COVID-19: Resources for Community

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*Updated August 4, 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. 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

If you attended large gatherings, you MAY have been exposed. You are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop ANY symptoms. Taking proactive steps to protect your health, such as wearing a mask, avoiding physical contact, and regularly washing your hands, can cut down on your risks of contracting the virus, even in large gatherings.

Free COVID-19 Testing

City of Seattle COVID-19 Testing

The City of Seattle, King County, and UW Medicine are now offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through testing is 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.

Public Health and Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing

Public Health - Seattle & King County is regularly updating their list of free testing sites located all over King County, which also includes community health centers and UW Mobile Clinics. Language and mobility access varies by location. Learn more at Public Health - Seattle King County's website.

UW Mobile Clinic Drive-up and Walk-up Testing in Rainier Beach and South Seattle College

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the Rainier Beach High School parking lot off of S Henderson St every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM and at South Seattle College (in West Seattle) every Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. No appointments are necessary, and registration will be on-site. Each site has the capacity to test 100 people per day. Language interpretation is available.

 

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.

 

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. As of May 20, 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.

Seattle Protects (Access to Cloth Face Coverings)

Seattle and King County announced a Health Directive for all workers and residents to wear cloth face coverings in all indoor public settings and outdoor public spaces where maintaining social distancing could be difficult. You can learn more about how you can access free or low-cost masks here.

 

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

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.

 

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) Extension

RCA and RMA Benefits Extended through September 30, 2020

Refugees, Special Immigrant Visa/SIV holders, and Cuban-Haitian Entrants are generally eligible to receive RCA/RMA benefits for a maximum of eight months from their documented date of entry. Asylees, victims of trafficking, and other humanitarian immigrants are generally eligible to receive RCA/RMA benefits for a maximum eight months from the date of the granting of their immigration status. Due to a policy change in response to COVID-19, an eligible person may receive RCA and/or RMA benefits through September 30, 2020. Clients currently on RCA or RMA who continue to meet program eligibility requirements had their benefits automatically extended through September 30, 2020. Other clients may be eligible to reapply and receive benefits through September 30, 2020, if their eligibility date falls between April 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 and continue to meet all other program eligibility requirements. More information here.

 

Community Funds

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 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.

 

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 Eligibility and Public Charge Information for Immigrants

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs compiled this COVID-19 Eligibility and Public Charge 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.

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.

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.

Find a Nearby Open Restaurant for Takeout in the Tri-county Area

As part of Seattle's new #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has relaunched this interactive map that can help residents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County 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.

 

Food Support for Young People

Food Support for Seattle Public School Students

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Student Meals page. Under the Governor's "Stay Home" order, students are permitted to leave their homes to pick up meals.

SPS is also providing student meals by bus Monday through Friday throughout Seattle. Please refer to this SPS bus route map and schedule to determine the timing of the route or the school closest to your family. The Student Meals by Bus map and schedule can also be found on the SPS Student Meals page. All SPS students can participate in the meal programs.

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT)

Pandemic-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries for their children because schools have been closed due to COVID-19. Any child can receive P-EBT, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The only requirement is a child must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Learn more about this program and find translated information at at the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. More translated information here:

 

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.

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 Seattle, North King County, and East King County during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively working to expand this program to South King County. To request a food box, fill out this online form, or call toll-free at (833) 540-0800, Mondays to Fridays from 11 AM - 4 PM.

Highland Park (West Seattle) Weekend Bagged Lunches

The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) is offering meals for neighborhood residents who need meals, especially homebound individuals. They are serving 70 bag lunches a day, 5 days a week (and a weekend bag for Fridays). More information about the program and how to volunteer is at hpic1919.org.

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.

South King County & Eastside COVID-19 Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group

The grassroots coalition South King County & Eastside COVID-19 Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group is coordinating grocery drop-offs for "survivors, sick & disabled, immunocompromised, undocumented, black, queer, indigenous, and or people of color." The request form can be found here.

 

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 in March, April, and May. This will temporarily increase the monthly assistance for households that did not already qualify for the maximum benefit. You can read more about this emergency supplemental funding on the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services 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) 501-2233. More 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:

  • If your assistance previously ended for not meeting work requirements, you can reapply for food assistance online here.
  • If you are a current ABAWD client, you will not be penalized for not meeting the 80-hour work requirements for March, April, and May 2020.

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

City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families

The City of Seattle is continuing to collaborate with local nonprofit organizations to distribute a series of $20 vouchers to families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. Households are not able to sign-up for this program. For more information, check out this Emergency Food Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.

