~NEW THIS WEEK~
FREE TRANSIT FOR KIDS
WHAT: Starting Thursday, September 1, 2022, public transit across Puget Sound will be free for students 18 and younger. Riders age 13 and older are encouraged to show one of the following to the driver, if they have it:
- Youth ORCA Card (Please “tap” your card when you board. On Sound Transit light rail, please also “tap” when you exit.)
- Current High School or Middle School Student ID
Youth who do not have one of these can still ride for free.
In 2023 and beyond, youth will be directed to get a Free Youth Transit Pass that allows them to tap a card—or eventually their smartphone—to access transit across the region for free.
QUESTIONS? Please go to FreeYouthTransitPass.com.
UNION JOBS FAIR
WHEN: Thursday, Sept 1, 2022, 4-6pm
WHERE: Seattle Labor Temple, 5030 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA
WHAT: A job fair exclusively featuring union job opportunities in the King County area. We will have the presence of unions and unionized employers from diverse industries including:
- Seattle Convention Center (employees represented by Teamsters 117, Operating Engineers 302, UNITE HERE 8, PNW Regional Council of Carpenters, IBEW 46, IATSE 15, IUPAT 5 and SEIU 6)
- King County (employees represented by SEIU 925, PROTEC17, Teamsters 117, OPEIU 8, PSEU, plus more!)
- Bon Appetit/Compass at Google (employees represented by UNITE HERE 8)
- HMS Host at Sea-Tac Airport (employees represented by UNITE HERE 8)
- Laborers 242 Apprenticeship Program
- IATSE 15 Hiring Hall
- Downtown Emergency Service Center (employees represented by SEIU 1199NW)
- C&W Services (employees represented by SEIU 6)
TO REGISTER: Go to Union Jobs Fair.
MORE INFO/QUESTIONS: Contact Mursal Ghiassi an email@example.com or 206.453.5142.
RENT HELP FOR AUBURN TENANTS
WHAT: The Y Social Impact is offering rental assistance for eligible Auburn residents. Funding is limited to 3 months of past due rent only.
- Residence must be located within incorporated Auburn city limits.
- Household income must be AT or BELOW 80% area median income.
- Tenant must confirm they have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning January 27, 2020, to present, causing loss of income and inability to pay rent.
- Landlord must agree to payment and sign Terms and Conditions.
- Tenant must provide required documentation.
TO APPLY: Go to Rental Assistance for King County.
FREE CULINARY TRAINING
WHEN: Seven weeks, Monday through Thursday, 8am-11am
WHAT: FareStart’s virtual Adult Culinary Program is designed for students to stand out as excellent employees and maintain employment. In addition to learning culinary concepts, we’ll provide training that can be applied to many industries and jobs.
- Skills to get and keep a job
- Computer skills
- Professionalism skills
- Build your self-confidence
- Your personal values and how they impact your decision making
- Financial planning
- Up to $100/week stipend for participation
- Case management
- Housing if needed
- Connections to employers and job placement assistance
The program is 100% virtual and FareStart will provide technology if needed.
JOB TRAINING FOR YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHAT: Between 16-24 and experiencing homelessness or insecure housing? Get case management support through Juma while earning a paycheck for work in professional sports venues. Juma is currently accepting applicants who are 16-24 and experiencing homelessness or insecure housing in King County.
- Earn $17.27/hr for work and participating in workshops
- Learn personal and professional development, interview skills, career planning, and money management.
- Connect to case management support services and housing options.
TO APPLY: Go to Juma for Youth.
PUBLIC BENEFITS ARE KEY! A LISTENING SESSION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 2-3pm
WHERE: Online. Register for link.
WHAT: The Coalition on Homelessness and Solid Ground’s Benefits Legal Assistance attorneys invite you to join us in a listening session for the Public Benefits Are Key! training series.
This session is designed to hear about the issues practitioners face when attempting to get your clients on public benefits. What barriers make it hard to navigate these systems? Please come prepared to share you and your clients’ experiences.
Our goal is to identify issues and take note of any trends across the system so we can begin find solutions to remove barriers and make it more attainable for people living unhoused to access the benefits they qualify for.
We’ll also discuss how best to utilize the “Ask a Lawyer” component of the training series, where a Public Benefits attorney is available to answer specific questions.
