Welcome to Resource Wire for August 16 through 23, 2023! This is your source for the latest news and updates about community resources and opportunities for folks living with low incomes in Seattle and King County.
We’re now smack dab in the middle of August, and as much as the kiddos don’t want to hear it, that means it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for a new school year. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities coming up to get free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, and everything else they need for school. In fact, there are so many events coming up, we’ll be running a whole Back-to-School section in Resource Wire for the next few weeks. Check it out and let us know if there are any we’re missing!
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~NEW THIS WEEK~
JOB FAIR & NETWORKING EVENT
WHEN: Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 1:30-4:30pm
WHERE: WorkSource Rainier, Room 100, 2531 Rainier Ave, Seattle, WA 98144
WHAT: Chat one-on-one with recruiters seeking qualified candidates. Explore job opportunities and connect with representatives from more than a dozen employers, including Amazon, Puget Sound Energy, Fred Meyer, and more.
TO REGISTER: Go to WorkSource Rainier Job Fair and Networking Event.
QUESTIONS? Contact email@example.com.
WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 11am-3pm
WHAT: The Urban League’s 2nd annual Summer Resource Festival will feature a variety of community resources and services, such as housing assistance, job development opportunities, general health screenings, voter registration assistance, free hot meals, and a school supplies distribution for middle and high school students.
MORE INFO: Download the Summer Resource Festival flyer.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RENTING AS A SENIOR
WHEN: Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: Zoom; register for link.
WHAT: Are you a senior looking to know about your rights as a tenant? Learn everything you need to know about…
- What to look for in your housing search.
- Which resources are best suited for your search.
- Using your credit history to find the best housing opportunity.
- Navigating through discrimination as a senior.
- Factoring safety and community in your housing.
A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions.
GET PAID FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES
WHEN: Apply by Friday, August 25, 2023, at 5pm
WHAT: Are you a young person who has experienced housing instability, or the caregiver for one? Join the Youth Homelessness Prevention Steering Committee of lived experts, where your stories will make a significant impact. Learn more about this paid opportunity and how you can get involved: Survey
As a participant, you’ll receive a stipend of $50 per hour for your valuable contributions. The commitment involves approximately 40 hours of work, including consulting sessions, workgroup meetings, and more. Let your voice be heard while being compensated fairly. Stipends will be capped at $2,272.00 annually.
TO APPLY: Complete the Youth Homelessness Prevention Steering Committee 2023 interest form.
QUESTIONS: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.468.0501.
~BACK TO SCHOOL~
WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 3-5pm
WHERE: YouthSource Tukwila, 645 Andover Park W, Tukwila, WA, 98188
WHAT: High schoolers and their parents are invited to Reconnect to Opportunity’s High School Resource Fair for free backpacks, notebooks, writing utensils, food boxes, community resources, and more.
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 2023, 3-6pm
WHAT: Come down to Greenbridge Plaza for free backpacks, school supplies, food, entertainment, raffle, resources, and fun.
MORE INFO: Down the Greenbridge flyer or call 206.436.1910.
WHEN: Friday, August 25, 2023, 11am-2pm
WHERE: CitySoil Farm, 1200 Monster Rd SW, Renton, WA 98057
WHAT: Come to the 3rd annual Back-to-School Farm Day at CitySoil Farm to learn more about environmental justice and urban gardening, share a free, tasty meal, and leave with free school supplies, a gift card, and beginner home gardening kits. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. Transportation assistance is available for those who are in need.
REGISTER: Go to the Farm Day RSVP.
MORE INFO: Download the Urban League Farm Day flyer.
WHEN: August 26, 2023, 12-4pm
WHERE: Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
WHAT: Come to the 20th Annual Rainier Beach Back2School Bash for free backpacks and school supplies, plus haircuts, braiding, beauticians, and nail techs. There will also be food, entertainment, kids’ activities, and neighborhood resource booths.
TO REGISTER: Go to Back2School Bash Registration to shorten your wait in line.
WHEN: September 2, 2023. 12-5pm
WHERE: Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, 4520 MLK Jr Way S, Seattle, WA, 98118
WHAT: Come down to Gifts of Hope’s 6th Annual Community Back to School Extravaganza for free food, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and braiding, inflatables, face painting, snow cones, photo booths, and more.
