COVID-19: Resources for Community

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*Updated September 23, 2021*

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. All Seattle residents regardless of immigration status are eligible for City of Seattle programs and services unless noted otherwise. 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information UPDATED

In Washington state, all people 12 years-old and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Many easy and/or free opportunities to get vaccinated continue to exist:

  • Consult with your primary care provider - if you have one - as they are very likely offering the vaccine.
  • Public Health - Seattle & King County is implementing a vaccination program for individuals in King County who are unable to leave their homes. To learn more about this program, please visit this Public Health Insider page here. To schedule an appointment, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-3977 between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm, any day. Language interpretation is available.
  • Visit kingcounty.gov/vaccines to find appointments throughout King County.
  • Residents can also receive assistance over the phone for any of the sites by calling the Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-2489 or (206) 684-CITY, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. at 5 p.m.

Learn more at the City of Seattle COVID-19 vaccination page: seattle.gov/vaccine. (Translated content is also included.)

Public Health - Seattle & King County

Learn more about local efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine across King County here: kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine.aspx.

Washington State Department of Health

Learn more about the state's plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution here: doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Access federal information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.

 

Free COVID-19 Testing

City of Seattle COVID-19 Testing

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible.

The City of Seattle, King County, and UW Medicine are offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through and walk-up testing are available. You must first register online or over the phone. While testing is free, if you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card or proof of insurance. Language interpretation is available. To learn more about these sites, please visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Free Testing page.

 

Health Care Access

Free and Charitable Clinics

Please call first before visiting any of the locations listed in these external pages.

National Tribal COVID-19 Response

The National Indian Health Board has this healthcare and educational resource page to help Tribes respond to COVID-19.

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.

People’s Free Telehealth

The People's Free Telehealth offers free and confidential care over video chat to underserved, uninsured, and under-insured populations by a team of board-certified and Washington State-licensed medical providers volunteering their time and expertise. Providers are able to speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and Punjabi. More information on how to schedule an appointment here: peoplesfreetelehealth.org.

 

Hygiene Access

City of Seattle Hygiene, Restroom, and Shower Facilities Map

The City of Seattle has conducted an extensive accounting of every City-funded hygiene resource available. Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, The Seattle Public Library, and city-sponsored day centers account for more than 165 locations where hygiene resources are available, including 89 24/7 hygiene facilities that include toilets. Human Services Department's hygiene map includes all locations that are open and will be updated weekly.

 

Insurance Information

Alien Emergency Medical (AEM)

Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is allowing undocumented adults to apply for insurance coverage if they need COVID-19 testing and treatment. Individuals have a number of options for applying. See here for details on how to apply. For more details about Alien Emergency Medical, please go to here. In Washington state, all people 16 years-old and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of your citizenship or immigration status and regardless of your ability to pay or whether or not you have insurance.

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.

 

Mental Health

Crisis Connections

Crisis Connections runs a toll-free, 24-hour helpline at 1 (866) 427-4747 to connect people in physical, emotional, and financial crisis to services that will be of assistance. They help to reduce immediate emotional distress and defuse crises for individuals, families, and community members and reduce the immediate risk of violence to one's self and others. The helpline also increases access for mental and emotional support services.

NAMI Washington Helpline Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Seattle operates a mental health referral and information helpline (call (206) 783-9264 or text (206) 207-7765) to connect callers to the support and resources that they need. NOTE: This helpline is not a crisis line, as they are not equipped to assist you with crisis intervention. More information about their helpline and list of resources here.

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.

If you are an immigrant searching for information on what services you are eligible for, please know that all Seattle residents regardless of immigration status are eligible for City of Seattle programs and services unless noted otherwise.

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

COVID-19 Assistance Eligibility and Public Charge Information for Immigrants UPDATED

On March 11, 2021 President Biden formally rescinded the Trump-era public charge rule. As a result, both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State are no longer enforcing this cruel and restrictive policy. You can find out more information about public charge here.

Maps to Find Food Banks, Farms, and Restaurants

Find a Nearby Farm to Purchase Produce in the Tri-county Area

King County has launched this interactive Local Food Finder map that can help residents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County find nearby farms to purchse whole food and produce. You can search by desired produce and learn more information about a farm business. You can learn more about this project here.

Find a Nearby Food Bank in the Seattle Area

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. You can access the visual map here or an interactive list of food resources. There is also a screen reader accessible version, where you can enter your address or use your device location to search for the food resources near you.

