COVID-19: Resources for Community

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*Updated April 8, 2020*

This page contains information and web links for City of Seattle, King County, Washington State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these programs and services are available to everyone regardless of where you live. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop.

You can also learn more about the services listed on this page over the phone by calling the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at (206) 684-2489 or (206) 684-CITY.

Please look out for each other and check-in with your neighbors during this challenging time. We are in this together, and we will get through this together!

City, Community, County, State & Federal Resources

Health Care Access

Free and Charitable Clinics

The Washington Healthcare Access Alliance has this list of free and charitable clinics in Washington state, organized by county: wahealthcareaccessalliance.org/free-clinics.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know

The National Center for Transgender Equality published this resource specifically for transgender people and their families.

 

Hygiene Access

Free Shower Program at Five Seattle Community Centers

The free shower program run by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) for community members in need will operate on a modified schedule at five community centers through at least April 13, 2020. People will only be allowed in a few at a time, and staff will take temporal temperature scans to ensure you are healthy. For more details, please visit this page.

 

Insurance Information

Alien Emergency Medical (AEM)

Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is now allowing undocumented adults to apply for Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) if they need COVID-19 testing. HCA will come out with more changes/information/direction soon. However, in the meantime, individuals can apply online at www.washingtonconnection.org or by completing the Application for Long-Term Care/Aged, Blind, Disabled Coverage (HCA 18-005). This application can be downloaded from the Health Care Authority website.

No Co-Pays and Deductibles for COVID-19 Testing

On March 5, the Washington State Insurance Commissioner announced that they now require insurers to waive co-pays and deductibles for testing for COVID-19.

Washington Health Plan Finder

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Washington Health Plan Finder is opening enrollment to qualified individuals until April 8, 2020. Apple Heath enrollment is year-round.

 

Mental Health

WA Warm Line

Run by the organization Crisis Connection, the WA Warm Line is a confidential peer support line for those experiencing anxiety, loneliness, etc. They are available: Mondays - Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and weekends from 12:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

Community Funds

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation Emergency Funds

The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has launched this fund for undocumented individuals or families with undocumented members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the fund and to apply for aid, please visit: undocuscholars.com.

COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks

The Washington Dream Coalition, in partnership with Scholarship Junkies, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network are fundraising through Scholarship Junkie's 501(c)(3) GoFundMe and other avenues to provide emergency and preventative financial relief to undocumented individuals that are at financial risk. To apply for financial support or to contribute to the fund, visit: scholarshipjunkies.org/relief.

COVID-19 - Rent Fund for Undocumented People

Founded by South Seattle College student organizers, this is a fundraiser to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted. To contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/rent-fund-for-undocumented-people-covid19. As of March 25, the organizers have suspended applications for funds.

COVID-19 Survival Fund for the People

The grassroots COVID19 Mutual Aid group started this fund to provide financial support to "Undocumented, LGBTQI, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Elderly, and Disabled, folxs who are bearing the brunt of this social crisis and self-organizing." To apply for aid or to donate to the fund, please visit: gofundme.com/f/covid19-survival-fund-for-the-people.

Day Laborer and Household Worker Relief Fund

The day laborer nonprofit organization Casa Latina is organizing this fundraiser to support day laborers and household workers in Seattle. "One hundred percent of the funds raised here will be used to be put into a worker relief fund and go directly to day laborers and domestic worker members at Casa Latina, who have lost work in these difficult times." For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/day-laborer-and-domestic-worker-relief-fund.

El Centro de la Raza Emergency Response Fund

El Centro is raising funds to support "vulnerable children, families, and seniors facing unprecedented economic hardship." Funds will help support the growing need for rent, food, utility, and other basic needs assistance for the clients they serve. For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit this page.

 

Helplines

City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau

To learn more about the services listed on this page, you can call the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at (206) 684-2489 or (206) 684-CITY.

The operators are able to connect with an external interpreter. You will need to be able to tell the operator in English what language you need for interpretation. You may experience long wait times. We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) COVID-19 Helpline: 1-844-724-3737

WAISN has transitioned its immigration enforcement hotline (1-844-724-3737) into a COVID-19 helpline for immigrants. They can help you identify support programs for:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Assistance for dispensation
  • Assistance in taking a COVID-19 test if you have been exposed or have symptoms
  • Assistance for support against detainment and deportation
  • Critical information on health, labor rights, and other rights
  • Immigration-related issues under the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state

 

Other Resources

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation List of Resources

The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has been regularly updating this list of community resources for undocumented individuals across the U.S.

