For the last 2 years landlords throughout the state have been looking for some help after the governor suspended evictions during the pandemic. Many landlords have already lost properties while others are close to financial problems.

THE HELP MANY HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IS ON THE WAY TO YAKIMA

They've been looking for help and now they're learning rental assistance money is on the way to Yakima County. Officials at Catholic Charities in Yakima say congress recently approved a $46 billion rental relief package, with $28 million of that dedicated to the Yakima Valley. Catholic Charities is one of five agencies in Yakima selected to distribute the funds which will pay rent debt directly to landlords.

A LOTTERY TYPE SYSTEM WILL BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDING

A press release says to "ensure fair distribution of funds, rental assistance will be given through a lottery-type system. Each week through December Yakima County will select from the pool of applicants to distribute funds. This is to ensure no one agency-or landlord-receives all of the funds before others get the opportunity to apply. Renters can receive assistance for up to 12 months of rental payments."

THE FASTER YOU APPLY THE BETTER CHANCE YOU HAVE

So if you are a landlord the time to get information and to apply for the assistance is NOW! In fact officials at Catholic Charities say early applications increase the chance of being selected. So they say the earlier you apply the better chance you have. Lots of information and applications and detailed information about the Rental Assistance eligibility requirements check the website at catholiccharitiescw.org

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