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City of Spokane gets money to help renters make ends meet

SPOKANE, Wash.- Rental assistance is about to become available for Spokane residents who are having trouble paying their bills. The City of Spokane recently received more than $1.5 million to assist households adversely affected by the recession to remain in the current rental home, or, if currently without a home, to quickly lease another unit. 

The funding came from the federal 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment act. The city's Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing fund was used to create the Moving Forward program. The City of Spokane is contracting with four agencies—Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, Volunteers of America, Catholic Charities, and the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium to provide outreach, case management, and housing location assistance to keep individuals and families in their homes. 

Moving Forward is looking to assist rental owners who have been impacted by three parameters:

  • Job lay-off
  • Reduction in hours or wages
  • Loss of business income or business closure 

If you or someone you know qualifies for this program, you should call 509-455-4965 on Mondays between 8:30am and 10:30am or Wednesdays between 1:30pm and 3:30pm to see if they qualify for assistance funds. For example, a family of four may earn up to $2,508 per month to qualify.

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