TO REGISTER: For haircuts and braiding only, go to Gifts of Hope Back to School Event.
MORE INFO: Download the Gifts of Hope 2023 flyer.
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle
WHAT: King County’s Mobile Medical Program provides walk-in care for people who are living homeless (or were recently homeless) only. Please try to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled end time for the clinic. On rare occasions the clinic will close earlier than the scheduled time. Call the Mobile Van nursing lines if you would like to confirm the clinic end time for a particular day.
Please note: Sites and available services are subject to change due to Mobile Medical’s involvement in the COVID-19 response. Please check King County’s Mobile Medical Care webpage for the latest information, including upcoming dates in September.
Upcoming Seattle dates:
- Friday, August 18, 2023, 10am-2pm, Salvation Army SoDo, 1039 6th Ave S, Seattle
- Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 3-7pm, 125th & North Aurora, 12255 Aurora Ave N, Seattle
Upcoming South King County dates:
- Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 11am-3pm, Sidney Wilson House, 1150 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton
- Monday, August 21, 2023, 2:30-6:30pm, Thea Bowman Apartments, 3350 S 240th St, Kent
- Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11am-3pm, Riverton Park United Methodist Church, 3118 S 140th St, Tukwila
MORE INFO: Go to King County Mobile Medical Care or call 206.330.6775 for the Seattle Medical Van or 206.549.5562 for the South King County Medical Van.
FREE & LOW-COST VETERINARY CARE
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Recovery Cafe SODO, 4202 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA
WHAT: Seattle Veterinary Outreach provides veterinary care for free to people experiencing homelessness and at a reduced cost for people living on low incomes. The organization is also currently partnering with Public Health – Seattle King County to provide free COVID vaccinations and booster shots to anyone regardless of income.
Veterinary care is provided on a first-come, first-served service. Pet owners are encouraged to arrive between 10-10:30am to secure a place in line.
This service is reserved for those experiencing homelessness or living with a low income, which is verified at clinics. Pet owners should bring their SNAP, EBT, WIC, SSI, or TANF cards. Alternatively, a letter confirming that the pet owner is living in subsidized housing or receiving housing vouchers is also acceptable.
MORE INFO: Visit the Seattle Veterinary Outreach Clinic Calendar.
YOUTH JOB & RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Friday, August 25, 9:30am-4pm
WHERE: Kent YMCA, 10828 SE 248th St, Kent, WA 98030
WHAT: James Sheard Level Up is a free and fun event with workshops, a job and resource fair, food trucks, and giveaways for young people ages 16 to 24. This year’s event has a summer camp theme.
Free LYFT rides are available for people who need help getting to the event.
TO REGISTER: Go to James Sheard Level Up 2023.
FREE SOUL FOOD COMMUNITY DINNERS
WHEN: Sunday, September 3, 1-5pm
WHERE: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Dope Culture and its partners are hosting free home-cooked soul food meals for the community on select Sundays every month through 2023. Let’s break bread together, build community, and provide support to those in need.
The Sunday Soul Dinner series will feature entertainment such as live music, comedy, and art. Community-based organizations will also be on site to provide resources and support.
Additional 2023 dates:
- October 8
- November 5
- December 3
MORE INFO: Download the Dope Culture Community Dinners flyer.
QUESTIONS? Contact Anthony Tibbs at 206.225.7272 or Sarah Childs at 206.307.8269, or email email@example.com.
FREE MEALS FOR KIDS & TEENS
WHAT: Free meals for kids and teens are available throughout the summer at schools, parks, community centers, and faith-based organizations. These meal programs are open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork – kids can just drop in and grab a meal.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The Free Summer Meals program is for kids and teens ages 18 and under – but some sites may offer additional resources for older family members.
- No fee, signup, or proof of identity or legal status is required to receive summer meals.
- Federal program rules have changed. This year, kids and teens need to be present to receive a meal, and meals need to be eaten onsite. Parents and guardians are no longer able to pick up meals on behalf of their children.
TO FIND MEALS: Search for meal sites near you using the Summer Meals Site Finder or text FOOD to 304.304.
MORE INFO: Download the 2023 Free Summer Meals flyer.
