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Emergency Rent & Utility  Assistance

Please read all of the information below  BEFORE completing the application. 

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.  Your appilication to this rental assistance program will NOT stop your eviction unless you are enrolled in one of the programs that these organizations offer.

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 ​

(509) 477-2674

Northwest Mediation Center
Wendy Schatz, Eviction Resolution Specialist

(509) 456-0103 ext. 3

Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Center
Natalie Connaughty, Eviction Resolution Specialist

(509) 838-2799






Washington Tenants Union - 206-723-0500

Eviction Defense Helper


Rental Assistance Program Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the rental assistance program you must meet ALL of the following criteria.

Priority Categories

The Carl Maxey Center has a limited amount of funds and we will not be able to provide assistance for all of the applicants who qualify for assistance, as a result the following categories will be prioritized for CMC funding.


Priority for the CMC rental assistance program is given to these households:

1) Income at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) 

2) One or more individuals currently unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days prior to application date

3) Applicant is behind on rent at least 30 days or more or have received an eviction notice.

4) The Carl Maxey Center is also prioritizing assistance to African American and BIPOC households.

Rental & Utility Assistance Application

***NOTE: Due to the high volume of requests, it might take 4+ weeks before applications

can be processed and assistance payments completed. The Carl Maxey Center is processing

applications as quickly as possible. So please be patient.***



Click link below for application:



For help with the application contact the Carl Maxey Center:

509-795-1886 or carlmaxeycenter@gmail.com

Leave a message or send an e-mail and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Other Options for Rental & Utility Assistance:

Live Stories  is offering rental and utility assistance to ALL Spokane residents

and households with children can visit Family Promise.

If you have received an eviction notice contact: 

NW Mediation - (509) 456-0103

Volunteer Lawyers Program - (509) 477-2674

Fulcrum Institute - (509) 838-2799

If you have received a disconnect notice for your utilities, contact : SNAP at 456-SNAP.

1. Your household income is at or below 80% of the Area Medium Income – Click Here for an Area Medium Income graph.

2. You have current housing instability, risk of housing instability, or risk of eviction. You are having difficulty paying your rent or anticipate the inability to pay future rent.


3. You or your family has been impacted by COVID-19. Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


4. Your household resides within the Spokane City limitsClick Here for a map of Spokane neighborhoods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a US citizen to apply for The city of Spokane Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP)?

United States citizenship is NOT an eligibility requirement of this program.

Is there an age requirement for the program?

You must be 18 Years or older to apply. Or you are legally emancipated if under 18 years of age.

How many months does Emergency Rental Assistance cover?

Eligible renters may receive up to fifteen (15) months total assistance for unpaid past due rent and utilities incurred after March 13, 2020.

Will the Emergency Rental Assistance be considered taxable income for households?

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.

Once my application is approved, how will I receive the payment?

ERAP payments will be made directly to landlords and service providers. The information provided in your application will be used to contact your landlord and utility service providers. You will be notified is when the payment made on your behalf.

What utilities are covered?

They can include electricity, gas, water/sewer, trash removal, energy costs, such as fuel oil. In addition, the Internet may be included if you can show that you used it due to covid-19 related circumstances. (Note: the Carl Maxey Center is prioritizing rental assistance, so it may take some time before we process utility assistance. As a result, you may want to reach out to SNAP at 456-SNAP (7627) if you are in urgent need.)

Phone and TV bills are NOT included in the program.

Additional Resources

Honoring a Legacy

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Carl Maxey, Attorney

Carl Maxey had a successful law firm and devoted a fair portion of his time to pro-bono work. As an activist and lawyer Carl Maxey fought to end housing discrimination by holding landlords accountable to the agreements they made and earning families monetary damages in housing cases.            ~ Carl Maxey A Fighting Life