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.

 

Other Resources

Seattle Area Free Food Resources

This Google Document, which is labeled as a "Living Document" lists organizations and programs offering free food access is updated daily by a community member.

Internet Access Information Available in:

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

 

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 December 31, 2020.

Internet First

Wave Broadband is offering 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. You must complete the application here by December 31, 2020.

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, especially for when after this outbreak is contained, please go to the Worker Support section or the Artists/Creatives Support Section.

Financial Aid Programs

United Way of King County Home Base Rent Assistance Fund

The United Way of King County (UWKC), City of Seattle, and King County launched this financial aid program for King County residents who have been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are behind on rent. Applicants could qualify for one month of rental assistance. As of April 14, the application process is closed. UWKC is actively fundraising for additional support. Qualified applicants can also provide their email here, and UWKC will inform them if the program reopens.

 

Government Relief Programs

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 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Washington State Department of Commerce is providing up to $1,000 in rental assistance and up to $500 in energy assistance for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This crisis funding will be distributed through Commerce's statewide network of community action agencies. You can find a list of King County agencies you can apply to for funding here.

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.

Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted until Seattle's COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council's approval. You can find translated versions of a FAQ about this at the Renting in Seattle page. If your landlord is continuing to threaten to evict you, you can file this COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Complaint Form with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Seattle tenants must continue making rent payments, to the extent they can, and those struggling should work with their landlords on payment plans.

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.

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. DCAP has been extended through July 2020.

More information about DCAP here:

 

Other Resources

Important Information about CARES Act Economic Impact Payment

With the passage of the federal CARES Act, most adults have received $1,200, although some will get less. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500. Some households with undocumented family members might not be eligible for this payment.

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.

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.

Please also visit the Artists/Creatives Support section.

Unemployment Insurance Fraud Warning

The City of Seattle is warning all residents that scammers are using other people's social security numbers to fraudulently collect Unemployment Insurance. Learn more from the Washington State Employment Security Department fraud warnng page.

The Seattle Times also has this very informative article: What to do if your name is used by unemployment fraudsters taking advantage of coronavirus crisis.

 

Community Funds and Material Support

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 still available during this pandemic. For more information on the fund, visit: alliance4ed.org/connect-with-us/right-now-needs-fund.

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Assistance to Community

The South Park-based organization Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) is offering assistance to local households. Go here to learn more about the fund. To apply, please visit: duwamishcleanup.org/ineedhelp.

Homer Harris Hub COVID-19 Support (recovers.org)

The recovers.org platform is a free website communities can use to organize disaster relief. These Central District community advocates have launched this Homer Harris Hub recovers.org site to connect individual volunteers and community organizations with local needs. Go here to learn more about support. To apply, please visit: homerharrishub.recovers.org/needs/new.

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). Go here to donate to the fund. To apply to the fund, visit: https://www.soundersfc.com/covid-19/relieffund.

West Seattle Support (recovers.org)

The recovers.org platform is a free website communities can use to organize disaster relief. These West Seattle community advocates have launched this West Seattle recovers.org site to connect individual volunteers and community organizations with local needs. Go here to learn more about support. To apply, please visit: westseattlecovid.recovers.org/needs/new.

 

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 at their COVID-19 Resources page here.

 

Worker Support from Government Agencies

Child Care Provider Grants (Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is offering support to child care providers in Washington under the Child Care Development Block Grant's CARE Act. This critical support is in the form of a grant to any licensed child care provider in Washington State that is open on the date of the grant release and providing child care. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here.

Child Care Provider Grants (Washington State Department of Commerce)

The Washington State Department of Commerce is accepting applications "to support local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity in communities." There will be two rounds of funding. The first round is complete. The next round of applications are due September 11, 2020. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here.

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. Workers can check their eligibility here. And now, $600 will be automatically added to weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim payments this week, and people who were self-employed, including gig-workers and Uber and Lyft drivers can apply for UI. 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.

The Plate Fund

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.

Please also visit the Worker Support section.

Support for Arts Organizations

King County CREATIVE COVID-19 Relief Fund NEW

King County is providing one-time grants as economic support to organizations in King County experiencing business interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are prioritizing these types of organizations:

  1. Science organizations
  2. Arts, culture, and science organizations that provide educational programs
  3. Music venues

To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: kingcountycreative.com/covid19-relief-fund.

 

Support for Individuals

Artist Relief Support for Artists Affected by COVID-19

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.

