Solid Ground has helped our community overcome crises for over 45 years – and we’re here now to help people and our community during the pandemic. Check this webpage for resources and updates, or call our main phone line at 206.694.6700.
Topics on this page:*
- Housing and Utilities Resources
- Jobs and Unemployment Resources
- Legal Help and Public Benefits
- Other COVID-19 Resources
*While this page is updated weekly, please be aware that COVID-19 information is rapidly and continuously shifting, and some resources listed may not be the most current available.
Food Bank Maps:
- Find Your Local Food Bank – The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.
- Seattle Food Committee’s Food Bank Directory and Food Bank Map – Links to 29 Seattle food banks, with information about current hours and services during the pandemic
- Seattle-Area COVID-19 Emergency Food Resources Map – maintained by City of Seattle Human Services
- Home Delivery – United Way of King County and Food Lifeline are offering free home delivery of emergency food boxes across Seattle, North King County, and East King County during COVID-19. We are actively working to expand to South King County. To request a food box, fill out the online form, or call Toll-Free at 833.540.0800, Mondays to Fridays from 11am-4pm.
- “Free Food This Week” webpage
- COVID-19 webpage
A comprehensive listing of best practices resources to help manage COVID-19 risk for people at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks, gardens, and farms (based on guidance and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO) and the best available science). All items are peer reviewed by an expert panel, and many are translated into Spanish and/or Mandarin. Topics include: ⇒Food Safety Basics ⇒Dining Out ⇒Grocery Shopping ⇒Takeout ⇒Grocery Store Safety/Shopping & Handling Groceries ⇒Cleaning & Disinfecting Reusable Bags ⇒Bulk Meat Sales Safety ⇒Cloth Face Coverings and much more.
A King 5 News listing of places to find free grab-and-go meals for kids at Puget Sound schools during the coronavirus shutdown.
United Way’s statewide listings for free meals.
Food for anyone who needs it, not just Hopelink customers:
- Food Banks – Every Tuesday 12-4pm, Wednesday 3-7pm and Thursday 10am-2pm, ALL five of Hopelink’sfood banks are giving away food to anyone.
- Mobile Markets – Hopelink’s Mobile Market distributes food around the King County community. Everything is free!
A list of food resources for those in the greater Seattle area, separated by location, updated regularly as new resources become available for those affected by the COVID-19.
A group for people struggling with access to food and those interesting in volunteering. See topics to connect with people willing to bring your prepaid orders or apply online to request help.
Pandemic EBT (Emergency School Meals Program)
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a new emergency program for ALL children in grades K-12 in Washington state who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. See more information in English or Español.
- Go to the Washington Connection webpage and click Apply Now to start the online application. On the Your Needs page, select Pandemic EBT (Emergency School Meals Program).
- DSHS will confirm your child’s free or reduced-price meals status with the school. No interview is required. Applications will be processed within 30 working days.
- If the application is approved and you have an EBT card that you’ve used in the last 60 days, benefits will be added to that card. Otherwise, a new EBT card will be mailed to you. If you’re not approved, you will receive a letter from DSHS.
- If you are unable to complete the application online, call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877.501.2233 from 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.
- Applications will be accepted until 5pm on August 31, 2020. You’ll need to complete separate application(s) to apply for additional programs.
Health and Medical Resources
COVID-19 Vaccination Information (King County/WA state)
As of January 18, 2021, all older adults in Washington state over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households are also eligible if they meet certain conditions. Due to limited supply of vaccine, not everyone will be able to access a vaccine right away. Access will improve as the supply chain widens and providers in King County receive more doses.
Vaccination locations and information:
- WA State Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine info
- King County vaccination info
Vaccination phase information:
King County COVID-19 Call Center
The Call Center is open to answer questions daily, 8am-7pm, PT. The best source of information for you and your family during this evolving situation is Public Health — Seattle and King County.
Who to call:
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact the Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206.477.3977.
- For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington state’s response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800.525.0127.
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving your home. Do not go to the emergency room; emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
- If you are having a medical emergency, call 9.1.1.