 

Food Support for Young People

Apply for Free and Reduced Price Lunch

You can apply now for a free and reduced price lunch (FRL) from Seattle Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrolling in FRL makes it easier for students and families to receive additional money for groceries that may become available in the new year. Free and reduced price meals are available to students regardless of immigration status, and applying does not impact individual's ability to apply for a green card. Learn more and apply here.

Food Support for Seattle Public School Students UPDATED

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is distributing lunches over the summer until August 20. However, SPS is no longer offering meals by bus and Amazon home delivery. Students are able to pick up a free sack breakfast and lunch meals prepared by SPS nutrition services teams in locations across teh city. All SPS students can participate in the meal programs. For more information, please see this SPS page.

Food Support for Seattle Housing Authority Youth

United Way of King County is partnering with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle Public Schools to offer free home delivery of meals for youth who live in specific Seattle neighborhoods. Families living at the High Point, New Holly, and Rainier Vista SHA properties are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch daily, Monday to Friday, through a no-contact delivery. To request home delivery of meals, fill out this online form or call (503) 395-7697.

Pandemic EBT - Funds for Groceries

Families with children enrolled in free and reduced-price lunch at Seattle Public Schools will start receiving a benefit called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) by April 2021. Eligible families will automatically be mailed a P-EBT card with funds to purchase food while traditional breakfast and lunch services are not being provided in schools. P-EBT cards can be used to purchase food anywhere that accepts EBT - even farmers markets or online at Amazon or Walmart (see below for details). The benefit will be $25-$123 per child per month depending on the learning model at the child's school. Families will receive one card per child enrolled in free or reduced-price lunch. Here is what families will need to do to receive this benefit:

  1. Ensure they've completed the 2020-2021 school meal benefit online application, and
  2. Ensure that the mailing address the school has on file is up to date.

Learn more on Seattle Public Schools website or by calling the P-EBT Contact Center at 1 (833) 518-0282 (interpretation is available). Information will also be available on the OSPI P-EBT website in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Khmer (Cambodian), Punjabi, Somali, Ukranian, Amharic, Farsi, Taglog, Tigrinya, and Laotian.

 

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.

 

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 is here.

Food Box Home Delivery

Are you in need of food and unable to leave your home? United Way of King County, Food Lifeline, City of Seattle, and Metro Access are offering free home delivery of emergency food boxes across King County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that this service is reserved for people who are unable to access their local food bank in-person and are unable to afford groceries. To request a food box, fill out this online form.

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.

United Way of King County Get Extra Money for Food Program

The United Way of King County has launched a campaign to ensure that everyone who is eligible for Basic Food, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is easily able to apply for this benefit, especially immigrant families who may have been too afraid to apply for it because of the policies of previous federal administration. Also, recent changes in federal policies and state regulations have expanded eligibility and benefit levels for thousands of households across the state, including community and technical college students. To access in-language information and to apply, please visit: uwkc.org/need-help/food-help.

Food Support from Government Agencies

Basic Food or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Basic Food is Washington State's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Due to additional emergency funding from the federal government, all existing and new Basic Food participants will receive the maximum benefit for their household size. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will continue to request month-to-month extensions of this benefit as long as a national public emergency declaration is in place. This will temporarily increase the monthly assistance for households that did not already qualify for the maximum benefit.

From January 2021 to September 2021, all households will also see a 15% increase to their maximum benefit amount due to additional federal support approved at the end of 2020. You can read more about this emergency supplemental funding on the Washington DSHS website, (which includes FAQs in multiple languages).

You can apply for Basic Food Assistance online here, or by downloading a translated application here, or by calling (877) 501-2233More information is available at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services website.

Changes to Basic Food Work Eligibility Requirements for Some Adults

Some people who qualify for Basic Food assistance have to meet work or work training requirements. This applies to people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are able to work and do not have any children or others as dependents. Federal funding systems refer to this as "able bodied adults without dependents" or ABAWD. These changes are summarized below:

Learn more about ABAWD and these changes at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

You Can Use SNAP EBT Cards to Order Grocery Pick-Up or Delivery

The following stores and online retailers now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards as a form of payment for grocery pick-up or delivery.

  • QFC and Fred Meyer locations that offer grocery pick up now accept EBT payment for orders placed online. Select a location and place your order through the store website (visit QFC or Fred Meyer). When you reach the payment option select "Pay with EBT" and then bring your EBT card when you pick up the groceries. Learn more here.
  • Washington SNAP EBT funds can be used to purchase groceries for delivery through Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery. You can register your SNAP EBT card here. Learn more about the program here.
  • Walmart also accepts EBT for grocery pick-up at the Bellevue and Lynwood locations. The process is very similar to the QFC and Fred Meyer process llisted above. You can read more about that here.