Community Safety Planning for our Undocumented Neighbors

This resource from Mutual Aid Medford And Somerville (MAMAS) presents a step-by-step guide on how to build neighborhood "pods" where neighbors are looking out for and checking in on each other, especially our most vulnerable community members.

COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled this new information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services listed on this page: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid19publiccharge.

Immigrants Rising Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19

The national organization Immigrants Rising is regularly updating this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate this COVID-19 pandemic. You can read through their comprehensive list here.

Food Banks

Seattle Area Food Map

The Seattle Human Resources Department developed this interactive Food Resource Map that shows the locations of food banks, free meals, and student to-go meal pick-ups. The map can also be filtered by status with options to reflect those open, those with limited operations, and those whose status is unknown. You can access the map here.

 

Food Support for Young People

Food Support for Seattle Public School Students

Beginning Monday, March 16, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will be distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. All SPS students can participate. Additional information about meal pick-up will be shared with families tomorrow. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Family Resources for COVID-19-related Page. Under the Governor's "Stay Home" order, students are permitted to leave their homes to pick up meals.

FEEST Seattle Free Groceries for Families with Students at FEEST Schools

Families with students at Chief Sealth, Evergreen, Rainier Beach, and Tyee High Schools can request FREE groceries delivered to their homes. All you have to do is fill out an online form with your shopping list, contact information, and when you would like your delivery. Visit FEEST Seattle for more information about this service.

 

Food Support for Older People

Senior Meal Programs and Meals on Wheels

Seattle Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services division funds year-round meals at senior centers and other venues that have been suspended due to COVID-19. However, sack lunches and food boxes are available in many areas. Home-delivered meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels) are an option for individuals age 60+ who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464 (toll-free) to get connected to services in Seattle and King County.

Special Senior Shopping Hours

Seattle area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved exclusively for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Shoppers should continue to practice social distancing and Public Health-recommended hygiene practices. The fact-checking website Snopes.com has been tracking these store hours here.

The West Seattle Blog has also been actively tracking special shopping times for West Seattle stores here: westseattleblog.com/2020/03/grocery-stores-west-seattle-supermarkets-hours.

 

Food Support from Local Organizations

Emergency Feeding Program

The Emergency Feeding Program provides pre-packaged food in bags for people experiencing food insecurity. They also have a drive-thru pick up program for people ages 55 and older. More information and their application is here: emergencyfeeding.org/fresh-market-form.

FEEST Seattle and WA-BLOC Food Support for the Rainier Beach Community

Starting Friday, March 13, FEEST Seattle and WA-BLOC are providing free hot lunch for students in the Rainier Beach Community every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Rainier Beach Community Center plaza while schools remain closed. More information is at WA-BLOC's Facebook page.

Highland Park (West Seattle) Weekend Bagged Lunches

The Highland Park Improvement Club is offering meals for neighborhood residents who need meals, especially homebound individuals. More information about the program and how to volunteer is at hpic1919.org.

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Grocery Request Forms

The grassroots coalition Mutual Aid Solidarity Network is organizing grocery drop-offs at front doors. They are prioritizing "folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color - including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas." Request forms in multiple languages can be found here.

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S & S Holgate St. More location and transportation information can be found here.

Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

A number of South Seattle restaurants are offering free food delivery and pick up for community members. Beacon Hill restaurant Musang posts the community kitchen schedule at the beginning of each week. Please visit their Facebook page for details.

 

Food Support from Government Agencies

Washington State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called "Basic Food" in Washington state, helps people with low incomes by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Effective, March 26, 2020 you can apply for Basic Food Assistance online here, or by downloading a translated application here, or by calling 1-877-501-2233. More information can be found at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families

On March 20, the City of Seattle will start distributing a series of $20 vouchers to approximately 6,250 families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months. The City is exploring additional investments from private businesses and hopes to expand this program to up to 100,000 Seattle residents. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, check out this Emergency Food Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Restaurants for Takeout and Delivery

Find a Nearby Open Restaurant for Takeout

As part of Seattle's #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can search for open small businesses in your neighborhood and navigate directly to a business' website or third-party delivery service page. You can access that map here.

