Welcome to Resource Wire for October 4 through 11, 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.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare, your once-a-year chance to make changes to your coverage is coming up on Sunday, October 15 through Thursday, December 7, 2023. Medicare options can be overwhelming, but fortunately there are volunteers available to give you free advice about choosing the best plan for you – and even how to pay for it. Check out this and upcoming editions of Resource Wire to find out how you can get help from Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA).
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~NEW THIS WEEK~
FREE ENGLISH, COMPUTER CLASSES
WHEN: Walk-in registration held Monday, October 2 through Thursday, October 13. Class schedules vary.
WHERE: Classes meet online or in-person at 700 Dearborn Place, Seattle, WA 98144.
WHAT: The King County Job Training and Education Center is registering students now for free English, computer, and job-readiness classes. Technology assistance is available for those who need it.
MORE INFO: Download the King County Job Training and Education Center flyer for October 2023, go to Evergreen Goodwill Job Training and Education Program, or call 206.329.1000.
NEW AUBURN RESOURCE CENTER
WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 10am
WHERE: The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, #1341, Auburn, WA 98001
WHAT: One Stop Resource invites you to check out its new office at The Outlet Collection Seattle and learn about available resources, including:
- Free cellphones & tablets
- SNAP food benefits
- Mental health services
Food will be provided.
AUBURN RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Sunday October 8, 2023, 11:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002
WHAT: Join us for help getting access to free cell phones and resources for transportation, health insurance, basic food, and more.
MORE INFO: Download the Auburn Resource Fair flyer for October 2023.
QUESTIONS? Contact Vicky Navarro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GETTING YOUR LANDLORD TO MAKE REPAIRS
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 3-4:45pm
WHERE: Zoom; register for link.
WHAT: Are you having issues in your rental that need repair? Are you having a hard time getting your landlord to make repairs? This webinar will explain your tenant rights and what you need to do to request repairs from your landlord. A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions.
FREE HELP WITH MEDICARE ENROLLMENT
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, and Monday, November 6, 2023, 1-3pm
WHERE: Solid Ground, 1501 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
WHAT: Join us for a free, in-person Medicare Open Enrollment Workshop to learn how to navigate the system. We’ll cover:
- What you can do during Medicare Open Enrollment, which starts Sunday, October 15 this year.
- Choosing and changing plans.
- What Medigap plans are available.
- How to get help paying for Medicare.
MORE INFO: Go to Medicare & Medigap Help.
HELP WITH BAD CREDIT
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 6-8pm
WHERE: Online; register for link.
WHAT: Is your credit preventing you from obtaining a job, making a large purchase, or securing stable housing? This free credit counseling workshop from the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle may be for you!
TO REGISTER: Go to Are you ready to get your finances on track?
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Real Change, 96 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104
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, October 5, 2023, 10am-2pm, Jefferson Day Center, 420 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
- Friday, October 6, 2023, 10am-2pm, Rainier Valley Food Bank, 9021 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
- Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 3-7pm, Camp Second Chance, 9701 Myers Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
- Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 11am-3pm, Northwest Harvest, 1915 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Upcoming South King County dates:
- Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 11am-3pm, Riverton Park United Methodist Church, 3118 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
- Thursday, October 5, 2023, 3-6pm, Salvation Army, 720 S Tobin St, Renton, WA 98057
- Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 11am-3pm, Riverton Park United Methodist Church, 3118 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
- Wednesday, October 11, 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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, 206.694.6767 | TTY: 7.1.1, currently open for messages Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30am – 1:30pm (hours and days are subject to change).
¿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, 206.694.6767 | TTY: 7.1.1, 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).
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:
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.