WA STATE PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE
WHAT: New Washington state legislation means Paid Family & Medical Leave is available when you need time off to care for yourself or a family member. There are three main types of paid leave available: Medical Leave, Family Leave, and Military Leave. Each one is related to a different type of “qualifying event” – the thing that happens to you or a family member that qualifies you for paid leave.
2020 MLK LOBBY DAY: A VISION FOR JUSTICE IN WA
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 2020, 9am-3:30pm (please register by Tuesday, January 14!)
WHERE: The Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501)
The Statewide Poverty Action Network’s annual Lobby Day is on! Join hundreds of Washingtonians as we build collective power, learn about our legislature, and ensure that our voices are heard by our lawmakers. This event is entirely free and open to all. Participants will receive an advocacy training, breakfast, and lunch. Transportation, childcare, language, and disability accommodations available upon request. MLK Lobby Day is a free event!
QUESTIONS? Contact Poverty Action at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOPE & POWER FOR YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES GROUP
WHEN: Friday evenings, January 24 – March 27, 2020, 5:30-8:30pm (dinner at 5pm)
WHERE: A confidential location in Renton
WHAT: A FREE 10-week group about money matters for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship. These are nontraditional, trauma-informed, holistic financial education classes for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship. We offer onsite childcare, dinner, and transportation assistance (gas cards or bus tickets) – and incentives to everyone who successfully completes the classes (up to $75!). Plus, we work with the BankOn Seattle/King County program, and graduates may be eligible to receive an additional $100 from some participating banks if they choose to open an account.
In this comprehensive class, we cover everything typically found in a financial education class, plus lots of other topics that are critically important for domestic violence (DV) survivors:
- Financial abuse and safety planning
- Goal setting and your personal values
- Making your dollar stretch each month (budgeting!)
- Unmasking the mysteries of credit
- Debt management
- How to make banking work for you
- Financial aid for education
- Employment protections for DV survivors
- Dependable strengths
- Programs that can help you start a business
- Housing protections for DV survivors, housing options, and your rights/responsibilities as a renter
- Family law (protection orders, divorce, parenting plans, etc.) and its financial impact
- ID theft and consumer rights
- Insurance (e.g., car, renters, life)
… and much more!
REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Contact Nati at 206.336.6978 or email@example.com.
ACTIVE LISTENING & NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
WHEN: Monday, February 10, 2020, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Hopelink (17837 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133)
WHAT: Join us for our Active Listening & Non-Verbal Communication: Making a lasting impression workshop! Free and open to the public. We will explore:
- Learn why active listening and non-verbal communication is important in your job search and employment.
- What is active listening?
- Why do first and lasting impressions matter?
- How do we communicate through non-verbal signals?
REGISTER NOW! Registration is not required but preferred.
QUESTIONS/MORE INFO? Contact Rhonda Knuckey at 206.487.5457 or RKnuckey@hopelink.org.
SECTION 8 WAITING LIST LOTTERY
WHEN: 7am, Wednesday, February 12 through 4pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2020
WHAT: King County Housing Authority (KCHA) will accept applications for potential placement on its Section 8 (rental assistance) waiting list for a two-week period in February. Apply for FREE through www.kcha.org/lottery only.* One application per household; there’s no advantage to applying on the first day as applications are chosen randomly by computer after February 25.
*(Note: If anyone requests money or your personal information to guarantee you a spot, please report them to the Fraud department: 206.214.1353.)
1) Head of household must be 18 or older.
2 ) Household contains at least one or more:
- Person with a disability
- Person 62 years or older
- Child under 18 years of age
3) Household is low income if:
- income = <30% area median income
- experiencing homelessness
- living in subsidized housing
- rent & utility costs = >50% of income
4) In most cases, the household cannot currently live in government subsidized housing.
MORE INFO/TO APPLY: From February 12-25, visit www.kcha.org/lottery.
** ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES **
PCC COMMUNITY MARKETS JOBS
WHAT: PCC Community Markets is Seattle’s original – and the nation’s largest – certified organic, community-owned food market. We’re a passionate community that believes in the power of good food and the potential of good people; a place where the best of the Northwest comes together, from the produce we stock to the people we hire – and we’re now hiring at multiple Seattle-area locations.
⇒Competitive wages ⇒Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance ⇒Paid vacation and sick time ⇒15% staff discount ⇒Free membership in the co-op ⇒Reduced rate on ORCA cards ⇒Retirement plans ⇒Free PCC Cooks classes
QUESTIONS/MORE INFO: Please do not hesitate to connect! Contact Alyssa Moore, Recruiting Specialist at Alyssa.Moore@pccmarkets.com or 206.717.6527.
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.
WA GET PROGRAM OPEN ENROLLMENT
WHEN: 2019-2020 enrollment runs through May 31, 2020
WHAT: The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program is Washington state’s 529 prepaid tuition program that helps families save today for future college costs. It offers a guarantee tied to in-state tuition prices, backed by state law. It also offers tax benefits, flexible payments and a nationwide choice of colleges. GET provides families the opportunity to start saving for future college costs while their children are young. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, beneficiaries have the freedom to follow their ambitions wherever they choose, as GET can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college, or technical school in the country.
MORE INFO: The unit purchase price is $121. GET’s website offers details, charts, planning tools and answers for questions that families may have about the program. Washington residents who want to help a student save for future education costs can open a GET account online with no enrollment fee.
CONTACT: GET Contact Center staff at GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov or 800.955.2318.
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.
Eligibility: To qualify, applicants simply need to show they participate in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs, including: ⇒Medicaid, ⇒Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and ⇒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), or ⇒participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors in select pilot markets.
HAS YOUR FAMILY LOST ACCESS TO TANF?
If you were kicked off TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) due to:
- sanctions that led you to be permanently disqualified OR
- the 60-month limit, and you and your family are currently homeless
… you are again eligible for TANF, due to changes in the law effective July 28, 2019.
To reapply for TANF, you must submit an application either in person, by mail, or online. Visit washingtonconnection.org for an online application, or bit.ly/dshs-offices for a list of DSHS offices throughout the state.
If you’re being denied these new benefits, here are some legal support resources:
- King County residents: Contact Solid Ground’s Benefits Legal Assistance: 206.694.6742.
- Residents outside of King County: Contact CLEAR Legal Hotline: 1.888.201.1014.
OPEN ORIENTATION FOR CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM
WHEN: Every Tuesday, promptly at 9:30am
WHERE: FareStart (700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101). Ring the buzzer at the Virginia Street entrance for receptionist.
WHAT: FareStart is a free culinary training and placement program.
- 16 weeks of hands-on culinary training in working professional kitchens
- Coaching to become successful in your work and help finding a job
- Support services for personal needs, including housing assistance
QUESTIONS? Visit the FareStart website or contact them at 206.267.6218.