Internet Essentials

Effective Monday, March 16, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information.

Internet First NEW

Wave Broadband will offer free internet and WiFi for 60 days to all qualifying low-income households, especially students in low income households, who don’t already subscribe to Wave internet service and who enroll in the new Internet First program. The program is open to new Wave or Wave G customers living in a Wave or Wave G service area. Visit www.internetfirst.com for more information.

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone

Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country is available to anyone who needs them for free - including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

To find community-funded financial aid for rent and utility assistance, especially for when after this outbreak is contained, please go to the Worker Support section or the Artists/Creatives Support Section.

Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 30 days or until Seattle's COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council's approval. For more information, you can access this FAQ.

Federal Mortgage Relief

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to temporarily suspend foreclosures. For details, please see this FHFA release here.

Federal Student Loan Relief

The federal government has waived two months of payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible. For details, please see this Department of Education release here.

Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) , Seattle City Light (SCL), and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan that includes reversed late fees. SPU and SCL recommends that customers should as soon as possible call (206) 684-3000 or send an email anytime at seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question. PSE is waiving late fees for customers who can find more information at PSE's COVID-19 Response page.

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to: seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program.

Please also visit the Artists/Creatives Support section.

Community Funds

Alliance for Education Right Now Needs Fund

The Right Now Needs Fund provides immediate support to address the unmet basic needs of any Seattle Public School student and their family. The fund can be used to address basic needs including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. All 102 SPS schools have a Right Now Needs Fund, and this fund is absolutely still available during this pandemic. For more information on the fund, visit: alliance4ed.org/connect-with-us/right-now-needs-fund.

COVID-19 - Relief Fund for Undocumented People

Founded by South Seattle College student organizers, this is a fundraiser to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted. For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/rent-fund-for-undocumented-people-covid19.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

This online fundraiser is to specifically support "queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex Black, Indigenous folks and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC folks)." To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/covid19-relief-fund-for-lgbtqi-bipoc-folks. As of March 27, the organizers have suspended applications for funds.

Day Laborer and Household Worker Relief Fund

The day laborer nonprofit organization Casa Latina is organizing this fundraiser to support day laborers and household workers in Seattle. "One hundred percent of the funds raised here will be used to be put into a worker relief fund and go directly to day laborers and domestic worker members at Casa Latina, who have lost work in these difficult times." For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/day-laborer-and-domestic-worker-relief-fund.

Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund

Community members have started this Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund. They are prioritizing "the people in our community who are ineligible for government assistance, then will focus on those who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and immunocompromised." Fill out this survey to apply for funding. To donate to or learn more about the fund, please visit: gofundme.com/f/seattle-hospitality-emergency-fund.

Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund for Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits in SoDo, Pioneer Square and CID

The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund is aimed primarily at supporting individuals (shift workers and service providers), nonprofits, and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field "that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis." These neighborhoods include SoDo, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown - International District (CID). To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: secure.givelively.org/donate/rave-foundation/seattle-sounders-fc-relief-fund.

 

Worker Support from Government Agencies

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. You can find more information about how to manage your mortgage, rent, and personal finances at their website: dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources.

Paid Sick and Safe Time

Both Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance and Washington Initiative 1433 establish local and statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. In Seattle, the law requires employers to provide all employees with paid sick and safe time. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, exempt, and non-exempt employees. Please call the Seattle Office of Labor Standards at (206) 256-5297 or visit Office of Labor Standards PSST page here.

State Unemployment Benefits for Workers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.

Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED)

OED has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both businesses and workers: COVID-19 Business and Worker Resources

Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS)

OLS has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19: seattle.gov/laborstandards.

 

Worker Support from Organizations

Big Table

Big Table is a nonprofit organization that helps workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry through a referral model. To learn more, visit big-table.com/seattle. NOTE: The Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund is in the process of transferring the funds raised to Big Table.

