KIRKLAND
Rental Risk Assistance Fund Program

Program Overview

The Kirkland Rental Risk Assistance Fund Program will allocate $45,000 in funding for households and individuals seeking new leases in the City of Kirkland. The fund is intended to help those facing housing barriers obtain stable housing. Grants of up to $1,200 will be distributed on behalf of eligible tenants with payments made directly to the landlord. Landlords are eligible for up to 2 grants for the duration of the program. 

Program Funds are only eligible for lease agreements of 6 months or greater. Payments will be made to the landlord upon the confirmation of the signing of the lease agreement. Landlords will retain the full amount of the grant upon the successful completion of the lease terms.

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If you need help with this online application, please email us at 
Kirkland-support@livestories.zendesk.com or call us at 1-855-582-3973

If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application due to a disability, please reach out to
 1-425-587-3266. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Landlords must have a valid Kirkland business license
  • Landlords must provide a copy of the proposed Tenant’s income verification documents and a copy of the proposed lease
  • Landlords must attest that they will not unlawfully evict the tenant, or otherwise be in violation of the Program Agreement
  • Landlords must attest that the unit’s sq. ft price is offered at the advertised rate
  • Landlords must attest that the program incentivized them to extend a lease to the Tenant
  • Prospective tenant is seeking a new residential lease in the City of Kirkland or at least 6 months in duration;
  • Prospective tenant has an annual household income at/below 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI);
  • Prospective tenant agrees to release documentation of eligibility to Program administrators;
  • Prospective tenant presents with ONE or more of the below: 
    1. A credit score of 650 or below; OR
    2. A bankruptcy filing (Ch. 7, 11, 13 or other to be reviewed case by case); OR
    3. A previous eviction within the past 7 years; OR
    4. A prior criminal conviction

Required Documents - Prospective Tenant Eligibility

The following documents will be requested to verify prospective tenant eligibility:

 Acceptable documentation of tenant income includes ONE of the following:

  • Paystubs (most recent 2 months); OR
  • SSI/SSDI/TANF/WIC benefits documentation; OR
  • Unemployment income benefit documentation; OR
  • W2s; OR
  • Bank Statements (most recent 2 months)

The landlord will provide ONE of the following for their prospective tenant (with tenant’s permission):

  • Proof of credit score 650 or below; OR
  • Proof of criminal conviction; OR 
    • Background check, 
    • State & federal records
  • Proof of bankruptcy; OR 
    • Background check 
    • Completed and signed Order of Discharge;
    • State or federal court approved petition for bankruptcy;
    • Letter from bankruptcy trustee;
    • Letter from financial institution clearly stating bankruptcy.
  • Proof of prior eviction within 7 years
    • Background check
    • Rental history report

Lease must be for a minimum of 6 months, signed by both landlord and prospective tenant, and must have a start date on or after February 15, 2023.

Landlord will be required to provide their UBI (Unified Business Identifier.) This UBI must have an active City of Kirkland Endorsement. 

This is taxable income for the Landlord. Here is a copy of a W9 from the IRS.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FORWARD has extensive experience administering rental assistance programs across the nation and can process applications at scale, prevent fraud, securely process payments, and provide reporting that meets Treasury requirements.

  • A tenant may be eligible for the program if they meet the following requirements: 
    • Tenant is seeking a new lease in Kirkland; and 
    • Tenant has either a low credit score, or a previous bankruptcy, or a previous eviction, or a prior criminal conviction; AND Tenant has an annual income at/below 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
  • A landlord may be eligible to receive a cash grant if they meet the following requirements: 
    • Landlord has a valid Kirkland business license;
    • Landlord can provide a copy of the proposed Tenant’s income verification documents and a copy of the proposed lease;
    • Landlord attests that they will not unlawfully evict the tenant, or otherwise be in violation of the Program Agreement;
    • Landlord attests that the unit’s sq. ft price is offered at the advertised rate; and
    • Landlord attests that the program incentivized them to extend a lease to the Tenant
  • Landlords must have a valid Kirkland business license
  • Landlords must provide a copy of the proposed Tenant’s income verification documents and a copy of the proposed lease
  • Landlords must attest that they will not unlawfully evict the tenant, or otherwise be in violation of the Program Agreement
  • Landlords must attest that the unit’s sq. ft price is offered at the advertised rate
  • Landlords must attest that the program incentivized them to extend a lease to the Tenant

The landlord will provide ONE of the following for their prospective tenant (with tenant’s permission):

  • Proof of credit score 650 or below; OR
  • Proof of criminal conviction; OR 
    • Background check, 
    • State & federal records
  • Proof of bankruptcy; OR 
    • Background check 
    • Completed and signed Order of Discharge;
    • State or federal court approved petition for bankruptcy;
    • Letter from bankruptcy trustee;
    • Letter from financial institution clearly stating bankruptcy.
  • Proof of prior eviction within 7 years
    • Background check
    • Rental history report

Landlords must submit applications through the FORWARD portal. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, until all funds are exhausted. FORWARD will reach out to the landlord if any information or documentation is missing. Once the landlord’s eligibility has been verified, the tenant will receive a release of information document. The tenant must give permission for their landlord to provide FORWARD with documentation showing the tenant’s eligibility for this program. Once the tenant’s eligibility has been verified, approved landlords will receive a Program Agreement via DocuSign, which will collect payment information on how the landlord would like to receive their funds. Once FORWARD has the signed Agreement, funds will be issued, and official approval notification will be sent via the FORWARD portal. 

Applicants can check the status of their application by logging into their FORWARD account. Applicants can also call FORWARD at (855) 582-3973. 

Yes, this is considered taxable income for the landlord.  FORWARD will collect W9s from applicants in order to issue 1099s. 

You will receive a Program Agreement via DocuSign, this agreement will contain the options to select if you would like to receive a paper check, or opt in for ACH. If you select ACH, you will be required to include a voided check. 

Landlord’s may receive up to 2 awards. One award per tenant, up to two tenants/addresses. 

Area median income — often referred to as simply AMI — is a key metric in affordable housing. Area median income is defined as the midpoint of a specific area’s income distribution and is calculated on an annual basis by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Tenant’s must be below 120% of AMI to qualify for this program.

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FORWARD is administering the Kirkland Rental Risk Assistance Fund on behalf of the City of Kirkland. 

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