Imagine Housing recently announced that it is sponsoring an emergency rental assistance fund to help residents who are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship related to COVID-19.

The nonprofit is partnering with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, which will administer the funds. Imagine Housing has allocated $100,000 to start the fund, with the aim of seeking additional charitable donations to support residents during the economic repercussions of the pandemic.

The funds will be made available starting June 29. Imagine Housing households will need to contact the Eastside Legal Assistance Program at housing@elap.org in order to qualify.

“Imagine Housing had already made a commitment to work with any resident who is financially impacted by the pandemic,” said Villette Nolon, president & CEO of Imagine Housing, in a release. “We have already forgiven late fees, legal fees and non-sufficient fund fees incurred after January 1, 2020 and have reassured all our residents that no one will be evicted due to nonpayment of rent during this crisis. But we want to do more — and there is a need and a way to do more.”

Gerald Kröon, executive director of the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, said he knew he wanted to be a part of the fund as soon as Imagine Housing approached him.

“Imagine Housing is a leading nonprofit affordable housing provider focused on serving East King County, so they serve a critical role in providing safe and stable housing for our most vulnerable populations,” Kröon said in a release. “During these uncertain times, they are trying to provide some certainty for their residents and that is something that we should all support.”

Through the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, 100 percent of the funds will go directly to Imagine Housing residents. For more information, click here.

“We, in the nonprofit housing community, know firsthand how many hard-working individuals and families require housing assistance and now amid the stay-at-home sheltering, the importance of stable housing has likely hit home for everyone,” Nolon said in a release.