San Juan County Council Allocates Funds for Emergency Rental Assistance

Posted April 2, 2020 at 5:41 am by

At their March 31, 2020 meet­ing the San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil direct­ed staff to make avail­able as soon as pos­si­ble funds for rental assis­tance to assist those in our com­mu­ni­ty strug­gling to make ends meet dur­ing the COVID-19 out­break. If you or some­one you know are expe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with your rent or mort­gage pay­ments dur­ing this time of eco­nom­ic upheaval, please con­tact your local Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter to inquire about poten­tial assistance.

In a unan­i­mous vote, the Coun­cil moved to imme­di­ate­ly award $20,000 to the Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ters on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island as part of the County’s Emer­gency Rental Assis­tance pro­gram for a total award of $60,000. This is the high­est amount ever award­ed from this pro­gram. These funds will be used to pre­vent local house­holds from los­ing sta­ble hous­ing. The County’s Emer­gency Rental Assis­tance pro­gram has been pro­vid­ing funds in the com­mu­ni­ty to pre­vent home­less­ness since 2009.

Also in an unan­i­mous vote, the Coun­cil direct­ed staff to devel­op a plan for cre­at­ing an addi­tion­al $60,000 in fund­ing for rental sup­port through bor­row­ing against future hous­ing pro­gram rev­enue. Pend­ing final Coun­cil approval, this will be anoth­er source of sup­port to local community.

Final­ly, the Coun­cil also approved over $57,000 in annu­al rental sub­si­dies to extreme­ly low income seniors and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The County’s Senior & Dis­abled Rent Sub­sidy pro­gram has been oper­at­ing in the Coun­ty since 2008.

All told, the Coun­cil award­ed or direct­ed staff to explore over $177,000 in rental assis­tance and sub­si­dies at their March 31, 2020 meet­ing to be dis­bursed in the com­mu­ni­ty as soon as pos­si­ble. Coun­ty staff is work­ing with com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers at the local, state and fed­er­al lev­el to iden­ti­fy all resources avail­able to our com­mu­ni­ty to sus­tain­ably assist in meet­ing the hous­ing needs of res­i­dents in need dur­ing these dif­fi­cult eco­nom­ic times.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact: Ryan Page, San Juan Coun­ty Hous­ing Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor, ryanp@sanjuanco.com, (360) 370‑0590.

If you are in need of hous­ing assis­tance, please con­tact your local resource cen­ter office at:

  • Lopez Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter: 360–468-4117
  • Orcas Com­mu­ni­ty Resource Cen­ter: 360–376-3184
  • San Juan Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter: 360–378-5246

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