MORE INFO: Visit www.kingcounty.gov/COVID and alert.seattle.gov for the most up-to-date information, and sign up for @AlertSeattle, the City of Seattle’s emergency notification system, to receive customized alerts via text, email, voicemail, Facebook, or Twitter (message and data rates may apply).BACK TO TOP
WA State COVID-19 Info Hotline
The Washington State Department of Health is optimizing the hours for the state COVID-19 information hotline to better serve the public. Hotline specialists can answer questions on a variety of COVID-19 topics, including symptoms and testing, exposure to the virus, recommended isolation and quarantine periods, and WA Notify (the state’s exposure notification app). Additionally, hotline specialists may be able to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible Washingtonians who do not have internet access, or need help using Phase Finder and online appointment scheduling tools. (Please note: Self-service is the fastest option for vaccination appointments. Please schedule your own appointment online or through your medical provider if you are able, so we can reserve the hotline’s capacity to set appointments for those who need help doing so.)
OPEN HOTLINE HOURS: Starting February 22: Mondays 6am-10pm, Tuesdays – Sundays and observed state holidays, 6am-6pm
COVID-19 INFO HOTLINE: Dial 1.800.525.0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.
MORE INFO: Visit the WA State Department of Health COVID-19 contact page.BACK TO TOP
Basic COVID-19 Health Information
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has recalled and advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers from the companies or products listed in their chart of potentially toxic hand sanitizers. The chart provides information on hand sanitizer labels that consumers can use to identify products that are:
- found to contain methanol in FDA tests.
- labeled to contain methanol.
- found to have microbial contamination in tests.
- being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
- subpotent (which means they have less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride).
- made at the same facility as products found to contain methanol in FDA tests.
- Seattle and King County Department of Public Health is the best source of up-to-date COVID-19 information for our region.
- Coronavirus Online Assessment Tool (developed by Providence and Microsoft)
- CDC’s Get the Facts About Coronavirus website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Face Masks and Cloth Coverings Tips – As of May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings.
- When am I required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering? (Washington State Coronavirus Response)
- Steps to Take if You are Sick or think you may be infected with coronavirus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance)
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 (Washington State Department of Health)
Behavioral Health Information
- How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19 (Mental Health First Aid)
- Loneliness — the workplace anxiety of the ‘New Normal’ – An informative article from Fingerprint for Success (F4S) on managing anxiety, isolation, and remote loneliness during today’s COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information from the Mayo Clinic
- Washington Listens Fact Sheet – Washington State’s Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), Washington Listens provides non-clinical psychoeducation-based support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19.
- FAQs about COVID-19 testing
- Map of testing locations that are open to anyone
- List of ADA accessible testing sites (PDF)
Aurora Testing Site
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm
12040 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Downtown Public Health Center (no appointment needed)
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm
2124 – 4th Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
SODO Testing Site
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm
3820 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
In September and October, Public Health Seattle King County opened new testing sites in Auburn, Federal Way, Renton, and Tukwila to bring additional free COVID-19 testing to south King County, where communities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Choose a testing location below to register. Pre-registration is encouraged to save you time, but onsite registration is available.
Auburn Testing Site
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-4:30pm
2701 C St SW
Auburn, WA 98001
Renton Testing Site
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm
805 SW 10th Ave
Renton, WA 98057
Federal Way Testing Site
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm
650 SW Campus Dr
Federal Way, WA 98023
Any staff or resident of a shelter with any of the following symptoms are eligible for testing:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.BACK TO TOP
For People Experiencing Homelessness
- COVID Testing Sites for People Experiencing Homelessness (as of 4/2/2020)
- Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN): Up-to-date information on King County’s COVID-19 Response for people experiencing homelessness.
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Information on Isolation and Quarantine Facilities
For those who cannot self-isolate or quarantine in their own home, and for those who do not have a home, King County is creating isolation and quarantine sites at multiple locations. Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include those who do not have a separate bedroom in their home away from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, students in congregate dormitory settings, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into these sites after a health professional with Public Health – Seattle and King County has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.
Call Center and Mobile Assessment Team
Notify the King County Call Center at 800.525.0127 if there is concern about COVID-like-illness circulating in a shelter or other congregate housing facility. A disease investigator will follow up to gather more information, and Public Health will deploy a Mobile Assessment Team to do testing at the facility if advised.