City of Seattle Discounted Internet Access Resources

This City of Seattle chart summarizes the various low-cost internet programs and how to apply.

Translated versions of the chart are available at the links below:

Amharic: ለነዋሪዎች ዝቅተኛ ዋጋ ያለው በይነመረብ ማዳረስ

Chinese (Traditional): 實惠的居民互聯網服務

Korean: 주민들을 위한 저비용 인터넷 연결

Somali: Helitaanka Internetka Qiimaha Jaban ee Degganeyaasha

Spanish: Acceso a internet de bajo costo para residentes

Vietnamese: Cung Cấp Dịch Vụ Internet Giá Rẻ cho Cư Dân

City of Seattle Free Internet Access Resources

You can find find free public Wi-Fi closest to you here: www.seattle.gov/tech/services/internet-access/free-public-wi-fi. You can also open a Public Wi-Fi Map in a new window here. And you can view a site list that is screen reader accessible here.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission's new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) helps families who qualify, get a discount of up to $50 for broadband service. Families and households are eligible if they receive Medicaid, SNAP or other public benefits, are school lunch eligible, are already in the Lifeline program, receive Pell education grants, have lost income due to job loss or furlough during the COVID-19 pandemic, or their 2020 income is below $99,000 for single tax filers or $198,000 for joint filers. If you are in a low-income internet program now, you may be able to apply directly with your internet provider.

Three ways for eligible households to apply:  

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. Providers serving Seattle with ongoing low-income internet programs offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit include Comcast, Wave, and wireless hotspot providers: PC's for People and Human I-T.
    Other Washington State providers are listed here.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call (833) 511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:
    Emergency Broadband Support Center
    P.O. Box 7081
    London, KY  40742
    Application Form (pdf): English ; Spanish (Instructions in other languages: getemergencybroadband.org/help/resources/)

Consumer handouts and the fact sheet are also available in:

You can also help the FCC promote this campaign with this Emergency Broadband Benefit Outreach Toolkit here.

InterConnection

The nonprofit technology access organization InterConnection is offering refurbished laptops starting at $109 for low-income residents. You can register and purchase at connectall.org.

Internet Essentials

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. Also, $150 refurbished laptops are available to Internet Essentials customers. You must complete an application here by June 30, 2021.

Internet First

Wave Broadband is offering their Internet First program, up to 35 Mbps for $9.95/month for eligible households. The program is open to new Wave or Wave G customers living in a Wave or Wave G service area. You must complete the application here.

Washington State Department of Commerce Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Commerce is providing free temporary, emergency internet access for Washington residents who do not have broadband service in their homes. The free community Wi-Fi is accessible at hotspot sites across the state. You can find the nearest hospot site near you at the Washington State Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder.

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 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, please also see the Worker Support Section and the Artists/Creatives Support Section.

Government Relief Programs

Rent Assistance for Tenants from King County

The King County Rental Assistance Program is starting the next round of the Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). The first round focused on landlords. The tenant-focused program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness. If you are a tenant who needs help paying rent, the first step for you is to register here.

Washington State DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP)

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is administering the Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the COVID-19 emergency. DCAP is designed to provide emergency assistance with natural disasters in mind, like wildfires and flooding and is now available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and individuals, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligible other cash programs. You can apply by calling (877) 501-2233, (where operators have access to interpreters) or by applying online at WashingtonConnection.org.

More information about DCAP here:

Washington Foster Care Pandemic Aid 2021 NEW

Treehouse is partnering with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) to distribute $1.65 million in pandemic aid to foster care alumni ages 23 - 26. Eligible young people will receive $1,000 in aid that can be used for basic needs, education, employment and much more. The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete and closes on Friday, September 24. To learn more and to apply, please visit: treehouseforkids.org/pandemic-aid-apply.

 

Other Resources

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60% and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50%. Income-eligible residential customers can self-certify to join UDP and access heavily discounted utilities by simply signing a short form that attests to their household income, rather than having to provide income documentation. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or email UDP@seattle.gov or visit the Utility Discount Program page.

Federal Assistance for Homeowners and Renters

The Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a page listing resources for homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 national emergency. For details, please see this page here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA will provide financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, go to: fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

Federal Student Loan Relief

The federal government continues to waive payments and interest for many student loan borrowers at the request of President Joe Biden. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible.

