Benton County Commissioners Allocate Additional $500,000 for Emergency Housing Program
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Posted on Wednesday May 13, 2020
The Benton County Board of Commissioners have approved the immediate allocation of an additional $500,000 for the Emergency Housing Program.


Benton County Commissioners Allocate Additional $500,000 for Emergency Housing Program

Kennewick, WA – The Benton County Board of Commissioners, at their regular Board meeting May 12, 2020, approved the immediate allocation of an additional $500,000 of existing Homeless Housing Funds toward the Emergency Housing Program, operated by the Benton County Human Services Department.

Use of Funds
The additional $500,000 allocated to the Emergency Housing Program will be available effective immediately for the following programs:

  1. Rapid rehousing for homeless persons needing assistance to secure permanent housing; and
  2. Eviction prevention which would be used for rental or utility assistance for persons that have faced difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

These additional funds were already existing within the Benton County budget but were not previously allocated for this purpose and have been immediately allocated to assist individuals and families in the community who are facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Eligibility
To be eligible for assistance, individuals and/or families must meet program income requirements. Funding will be allocated based on priority to individuals and families identified with the highest need.

Screening for program eligibility is conducted by the Human Services Department and occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during regular business hours, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In response to COVID-19, these screenings will take place over the phone by calling (509) 737-3946. 

The Human Services Department is closed to in-person visits from the public until May 31, 2020 or until the end of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, whichever is later. 

About Benton County
Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser and Kennewick. For more information, please visit our website

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