Bathrooms Open at Seattle Public Libraries
The restrooms at the following Library locations are currently open 10am-6pm, Monday through Sunday:
- Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW)
- Beacon Hill Branch (2821 Beacon Ave S)
- University Branch (5009 Roosevelt Way NE)
- Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave E)
- Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave)
No other services will be offered in those buildings when the restrooms are open. Locations will be staffed with security personnel, custodial workers, and library staff. To help prevent further spread of COVID-19, Library branches will employ social distancing protocols, ask patrons to complete a brief COVID-19 health screener prior to entering the building, and will limit the number of individuals permitted in the building for restroom use at a time. The restrooms will be regularly cleaned in accordance with guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Mobile Shower Stations
Seattle has set up several mobile shower stations to help residents experiencing homelessness stay hygienic during the coronavirus pandemic. All locations include restrooms, and some offer access to showers and laundry services. Some are open to the general public, while some are funded only for those experiencing homelessness – and other locations are designed for specific groups of people such as women or children. The first trailer was deployed at King Street Station in mid-May.
Current trailer locations:
- King Street Station Jackson Plaza (303 S Jackson St)
- Seattle Center International Fountain (305 Harrison St)
- University Heights Center (5301 University Way NE)
For an interactive map showing the locations of all city-funded hygiene services, visit visit Seattle.gov’s Addressing Homelessness webpage, and scroll down to the City-Funded Hygiene Services Available During COVID-19 Crisis section.
For more info: Call the Seattle Free Shower Hotline, 206.386.1030.BACK TO TOP
Housing and Utilities Resources
- Byrd Barr Place Rental Assistance – Byrd Barr Place helps renters avoid eviction with temporary rental assistance and connections to housing resources.
- City of Bellevue Rental Assistance – To apply for funding, leave a message between 12:01am-11:59pm on Wednesdays only on this dedicated hotline 206.694.6780. Counselors will call you back to screen for eligibility. Bellevue residents may can still call 2-1-1 to be screened for rental assistance and get information on other rental assistance resources in the community. (Please note: We review messages in random order to be as fair as possible for people whose schedules only allow them to leave messages at certain times. Depending on the call volume, we may not be able to get back to everyone; please allow one week after your initial call before you leave another message, and thank you for your patience!)
- City of Seattle Utility Discount Program – Eligibility and application information for discounted utilities for Seattle residents.
- Coordinated Entry for All Providers by WA State County
- Eviction and Late Fee Moratoriums (Federal & WA state) – A graph of information on Federal and State evictions and late fee moratoriums.
- King County Eviction Prevention & Rental Assistance – We’re working in partnership with King County and various community organizations to provide rental assistance to families who have fallen behind on rent over the course of the pandemic. Families looking for assistance should submit an interest form – available in over 25 languages – on the King County website. They’ll be entered into a lottery and will be contacted with next steps.
- Rental and Flexible Financial Assistance (updated 6/1/20) – A list of programs supported by King County General Funds of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy offering rental assistance and flexible financial assistance for our most vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Compiled by King County Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS) Adult Services Division (ASD) staff.)
- WA State Eviction Moratorium ends/30/21 – In order to keep people safely home, Washington State and local lawmakers have instated increased protections for renters during this crisis, including extending Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide moratorium on residential evictions through September 2021.
- Searchable list of all Multifamily Properties Subject to Federal Eviction Moratoriums – National Low Income Housing Coalition
- Help and Assistance for WA State Homeowners – Mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention information for Washington state homeowners.
Homelessness Prevention Financial Assistance for Veterans
WHAT: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) has funds to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans at risk of experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Veterans must meet the following criteria and be able to provide verification to qualify for assistance.
- Income: 50% AMI max (see chart below)
- Military Service: 1 day active duty, any discharge except Dishonorable (Reserves/National Guard ineligible, unless federally activated)
- Housing Loss: Documented risk of housing loss within 30 days (does not need to be COVID-19-related)
Current AMI income monthly limits by family size:
⇒1 person = $3,483 ⇒2 people = $3,983 ⇒3 people = $4,479 ⇒4 people = $4,975 ⇒5 people = $5,375 ⇒6 people = $5,775 ⇒7 people = $6,170 ⇒8 people = $6,570
QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Please reach out any of the following agencies for assistance.
- SSVF (a program of SOUND): 206.545.2344
- Catholic Community Services (CCS): 206.858.1148 or 253.850.2507
- YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish: 425.264.1426
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Assistance – PSE has funds available to help customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who recently became unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work. These carryover funds from PSE’s Low Income Program are available to residential customers in Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom counties who meet the household size and income criteria.