This session is geared toward direct service providers, but anyone from your agency is welcome to attend.
TO REGISTER: Go to Public Benefits Are Key! A Listening Session.
QUESTIONS? Contact Jody Rauch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RENT SMART: THREATS OF EVICTION AND YOUR RIGHTS AS A TENANT
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3-4:45pm
WHAT: Are you concerned that your landlord may try to kick you out? Learn about…
- local legal resources
- how local city laws may impact your situation
- 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.
QUESTIONS? Contact Julia Gibson at email@example.com.
HELP WITH TICKETS, WARRANTS, CAR TABS
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2022, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
WHAT: Seattle Municipal Court is bringing court and social services to Rainier Beach. At this event, community members will get help resolving Seattle Municipal Court warrants, get help addressing Seattle tickets, and have access to a wide range of supportive services.
Services available will include:
- Service highlights:
- Warrant quash without re-arrest
- Setting up payment plans, community service plans, or scheduling ticket hearings for Seattle tickets; set up payment plans for King County tickets
- Free smartphone with data for qualifying low-income visitors
- Access to an attorney to speak about vacating felony drug convictions
- DSHS Identicard, food, medical, and cash benefits
- Medication-assisted treatment and other substance use disorder treatment programs
- Free lunch
~UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Uplift NW, 2515 Western 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 South King County dates:
- Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11am-3pm Transform Burien, 156th St & Des Moines Memorial Dr.
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.
WELCOME TO MEDICARE WORKSHOP: UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS!
WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Zoom – Register below to receive invitation
WHAT: Join us for Welcome to Medicare and learn how to navigate the system. We’ll cover…
- Medicare A, B, C, and D
- Understanding your Medicare benefits and options
- Medigaps (supplemental plans) and Medicare Advantage plans
- Help paying for Medicare
- Medicare fraud
The class is taught by Solid Ground SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) staff and volunteers. SHIBA provides free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with health care choices.
TO REGISTER: Go to Welcome to Medicare
FREE AND LOW-COST VETERINARY CARE
WHEN: Friday, September 2, 2022, 11am-2pm
WHERE: SODO: Evergreen Treatment Services, 1700 Airport Way 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.
Additional upcoming dates:
- Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 11am-2pm, Transform Burien, 15623 Des Moines Memorial Dr, Burien, WA
MORE INFO: Visit the Seattle Veterinary Outreach Clinic Calendar.
CENTRAL DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., Seattle, WA
WHAT: Free food, drinks, music, games, face painting and more. Limited school supplies available for people in need.
MORE INFO: Download the Back to School Bash flyer or call 206.773.6039.
FREE SUNDAY DINNERS
WHEN: Every Sunday, noon-2pm
WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church, 5050 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
WHAT: Free take-out meals are available every Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Church. Meals served with bread, dessert, fruit. and bottled water. They can be picked up in Parish Hall. Please wear a mask.
- Sunday, September 4: Lemon-pepper chicken with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pasta salad
- Sunday, September 11: Beef curry stew (or vegetarian option) with rice, vegetables ,and pasta salad
- Sunday, September 18: BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pasta salad
- Sunday, September 25: Chili (or vegetarian options) with rice, vegetables, and 3-bean salad
MORE INFO: Download the Blessed Sacrament Sunday Dinner flyer for August 2022.
FREE FRUIT STAND
WHEN: Wednesday, September 7, 4-6 pm
WHERE: High Point P-Patch, 32nd Ave SW & SW Juneau St., Seattle, 98126
WHAT: Fruit-For-All is a pop-up farm stand where anyone can pick up fresh, locally harvested fruit for free. There are usually 100 to 200 pounds of fruit available at each event.
Additional upcoming dates:
- Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8pm, Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
MORE INFO: See “Fruit-for-All pop-up stands are back for 2022!” on the City Fruit blog.
DISCOUNTED BEFORE/AFTER-SCHOOL CHILD CARE
WHEN: September 2022 to June 2023
WHERE: Various locations across Seattle
WHAT: Seattle Parks & Recreation offers programs that provide kids ages 5-12 with activities in areas such as arts and culture, environmental stewardship, health and fitness, academic support, and more. Scholarships based on household size and income can reduce the cost of the programs by 50% to 90%.
TO APPLY: Go to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Before/After School Care web page.
