Welcome to Resource Wire for September 6 through 13, 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.
September is an important time for people with Medicare coverage because it’s your chance to get ready for any changes you want to make during Open Enrollment, which starts in a little more than a month. Read on to learn how to get help considering your Medicare options, plus news about a new online diploma program, resource fairs, hiring events, and more!
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~NEW THIS WEEK~
NEW ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL OPTION
WHAT: Career Online High School (COHS) is now available for King County Library System users. This online learning platform allows adults to earn a nationally accredited high school diploma and career certificate. COHS provides personalized support with academic coaches, certified instructors, and an opportunity for credit transfers as well.
Eligible learners must reside in the KCLS Service Area (not Seattle); be 20 years of age or older; have around 6th grade-level English proficiency; and have or get a KCLS Library card.
Learners must also be able to commit to 8-10 hours per week for coursework. On average, learners graduate within 12-14 months, but it may take up to 18 months depending on transfer credits and work pace. (COHS will assist learners with the process.)
To get started:
- Complete an online survey to gauge readiness for the program (10 minutes).
- Select one of 10 Career Paths, such as Manufacturing, Hospitality, Childcare, or General Career Prep.
- Complete a 2-week pre-requisite online course.
- Brief interview with KCLS Program Manager.
- Receive COHS Scholarship.
- Connect with COHS Academic Coach to begin core and elective coursework.
MORE INFO: Go to How It Works.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT
WHEN: October 15 to December 7, 2023
WHAT: Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year for people with Medicare coverage to make changes to their health and drug plans for the next year. New coverage begins January 1, 2024.
September and October are the time to review and compare ahead of open enrollment:
- Review: Your plan may change. Review any notices from your plan about changes for next year.
- Compare: Do your research. Find and compare plans to meet your needs.
Ways to get help:
- Medicare will mail out Medicare & You 2024 handbooks in late September. Look over this booklet to see new listings of plans in your area. Review any information you get from your current plan, including the “Annual Notice of Change” letter.
- Starting October 15, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) volunteers can help you compare plans for open enrollment! Call or email to get free, personalized health insurance counseling at 206.753.4806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFO: Go to Medicare & Medigap Help.
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
SHORELINE RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline WA 98155
WHAT: Local social support providers will be available to help connect you to resources for healthcare, education, recovery and more. Get help with a free phone and ORCA card. Hygiene kits and free lunches will be available, while supplies last.
Free showers provided by the Salvation Army. Veterinary care on-site provided by Seattle Veterinary Outreach. Registration not required.
MORE INFO: Go to the Resource Fair page on the King County Library System website.
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Real Change, 96 S Main St, 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:
- Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, 10am-2pm, Jefferson Day Center, 420 4th Ave, Seattle
- Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, 10am-2pm, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, 5972 4th Ave S, Seattle
- Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, 3-7pm, Othello Village, 7544 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle (Renton Ave. S. entrance)
- Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, 11am-3pm, Northwest Harvest, 1915 4th Ave S, Seattle
Upcoming South King County dates:
- Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, 10am-2pm, Ray of Hope, 2806 Auburn Way N, Auburn (Dental available)
- Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, 3-6pm, Salvation Army, 720 S Tobin St, Renton
- Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, 3-7 pm, Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S, Kent (Dental available)
- Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, 11am-3pm, Sidney Wilson House, 1150 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton
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.
JOB FAIRS & HIRING EVENTS
WHAT: A variety of employers are holding hiring events over the next week, with some making on-the-spot offers with no experience required.
- When: Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 10am-2pm
- Where: WorkSource Auburn, 2707 I Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002
- Positions: Management, Facilities Supervisor, Security, EMT, VGD Attendant, Cashier
- More info: Download the Muckleshoot flyer for August 30 or contact Evan Sipple at 253.804.1164 or email@example.com.
Link Light Rail
- When: Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10am-2pm
- Where: 3407 Airport Way South, Seattle, 98134
- More info: Go to Light Rail Career Fair or download the Link Light Rail flyer for September 2023.
Worldwide Flight Services
- When: Monday, September 11, 2023, 10am-3pm
- Where: Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport, 18118 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188
- Positions: 130 positions openings, from customer service representatives to management positions.
- More info: Download the Worldwide Flight Services flyer for September 11, 2023.
LSG Sky Chefs
- When: Weekdays, 10am-2pm
- Where: 2358 South 154th St, Seattle, WA 98188
- Positions: Loader, Assembly, Cold Food Preparer, Dishwasher, Line Cook
- More info: Download the LSG Sky Chefs walk-in flyer.
FREE & LOW-COST VETERINARY CARE
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, 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.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THREATENED WITH EVICTION
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 3-4:45pm
WHERE: Zoom; register for link.
WHAT: Are you concerned that your landlord may try to kick you out? Learn about…
- Local legal resources.
- How local city laws may impact you.
- The statewide Good Cause Eviction bill and how it impacts month-to-month tenancies.
- How to get an eviction off your tenant screening report.
A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions.
TO REGISTER: Go to Rent Smart: Threats of Eviction and Your Rights as a Tenant on the King County Library System website. Contact Julia Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org for help with registration.
RECOVERY RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Friday September 15, 2023, 12-2pm
WHERE: Recovery Café SODO, 4202 6th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108
WHAT: Join the Recovery Café Resource Connection and Recovery Celebration for food, swag, community partners, healthcare support, and supplies.
MORE INFO: Download the Resource Connection and Recovery Celebration flyer.
GET STOLEN FOOD BENEFITS BACK
WHEN: Some claims must be filed by October 22, 2023.
WHAT: If your food benefits were stolen through skimming, cloning, or similar fraudulent activity, you may be able to get them replaced thanks to a recent act of Congress.
Customers who had food benefits stolen between Oct. 1, 2022 and Aug. 22, 2023 have until Oct. 22, 2023 to submit a claim. Otherwise, they must submit the claim within 30 days of discovering the loss.
Cash benefits cannot be replaced at this time, but customers are encouraged to continue to report theses thefts so they can be tracked.
FILE YOUR CLAIM: Claims can be submitted in person in a Community Service Office, by phone through the Customer Service Contact Center (877.501.2233), online through MyDocs, or by mail or by fax of a completed DSHS Claim of Stolen EBT Benefits form.
MORE INFO: Go to Online Community Services Office (CSO) – Latest News or see the EBT Card Skimming brochure for information on how to protect EBT cards from skimming.
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: English sessions are held twice monthly (once in November and December) on Wednesday afternoons. Spanish sessions are held monthly on Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm.
WHAT: Virtual Renters’ Rights Webinar Series
Rent Smart Webinars in English
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
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:
- JourneyHome Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
- Residential Advocate – Sand Point Family (Day, Swing, and Grave Shifts available)
- Maintenance Specialist ($2,000 Hiring Bonus)
QUESTIONS? Learn more about Solid Ground and see other open positions on the Solid Ground Careers page.
~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.