More and more poor people and families in our region are struggling to pay the rent. Their incomes, if they’re lucky enough to be employed, may not be enough to support a family and cover all their expenses. Too many are unemployed and already homeless, although you won’t see them sleeping in parks or under doorways. Our winters are much too harsh for that. Instead, they “surf” from couch to couch until they’re out of options.
Nobody should go through the day wondering where they will spend the night. Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to live. That’s why Rural Resources provides rental assistance programs as well as emergency and low-income housing for individuals and families in need.
- Rural Resources owns and operates 60 units of affordable rental housing for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals and families in Colville, Hunters and Newport. In addition, we can assist those who are struggling to pay monthly rents.
- The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a new federal program that we started offering in January 2010. It provides temporary rental assistance to homeless or near-homeless individuals and families who are out of living options. They may be staying in an emergency shelter, escaping domestic violence, or living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car or vacant building. Depending on the situation, the program also provides “case management”, in which community services are coordinated to meet a person’s other needs.
- Families with Children provides rental assistance to homeless or near-homeless Stevens County families with minor children (under age 18). Eligible families can get one-time assistance to pay rent or a deposit within a two-year period.
To get more information on rental assistance, including eligibility requirements, call (509) 684-8421 or 877-219-5542 toll-free.