If you are a renter having trouble paying your rent or a landlord who has lost
rental income due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, help may
be available. Through funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, there are a wide variety of state and
local programs that offer assistance—including financial assistance—to those who
are struggling to make ends meet.
Provided below are links to learn more about ERA programs in your local area,
including how they work and who is eligible, as well as other important
information to help you navigate these difficult times. ERA programs can vary
based on locale since flexibility is given to states to develop programs that best
suit the needs of their communities.

For more general information on assistance programs, visit:

For ERA program links in your local area, visit:
To get answers to frequently asked questions, visit:

For Renters: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-andhousing-assistance/renter-protections/emergency-rental-assistance-for-renters/

For Landlords: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-andhousing-assistance/help-for-landlords/

To talk with a no-cost Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved
housing counselor who can help you understand your options, make an action
plan, and even help you apply for rental assistance, call (800) 569-4287 or visit

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The Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Notes publication is looking for new submissions on all topics of bankruptcy relevant to practitioners in the Eastern District of Washington.  If you are interested, please contact any one of the board members and we would be happy to discuss topics for content and submission guidelines.

Latest News:

Washington State Legislature Significantly Amends Homestead Law Effective May 12, 2021

For additional information about the amendments, including a county by county exemption value for 2021, click here.

March 23rd Update on CORONAVIRUS ISSUES – 341 MEETINGS

Please see the updated information from Gary Dyer at the U.S. Trustee’s office.


For last week’s 341 meetings, which were all in Spokane, here is the new date and time, and the conference line is Spokane/ Richland:  1-877-953-9294  Access code:  4822893# :

Kevin O’Rourke

March 17th  at 9 AM moves to March 31st at 11 AM

March 17th at 10 AM moves to March 31st at noon.

John Munding

March 18th at  9 AM moves to April 1 at 1:30 pm

March 18th at 10 AM moves to April 1st at 2:30 pm

Chapter 13s – Dan Brunner

March 19th at 10 AM moves to April 2nd at 11 AM

For the meetings scheduled for March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd, they will be by telephone at the same date and time.  Spokane/ Richland: 1-877-953-9294  Access code:  4822893#.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Meetings of Creditors

Monday, March 16, 2020

The United States Trustee has announced the following:  Effective immediately, all in-person chapter 7, 12, and 13 section 341 meetings scheduled through April 10, 2020, are hereby continued until a later date to be determined.  Absent special circumstances, section 341 meetings may not proceed during this period except through telephonic or other alternative means not requiring personal appearance by debtors.  Appropriate notice will be provided to parties in accordance with bankruptcy law and rules.   This effects meetings scheduled for chapter 7s set on March 17th, and 18th, and  chapter 13 cases set on March 19th, 2020.   Meetings already noticed as telephonic meetings may proceed as scheduled.

L. Warden Hanel Memorial Bankruptcy Scholarship:

Congratulations to the 2019 L. Warden Hanel Memorial Bankruptcy Scholarship recipient, Dakota Pearce!  Click here to read his article entitled,  Big Changes, Small Business:  How the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 affects Bankruptcy Practitioners in Eastern Washington

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Pictures from the Bankruptcy Fall Seminar, November 2019