- Create and/or sign into your my PSE account either on www.pse.com or via the my PSE mobile app for smartphones or other mobile devices, then go to the Energy Portal’s CACAP portal link.
- Submit a complete and accurate application at www.pse.com, including: 1) Proof or a self-declaration of unemployment or underemployment and 2) Photo ID with date of birth of the customer. (All supporting documents can be either scanned or photographed to create a JPEG picture file which can be uploaded to the portal.)
QUESTIONS? Contact Brandon Leyritz, King County Outreach Lead, at 425.417.5925 or visit www.pse.com/covidhelp.BACK TO TOP
Jobs and Unemployment Resources
Free King County Employment and Job Seeker Resources
- COVID-19 Operating Updates for all WorkSource Centers, WorkSource Affiliate Sites, and WorkSource Connection Sites in King County
- WorkSource WA Calendar of Virtual Workshops for job seekers
WorkSource WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program service providers
- Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) employment programs in partnership with Partner In Employment (PIE)
- Neighborhood House employment programs
- Pacific Associates in partnership with Alliance of People with disAbilities
- TRAC Associates in partnership with Africatown
- Pioneer Human Services workforce programs
- National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) employment programs
- Entre Hermanos
- YWCA economic advancement programs in partnership with International Rescue Committee (IRC) employment services
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle workforce programs
Other Free Adult Employment Resources
- Airport Jobs employment program
- Casa Latina Day Worker Center
- Community and Technical Colleges workforce transition support programs
- El Centro de la Raza employment program
- Hopelink employment program
- Ingersoll Gender Center economic justice programs
- King County Jobs Initiative (KCJI) & Basic Food Employment Training (BFET) program
- King County Veterans Program (KCVP) employment services
- Multi-Service Center employment programs
- Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) employment programs
- Seattle Goodwill job training programs
- United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: Native Workforce Services Program
- WA Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) employment programs
- WA WorkFirst for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Free Youth/Young Adult Employment Resources
- City of Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
- Boys and Girls Club of King County YouthForce program
- Job Corps Cascades Center career training programs
- JUMA YouthConnect employment and job training program
- King County Youth/Young Adult Employment and Education Resources programs include: YouthSource; Reconnect to Opportunity; Career Launchpad; Learning Centers
- YMCA Seattle Center for Young Adults employment programs
- YouthCare employment programs
Free Tech Jobs Training Programs – Nonprofit Organizations
- Ada Developers Academy – Coding boot camp offering women and gender diverse people training in Software/Web Development (Full-time M-F, 6 month class/5 month internship)
- Apprenti – Offers diverse, underrepresented populations training & apprenticeships in: Web/Software Development; Network Security; Windows or Linux Systems Administration; IT or Cloud Tech Support (Full-time M-F, 4 month class/6 month paid apprenticeship)
- Year Up Puget Sound – Offering low-income, young adults (18-24 years old) job training & internships in: Software Development/QA; IT/Helpdesk Support; Business & Project Management Support (Full-time M-F, 6 month class/6 month internship)
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle InfoTech program – Offering long-term unemployed adults job training to become certified in Cloud Computing via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform (Full-Time M-F, 6 week class)
Tech Jobs Training programs – Community & Technical Colleges
Costs depend on eligibility for reduced or free tuition through available workforce support programs.
- Bellevue College – Institute for Business & Information Technology
- Green River College – Information Technology programs
- Highline College – Computer Science programs
- North Seattle College – IT programs
- Renton Technical College – IT programs
- Seattle Central College – IT programs
- South Seattle College – Business & Project Management Support program
Free Construction Trades Apprenticeship Training programs
- ANEW Pre-Apprenticeship Training
- Seattle Central College Pre-Apprenticeship Training (PACT)
- Guidebook for Construction Trades Apprenticeship programs in King County
MORE INFO/QUESTIONS? Please contact Dan Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org.BACK TO TOP
Legal Help and Public Benefits
How to Get Things Done in King County Superior Court During COVID-19 When You Do Not Have an Attorney – This document provides info on how to access the court during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some processes have temporarily changed to make it easier to participate in court cases from home and minimize travel to courthouses.