FREE SUMMER MEALS & KIDS’ ACTIVITIES
- Meals: July 5 through August 25, 2023, 11:30am-1pm and 2-3pm
- Activities: July 23 through August 25, 2023, 9:30am-4pm
WHERE: 11 locations across Seattle
WHAT: This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way of King County are partnering to host a drop-in summer program offering free meals and recreation activities at 11 park sites across Seattle.
Free lunches and snacks will be offered to youth ages 1 to 18. Free recreation activities are open for kids and teens ages 5 to 18 and may include arts, crafts, board games, and organized recreational games. No fee, sign-up, or proof of identity or legal status is required to receive summer meals. Lunches will be offered from 11:30am to 1pm and snacks will be available from 2 to 3pm.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is also offering free activities and meals for kids through its Summer of Safety program.
MORE INFO: Go to Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities.
CASH FOR YOUR FAMILY: GET YOUR WORKING FAMILIES TAX CREDIT
WHEN: Apply by December 31, 2023
WHAT: Washington state has already paid out more than $62 million to 84,000 individuals and families under the new Working Families Tax Credit. Individuals and families can receive up to $1,200 if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year.
Get help filing your application:
- Check out free application events to find out if there is one near you.
- Get help from a partner organization in your area.
- Or check out additional free resources.
You can also check on the status of your application using the using the “Where’s my Refund?” Tool.
QUESTIONS? If you need additional help, call 360.763.7300 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, or visit one of 12 field offices.
RENT SMART/¡INQUILINOS INTELIGENTES!
WHEN: All English sessions held twice monthly on Wednesday afternoons. Spanish sessions held monthly on Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm.
WHAT: Virtual Renters’ Rights Webinar Series
Rent Smart Webinars in English
- 8/23/23: Rent Smart: What to Look for as a Senior Renter
- 9/13/23: Rent Smart: Threats of Eviction & Your Rights as a Tenant
- 9/27/23: Rent Smart: Mold & Your Rights as a Tenant
¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Talleres Virtuales en Español
- 8/31/23: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Cargos y depósitos
- 9/28/23: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Lo que necesita saber sobre la mudanza de su alquiler actual
NEED MORE HELP?
- King County residents being threatened with eviction can contact the Housing Justice Project for legal assistance at 253.234.4204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington State residents can visit Solid Ground’s For Tenants website for self-help information, or call Solid Ground’s Tenant Services Voice Message Line, currently open for messages Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30am – 1:30pm (hours and days are subject to change): 206.694.6767 | TTY: 7.1.1
¿NECESITA MÁS AYUDA?
- Si actualmente vive en el Condado de King y está siendo amenazado con el desalojo, comuníquese con el Proyecto de Justicia de Vivienda para obtener asistencia legal 253.234.4204 o email@example.com.
- Los Residentes del Estado de Washington pueden visitar el sitio web Para Inquilinos de Solid Ground para obtener información de autoayuda, o llamar a la línea mensajes de voz de servicios para Inquilinos de Solid Ground cual es abierta los lunes o jueves de 10:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m. (las horas y los días están sujetos a cambios): 206.694.6767 | TTY: 7.1.1
Rent Smart is offered in partnership with Solid Ground’s Tenant Services and the King County Library System (KCLS). / ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! se ofrece en asociación con los Servicios para Inquilinos de Solid Ground y La Sistema Biblioteca del Condado de King (KCLS).
~JOBS WITH SOLID GROUND~
DRIVE FOR GOOD! WEEKLY JOB FAIR FOR SOLID GROUND DRIVERS
WHEN: Every Thursday, 8am-5pm
WHERE: Solid Ground Transportation, 8100 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
WHAT: Be a part of making life easier for those living with disabilities in our communities. Join our team of drivers who provide ACCESS bus services to people who can’t use Metro’s fixed-route system, helping people get to critically needed health and human services resources, and connecting people with their communities.
Solid Ground Transportation offers:
- $18.94 per hour with $2,000 Hiring Bonus
- Flexible schedule
- Part-time & full-time options
- No CDL requirement
- Paid training
- Opportunities for long-term career growth beyond driving!
- Full benefits (Paid Leave, Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, 401k Matching, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Account, and Life Insurance)
TO APPLY NOW: Go to the Solid Ground Bus Operator job description and scroll down to How to Apply for application materials.
