COVID-19: Resources for Community

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*Updated October 22, 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

Free COVID-19 Testing

City of Seattle COVID-19 Testing UPDATED

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.

NOTE: The Rainier Beach COVID-19 Testing Site location has changed to: 8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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.

 

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. 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.

COVID-19: Isolation and Quarantine Resources NEW

If you are someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health recommends self-isolation. Learn more about effective isolation and quarantine practices.

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. The Governor's statewide face covering order directs businesses to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers and clients. 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.

Government Support

Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants NEW

The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants provides direct cash assistance to vulnerable low-income immigrant residents who live in, work in, or attend school in Seattle. This program prioritizes applicants who were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as a "coronavirus stimulus check") and state unemployment insurance based on their immigration status. The application can only be submitted online, but in-language help over the phone is available. The deadline to apply is November 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Learn more here.

Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund NEW

The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund will provide $40 million in funds to assist Washington workers who miss work due to COVID-19, but are unable to access federal stimulus programs and other social supports to their immigration status. Eligible recipients will receive $1,000, with a limit of $3,000 per household. The application can be submitted online here. There is also an option to print the application and mail it in. In-language help is available over the phone at (844) 724-3737 (Mon-Fri, 9AM-9PM). The deadline to apply is December 6, 2020. Learn more here.

Más información en español aquí.

 

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 Trump administration U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) public charge rule is currently in affect in the state of Washington. However, unlike the USCIS rule, the nationwide injunction against the Department of State's implementation of its public charge policy still remains in effect and has NOT been limited. We recognize that this is a very complicated issue. Learn more about public charge here.

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) UPDATED

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, September 11, 2020.

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.

 

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 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.

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 Grocery Vouchers for Seattle Families

The City of Seattle has collaborated with local nonprofit organizations to distribute grocery vouchers to households who may be experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 outbreak. Households are not able to sign-up for this program. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, please see this Emergency Grocery 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, please also see the Worker Support Section and 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. 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 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.

King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program

King County has created a $41 million program to assist households economically impacted by the coronavirus. King County is accepting interest forms from tenants, small landlords, large property landlords and managers, manufactured home park owners and managers, and local nonprofits who wish to participate in a this Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program. Translated information and the application are available here: kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/COVID/eviction-prevention-rent-assistance.aspx.

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.

More information about DCAP here:

 

Other Resources

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.

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 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. 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 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.

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.

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.

ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants NEW

Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to provide CARES relief funding to Washington State arts and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are accepting requests of up to $10,000 for general operating support. No funding match is required. Application Deadline: October 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Download application guidelines here.

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.

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.

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 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.

 

Financial Support for Child Care Providers

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.

Support for Nonprofits

Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund

School's Out Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce are implementing the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund that provides one-time financial assistance to youth development programs and organizations supporting young people "most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and furthest from educational justice." Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, and the deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 6, 2020. To learn more about the grant and to apply, visit: youthdevrelief.schoolsoutwashington.org.

 

Support for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Black Business Prosperity (BBP) Grant

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Black Business Prosperity (BBP) Grant provides direct cash assistance to black small business owners who have been financially distressed due to COVID-19 related circumstances. Four (4) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $5,000.00 in direct cash assistance, and five (5) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $1,000.00 in direct cash assistance. The application deadline is Monday, October 12, 2020, 11:59pm PST. To learn more and to apply, please visit: jotform.com/ULMS/black-business-grant-application.

Washington State Community Small Business Resiliency Grant NEW

Utilizing $5 million of federal CARES Act Relief Funds, the Washington State Department of Commerce has developed a Community Small Business Resiliency Grant Program, which can can be used to cover working capital shortfalls due to COVID-19 hardship. The application period closes October 28, 2020 at noon. For more information and to apply, visit bit.ly/SmallBusinessResiliencyGrant.

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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