Welcome to Resource Wire for September 27 through October 4, 2023! This is your source for the latest news and updates about community resources and opportunities for folks living on low incomes in Seattle and King County.
Whether you need treatment for a sick pet, resources for a new baby, or help getting a new job, there’s an event for you this week in King County. Read on for details about those opportunities and more!
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~NEW THIS WEEK~
FREE PET WELLNESS CLINICS
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2023, 12-3pm
WHERE: North Beacon Hill, White Center, and Tacoma (addresses below)
WHAT: This multi-site clinic is focused on providing wellness care for people who are unsheltered or who are low-income with pets. Each site will only offer animal vaccines, flea treatment, microchips and pet supplies. The clinics are in honor of World Rabies Day.
- North Beacon Hill, Seattle: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
- White Center, Seattle: Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd St, Seattle, WA 98146
- Tacoma: Northwest Spay & Neuter Center, 6401 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408
MORE INFO: Download the Free Pet Wellness Clinics flyer.
QUESTIONS? Email OneHealthClinicSeattle@gmail.com.
HEALTHY BABIES FAMILY RESOURCE DAY
WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2023, 1-4pm
WHERE: Rainier Beach Community Center Multi-purpose Room, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
WHAT: Connect with a range of community resources and services for families with young children. Free infant sleep sacks for all families and fun activities for kids.
MORE INFO: Download the Healthy Babies Family Resource Day flyer.
QUESTIONS? Email email@example.com.
LATINX JOB & RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2023, 3-6:30pm
WHAT: This festive event commemorating Latinx Heritage Month will include career opportunities, community resources, music, dance, entertainment, Latinx art and delicious food.
TO REGISTER: Go to the Latinxpo! Career, Resource, and Cultural Celebration registration page.
VIRTUAL YOUTH RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: October 11, 2023, 3:30-6pm
WHERE: Online; register for Zoom link
WHAT: This is a great opportunity for youth 14 to 24 to learn valuable skills through college and career readiness workshops, as well as network with local employers and organizations. Get help with interview skills, resumes, college financial aid, and more. There will be giveaways throughout the event as well.
TO REGISTER: Go to Youth Resource Fair Registration.
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Uplift Northwest, 2515 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
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, September 29, 2023, 10am-2pm, Rainier Valley Food Bank, 9021 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
- Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 10am-2pm, Salvation Army SoDo, 1039 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
- Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 10am-2pm, Real Change, 96 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104
Upcoming South King County dates:
- Monday, October 2, 2023, 2:30-6:30pm, Thea Bowman Apartments, 3350 S 240th St, Kent, WA 98032
- Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 10am-2pm, Ray of Hope, 2806 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA 98002 (Dental available)
- Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 11am-3pm, Riverton Park United Methodist Church, 3118 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
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: Wednesday, September 27, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA, 98155
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 ABOUT MOLD IN YOUR APARTMENT
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: Zoom; register for link.
WHAT: Mold is a serious problem in the Pacific Northwest. In this webinar, you’ll find out why – plus how to treat and prevent it. You’ll learn…
- How to recognize when a house has a mold problem.
- Owner responsibilities to solve repair problems.
- What you should do as a tenant.
- What you can do if your landlord doesn’t fix the problem.
A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions.
NEW HOURS FOR KING COUNTY 2.1.1.
WHEN: Changes start October 2, 2023
WHAT: Due to increasing demand, King County 211 is reducing its operational hours from 8am-6pm to 9am-5pm. Starting Monday, October 2, you will see these changes:
- Service Hours: Live call, text, chat, and email support will be available from 9 am to 5pm. On-demand texting and databases remain available 24/7.
- Client Experience: The new model ensures more staff during peak periods, streamlining response times.
- Staffing: Full-time staff will retain their weekly hours, with schedules adapted to the new operational window.
- Community Living Connections: With dedicated funding, the CLC line will maintain its 8 am to 6 pm schedule.
QUESTIONS? Go to King County 2.1.1.
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.
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
- 9/27/23: Mold & Your Rights as a Tenant
- 10/11/23: Getting Your Landlord to Make Repairs
- 10/25/23: Breaking a Lease
- 11/15/23: Pests & Infestations in a Rental
- 12/13/23: General Tenant Information
¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Talleres Virtuales en Español
- 9/28/23: Lo que necesita saber sobre la mudanza de su alquiler actual
- 10/26/34: Necesito romper mi contrato de arrendamiento
- 11/9/23: Violencia Doméstica – Conozca sus derechos
- 12/7/23: Información General: Aprender los conceptos básicos
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.