QUESTIONS? Call 206.694.6817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOLID GROUND JOB BOARD
WHAT: Join the Solid Ground team and help us fight poverty and dismantle systems of oppression! We’re currently seeking candidates for these positions:
QUESTIONS? Learn more about Solid Ground and see other open positions on the Solid Ground Careers page.
~ONGOING JOB OPPORTUNITIES~
JOB HELP FOR PEOPLE IMPACTED BY CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM
WHAT: TRAC Associates provides funding for training, help with job searches and resume writing, work-related supplies, peer and group counseling, expungement services, and transportation. Services are available to residents of King County who have been recently released, recently charged, or pre-released from the criminal legal system.
HOUSING & EMPLOYMENT HELP
WHAT: Are you currently homeless? Unemployed? African Community Housing & Development offers employment opportunities, interview prep, job training, housing assistance, and more!
MORE INFO: Contact Shirwa Aden 425.436.8134 or email@example.com.
PAID JOB TRAINING FOR JANITORIAL SERVICES & MANUFACTURING
WHEN: Tours and info every Monday at 9am
WHERE: Orion Industries, 1590 A Street NE Auburn, WA 98002
WHAT: Orion Training & Employment offers skills training and assessment in our aerospace business, janitorial, office skills and customer service programs. We support individuals to achieve their goals through our job placement and job retention services. Participants receive:
- Paid training
- Hands-on mentorship
- Self-esteem building
- One-on-one support from counselors & job developers
QUESTIONS? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.661.7805.
~ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE
WHAT: The Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation (PDAF) helps Washington state residents whose prescription drug coverage is inadequate, even if they have private insurance, Medicaid, or a plan on the healthcare exchange. PDAF’s mission is to make medications available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured Washingtonians at no or reduced cost.
MORE INFO: Contact Rod Shutt at 206.518.0839 or email@example.com.
FREE BIKES & HELMETS
WHAT: Bike Work’s Bikes-For-All program provides free rebuilt bicycles and helmets to youth, adults, and families living in Southeast Seattle who are facing barriers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis. Income limits apply.
MORE INFO: Go to the Bikes-For-All page.
FREE ADULT HELMETS
WHERE: All City of Seattle Customer Services Centers except the downtown location.
WHAT: The City of Seattle is handing out free helmets at six of its Customer Service Centers. Limited sizes are available. One helmet per adult.
HELP PAYING ENERGY BILLS IN KING COUNTY
WHAT: Your family’s monthly income may qualify you for free or low-cost energy services. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program administered by Byrd Barr Place that helps low-income households to meet their immediate home energy needs.
LIHEAP assistance is now available year-round. You may now be eligible to receive assistance once every 12 months.
- Customers in Seattle: Call 800.756.5437 (Public Health — Seattle & King County CHAP Line) for assistance.
- Customers in South King County: Call Multi-Service Center at 253.517.2263.
- Customers in North King County (north of NE 145th St) and East King County: Call Hopelink at 425.658.2592.
DISCOUNTS ON UTILITY BILLS
WHAT: The Utility Discount Program (UDP) helps you get current and stay current on utility payments by offering a discount of up to 60% on your Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on your Seattle Public Utilities bill. This program is available for residential City Light and Seattle Public Utilities customers only.
You may be eligible:
- If you have a City of Seattle light bill
- If you are the homeowner or renter (note that if your landlord pays all utilities, qualifying low-income tenants may still be eligible for utility financial help)
- If you meet certain requirements for household size, gross monthly income, and gross yearly income.
Go to King County’s Energy Assistance webpage for details on eligibility.
To apply, gather and complete the following documents:
- Signed and dated City of Seattle application.
- Gross income documentation from all sources for all household members age 18 or older for the last month prior to the date of your signature on your completed application.
- Monthly housing expenses including:
- Lease/Rental agreement and current rent payment receipt – required; or
- Mortgage (payment coupon) or tax statement – required
- Copy of state driver(s) license or state identification card for everyone in household 18 years and over.
- Financial aid award(s); grants and loans verification:
- Check stubs from work-study employment
Send your completed application to:
- Mail: Access & Outreach, Public Health – Seattle & King County, 401 5th Ave #1000, Seattle, WA 98104
- Fax: 206.296.0881
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP PAYING FOR MEDICARE
WHAT: You could save $148 or more under two savings programs for eligible Medicare subscribers. Eligibility is based on income and personal resources, including savings.
Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) may cover:
- Part A and B premiums
- Medicare co-pay costs
- Medicare deductibles
Extra Help for Part D (prescription drugs) may cover:
- Some co-pay costs
- Donut hole/coverage gap
Want to find out if you’re eligible for Medicare Savings Program and/or Extra Help? Contact Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) at 206.753.4806, 1.800.562.6900, or email@example.com. SHIBA can also help you:
- Find Medicare options that meet your personal needs.
- Learn about your Medicare rights and options.
- Compare Medicare plans and prices.
- Report health care fraud and abuse.
SHIBA offers free, unbiased Medicare education and assistance through the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
MORE INFO: To learn more about SHIBA, go to www.insurance.wa.gov/shiba. To learn more about MSP and Extra Help, go to Medicare Savings Programs | Medicare, Find your level of Extra Help (Part D) | Medicare. Applying is easy. You can have either standard Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. Contact SHIBA to get help on applying.
CHILD CARE AWARE OF WASHINGTON FAMILY CENTER
WHAT: The Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center is a statewide call center assisting families in finding licensed child care providers, navigating child care financial assistance options, finding alternative forms of care, and connecting families to COVID-related resources in their community. We also assist families to navigate the state subsidy system, including connecting families experiencing homelessness with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Working Connections Homeless Grace Period (HGP), which may authorize 12 months of child care subsidy without a copay.
What this means for families:
- Experiencing homelessness and income verification are the only eligibility criteria to obtain child care subsidy.
- DCYF will authorize the family for full-time care.
- Families will have 12 months to participate in employment activities to reauthorize for Working Connections after the grace period ends.
- No copay will be required during the grace period.
MORE INFO/HELP: We are able to assist families over the phone in multiple languages! Call 1.800.446.1114 for assistance Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
WHAT: Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in the nation. It provides low-cost internet ($9.95/month) to low-income families and individuals within the Comcast service area. New customers who apply before Dec. 31, 2021, receive their first two months of Internet Essentials for free.
Eligibility: To qualify, applicants simply need to show they participate in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs, including:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Comcast also accepts applications from households that:
- have a student eligible for the National School Lunch Program
- live in public housing
- receive HUD Housing Assistance (including Section 8 vouchers)
- participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors in select pilot markets
FAMILY MATTERS CLINIC FOR LGBTQ+ FAMILIES
WHEN/WHERE: Ongoing; meeting times and locations are set when families are matched with attorneys
WHAT: QLaw Foundation supports all of the ways that our community makes families. We serve parents who are low income, QTPOC, formerly incarcerated, trans/nonbinary, poly, immigrant/refugee, and/or living with disabilities. We have no limitations based on citizenship or income level.
The Family Matters clinic for LGBTQ+ families in King County is a full-representation clinic for:
- people who are parenting, but who don’t have legal recognition of their role
- families recognized under Washington state law who want an adoption or parentage order just to be safe
- families parenting kids from their partner’s prior relationship
- parents not married to the kids’ other parent who want to make sure their relationship with the children is protected in a worst-case scenario
- families with three or four (or more!) people parenting children who want to make sure each parent has legal recognition
MORE INFO: Contact email@example.com or 206.483.2725.
JOB SEEKERS’ VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS – MULTILINGUAL
WHAT: WorkSource hosts free virtual workshops for job seekers in multiple languages on topics such as Financial capabilities, Interviewing Techniques, Job-Search Strategies, Perfecting Applications, Résumé and Cover Letters, Skills and Abilities Analysis, Strategies for Success, and more.
MORE INFO: See all upcoming free workshops for job seekers in King County on the WorkSource workshop calendar.
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
KING COUNTY HOMELESSNESS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
WHAT: TRAC Associates is a leader in providing employment services for job seekers and employers since 1983. We assist job seekers with the changing needs of employers and the labor market through programs designed to assist people experiencing homelessness, poverty, and disadvantageous/disabling conditions – and we’re adapting our meeting protocols and spaces to keep both our clients and staff safe and healthy.
