Are you homeless or about to become homeless? Click here to connect to a local human services program.

Note: Commerce does not provide direct rent or utility assistance to individuals. Please contact your local Tenant Based Rental Assistance (Known as TBRA) provider for help.

Find TBRA providers near you (PDF)

The TBRA program is not available in King, Clark, Spokane, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Snohomish counties. However those counties may have another program available.

The HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program utilizes federal funds to support communities providing utility, deposit and ongoing rental assistance.  This program provides resources for very low-income households (at or below 50 percent area median income (AMI)).

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.

TBRA Program Guidelines (PDF)

Fair Market Rent (website)

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.

Action Plan

Every spring an annual Action Plan is developed to describe how the state will use that year’s annual allocation of HUD formula funds to meet affordable housing and community development needs. Action Plans are annual amendments to the five-year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan follows HUD’s plan template. See our 2018 Action Plan for more information. 

Enabling Legislation and Related Rules

HUD Forms for TBRA Grantees

HUD’s TBRA website has forms and other useful information for operating a TBRA program.

Program Links


Contact Information

Commerce provides assistance to contracted housing authorities nonprofits that receive resources from Commerce. If you need direct assistance with homelessness, please use the link in the red bar at the top of the page to connect to local resources.

Julie Montgomery
Commerce TBRA Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-2963