Utility, Rental, and Business Assistance
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds are now available to pay utilities for residents and businesses within the City of Pasco who have been impacted by COVID-19. ARPA funds are available to those that meet the program guidelines and certify financial hardship. BDI is also offering assistance for solid waste customers in the city.
To Apply For Funding
Print and fill out both of these applications or stop by Pasco City Hall and a customer service representative can provide you with applications. (We can also assist in filling out applications):
Return both forms to one of the following locations:
- City of Pasco Customer Service Department located at 525 N 3rd Ave, Pasco
- Dropbox: City of Pasco Customer Service 525 N 3rd Ave, Pasco
- Dropbox: HAPO Center (TRAC), 6600 Burden Blvd, Pasco
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. See application for program guidelines.
Rental Assistance Program
The Tri-Cities HOME Consortium (the Cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland) has awarded $700,000 to Benton Franklin Community Action Committee (CAC) to administer an emergency, short-term, tenant-based Rental Assistance Program helping low income-qualified families and individuals living in Kennewick, Pasco, or Richland who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic with rent and utility assistance.
The program will provide past-due and/or upcoming rent and utility, per qualifying household. Payment will be made directly to the household’s provider.
To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- The household experienced hardship directly related to COVID-19.
- The household is unable to pay a portion of or none of their rent and/or utilities.
- The household has a City of Richland, Kennewick, or Pasco address.
- The household does NOT have savings to meet their financial need.
- The household has eligible immigration status (U.S. citizen/U.S. national, lawful permanent resident/conditional permanent resident, registry immigrant, a refugee/person seeking asylum or granted asylum).
- Household income in January 2020 was at or below 60% of the Kennewick/Pasco/Richland income limits, established annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and stated below.
|Income Limit||Number of Individuals Residing in the household|
|30%||$ 16,300.00||$ 18,600.00||$ 20,950.00||$ 23,250.00||$ 25,150.00||$ 27,000.00||$ 28,850.00||$ 30,700.00|
|50%||$ 27,150.00||$ 31,000.00||$ 34,900.00||$ 38,750.00||$ 41,850.00||$ 44,950.00||$ 48,050.00||$ 51,150.00|
|60%||$ 32,580.00||$ 37,200.00||$ 41,880.00||$ 46,500.00||$ 50,220.00||$ 53,940.00||$ 57,660.00||$ 61,380.00|
|80%||$ 43,400.00||$ 49,600.00||$ 55,800.00||$ 62,000.00||$ 67,000.00||$ 71,950.00||$ 76,900.00||$ 81,850.00|
All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to be selected to receive assistance.
Applications will be processed on a first-come, first eligible served basis until September 30, or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Business Assistance Grants
Pasco businesses affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for up to $30,000 in grant assistance through the American Rescue Plan. The Pasco Chamber of Commerce will administer the assistance grants. The application window to apply for the funds closes on September 16.
Primary qualifications for business grants:
- Business resides within city limits
- Less than 500 employees
- 2020 Tax Returns
- Documents showing revenue impact from pandemic
Franklin & Benton County Program
Franklin County is also providing rental and utility assistance, in cooperation with Benton County, for residents. More information on the County program can be found at https://www.co.benton.wa.us/pview.aspx?id=1753&catid=45.