Employment barriers we assist with include: Obtaining Driver’s Licenses, IDs and Birth Certificates; Transportation; Phone and Email; Job Searches and Applications; Interview and Work Clothes; Hygiene Items; Haircuts; Classes and Trainings; Résumés and Cover Letters; Interviewing Skills; Workplace Issues; Life Skills; Advocacy; Financial Coaching; Connecting to Housing Case Management; Finding any other resource you need to be successful!
TRAC programs for job seekers include:
- Supported Employment – Vulnerable Populations, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health (MH), folks in Recovery – Foundational Community Support / Medicaid
- TRAC to Work – Homeless Employment Program – United Way JobsConnect
- BFET – Basic Food, Employment, and Training – for people receiving food benefits
- ORIA – Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance
- WIOA – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – for unemployed adults, dislocated workers, seniors, and caregivers
- Ticket To Work – SSI / SSDI recipients
- CLEVER – Career Ladder for Educated and Vocationally Experienced Refugees
- Healthcare Workforce for the Future
- Community Jobs – for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients
MORE INFO: Contact Carrie Lewis, TRAC Associates Employment Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.466.7432.
ORCA LIFT SUBSIDIZED ANNUAL PASS
WHAT: Freedom and possibilities through transit! King County Metro and Sound Transit have partnered to create a new, subsidized annual pass program, allowing qualified riders to travel on select transit in our region with subsidized fares.
Eligibility – Customers who reside in King, Pierce, or Snohomish County and are enrolled in one of the six state benefit programs:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/State Family Assistance (SFA)
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
- Aged, Blind, or Disabled Cash Assistance (ABD)
- Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Housing & Essential Needs (HEN)
NEW HOTLINE FOR EVICTION HELP
WHEN: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
WHAT: The new King County Tenant Resource Line is available for any low-income tenant in King County with an eviction notice, an eviction summons, or subsidy termination notice, or who requires a reasonable accommodation due to a disability.
Tenants will be screened when they call and provided with legal advice from attorneys on the line, self-help resources, or legal representation as available. Interpretation services are available.
CONTACT: Call 206.580.0762 or 1.855.485.8767 for help.
SAFELINK WIRELESS SMARTPHONES & DATA PLANS
WHAT: Coordinated Care of Washington, Inc. is proud to be working with SafeLink Wireless/ LifeLine program at no cost to eligible customers receiving unemployment benefits. Customers may qualify for SafeLink service by submitting a notice of unemployment benefit payments that at a minimum includes: 1) Name, 2) Household’s current income information, 3) Dated within the last 3 months.
With SafeLink Health Solutions®, eligible customers will get:
- A free smartphone, 3GB of data, and 350 monthly minutes*
- Unlimited text messages with health tips and reminders
- Calls to Coordinated Care Member Services will not count toward your 350 minutes
- Note you must make at least one phone call or send a text message each month in order to keep your LifeLine benefits.
- Already have your own phone? Choose the keep your own smartphone** program and receive a sim card at no cost.
APPLY/MORE INFO: Enroll in the Coordinated Care Phone Program or call SafeLink at 1.877.631.2550.
*Unused minutes and data will not carry over from month-to-month. A month equals 30 days.
**To keep your own smartphone, you must have a compatible Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) phone (which includes T-Mobile and AT&T compatible phones). Your phone must also be unlocked. Several other carriers also use GSM networks. To confirm yours is included, call your carrier.
TECH JOB SKILLS TRAINING IN SEATTLE-KING CO.
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION PROGRAMS (free )
- Ada Developers Academy – Nonprofit coding bootcamp offering women and gender diverse people ages 18+ training in Software/Web/Mobile App Development. Length/Frequency: 11 months (6-month class/5-month internship), full-time M-F
- Apprenti – WTIA nonprofit offers diverse, underrepresented populations ages 18+ training and apprenticeships in: Web/Software Development, Network Security, Windows or Linux Systems Administration, and IT Tech Support or Cloud Tech Support. Length/Frequency: 10 months (4-month class/6-month paid apprenticeship), full-time M-F
- Digital Skills for All – Nonprofit initiative offering multiple programs to provide underserved youth ages 16-24 with the computer science skills they need to succeed in entry-level technology job opportunities. Length/Frequency: 12-18 months, depending on program
- Generation USA Training Accelerator – In partnership with South Seattle College, offering residents ages 18+ in King County job training in two tech career pathways: IT Help Desk Technician and Junior Web Developer. Length/Frequency: 11-12 weeks, Full-time M-F
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle InfoTech program – Nonprofit offers long-term unemployed adults ages 18+ job training to become certified in Cloud Computing via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Length/Frequency: 6 weeks, Full-Time M-F
- Year Up Puget Sound – Nonprofit offering low-income, young adults ages 18-26 job training and internships in three different tech career pathways: Software Development and Testing/QA, IT/Network Support, and Business Operations and Project Management Support. Length/Frequency: 12 months (6-month class and 6-month internship), Full-Time M-F
TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS (reduced/free tuition might be available for qualifying individuals through the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ Workforce Transitions Support programs)
- Bellevue College – Institute for Business and 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 and Web Programs
- South Seattle College/Year Up – Business Operations and Project Management Support Program
9.8.8 FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
WHAT: You can now call, text, or chat 9.8.8 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It’s confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 7.1.1 then 1.800.273.8255.
