**NEW THIS WEEK **
UPDATED: Free Seattle/King County COVID-19 Testing Sites
RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN KING CO.
WHEN: Application deadline, Friday, December 11
WHAT: The YMCA Social Impact Center is offering up to six months of rent assistance for young adults ages 18-24 who live in King County. Funds currently still available!
Apply if you meet ALL criteria:
- Currently 18-24 years old
- Household resides in King County (a household is any group of people wanting to maintain housing together)
- Income at or below 80% area median income over the past 60 days
- Behind in at least 1 month of rent (full or partial) since March 1, 2020
MORE INFO/APPLY: YMCA of Greater Seattle Blog
MULTILINGUAL VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FOR JOB SEEKERS
WHAT: WorkSource is hosting free virtual workshops for job seekers in multiple languages throughout the month of December.
AMHARIC language workshops
FARSI language workshops
- Friday, December 4, 2-3pm – Job Search Strategies (FARSI)
- Friday, December 11, 2-3pm – Perfecting Job Applications (FARSI)
- Friday, December 18, 2-3pm – Job Search Strategies (FARSI)
RUSSIAN language workshops
- Wednesday, December 9, 11:30am-12:30pm – Perfecting Job Applications (RUSSIAN)
- Wednesday, December 16, 10-11am – Job Search Strategies (RUSSIAN)
SOMALI language workshops
SPANISH language workshops
- Wednesday, December 9, 9am-12pm – Job Seeker Skills and Abilities Analysis (SPANISH)
- Thursday, December 10, 9am-12pm – Interviewing Techniques (SPANISH)
- Wednesday, December 16, 9am-12pm – Perfecting Job Applications (SPANISH)
- Thursday, December 17, 9am-12pm – Job Search Strategies (SPANISH)
- Wednesday, December 23, 9am-12pm – Resumes and Cover Letters (SPANISH)
SWAHILI language workshops
- Friday, December 4, 8-9am – Job Search Strategies (SWAHILI)
- Friday, December 11, 8-9am – Perfecting Job Applications (SWAHILI)
TIGRINYA language workshops
- Thursday, December 10, 1-2pm – Job Search Strategies (TIGRINYA)
- Wednesday, December 23, 1-2pm – Perfecting Job Applications (TIGRINYA)
UKRAINIAN language workshops
- Thursday, December 10, 10-11am – Perfecting Job Applications (UKRAINIAN)
- Thursday, December 17, 10-11am – Job Search Strategies (UKRAINIAN)
MORE INFO: See all upcoming free workshops for job seekers in King County on the WorkSource workshop calendar.
**UPCOMING/CURRENT COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES **
WASHINGTON STATE COVID-19 IMMIGRANT RELIEF FUND
WHEN: Application deadline, Sunday, December 6, 2020
WHAT: COVID-19 financial relief by and for immigrants: As immigrants, we’ve made Washington State our home. If you’re an immigrant experiencing hard times because of COVID-19, and you aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance, this fund is for you. Apply for the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund and receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household).
MORE INFO: If you need help, call 1.844.724.3737 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm).
SERVICIOS PARA INQUILINOS /RENT SMART WEBINAR:
TÉRMINOS DE ALQUILER INTELIGENTE / ARRENDAMIENTO (LEASE TERMS)
WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 2-4pm
WHERE: via Zoom
WHAT: Términos de alquiler inteligente / arrendamiento: ⇒Contratos de alquiler ⇒Acciones ilegales de propietarios ⇒Entradas de propietarios ⇒Discriminación Acoso ⇒Cierres patronales (Rental agreements, illegal actions of landlords, landlord entries, discrimination, harassment, lockouts)
REGÍSTRESE antes de la 1pm; el espacio está limitado a 25.
¿PREGUNTAS? Contacto Julia Gibson, email@example.com.
¿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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rent Smart is offered in partnership with Solid Ground’s Tenant Services and the King County Library System (KCLS). 2021 schedule coming soon!
MICROSOFT MANCODE WORKSHOP FOR BLACK & BROWN BOYS
WHEN: Friday, December 11, 9-11am & 12-2pm
WHAT: As part of Microsoft’s offerings for Computer Science Education Week, this workshop is designed for Black and Brown boys ages 8-17 to learn about careers in technology. Each workshop is facilitated by a MANCODE mentor and will be followed by a fireside discussion with our keynote speakers NBA legend Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.
**CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES & HIRING EVENTS **
AMAZON WAREHOUSE JOBS INFO SESSION
WHEN: Friday, December 4, 3-4pm
WHAT: Amazon is now hiring students for a variety of hourly positions in Washington State with multiple shift options available. Find your perfect schedule that works around your classes!
We are offering:
- Part-Time (20-25 hours/week)
- Full-Time (40 hours/week)
- Flexible scheduling (one shift/month and up to 25 hours/week)
REGISTER NOW! Sign up for the Amazon Warehouse Jobs info session online or text SEANOW3 to 77088.
APPLY NOW! We’ve innovated the job application so it’s faster, easier, and hopefully even a little fun!
MORE INFO/QUESTIONS? Contact Lilly Thompson, Amazon Workforce Staffing, at email@example.com.
JOBS WITH ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
WHAT: Essential businesses are currently recruiting and hiring for multiple entry level job openings in King County, WA. Also, see the Critical Job Opportunities webpage on the WorkSource Seattle-King County website.
MORE INFO: Contact Dan Bernard, Communities of Opportunity Employment Manager, King County Department of Community & Human Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCC IS HIRING
WHAT: PCC Community Markets is Seattle’s original – and the nation’s largest – certified organic, community-owned food market. Meet with our hiring team about full- and part-time positions available at our Bellevue location, opening this summer. Applications will be accepted from candidates ages 16 and over. PCC is 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.
⇒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
APPLY NOW! Apply on PCC’s Jobs page.
QUESTIONS/MORE INFO: Please do not hesitate to connect! Contact Alyssa Moore, Recruiting Specialist at Alyssa.Moore@pccmarkets.com or 206.717.6527.
WORLDWIDE FLIGHT SERVICES JOBS
WHAT: Come join our fun team at SeaTac as a Warehouse Associate or Aircraft Cargo Handler providing essential work to ensure our neighborhoods and communities receive their packages ordered online! We’re hiring for associates to sort packages and load airplanes in our facility. If you can lift and carry your Amazon package delivered at the front door, then you can probably work for us!
- Full- and part-time shifts available
- $18.50/hr + $1 shift premium for graveyard shifts
- Opportunities for advancement
- All employees are provided masks and deep cleaning with disinfection is done daily!
- General lifting required up to 30 lbs without assistance
- Must be able to pass TSA/Homeland Security background check of 10 years
- Must be able to pass drug screen
- Some positions require a valid WA State drivers license
- Speak, read, and write English
**ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES*
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES FOR SEATTLE, KING CO, & WA STATE
WHAT: Solid Ground has helped our community overcome crises for over 45 years – and we’re here now to help people and our community during the pandemic. Visit our 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.
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.
MORE INFO/TO APPLY: Visit the Internet Essentials website for eligibility information and an application – or call 1.855.846.8376.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 EVICTION PREVENTION & RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
WHAT: Various community organizations are working in partnership with King County to provide rental assistance to families who have fallen behind on rent over the course of the pandemic. Families looking for assistance should submit an interest form – available in over 25 languages – via the King County website. You’ll be entered into a lottery and will be contacted with next steps.
Tenant Interest Form for King County Rental Assistance
MORE INFO: For additional resources and information on other rental assistance programs, visit Solid Ground’s Coronavirus webpage’s Housing & Utilities Resources section.
KING COUNTY HOMELESS 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 & Birth Certificates ⇒Transportation ⇒Phone & Email ⇒Job Searches & Applications ⇒Interview & Work Clothes ⇒Hygiene Items ⇒Haircuts ⇒Classes & Trainings ⇒Résumés & 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) & Mental Health (MH), folks in Recovery – Foundational Community Support / Medicaid
- TRAC to Work – Homeless Employment Program – United Way JobsConnect
- BFET – Basic Food, Employment & Training – for people receiving food benefits
- ORIA – Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance
- WIOA – Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act – for unemployed adults, dislocated workers, seniors, & 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 email@example.com or 206.466.7432.
KING COUNTY RENT HELP
WHEN: Until funds run out
WHAT: King County Housing Stability Project (HSP) can provide one-time rental assistance to eligible King County households who: 1) are behind on rent payments to their current landlord or 2) have secured permanent housing and need assistance with deposit or first month’s rent. Households will need to complete an application and submit all required documentation before final eligibility for assistance is determined.