National Foundation for Consumer Credit

You can also talk with a National Foundation for Consumer Credit certified financial counselor about strategies for reducing mortgage, auto loan, student loan, and other debts at 1 (844) 359-3834 or by visiting: nfcc.org.

Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Residential evictions for non-payment of rent continues to be temporarily halted until September 30. Residential tenants who receive an eviction notice during the moratorium should contact the Renting in Seattle hotline at 206‐684‐5700. Seattle tenants must continue making rent payments, to the extent they can, and those struggling should work with their landlords on payment plans.

Talk to Your Lenders Immediately

Ask your mortgage lender, auto loan provider, student loan provider, or credit card companies about hardship plans or loan forbearance as soon as possible. This could include waiving certain fees and/or delaying or adjusting payments.

Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) , Seattle City Light (SCL), and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are all waiving late fees and 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. 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 has launched an $11 million Crisis-Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP) fund for customers who have had their income reduced after March 1, 2020. PSE is also offering financial assistance to eligible customers at 250% Area Median Income (AMI) or below. Households are encouraged to apply while funds are available and can learn more at pse.com/covidhelp.

Please also visit the Artists/Creatives Support Section.

Employment/Job Opportunities

WorkSource: Operations Update and Critical Job Opportunities

WorkSource is the "one-stop" system in Washington state that offers employment and training services. No fees are charged for any of the services offered. You can learn more about how each WorkSource office has adapted to delivering services to jobseekers. WorkSource has also highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.

United Way of King County

The United Way of King County is tracking job opportunities for essential businesses and other local companies, among other resources at their COVID-19 Resources page here.

 

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.

Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED)

OED has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both small 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 at their web page here.

Seattle Public Library: Your Next Job

The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has a new service: "Your Next Job" that can help you sign-up for unemployment benefits, search for jobs, apply for jobs, and learn new job skills. Through one-on-one appointments via phone, text, or online conferencing, SPL can help job seekers to be successful on career and educational pathways, including job seekers with little or no digital literacy skills and those who have limited English proficiency. SPL can provide one-on-one appointments in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian. You can call (206) 386-4636, email ask@spl.org, or help someone complete the intake form here at their website.

Washington State Unemployment Benefits for Workers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help workers 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. To apply, you must first create an online SecureAccess Washington account here.

For more information, you can also call: (833) 572-8400 and request an interpreter. They are also are experiencing extremely high call volumes and longer than normal wait times. You can also learn more at: esd.wa.gov. Translated information on how to access application assistance can be found here.

 

Worker Support from Organizations

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

The national One Fair Wage campaign has launched this emergency fund for service workers experiencing hardship during this COVID-19 pandemic. To donate to the fund or to apply for aid, please visit ofwemergencyfund.org/help.

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.

Please also visit the Worker Support Section.

Support for Artists

4Culture Art Project Funds

4Culture Art Projects Funds provide financial support for artists and artist groups all over King County. Group applicants may apply for a fixed award amount of $2,000 or $4,000. Individual applicants may apply for a fixed award amount of $2,000, $4,000, or $6,000. In 2020, 4Culture awarded $705,0000 to 123 Art Projects applicants. To learn more about this fund and to apply, please visit: 4culture.org/grants/art-projects.

Artists Up Online Assistance Hub for the Arts

Artists Up is partnering with the Seattle Office of Film and MusicKing County, and Mentorly (an online arts mentorship platform) to provide free, online consultations to members of the Washington State arts sector to help them connect with pandemic resources and navigate processes and forms for income assistance, unemployment, emergency services, housing, finance, taxes, healthcare, and more. To learn more, visit: artistsup.org/covid-19.

 

Support for Arts Organizations

Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

Administered by SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. The grant application process opens April 8, 2021. To learn more, please visit this SBA SVOG portal.

Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPP, PPP Forgiveness, EIDL, or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 or by emailing oed@seattle.gov.

 

Other Resources

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.

Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

Administered by SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. The grant application process opens April 8, 2021. To learn more, please visit this SBA SVOG portal.

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.

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.

Caregiver Resources

The Arc of King County

Caregivers of children or adults with developmental disabilities can access information, services, and other supports by contacting The Arc of King County at (206) 829-7053 or ask@arcofkingcounty.org.

 

Childcare Resources

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Select Boys & Girls Clubs are offering a full days of care for school-aged children. There are no additional costs for current club members and new teen members would pay a $50 membership fee. New non-teen members would pay a $50 membership fee and a $25/day fee. Scholarships are also available.

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

IllumiNative and the National Indian Education Association Partnership

IllumiNative and NIEA have partnered to bring activity guides for students from Pre-K through 8th grade, which includes digital education tools, lesson plans, and resources about Native American art, culture, history and contemporary life. Access the Native Education For All resources here.