Busker Relief Fund

Pike Place Market busker Jeannie Rak has started this fund to support the street performers of Seattle's Pike Place Market. All of the funds raised will be distributed to Pike Place artists in need. To learn more about or to donate to the fund, please visit: freefunder.com/campaign/busker-relief-fund.

 

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.

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.

Emergency Child Care Program

The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is offering emergency child care services for families of first responders and essential workers, as well as families facing homelessness. For more information on eligibility or to apply for the program, visit DEEL's COVID-19 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

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.

Nature Conservancy Nature Lab Educator Resources

The Nature Conservancy in Washington State has these youth curriculum focused on specific grade ranges, including virtual field trips. You can learn more here about their Nature Lab Educator 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.

 

Financial Support for Child Care Providers

Child Care Provider Grants (Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is offering support to child care providers in Washington under the Child Care Development Block Grant's CARE Act. This critical support is in the form of a grant to any licensed child care provider in Washington State that is open on the date of the grant release and providing child care. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here.

Child Care Provider Grants (Washington State Department of Commerce)

The Washington State Department of Commerce is accepting applications "to support local partnerships to develop action plans that stabilize and expand child care capacity in communities." There will be two rounds of funding. The first round is complete. The next round of applications are due September 11, 2020. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here.

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 PAUSED

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.

Warning to Small Business Owners

The City of Seattle is warning small businesses that scammers are posing as either lenders or third-party providers offering to assist businesses with their federal Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications. There is no fee or charge in applying for SBA loans. If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of your SBA loan in exchange for payment up front or by someone offering a high interest rate on a small business loan, you should suspect fraud.

Please report scams to the Washington State Office of Attorney General, by calling 1-800-551-4636 from Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by completing an online claim here.

The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development offers FREE technical assistance to all businesses looking to apply for an SBA loans, including EIDL, PPP, SBA Express Bridge Loan, and SBA Debt relief. Businesses can call OED at (206) 684-8090 from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email OED at oed@seattle.gov anytime and receive free assistance. When you call, you can ask for an interpreter.

More information here.

 

Support for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

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.

Port of Seattle South King County Fund NEW

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of Seattle Commission has added economic development as an additional focus for their South King County Fund. Projects must benefit near-airport communities and must also serve communities that are economically vulnerable and face great challenges, including people of color, Native people, immigrants and refugees, those with less English proficiency, veterans, seniors, youth, and/or people with disabilities. Grant requests can be up to $100,000. Proposals are due by noon on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Learn more about the fund here.

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 apply for funding as an individual or an organization, visit: soundersfc.com/covid-19/relieffund. To donate to the fund, visit this page.

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." Though the application process for the first round of grants is closed, they anticipate a second round of funding. The application is available here: sluchamber.org/coronavirus-resources. They continue to collect contributions to the fund with a goal of $500,000. Learn more about the fund here.

 

Support for Small Businesses

#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.

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.

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 (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

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 (EIDLs) to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Small business owners are also eligible to apply for an EIDL Emergency 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. Details here at the SBA website.
  • SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) had offered up to $10 million in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Details here at the SBA website. The second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program opened on April 27.
  • SBA's Debt Relief Program pays the principal, interest, and fees of current and new 7(a), 504, and microloans. Details here at the SBA website.
  • SBA's Express Bridge Loans enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access $25,000 quickly. Details here at the SBA website.

You can contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) for technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 (interpretation provided) or by emailing OED@seattle.gov. You can also learn more at the Seattle Office of Economic Development page here. You can 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.

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative

Small businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis can sign up on GoFundMe to start a fundraiser for themselves. Then, local community members are able to search small business relief GoFundMe fundraisers to find small businesses they'd like to support. If a small business raises $500 on their GoFundMe and meets eligibility criteria listed below, they may be able to receive a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.

Ready for Business Small Business Recovery Fund NEW

The GSBA and Comcast are offering the Ready for Business Fund, which grants $2,500 to selected small businesses. Additionally, awardees will receive "wrap-around support services from GSBA and Comcast (including GSBA membership, technical support, marketing, and consulting)." The application closes on Friday, September 4, 2020. Learn more about the fund here.

The Good Farmer Fund

The organization Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets (NFM) has launched this fund to assist NFM vendors only. Go here to apply for funding. To learn more about the fund or to donate to it, please visit: seattlenfm.org/good-farmer-fund.

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.

Community Fundraising Efforts

These organizations are coordinating volunteers and/or donations for those who want to help each other during this outbreak.

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