You can dial 9.8.8 if you are having:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health crises
- Substance use crises
- Any other kind of emotional distress
- Concerns about a loved one who may need crisis support
9.8.8 doesn’t replace any crisis call centers in Washington state – it’s an addition to the state’s network of crisis center providers. The current NSPL number, 1.800.273.TALK (8255), remains active along with 9.8.8.
MORE INFO: Download the 9.8.8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline flyer.
WA STATE RECOVERY HELP LINE: 1.866.789.1511
WHAT: The Washington Recovery Help Line is a free, confidential 24-hour, statewide helpline for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health. Visit www.waRecoveryHelpLine.org for resources (a service of Crisis Connections and the WA State DSHS). We offer: 1) Free and confidential support, 2) Connection to local treatment providers, 3) Medication for opioid use referrals, 4) DSHS benefits application assistance.
- 866.789.1511 (1.206.461.3219 TTY)
- Help for teens: 866.TEENLINK (1.866.833.6546)
WA STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) ELIGIBILITY
WHAT: WA State Employment Security has new information to help you find out if you’re eligible for unemployment benefits. Here are the steps:
1) Find out what you’re eligible for.
- Visit Employment Security’s Unemployment Benefits webpage.
- Download the Eligibility Checker.
2) Eligible for regular UI? Apply as soon as possible! Before you apply:
- Download the Unemployment Benefits Application Checklist
- Gather all the info you’ll need for your application.
- Make sure you read and understand all the materials.
- Can’t get regular UI? You might be eligible for expanded benefits under the federal CARES Act (see below).
3) Set up your Secure Access Washington (SAW) account.
- Watch Creating a SAW Account for Unemployment Insurance: This 9-minute video tutorial may save you a lot of time – especially if there’s a chance you may already have a SAW account. That can cause issues that are tricky to fix down the road.
‘YOUR NEXT JOB’ SERVICE
WHAT: Your Next Job is a service at The Seattle Public Library that can help job seekers: 1) Get started with unemployment, 2) Search for jobs, 3) Apply for jobs, and 4) Learn new job skills. Through one-on-one appointments via phone, text, or online conferencing, we can help job seekers to be successful on career and educational pathways, including job seekers with little or no digital literacy skills and those with limited English proficiency in Mandarin and Russian (and hope to add additional in-language services in July).
We can help people with:
- computer basics, such as using email
- creating a SAW (Secure Access Washington) account to start an unemployment claim
- navigating online resources
Please note, we cannot help troubleshoot devices, fill out unemployment applications, or answer questions about existing claims.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: To make a Your Next Job appointment for yourself or someone you are assisting, please call 206.386.4636, email email@example.com, or complete the intake form on our website. We can answer questions by phone in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, French, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Oromo, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese.
- For access to job resources, visit The Seattle Public Library Job Resources webpage.
- For assistance with unemployment claims, contact the Employment Securities Department.
- For assistance finding shelter, food resources, or other help with basic needs, contact our Community Resource Specialist.
**Your Next Job is offered in partnership with King County Library System and Seattle Jobs Initiative.**
~ONGOING COMMUNITY RESOURCES~
When you need help, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we put together lists of Ongoing Community Resources in King County for help with things like housing, food, childcare, transportation, employment, and more. Click on the topics below to jump to these ongoing resources posted on our Resource Wire webpage.
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