Applications Now Open for Rental Risk Assistance Fund Program

Published on February 15, 2023


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Kirkland, WA— The City of Kirkland is now accepting applications from residential landlords with eligible tenants for its Rental Risk Assistance Fund Program. The program is intended to help those facing barriers to stable housing and will provide grants of up to $1,200 directly to landlords to mitigate risk of tenant default. The program is made possible through $45,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, see the Kirkland Rental Risk Assistance Fund webpage.

“The uncertain economy and rising inflation continue to challenge both our housing providers and our renters,” said Councilmember Jon Pascal. “Keeping community members housed is a priority of the City. Ensuring housing providers can continue to operate by mitigating risk of tenant default is one way we can help.”

To receive grant funding through the Rental Risk Assistance Fund Program, landlords must apply for the program, and eligible tenants must sign an information release. Eligible landlords must have a valid Kirkland business license and agree that they will not unlawfully evict the tenant, among other requirements. Landlords are eligible to receive up to six grants per property for the duration of the program. Eligible tenants must be seeking a new lease in Kirkland and meet certain income and other requirements.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements for tenants and landlords, or more information, see the Kirkland Rental Risk Assistance Fund webpage.