Free webinars on public benefits during COVID-19
The Statewide Poverty Action Network and partners Solid Ground, Northwest Justice Project, King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project, Catholic Community Services’ Tenant Law Center, Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), Benefits Law Center, and Unemployment Law Project partnered to create and offer a series of free webinars on temporary changes to state and federal benefits and housing policies.
- Webinar: State Benefits During COVID-19
- Webinar: SSI/SSDI Benefits During COVID-19
- Mini-Webinar: Updated Tenant Rights During COVID-19
- Webinar: Veterans Rights 4.2.20
- See additional webinars & resources on ELAP’s website
Public Benefits and Legal Help to Access Them
Solid Ground’s Benefits Legal Assistance attorneys provide FREE legal help to get or keep WA State public benefits, and they are open for business as usual during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are having an issue obtaining or maintaining your state public benefits, please contact us at 206.694.6742 or email@example.com.
Additionally, Washington state has made temporary changes to public benefits systems that may impact your ability to get or keep state benefits. These changes are current as of June 11, 2020. Note that they are temporary and will be in place until the state indicates otherwise, so be sure to check back in for up-to-date changes.
Update to all benefits programs (TANF, ABD, HEN, SNAP)
As of April 24, 2020, any individual or family with benefits certification periods ending in April or May automatically get an additional six-month extension to October or November 2020. Also, DSHS will waive the mid-certification review requirements for the remainder of April and May, and participants will continue to receive benefits through the end of their certification period as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.
AGED, BLIND, and DISABLED (ABD)
The state will not be enforcing sanctions due to the participant’s inability to follow required treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and/or SSI requirements.
BASIC FOOD ASSISTANCE / ABAWD
Prior to COVID-19, Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWDs) received Basic Food Assistance for three months and then were terminated unless participants met certain work requirements or other criteria, including ⇒an inability to work due to a physical or mental limitation, ⇒caring for a minor child, and ⇒pregnancy. However, participants in all counties will be temporarily able to continue receiving those benefits and will not be terminated after three months. In addition, if your ABAWD was previously terminated after you used your three months, you are now eligible for food benefits under this temporary rule and should reapply for food benefits immediately. This means you will NOT be penalized if you are unable to meet the work requirement, and you will be able to continue receiving food benefits.
Additional Supplemental Food Benefits Available:
- Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)/Emergency School Meals Program – Families with students who receive free or reduced lunch in in K-12 schools, or who attend a school where meals are free to all students, may receive additional food benefits while schools are closed. If a family already receives Basic Food benefits, the P-EBT will be automatically added to your EBT card by June 30. Families that do not already receive Basic Food need to apply for the P-EBT program online or by phone at 877.501.2233. If a student does not meet the initial free/reduced lunch requirement but the family does want to pursue the P-EBT benefit, contact the student’s local school to apply for free/reduced lunch, then apply for P-EBT. The value of the benefit varies.
- Additional Basic Food benefits – Many recipients who receive Basic Food benefits have additional funds available for March-June, 2020. Most recipients will receive the maximum amount of food benefit for their household size for these months, regardless of income level. (Note: If a participant has an overpayment in place, that family is not eligible for the additional benefits.)
COVID-19-related information such as childcare resources available to families, new rules to protect older adults in nursing homes and living facilities, Paid Family Medical Leave information, and more.
- Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) – Available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington state families and people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are NOT eligible for other cash programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) cash; Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA); Unemployment Compensation; or Paid Family and Medical Leave through ESD or their employer. TO APPLY: Call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877.501.2233 (Language Line interpreters are available), or apply online at WashingtonConnection.org.
- Food, Cash, and Medical Support (WA state) – Find out if you are eligible for expanded food, cash, and medical supports available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)
- Extending Program Benefit Time Limits: Effective April 1, 2020, all TANF applicants and current recipients will be granted Time Limit Extensions (TLE) when they reach the 60-month time limit for program participation. These extensions will remain in place for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. Applicants previously denied TANF due to exceeding the 60-month time limit are encouraged to apply again.
- Suspending WorkFirst Sanction Process: All WorkFirst sanctions and terminations are suspended as of March 16, 2020.
- Restarting benefits when terminated in sanctions: Participants who were terminated from TANF in the sanctions process will no longer have to cure their sanction prior to restarting TANF benefits. Participants should contact their WorkFirst case manager or apply on the Washington Connection website to restart benefits.