The Plate Fund NEW

The Plate Fund (#ThePlateFund) provides immediate, one-time payments of $500 to the most impacted restaurant-industry workers. "For many, these payments can help "bridge the gap" between the time they received their last paychecks and when they can access federal stimulus payments and/or unemployment insurance benefits, which can take weeks or months. For others, this may be the only money they receive." To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: theplatefund.com.

Unemployment Law Project: COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefits

The Unemployment Law Project is a legal aid organization that offers advice and free/low-cost legal representation to people whose unemployment benefits claims have been denied or challenged by the employer. They also offer help to workers who need to file, but do not have access to a computer. More information is available at: unemploymentlawproject.org/covid-19.

United Way of King County Resources for Unemployed Workers

The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. Go to the United Way of King County's page for more information.

Washington Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Business Resiliency Guide is a tool to help small business owners assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable businesses to recover from the immediate threat of COVID-19 as well as the disruptions that could continue over weeks or months. You can download the business resiliency guide and supporting materials here: wsbdc.org/protect-your-business/business-resiliency.

WorkSource Critical Job Opportunities

"The outbreak of COVID-19 in our region has caused widespread social and economic disruption, including layoffs and changes to the business landscape. In the midst of this, critical workforce needs have emerged in response to societal changes, including hiring increases for grocery stores, cleaning companies, healthcare, social services, and others." WorkSource has highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.

Please also visit the Worker Support section.

Community Funds

Artist Relief Support for Artists Affected by COVID-19 NEW

The national coalition Artist Relief has created "an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States." They are distributing $5,000 grants to artists. To learn more about this fund, visit: artistrelief.org. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artistrelief.submittable.com/submit.

Artist Trust's COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund

This fund provides rapid response grants supporting the critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19, and the City of Seattle invested $50,000 in this fund. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artisttrust.submittable.com/submit.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

This online fundraiser is to specifically support "queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex Black, Indigenous folks and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC folks)." To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/covid19-relief-fund-for-lgbtqi-bipoc-folks. As of March 27, the organizers have suspended applications for funds.

Seattle Relief Fund for Individual Artists and Creative Workers

Seattle-based author and artist Ijeoma Oluo and others have organized this fundraiser, and the City of Seattle invested $50,000 in this fund. From the website: "This fund is aimed at helping those in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists - but we will try to help as many artists with need in Seattle as we can." To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/for-artists. As of March 27, fund sponsor LANGSTON Seattle has suspended applications for funds. Check back at the Go Fund Me page for updates.

 

Other Resources

Artist Trust's Resource List for Artists and Creatives

In response to COVID-19, Artist Trust has created this list of response and recovery resources for artists in Washington state. These online resources will be updated often, as Artist Trust learns more about this crisis and its impact.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

From the site: "This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc." Visit covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com to see the full list of regularly updated resources.

Northwest Folklife: COVID-19 Artist & Community Resource List

Northwest Folklife is committed to supporting our community's artists and community groups. They are tracking a list of resources for financial assistance, mutual aid and advocacy, and informational support compiled from community efforts.

Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis

The publication Billboard has collected a list of resources specifically for musicians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This long list includes both national and state resources.

Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Resources by Gig-Based Sector

This is a very large list of resources and funds organized by creative sector. It is unknown which organization or organizations is updating this list of resources. 

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture has developed this additional resource list for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19: Resources for Artists and Organizations Amid COVID-19. If you find that this resource is outdated, please check this Art Beat Blog post. They also have this FAQ for other COVID-19-related questions.

 

Closed

Seattle Arts Stabilization Fund for Organizations CLOSED

The City of Seattle has invested $1 million in this fund, which is meant to support arts and cultural organizations that have been impacted by the moratorium on events and public gatherings. Funds have been distributed through the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture's grant programs, and have been directed to current cultural partners. No application was required, and funds have already been allocated. For more information, please contact Kathy Hsieh at kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9926.

Childcare Resources

City of Seattle Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued an Emergency Order on March 27, 2020 to allow the City of Seattle to fund emergency childcare for essential workers including health care professionals, first responders, and grocery store workers. Eligible families can apply for child care by visiting this Emergency Child Care page.

Seattle Public Schools Child Care

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is offering space for child care providers in 12 SPS buildings while schools are closed. Please check this SPS page for details.

