Welcome to Resource Wire for November 8 through 15, 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.
Getting affordable health insurance is difficult for anyone, especially for people with an undocumented immigration status. But this week we’ve got some good news: As of November 1, all Washington state residents are eligible to access affordable health insurance options using the Washington Healthplanfinder, regardless of immigration status. Read on to learn about these changes, plus find out about employment training opportunities, literacy classes, and help with bad credit and infested apartments.
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~NEW THIS WEEK~
NEW HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
WHEN: Open enrollment is November 1 through December 15, 2023.
WHAT: Starting this November, everyone who lives in Washington state will have the opportunity to buy affordable health and dental insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, regardless of immigration status. You do not need U.S. citizenship, a green card, or other immigration papers. Your information will not be used for immigration enforcement.
LIFEGUARD TRAINING FOR TEENS
WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 6-7:30pm
WHAT: Interested in working as a lifeguard next summer? Attend this free workshop to qualify for financial support for Student Lifeguard Training. To be eligible, you must be a high school student in King County and turn 15 by July 31, 2024.
QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Ballard Food Bank, 1400 Leary Way NW, 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:
- Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 3-7pm, Camp Second Chance, 9701 Myers Way S, Seattle
Upcoming South King County dates:
- Thursday, November 9, 2023, 12:30-4:30pm, Auburn Resource Center, 2814 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA 98002
- Monday, November 13, 2023, 3-7pm, Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S, Kent (dental available)
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.
Sodexo British Airways Lounge
- When: Friday, November 10, 2023, 12-2pm
- Positions: Waitstaff ($21/hr), ($25.50/hr)
- Where: Airport University Classroom at Sea-Tac – Starting at the Starbucks behind the Sun Country/Frontier and Alaska Airlines ticketing counters at the far right on the Ticketing level. Go down the small hallway on the left of the Starbucks cashier and counters and take the elevator to Floor 2, exiting to your right for the event.
- More info: Download the Sodexo Nov 10 Flyer.
Solid Ground Transit
- When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 10am-3pm
- Where: Solid Ground Transportation, 8100 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
- Position: Bus operator ($22.87/hr + $2,000 hiring bonus)
- More info: Go to Bus Operator ($2,000 Hiring Bonus)
Rainier Avenue hiring event
- When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 1:30-4pm
- Where: WorkSource Rainier Affiliate, 2531 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188
- Positions: Various opportunities with more than a dozen employers.
- More info: Go to Hiring Event 11.15.2023.
GET HELP AT YOUR KING COUNTY LIBRARY
WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 1-3pm
WHERE: Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn WA 98002
WHAT: During designated hours, social service representatives will be on hand to help you with a range of resources, including cash assistance, housing, food, medical care, legal assistance, employment and training, and much more. Services vary by location.
Additional upcoming dates:
- Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 2-4pm, Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond WA 98052
MORE INFO: Go to Social Services Help on the King County Library System website.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT PESTS IN YOUR APARTMENT
WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 3-4:45pm
WHERE: Zoom; register for link.
WHAT: Are you a tenant dealing with an infestation in your rental house or apartment? In this workshop, tenant counselors will:
- Describe how to deal with different types of infestations.
- Explain how to report the problem to your landlord.
- Tell you what to do if your landlord doesn’t meet their responsibility to fix the problem.
A visiting attorney from the Tenant Law Center will also be on hand to help with answering questions. If you’re currently living in King County and being threatened with eviction, contact the Housing Justice Project for legal assistance at 206.267.7069 or email@example.com.
FREE & LOW-COST VETERINARY CARE
WHEN: Friday, November 17, 11am–2pm
WHERE: Resource Day at the Café, 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.
FREE LITERACY LESSONS & TUTORING
WHEN: Winter registration begins Monday, November 20, 2023
WHERE: Online or in person at 3200 NE 125th St. Seattle, WA 98125.
WHAT: Literacy Source helps adults gain basic literacy skills they need to succeed in school, to find a job, to achieve life goals, and to create a better, more hopeful future. Classes, tutoring, and coaching are available for English, reading/writing, GED, Citizenship, employment, and computers.
MORE INFO: Download the Literacy Source flyer for 2023.
TO REGISTER: Call 206.782.2050 or go to Sign Up for Classes.
HELP WITH BAD CREDIT
WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 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 Credit & Budget Counseling Workshop.
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.
NEW MINIMUM WAGES FOR SEATTLE WORKERS IN 2024
WHEN: New minimum wages go into effect January 1, 2024
WHAT: The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has announced new minimum wages for the city based on the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance. The new wages are:
- $17.25/hr for small employers (500 or fewer employees) that contribute at least $2.72/hr toward employee’s medical benefits or where employees earn at least $2.72/hr in tips.
- $19.97/hr for all large employers (501 or more employees) and for small employers that do not contribute at least $2.72/hr toward employee’s medical benefits or where employees do not earn at least $2.72/hr in tips.
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
¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Talleres Virtuales en Español
- 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 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, 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 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, 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~
NEW WAGES FOR SOLID GROUND DRIVERS!
WHEN: Job fair every other Wednesday, 10am-3pm — Call ahead to confirm
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:
- $22.87/hr (new rate!) 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:
- Regional Access Point (RAP) Assessment & Diversion Specialist
- Supportive Services Supervisor
- Benefits Legal Assistance Manager
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.