Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance
The Carl Maxey Center has partnered with the City of Spokane to provide emergency rental & 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 with past due, current due, future rent and utilities.
Applications Currently On Hold - We will resume if we receive additional funding.
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Carl Maxey Center Rental Assistance Program
Priority for the CMC program will be given to households with income at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI), and one or more individuals currently unemployed and have been for 90 days prior to application date. The Carl Maxey Center will also prioritize rental and utility assistance to African American and BIPOC households.
Program Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all initial screening criteria.
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.
You have current housing instability or risk of housing instability, which may include rental arrears or anticipation of inability to pay future rent.
Your household income is at or below 80% of the Area Medium Income – Click Here for an Area Medium Income calculator.
Your household resides within the Spokane City limits – Click Here for a map of Spokane neighborhoods.
The following documents will be used to verify eligibility.
Proof of income, which can include paystubs, W-2s or other wage statements, 2020 tax filings, or bank statements demonstrating regular income.
Proof of a current lease, or documentation of residence showing evidence that establishes a pattern of paying rent.
Proof of past due rent or utility notice, or eviction notice.
* Please contact us if you do not have these documents, you may still qualify.
Rental & Utility Assistance Program Registration
To check your eligibility, please click the link below to complete and submit the application form.
Due to the high volume of applications, the Carl Maxey Center application process has been temporarily closed. The application will be reopened if funds are still available.
For application assistance contact Yolanda at 509-309-2175 or
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 ERAP 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 receive documentation of all payments made to your landlord and utility service providers 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.
Phone and TV bills are NOT included in the program.
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
Honoring a Legacy
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