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Tenant Based Rental Assistance


Note: Commerce does not provide direct rent or utility assistance to households. Please contact your local Tenant Based Rental Assistance (Known as TBRA) provider. The TBRA program is not available in King, Clark, Spokane, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Snohomish counties. However those counties may have another TBRA program available.


The Tenant Based Rental Assistance program (TBRA) provides homeless and low-income households with security and utility deposits and rent assistance. Eligible households must have incomes that do not exceed 50 percent of the median household income for their area, according to the published income limits by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Eligible households may receive the deposits necessary to get them into a unit, or a combination of deposits and rental subsidies that enable them to pay no more than 30 percent of their household income for rent and utilities. The tenant rent share increases as the tenant income increases.


Service Delivery

Rental and deposit assistance is delivered through housing authorities, community action agencies, and local governments that collaborate with other local service providers to provide a wide variety of support services. 

Here is a map and a list of TBRA service providers in Washington State.  

Consolidated Plan and Action Plan

Click here for information about the Consolidated Plan and the 2016 Action Plan. 

Enabling Legislation and Related Rules 



HUD Forms for TBRA Grantees

Below is a list of required and sample forms for the TBRA Program.  These are available on the HUD Website.  The HUD Website also contains other HOME program forms that may be useful in implementing a TBRA Program.

Sample TBRA Application

Eligibility Release Form

Verification forms for various types of income

Recertification of Annual Income by Tenant Family

Rental Assistance Coupon

Request for Unit Approval

Rent Reasonableness Checklist and Certification

Rental Assistance Contract

Lease Addendum

HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Checklist

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