 

Home Education Resources

Seattle Public Library Digital Resources

The Seattle Public Library's Staying Home page includes a number of digital resources that kids and adults can access at home. Library buildings may be closed, but you can still read e-books and listen to e-audiobooks, plus stream movies, TV, and music with your library card.

Seattle Public Library E-Card

The Seattle Public Library has a new e-card option for Seattle residents who don't have a library card to sign up for an e-card. You can sign up instantly to receive access to e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive. You must be 13 or older and have access to a mobile phone.

Seattle Public Schools Home Learning Resources

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has compiled this list of extension learning activities. SPS developed this list considering a variety of students, including students with Individualized Education Programs and students who do not have access to technology or other resources. Many of these resources can help students to stay engaged academically while at home. You can also find other SPS resources related to COVID-19 here.

Education Companies offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closures

This is put together by different individuals and not a specific organization. Be sure to read the fine print carefully. This resource lists education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge that home may not be a safe place for everyone.

Get Help

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (Chat function available on website.)
    24/7 access to support, safety planning, and resource referral for those who do not feel safe in their relationships.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline -1-800-656-4673 (Chat function available on website.)
    24/7 access to support and resource referral for those who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment.
  • Domestic Violence Programs in Washington State - find a program near you to get assistance if you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - 1-888-998-6423
    24/7 access to support and resource referral for those who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment. The Center also offers one-on-one and group services for sexual assault survivors.
  • Washington Trafficking Help - 1-888-373-7888
    24/7 trafficking hotline with a website listing links to services available in Washington state for those experiencing labor or sex trafficking.

Safety Planning during this COVID-19 Outbreak

This article describes a number of safety tips and planning strategies for people who may be living with someone who is violent.

Resources for those Experiencing Domestic Violence and Controlling Relationships

Community Living Connections

For questions about aging or disability during this COVID-19 outbreak, and access to services for older people, adults with disabilities, and caregivers, contact Community Living Connections, a service provided by Seattle Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services division. Call toll-free 1-844-348-5464. Calls are confidential, professional, and free of charge.

Emergency Feeding Program

The Emergency Feeding Program provides pre-packaged food in bags for people experiencing food insecurity. They also have a drive-thru pick up program for people ages 55 and older. More information and their application is here: emergencyfeeding.org/fresh-market-form.

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Grocery Request Forms

The grassroots coalition Mutual Aid Solidarity Network is organizing grocery drop-offs at front doors. They are prioritizing "folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color - including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas." Request forms in multiple languages can be found here.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

NAPCA has launched an automated in-language helpline and website that offers information on prevention, symptoms, and planning in eight different languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Spanish). Each language will have a dedicated 1-800 line so that older adults who are limited English-proficient can immediately learn about the COVID-19 without having to navigate through difficult English prompts.

Senior Meal Programs and Meals on Wheels

Seattle Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services division funds year-round meals at senior centers and other venues that have been suspended due to COVID-19. However, sack lunches and food boxes are available in many areas. Home-delivered meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels) are an option for individuals age 60+ who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464 (toll-free) to get connected to services in Seattle and King County.

Special Senior Shopping Hours

Seattle area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved exclusively for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Shoppers should continue to practice social distancing and Public Health-recommended hygiene practices. The fact-checking website Snopes.com has been tracking these store hours here.

The West Seattle Blog has also been actively tracking special shopping times for West Seattle stores here: westseattleblog.com/2020/03/grocery-stores-west-seattle-supermarkets-hours.

Support for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Capitol Hill Housing Resilience Fund

The Capitol Hill Housing Resilience Fund will be used to support the residents and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and work of the nonprofit community development corporation Capitol Hill Housing to support the community. To donate to and learn more about the fund, go to: capitolhillhousing.org/covid-19resilience/index.php.

Evictions for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 60 days from March 18 or until Seattle's coronavirus emergency ends, pending the council's approval. For more information, you can visit the Mayor's blog post here.

SLU Chamber Small Business & Nonprofit Relief Fund

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce launched this fund "intended to help support South Lake Union's small businesses & nonprofits impacted by COVID-19." They are also collecting contributions to the fund with a goal of $500,000. Learn more about the fund here.

