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Housing: Related Resources

  • Apartment Finder: An internet resource for those in search of affordable housing in Washington State.

  • DSHS (Washington State Department of Social & Health Services): General information about available benefits and services.

  • DSHS Benefits Calculator: See if your family qualifies for food, cash assistance, child care, medical benefits or long-term care.

  • Development Gateway: Together with a diverse group of partners and dedicated members, we aim to build a vibrant global community, share information and build partnerships around a comprehensive knowledge base on poverty.

  • Family Services Baby Boutique: Provides essential items like new and gently used clothing and shoes, diapers, books, toys and equipment to homeless children.

  • Housing Resources Group: Their mission is to make excellent affordable housing available for the residents and communities they serve.

  • iSafetyNet: A comprehensive directory of both public and private community resources and services.

  • King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project: Works with low-income groups and victims of domestic violence to provide family law resources.

  • National Coalition for the Homeless: National advocacy network for homeless persons, advocates and service providers. Tons of great information and links galore.

  • DSHS' No Wrong DoorIn this report, the characteristics of client groups that might benefit from the Department of Social and Health Service's "No Wrong Door" initiative – Case Coordination Project – are identified, including the use of multiple services by persons with multiple disabilities, troubled children, youth and their families, and long-term TANF families.

  • Parent Help 123: Connecting families to food and health resources. Using the Benefit Finder, families can learn if they may be eligible for free and low-cost health insurance and food assistance, and then complete their program applications online!

  • Real Change: The voice of Seattle's homeless people and more. A street level view of life on the streets, and an energetic look at what homeless advocates are doing to help people and change policies.

  • Seattle Office of Housing: Building community and creating affordable housing opportunities.

  • Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless (SKCCH): Formed in 1979 and is one of the oldest homeless coalitions in the country. SKCCH is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to provide adequate and appropriate emergency responses, address the causes and break the cycle of homelessness.

  • posts an Interactive Smoke-free Housing Guide and a wealth of information to help both landlords and tenants embrace smoke-free housing environments.

  • SpareSomeChange: The Homeless Search Engine! Anyone who makes less than $25,000 a year will benefit from the program links here — from government grants to affordable housing.

  • Tedrico's Page: An amazing amalgam of information about homelessness, hitchhiking, panhandling, homeless programs, and a range of other anti-poverty issues.

  • Washington Information Network: Need help finding help? Use this directory to locate community resources.

  • Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP): Provides assistance to low-income households, including many senior citizens, who are without telephones. WTAP is designed to make sure families with low incomes throughout the state have affordable telephone service.

Financial Skills

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  • Bank on Seattle/King County: Today, everybody can get a checking account and stop paying fees to cash checks. Even if you've had problems with an account in the past, have never had an account before, or don't have a Social Security number, you can open a bank or credit union account in Seattle and King County. Deposit your money for free and pay bills at no additional cost.

Predatory Lending /
Credit Counseling

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  • American Bankruptcy Consumer Education Center: A site designed to help consumers survive money problems, rebuild their credit and recover before or after bankruptcy.   

  • American Consumer Credit Counseling: A nonprofit organization offering confidential credit counseling and financial education services to consumers nationwide.

  • Annual Credit Report: The official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report.

  • CAPP-Communities Against Predatory Lending: A broad team of working families and those who stand up for them, including church leaders, community service providers, local businesses and labor representatives.

  • ClearPoint Financial Solutions: Developing personalized financial solutions for people who seek to improve their current situations.

  • Consumer Education & Training Program (CENTS): Their mission is to empower consumers to take control of their financial situations. Through education and training, CENTS assists consumers to improve their financial situations and prevent, or overcome, serious money issues.

  • Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Protections: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires that debt collectors treat you fairly and prohibits certain methods of debt collection. This site lists important information about consumer protections against predatory lending practices such as foreclosure rescue scams.

  • Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network Complaint Submission: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law posts this link for consumers who want to file a fraud complaint against companies that charged them for loan modification services that they never actually received.

  • NW Women's Law Center: Equality. Justice. Fairness. The Northwest Women's Law Center has been working for nearly 30 years to make these concepts a reality for women in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Real Estate Information & Attorneys: This online database from LexisNexis has a wealth of information about Real Estate Law.

  • Seattle Chapter 13 Counseling: This site has online information related to activities, services, and news of interest to the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy community.

  • Washington LawHelp: A guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington.


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