Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the allocation of nearly $4 million in federal CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding to provide rent support. The allocation of funds is the latest in a series of measures by the City aimed at keeping Seattle residents impacted by COVID-19 from losing their housing . The City will provide equitable access to rent assistance resources through community-based organizations with strong connections to diverse communities.
The Mayor has implemented a series of initiatives to help keep families, working, fed and in their homes throughout the pandemic:
Extending the eviction moratorium through June 4, to align with Governor Inslee’s proclamation 20-19.1. This extension impacts residents, small businesses, and non-profits to provide relief for working people;
Deferring utility payments for customers impacted by COVID-19;
Providing 6,250 Seattle families and 1,800 workers with $800 in grocery vouchers; and
Opening emergency child care classrooms to help hundreds of kids of essential workers.
Creating temporary restaurant loading zones, to facilitate curbside pickup at restaurants;
Announcing a small business relief package that included deferred business taxes and a $2.5M stabilization fund;
Creating a new Arts Recovery Package to provide immediate financial relief to artists and cultural organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19;
Providing rent relief to tenants of City-owned facilities;
Partnering with United Way of King County and King County to invest $5 million in rental assistance to help families stay in their homes; and
Launching the #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map to help residents find small businesses open for takeout and delivery in their neighborhood.
The City has also created a comprehensive resource page for residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.