SWYFS Community Response Fund

The West Seattle-based nonprfoit Southwest Youth & Family Services has started this fund to provide "urgent assistance to youth and families who are facing severe hardships." Additionally, funds will also help ensure consistent ongoing service delivery during the months ahead. To donate to and learn more about the fund, go to: swyfs.org/swyfscommunityresponsefund.

 

Support for Small Businesses

#SupportSeattleSmallBiz: Is your business offering delivery or takeout? Make sure you are on the map!

As part of Seattle's #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can cecess that map here. If you are a business owner who wants to be added to this map, contact supportsmallbiz@seattle.gov.

City of Seattle B&O Tax Deferment Information

Effective immediately, the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: tax@seattle.gov.

Federal Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) will be offering technical assistance and launching resources to help small businesses apply for SBA loans.

Small business owners are also eligible to apply for an EIDL advance of up to $10,000. Funds will be made available within three days of submitting application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid, regardless of whether you end up qualifying for an EIDL loan or not.

Applicants for the federal SBA may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (interpretation provided) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. You can also learn more at the Seattle Office of Economic Development page here.

Keep Workers Healthy & Safe Fund

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has set up this fund "to provide immediate cash relief so small businesses can help keep workers healthy & safe during the COVID-19 pandemic." To learn more about the fund and to apply for funding, visit: keepworkershealthyandsafe.com.

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Congress passed the CARES Act in response to the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce has compiled this guide for small businesses on help they may be able to access from the CARES Act.

Washington State Benefits for Employers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants NEW

Governor Jay Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000. To learn more and to apply for funding, please visit startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants.

 

Support for Nonprofits

CID Restaurants and other Small Businesses Relief Fund

Seeded by a $100,000 donation from Vulcan, these funds are managed and disbursed by the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area, Friends of Little Saigon, and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)100% of the seed money from Vulcan and your individual donations will go directly to CID small businesses, (stretching from 4th Avenue to Rainier Ave. S and Yesler Way to S Charles Street). To donate to the fund, go to: scidpda.org/cidbizrelief.

DoorDash Subsidized Delivery for Nonprofits

DoorDash is offering subsidized delivery services (priced only to recuperate their costs, such as paying couriers) for nonprofit organizations and local agencies looking to transport food and other necessities from distribution hubs to residents. Interested organizations can start by completing this brief form, and DoorDash will contact you within two business days.

Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

Hosted by The Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. To learn more about and to donate to the fund, go here: seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund.

Historic South Downtown RFP for Nonprofits and Small Businesses in Pioneer Square and CID

On March 26, 2020, the organization Historic South Downtown (HSD) released a Request for Proposals for emergency support for nonprofit and small businesses in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhoods. Their Community Review Panel will review each application on a rolling basis and make funding decisions within three weeks. The closing date is no sooner than June 26, 2020. 

Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund for Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits in SoDo, Pioneer Square and CID

The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund is aimed primarily at supporting individuals (shift workers and service providers), nonprofits, and small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field "that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to the current public health crisis." These neighborhoods include SoDo, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown - International District (CID). To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: secure.givelively.org/donate/rave-foundation/seattle-sounders-fc-relief-fund.

Social Justice Fund Northwest COVID-19 Crisis Fund

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Social Justice Fund is launching an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the crisis. Grants are $3,000 and can support a variety of strategies to meet community needs and support mutual aid. Applicant organizations must be a previous grantee of Social Justice Fund, with priority for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led grantees. To apply, visit socialjusticefund.org/covid-19-crisis-fund.

 

Closed

City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund CLOSED

Approximately $2.5 million is available for the City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Eligibility criteria and how to apply is here. As of March 25, the first round of funding has closed. The Office of Economic Development expects additional funding rounds. Check back here for updates.

King County COVID-19 Community Response Fund CLOSED

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) is able to provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based organizations and other stakeholders serving impacted communities. OESJ will prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social, and economic impacts, with an emphasis on communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery sites. According to the website, "Based on significant response and volume of applications received, the COVID-19 Community Response fund has suspended receipt of new inquiries and applications."

LISC/Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund CLOSED

The nonprofit organization LISC received a $2.5 million investment from Verizon "to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available." As of April 4, the first round of funding has closed. However, you can register here to stay updated about the next round beginning mid-April. To learn more about the fund, go to: lisc.org/covid-19/verizon-small-business-recovery-fund.

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