Rental Assistance Online Application
This emergency funding is to prevent eviction for households who the COVID pandemic has financially impacted. Low-income households living in Skagit County can receive funds to cover past due, current, and future rent and utility bills.
Funding is available for renters or landlords who have lost income due to COVID-19 and struggle to pay or collect rent.
If you need help with this online application, please email us at FORWARDfirstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-855-582-3973.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application due to a disability, please call Skagit County Parent to Parent (360) 416-7570 ext. 2999.
Households must meet all the initial screening criteria to be eligible for rental assistance:
Have a missed/past due rent payment not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020, and still occupying the residence.
Your household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income – Click Here for an Area Median Income calculator.
The following documents will be used to verify your eligibility:
You can store documents in your profile so that you can easily find them to include in your applications. These file formats are supported: .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .xls, and .xlsx
Please note that you might still qualify for assistance if you do not have these documents. Contact us so we may assist you with the application.
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.
Households who rent their home/apartment must meet four criteria for Skagit County Emergency Rental assistance.
- One or more individuals within the household are obligated to pay rent or have past due rent on a residence located in Skagit County.
- Total household income is equals or less than eighty percent (80%) of the area median income (AMI).
- Have a missed/past due rent payment not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020, and still occupying the residence.
After submitting your application, it will move through the following five steps:
- Application Review
- Tenant Outreach – someone will contact you if more information is needed.
- Eligibility Determination – your application moves to the next step if you meet the eligibility criteria. If not, you will receive a written denial which you can appeal.
- Landlord Outreach
- Payment Processing
If you would like to check on the status of your application, please log into your FORWARD account and click the “My Applications” tab to see your status.
You meet the income eligibility requirements if your total household income equals or less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). Your AMI depends on how many people live in your household.
United States citizenship is NOT an eligibility requirement of this program.
You must be 18 Years or older to apply. Or you are legally emancipated if under 18 years of age.
Households with missed or partially paid rent can receive rent and/or utility assistance from March 1, 2020.
No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Emergency Rental Assistance is to help eligible households that require financial assistance to pay for rent, utilities, and other related expenses. Rental and utility payments ONLY count as gross income for your landlord or utility provider.
ERAP payments will be made directly to landlords and service providers. The information provided in your application will be used to contact your landlord or utility provider(s). You will receive documentation of all payments made to your landlord or utility provider(s) on your behalf.
They can include electricity, gas, water/sewer, trash removal, energy costs, such as fuel, oil, or wood for heating. The Internet is considered an utility for this program.
Phone and TV bills are NOT included in the program.
ERAP 2.0 does not allow for “other housing costs”; however, it does consider the following unique situations eligible as a RA expense: Rental situations may include leased rental units, renting from friend/family, hotel/motel arrangements, mooring/slip fees, and RV/mobile home lot rent. There is no minimum term for the tenancy.
Yes, we can assist with maximum rent payment amount up to 150% Fair Market Rent (FMR) and must not be more than the total rent due amount.
Yes. Households that receive a monthly federal subsidy are eligible to apply for assistance. However, assistance will only be provided for the amount not covered by other programs.
FORWARD is administering the Rental Assistance Program on behalf of Skagit County.
FORWARD is the leading Integrated Program Administration solution that incorporates all essential components, people and technology into a single streamlined workflow to effectively, securely, and equitably administer critical resources to help communities thrive.