50+ SENIOR RESOURCE EXPO
WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2022, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Renton Senior Center, 211 Burnett Ave N, Renton, WA 98057
WHAT: The City of Renton and a variety of partners, including Solid Ground’s SHIBA and RSVP programs, will be on hand to share resources designed to help seniors 50 and over live active, vibrant, and independent lives.
TO REGISTER: Pre-registration will be available on the City of Renton event registration page starting August 15.
FREE VISION EXAMS, EYEGLASSES
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, to Sunday, October 23, 2022
WHERE: Seattle Center. More information to come.
WHAT: Free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses will be provided to anyone in need during a four-day Seattle/King County Clinic at the Seattle Center this October. More information will be made available as the event draws closer.
MORE INFO: Go to the Seattle/King County Clinic webpage or call 206.684.7200.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Applying is easy. You can have either standard Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. Contact SHIBA to get help on applying.
RENT SMART/¡INQUILINOS INTELIGENTES!
WHEN: All English sessions held twice monthly on Wednesdays, 2-4pm. Spanish sessions held monthly on Thursday, 5:30-6:45pm.
WHAT: Virtual Renters’ Rights Workshop Series
- 9/14/22: Rent Smart: Threats of Eviction and Your Rights as a Tenant
- 10/12/22: Rent Smart: Getting Your Landlord to Make Repairs
- 10/26/22: Rent Smart: Breaking a Lease
- 11/9/22: Rent Smart: Pests and Infestations in a Rental
- 12/14/22: Rent Smart: General Information for Residential Tenants
¡Inquilinos Inteligentes! Talleres Virtuales en Español
- 8/25/22: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: Cargos y depósitos
- 9/29/22: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: Lo que necesita saber sobre la mudanza de su alquiler actual
- 10/27/22: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: Necesito romper mi contrato de arrendamiento. ¿Cómo puedo hacer eso?
- 11/10/22: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: Violencia Doméstica: Conozca sus derechos
- 12/8/22: ¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: Información General: Aprender los conceptos básicos
NEED MORE HELP? / ¿NECESITA MÁS AYUDA?
- King County residents being threatened with eviction can contact the Housing Justice Project for legal assistance at 253.234.4204 or email@example.com.
- 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.
- Washington State residents can visit Solid Ground’s For Tenants website for self-help information, or call Solid Ground’s message-only Tenant Services Message Hotline, currently open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 10:30am – 1:30pm (hours and days are subject to change): 206.694.6767 | TTY: 7.1.1
- 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 directa de mensajes de Servicios para Inquilinos de Solid Ground cual es abierta los lunes, martes, y 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~
SOLID GROUND JOB BOARD
WHAT: Join the Solid Ground team and help us fight poverty and dismantle systems of oppression! We are currently seeking candidates for these positions:
- Peer Resource Coord
- DV Children’s Advocate
- Residential Advocate – Sand Point Family (Grave Shift)
- Additional positions at Solid Ground…
QUESTIONS? Learn more about Solid Ground and see other open positions on the Solid Ground Careers page.
~ONGOING JOB OPPORTUNITIES~
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
WHAT: Under a partnership between TRAC Associates and King County Jobs and Housing, people currently experiencing homelessness in King County may be eligible for:
- $20/hour part or full time placement for up to one year at a local non-profit organization. Participants will be employed by TRAC Associates which will pay their salary and benefits, etc.
- Tuition assistance for vocational skills training
- A stipend while in training for up to one year
- A connection to housing through KC Rapid Re-Housing
MORE INFO: Contact Marvin Stern at email@example.com or 425.223.7966.
HOUSING AND 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 253.661.7805.
~ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES~
HELP GETTING A FREE PHONE
WHEN: Every first and last Thursday of the month, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: FamilyWorks Food Bank, 1501 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
WHAT: You may be able to receive a free phone through Access Wireless if you have a Washington State ID and Social Security number and receive benefits like Medicaid and food stamps (SNAP). Phone activation may take up to two hours so please be prepared to wait.
MORE INFO: FamilyWorks Food Bank
GROWING FOOD WITH SNAP BENEFITS
WHAT: Did you know you can use your SNAP benefits to buy seeds and food-producing plants, like tomato seedlings, from certain stores? Check out this recent article from Crosscut: For some WA families, gardening starts with food benefits.