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 remote learning resources for SPS families and students. Seattle Public Schools will start the 2020-21 school year remotely. 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.

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.

Support for Nonprofits

COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Fund

HealthierHere and Public Health - Seattle & King County are partnering to invest funds into King County community-based organizations to increase access to scientifically accurate knowledge, an understanding of COVID-19 vaccines, and ultimately increase vaccination rates. Funded organizations will support culturally relevant and responsive community-based COVID-19 vaccination in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and/or with lower vaccination rates. The application deadline for the COVID Outreach and Engagement Fund is August 27, 2021 at 11:59pm. HealthierHere will host an optional webinar for those who have questions about this application on August 17 from 12-1pm. Click here to register for the webinar.

To access the application and learn more about the COVID Outreach and Engagement Fund, please click here.

 

Support for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

City of Seattle Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund NEW

The Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund supports community-led strategies to reignite the local economy with an intentional focus on promoting racial equity. Projects can be community-based solutions to address the negative impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures had on neighborhoods and our local economy. The Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund can support a variety of activities and projects that directly help businesses, communities, and local economies recover from those impacts. Learn more about this fund and apply here.

Communities Rise COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic

Communities Rise is organizing COVID-19 legal clinics for Washington State entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. You will be able to access free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. Complete this online form to request an appointment for a phone-based or video-call consultation.

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 until Seattle's COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council's approval. Seattle commercial tenants must continue making rent payments, to the extent they can, and those struggling should work with their landlords on payment plans.

Renewed Federal Small Business Relief

A new federal stimulus package was signed into law December 27, 2020. The U.S. Small Business Administration administers a number of programs that may be helpful to local small bsuinesses. Learn more about these programs here.

Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPP, PPP Forgiveness, EIDL, or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 or by emailing oed@seattle.gov.

Technical Assistance from Trusted Community Messengers

The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19. Twenty partner organizations are available to help small businesses and nonprofits find and apply for resources; access translation assistance; navigate local, state, and federal resources; and more. Learn more about this assistance here.

U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application for nonprofit and small business operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief. SVOG is a first come, first served grant. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Learn more about this program here.

Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPP, PPP Forgiveness, EIDL, or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 or by emailing oed@seattle.gov.

 

Support for Small Businesses

The Comcast RISE Investment Fund (Round 2) NEW

The second round of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund provides $6 million additional dollars to hundreds of small businesses owned by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Hispanic, and Asian American owners. Beginning on October 1 through October 14, eligible businesses in Seattle and select cities can apply for a $10,000 grant. A total of 100 grants in Seattle will be announced at the end of November 2021 and awarded in December 2021. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, go to: www.ComcastRISE.com.

The Rudd's R.U.B.B. (Raising Up Black Businesses) Initiative NEW

Ezell's Famous Chicken is partnering with DoorDash to give 20 Black-owned businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest a no-strings-attached grant to help them sustain and grow their operations. They're currently accepting applications through September 20, 2021.

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

As part of Seattle's #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents living in King, Pierce, or Snohomish County find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can access 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.

City of Seattle Free Outdoor Permits during the Pandemic

If you're interested in using space on the sidewalk or street in front of your business to add a temporary café or additional retail space, or if you are a food truck or vending cart owner who would like to try out new vending locations, you will need a Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). These temporary permits are FREE.

If you have questions about the different permits available or need help with the application process, call (206) 684-8090 or e-mail oed@seattle.gov for free help and technical assistance.

GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources

GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. They are providing help to both GSBA members and non-members by answering questions about eligibility for the state's assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance. Learn more about GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources here.

Tabor 100 Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF)

Tabor 100 is a nonprofit community organization that works to achieve economic empowerment and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. They recently launched their Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF) to provide cash grants, training, technical assistance, and other support for the Greater Seattle area Black-owned businesses. Learn more about this fund and how to apply here: tabor100.org/bbef.

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program UPDATED

On September 9, 2021, the Small Business Administration recently announced enhancements to the COVID EIDL program that will allow more businesses greater and more flexible support from the over $150 billion in available COVID EIDL funds. This funding is still available through the end of the year. For more information about the updates and how to apply to all COVID EIDL programs, please visit www.sba.gov/eidl.

U.S. Small Business Administration Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses remain open. This program provides restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Learn more about this program here.

Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPP, PPP Forgiveness, EIDL, Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 or by emailing oed@seattle.gov.

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