords have several options to apply:
1. Click here to initiate an online KEPA Pre-Application

2. Download the fillable form Pre-application Packet (English) (Español).  This is a fillable PDF file, which can be filled out electronically then printed when complete.  Follow the instructions to complete and submit in-person to Kitsap Community Resources (KCR). 

3. Download the printable Pre-Application Packet (English) (Español).  This PDF file can be printed and completed by hand.  Follow the instructions to complete and submit in-person at KCR. 

4. Those who need help printing can visit any Kitsap Regional Library branch for for free printing.

5. We can help people who do not have Internet access or need additional help with the Pre-Application Packet. Be aware that we receive many calls about this program and may not respond immediately. Call KCR at 360-473-2035 to get help with your pre-application.

If you are already enrolled in a Bremerton Housing Authority or Housing Kitsap programs you should contact your agency directly to apply for rental assistance. 

If you are a youth or young adult up to age 26, you may apply with the Coffee Oasis, 837 4th St, Bremerton or (360) 377-5560.


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:

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• 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:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Gas
  • Garbage Pickup
  • 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.

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Basic Information

☐ 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
     ☐ Age
     ☐ Date of birth
     ☐ Gender identity
     ☐ Race
     ☐ Wheter or not they are Hispanic
     ☐ Their relationship to you
     ☐ Their current monthly income
     ☐ If anyone is unemployed, the dates they have been unemployed

Housing Information

☐ 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

Utilities Information

☐ If you are asking for help with utilities, a list of which utilities and how much you owe them each

Documents

☐ Copy of your lease, if you are asking for rental assistance
☐ Copy of proof of income (such as W-2, last month's pay stubs, or tax form)
☐ Copies of utility bills, if you are asking for utilities assistance

Questions? Call (360) 473-2035

​KEPA Eviction Prevention Distribution Partners

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KEPA Outreach Partners

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Detailed Program Information

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

​Limited Landlord Relief Program

Owners of 4 or fewer rental units that themselves make less than the Median Family Income and have tenants that are non-communicative or unqualified for KEPA, are eligible to apply directly to a Washington State Limited Landlord Relief Program for assistance.