MORE INFO: Go to SNAP Gardens.
FREE BIKES AND 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 LYFT RIDES IN KING COUNTY
WHAT: Crisis Connections is now offering FREE Lyft rides for medical, job, housing, food, legal and other purposes through the Ride United program. To qualify, rides must originate within King County but outside of Seattle. Ride United covers fares up to $22 each way, for a total of $44 round trip.
- Rides must be for non-emergency medical, job, housing, food, and other transportation needs
- Rides must originate in King County but outside Seattle
- Rider must able to get to and from the designated pick-up location
- Rider must live in an area where Lyft is available
- Rider must be 18+ years old or accompanied by a guardian
- Everyone in the vehicle MUST wear face coverings, leave the front passenger seat empty, and keep windows down when possible.
MORE INFO: Visit the Crisis Connections Ride United page.
TO SIGN UP: Call 2.1.1.
FREE FRUITS AND VEGATABLES FOR SNAP USERS
WHERE: More than 200 Safeway stores in Washington state
WHAT: For a limited time, customers with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can get a coupon for $10 off fresh fruits and vegetables when they spend $10 or more in SNAP benefits on fresh or frozen produce at Safeway stores. Safeway has also announced that all its stores now welcome SNAP EBT payments, and shoppers can arrange for home delivery or pick up at the store with DriveUp & Go.
MORE INFO: Learn more about SNAP Produce Match on the Washington state Department of Health website.
FREE FLU SHOTS FOR VETS
WHAT: It’s now easier than ever for veterans to get their influenza vaccine. In addition to VA medical facilities across the country, flu shots are now available at no cost for eligible Veterans at more than 70,000 in-network community providers nationwide. You may also be able to get your COVID-19 vaccine during the same visit.
Check out this video, Veteran Community Care Flu Shots, to find out more.
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 (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 Avenue #1000,
Seattle, WA 98104
- Fax: 206.296.0881
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GET HELP WITH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
WHAT: Solid Ground is now the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) sponsor for King County!
SHIBA is a free, unbiased and confidential counseling service offered by the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Our trained volunteers help consumers understand their Medicare rights and options. We offer information on Medigap (Medicare Supplement) and Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid programs, employment-related health benefits, long-term care options, fraud and abuse, and much more.
The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can 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
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 email@example.com.
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES FOR SEATTLE, KING CO, & WA STATE
WHAT: Visit Solid Ground’s Coronavirus Resources webpage with regularly updated resources and information for Seattle, King County, and Washington State, or call our main phone line at 206.694.6700.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.483.2725.
FINANCIAL AID VIA WA STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL
WHAT: The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington State. Apply for financial aid for the 2021-22 school year to get education or training to expand your options during uncertain times. Given the ongoing economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, education after high school is more important than ever. Filing a financial aid application gives people more options for the future.
APPLY NOW! Fill out 2021/2022 WAFSA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) and/or a 2021/2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online form as soon as possible. Don’t wait to find out if you’ve been admitted!
CONTACT: Katie Tallman, Senior Communications Consultant, at 360.753.7859 or email@example.com.
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 Disordoer (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)
APPLY NOW! For more information or to see if you qualify, visit Washington Connection or call 877.501.2233. Expansions are expected in 2022 to serve more customers that have household incomes at or below 80% of the federal poverty level.
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 and 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
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.**
988: A NEW NUMBER FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
WHAT: You can now call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It will be confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Services will be 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 711 then 1.800.273.8255.
You can dial 988 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
988 will not replace any crisis call centers in Washington state. It is an addition to the state’s network of crisis center providers. The current NSPL number, 1.800.273.TALK (8255), will remain active along with 988.
MORE INFO: Download the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline flyer.
JOB TRAINING FOR UNEMPLOYED VETERANS
WHEN: Deadline to apply is December 11, 2022, or whenever funding runs out.
WHAT: If you’re a veteran and have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VA may have a solution for you. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for a variety of high-demand jobs so you can get back to work.
Qualifying veterans can receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees along with a monthly housing allowance. To be eligible for VRRAP, you must be between 22 and 66 years of age, unemployed due to COVID-19, able to work, and not eligible for education or unemployment benefits.
TO APPLY: Go to Apply for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program.