- Suspending WorkFirst Participation: TANF participants are not required to participate in WorkFirst activities. While WorkFirst activities are still available, a participant’s benefits will not be impacted for failure to participate.
- WorkFirst Orientation: Orientations will be conducted at home, either on the computer or via telephone, and in-person orientations have been suspended.
Other COVID-19 Resources
- King County Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers flyer
- Child Care: COVID Communications, Response and Referral Center flyer
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) information on phone scams during COVID-19
Effective April 17, 2020, DSHS’s Community Services Division began administering a Disaster Cash Assistance Program in response to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s declaration of a statewide emergency. The DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are NOT eligible for other cash programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) cash; Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA); Unemployment Compensation; or Paid Family and Medical Leave through ESD or their employer.
TO APPLY: Call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877.501.2233 (Language Line interpreters are available), or apply online at WashingtonConnection.org.
Resources for small business owners, immigrant and refugee communities, and others seeking unemployment, public health, housing, cash, and utilities assistance. (King County Office of Equity and Social Justice, 4/6/20)
A list of programs supported by King County General Funds of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy offering rental assistance and flexible financial assistance for our most vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Compiled by King County Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS) Adult Services Division (ASD) staff; updated 6/1/20)
- King County Veterans Program, p. 3
- Employment & Education Resources, p. 4
- Ingersoll Gender Center, pp. 5 and 6
- Minority Veterans of America, p. 7
- Washington Homeownership Resource, p. 8
- Plateau Outreach Ministries, p. 9
- Northwest Justice Project – Foreclosure Prevention, p. 10
- Northwest Justice Project – Eviction Prevention, p. 11
- Mobile Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, p. 12
Translated Language Resources
Basic Information and Resources
- Public Health – Seattle and King County – Materials in 33 different languages
–ASL COVID-19 Info for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and Deafblind Communities
–Multilingual videos about how to care from someone with COVID-19
- WA State DSHS Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Economic Services Administration (3/30/20) – A list of translated COVID-19 health education resources in 73 different languages from United States government entities, international non-government agencies, community-based organizations, and selective countries outside the United States.
- Equality Labs – Great basic COVID-19 Community Guides in 13 different languages.
- Stay home message for King Co. residents (Dr. Duchin) – PSA videos in 20 languages
ASL (American Sign Language) Resources
- ASL (American Sign Language) Videos: A series of 20 COVID-19 videos covering lots of COVID-19 health and safety topics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- How to Make An Accessible, Deaf-Friendly Face Mask (The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center): Step-by-step instructions (PDF) on how to make a mask that allows others to see your lips as you speak.
Various Topics – Multiple Language Translations
City of Bellevue Coronavirus Resources
Emergency Financial Assistance, Legal Assistance, Food, Grab & Go Meals for kids and teens, Mental Health Support, and more – including a map of Bellevue School District Food Distribution Sites.
Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
Isolation and Quarantine Infographic
Know Your Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This guide, created by HIAS, offers information to refugees, asylum seekers, asylees and other immigrants about the rights you have during this uncertain time.
Testing for COVID-19 Infographic
Neighborhood House provides videos in multiple languages and a list of multilingual Employment Specialists people can contact for help finding a job or applying for unemployment benefits.
Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) Resources
Unemployment – CARES Act Fact Sheet
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act provides a much-needed boost to the nation’s unemployment benefits and extends eligibility to recognize many workers and situations that previously didn’t qualify.
Español/Spanish Language Translations
- Aprenda sobre el coronavirus (COVID-19) – Learning about Coronavirus
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Instrucciones de cuidado – Coronavirus Care Instructions
- COVID-19: Consejos para la compra de comestibles – Grocery shopping tips (Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington)
Spanish Language WA State Unemployment Insurance Resources
- Agende una llamada con un especialista del centro de reclamos – Schedule unemployment benefits callback in Spanish (WA State Employment Security Department)
- Cómo solicitar beneficios por desempleo – How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance YouTube video (WA State Employment Security Department, 2018)
- Manual para Trabajadores desempleados – Handbook for Unemployed Workers (WA State Employment Security Department, 2017)
- The Unemployment Law Project’s Spanish language flyer about the organization and services
- Recurring Webinar, Mondays, 12-1pm PT: Answers to Questions About COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits – The Unemployment Law Project
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