Eligibility Criteria Overview
To apply, an individual or family must meet ALL of the requirements below:
1) Be a resident of Douglas, Okanogan, Pierce or Whitman County at the time of the fire (from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021);
2) Has suffered damage to their Primary Residence or were displaced from a rental unit used as their Primary Residence due to a wildfire occurring in fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021);
3) Does not have or has inadequate private insurance to cover the cost of household appliance replacement;
4) Additionally, an individual or family must meet ONE of the following criteria:
A) Is disabled. The term “disability” or "disabled" means the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
B) Has a household income equal to or less than 80 percent of the County Median Household Income. Per RCW 84.36.383 "County Median Household Income" means the median household income estimates for the state of Washington by county of the legal address of the principal place of residence, as published by the office of financial management.
C) The home qualified for the Property Tax Exemption Program in RCW 84.36.379 through 84.36.389. The qualifying applicant receives a reduction in the amount of property taxes due. The amount of the reduction is based on the applicant's income, the value of the residence, and the local levy rates.
D) The home qualified for the Property Tax Deferral Program in chapter 84.38 RCW. Property Tax Deferrals must be repaid when the home is sold, the applicant passes away, or the home is no longer used as the primary residence. The Deferral Threshold is based on the County Median Household Income of the county where the residence is located.