Rental + Utility Assistance
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of Rental Assistance applications, the Carl Maxey Center will no longer accept applications.
The Carl Maxey Center Rental Assistance Program has received a large number of rental assistance applications.
We are processing applications in priority order. Due to the large volume, processing times are taking longer than expected.
The Carl Maxey Center has partnered with the City of Spokane to provide emergency rent & utility assistance to address the disproportionate hardships faced by African Americans and people of color due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to assist residents of the City of Spokane who are behind on their rent or have past due utilities. The goal of the Carl Maxey Center's program is to prevent evictions!
If you have received an eviction notice contact one of the legal resources below IMMEDIATELY. They may be able to help.
Eviction Mediation Programs
Northwest Justice Project
Apply for legal help through CLEAR*Online
Call 1-855-657-8387, the Eviction Defense Screening Line. Interpreters available.
Spokane Volunteer Lawyers Program - Eviction Defense Project
Spokane Bar Association VLP, Housing Justice Project
Northwest Mediation Center
Wendy Schatz, Eviction Resolution Specialist
(509) 456-0103 ext. 3
Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Center
Natalie Connaughty, Eviction Resolution Specialist
Utility assistance - The city has suspended late fees and water shut off for non-payment and Avista has announced suspending utility shut-off as well. You can receive financial assistance by calling SNAP at 456-SNAP.
A guide for families who need financial assistance - Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Employment assistance information - Washington State Employment Security Department
Housing assistance information - Spokane Housing Authority
A community resource guide - The Fig Tree
Employment information, insurance, and basic needs - Spokane Resource Center
Legal assistance for tenants - Volunteer Lawyer Program