HSP eligibility requirements include:
- Maximum income = 50% AMI ($3,483/mo per one person, $4,975/mo per household of 4).
- Minimum income = 1.5x your monthly rent (exception: does not apply to Bellevue).
- Assistance amount requested must be at least $100 but no more than $2,000.
- Assistance amount is based on need; not all households will receive the maximum.
- People who need help in the following cities are especially encouraged to call: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Carnation, Covington, Duvall, Enumclaw, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, and Vashon Island.
- Households may only receive HSP assistance once in a 12-month period. We cannot assist with transitional housing.
- We cannot assist with transitional housing or any housing outside of King County, with limited exceptions for people within Bothell or Woodinville city limits in Snohomish County.
TO APPLY: For HSP prescreening, call 2-1-1 or 1.800.621.4636 and ask about rental assistance. You’ll be connected to all appropriate rental assistance programs, which may or may not include HSP. Bellevue residents only may also call Solid Ground’s Bellevue Rental Assistance Line at 206.694.6780 on Mondays or Wednesdays. Leave a message and a case manager will call you back.
VETERANS QUESTIONS: Veterans may contact the King County Veterans Program in Seattle at 206.477.8282 or Tukwila at 206.477.7022 (addresses and walk-in hours).
MORE INFO/NON-SCREENING QUESTIONS: For other non-prescreening HSP questions, please contact Theresa Curry-Almuti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.694.6841.
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.
ROADMAP TO SUCCESS (RTS) FOR PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS
WHEN: A 3-week courses offered monthly, Monday-Friday (Weeks 1 & 2: online classes, 9am-1pm; Week 3: intensive case management/ employment support)
WHERE: Held entirely online via Zoom; students will receive a link before the Monday start of class.
WHAT: Need help finding work after being incarcerated? Apply for Pioneer Human Services’ Roadmap to Success, a job-readiness training program for folks with a criminal history who want to work! This is a three-week class offered once per month.
- Online program via Zoom for safety and convenience
- Learn personal empowerment exercises
- Create targeted résumé and cover letter
- Practice specific interview skills
- Receive vocational and reentry case management
- Engage in employment readiness and skills assessment
Goals & outcomes:
- Comfortable using and applying basic computer techniques
- Understand and design professional résumé
- Personal development through soft skills
- Learn and apply advanced interview techniques
- Obtain hard skills and occupational training
- Full-time gainful employment
Students eligible for our program MUST:
- Have a criminal background
- Be referred by a probation officer, corrections officer, case manager, or self-referral
- Interview with Pioneer Workforce Development staff
- Pass a urinalysis (UA)
- Willing and able to comply with classroom policy and procedures
TO APPLY: Complete a Roadmap to Success Application Form.
MORE INFO/QUESTIONS? RTS courses are offered monthly. Contact Rudy (they/she), Pioneer Human Services Community Outreach Coordinator, at 206.538.2666 or Rudy@p-h-s.com or PioneerTraining@p-h-s.com.
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: ⇒Name ⇒Household’s current income information ⇒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.
TANF: 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.
WA STATE PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE
WHAT: Paid Family & Medical Leave is available for Washington State residents 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.
MORE INFO/TO APPLY: Visit the Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave website to find out how it works and to apply, or email email@example.com with your questions.
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: ⇒Free and confidential support ⇒Connection to local treatment providers ⇒Medication for opioid use referrals ⇒DSHS benefits application assistance.
- 866.789.1511 (1.206.461.3219 TTY)
- Help for teens: 866.TEENLINK (1.866.833.6546)
CONTACT/MORE INFO: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Crisis Connections (9725 3rd Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98115)
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 new service at The Seattle Public Library that can help job seekers: ⇒Get started with unemployment, ⇒Search for jobs, ⇒Apply for jobs, and ⇒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.
YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION – FREE COACHING FOR STUDENTS
WHAT: Crisis Connections is excited to offer free trainings in partnership with local cities. Our qualified trainers encourage students to talk openly about stress, coping, depression, and suicidal behavior. These trainings can also be delivered virtually; please call to see if you are in an eligible area.
Trainers include information on:
- youth suicide
- an overview of local resources
- help for teens to identify warning signs
- how to support themselves and others who may be dealing with mental health challenges
MORE INFO: Please contact Crisis Connections at 206.204.9520 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training or get more information.
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