Updated: 14 hours ago
We know that this is a hard time for everyone, so we wanted to put together a list of resources that may be able to ease financial burdens and keep everyone entertained. If you have any questions or want to find help with services not listed, please don't hesitate to contact your student's counselor or email us at email@example.com; we'll do our best to help connect you with the resources available.
If you know of any resources that we missed, feel free to leave them in the comments or connect with us to have the list updated!
This includes online learning and locations that continue to serve free meals to students and their families
City of Seattle resources: https://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19
Contains information and links for City of Seattle programs and services that may be helpful for residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also listed are community, county, and state resources that may be helpful to you. Some of these programs and services are available to everyone regardless of where you live. Although other restrictions may apply. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop.
City of Seattle does not ask for immigration status when accessing certain resources
Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19: https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources?fbclid=IwAR3qNEweCOxgY50Qcg0aEP9lTJh0UgiP5RzLTK1UdtBtvjGSiFjfATXx3zM
This includes information about assistance with rent, mortgages, utilities, credit cards, etc.
Governor Inslee issued a statewide moratorium on evictions during this time: https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-relief-for-businesses-workers-renters-and-more-in-response-to-covid-19-outbreak-c09c13a02690
“Among the measures announced by the governor is a statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for the next 30 days. As Washington faces the economic impacts of COVID-19, no person should be put out of their home as a result. Residential landlords are prohibited from serving a notice of unlawful detainer for default payment of rent. Residential landlords would also be prohibited from issuing a 20-day notice for unlawful detainer, unless the landlord attaches an affidavit attesting that the action is believed necessary to ensure the health and safety of the tenant or other individuals. Under these measures, law enforcement may not enforce eviction orders based solely on non-payment of rent. This excludes other circumstances, such as the commission of a crime on the premises or nuisance issues. Additionally, residential landlords would be prohibited from initiating judicial action seeking a writ of restitution involving a dwelling unit if the alleged basis for the writ is the failure of the tenant or tenants to timely pay rent.”
Washington Healthplanfinder: https://www.wahbexchange.org/washington-healthplanfinder-announces-special-enrollment-period-in-response-to-growing-coronavirus-outbreak/?fbclid=IwAR2Xb09LlQde5Q5RV6xim_z5I097xXMZBuDy_riK8YF26z081QGN5M5_e5E
If you are currently uninsured, you can purchase health insurance through our state’s health care exchange through April 8, 2020. This is a special enrollment period to allow uninsured individuals in our state to enroll in health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. You should contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator, request the Special Enrollment Period, and select a plan by April 8 for coverage start date beginning April 1, 2020. Language assistance and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.
Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS): https://www.mapsredmond.org/covid-19/#1584166706185-ccd74176-95f1
MAPS-MCRC and MAPS AlSadaqa are providing additional Human and Financial Services for people impacted by COVID-19, including food assistance, prescription and medication assistance, grocery delivery and other help for seniors, and MAPS-MCRC medical clinic
Foodbank Locator: https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
Xfinity Wifi: https://wifi.xfinity.com/
Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Please refer to the map on their website for available public hotspots.
This is a community organization that is linking people with needs to people who can volunteer to fill those needs. Check it out – if you don’t need anything, maybe you can help?
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: https://www.nwirp.org/resources/community-information/
A community information page for more information and resources on COVID-19, especially as it relates to immigration
City of Seattle COVID-19 and Public Charge FAQ: https://welcoming.seattle.gov/covid19publiccharge/
This is NOT legal advice
“This is a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this COVID-19 outbreak. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will continue updating this site as developments occur.”
OneAmerica: Resources for Immigrants/Recursos para Inmigrantesa: https://weareoneamerica.org/2020/03/23/covid-19-coronavirus-resources-for-immigrants-recursos-para-inmigrantes/
Includes resources for undocumented families, education resources, and emergency government assistance programs
Information offered in multiple languages, when possible
El Comité: Recursos para Inmigrantes (en español): https://elcomitewa.com/covid-19/
Información para trabajadores y negocios afectados por COVID-19 (Coronavirus), asistencia para pequeñas empresas, asistencia medica de emergencia al inmigrante, alimentos para niños y estudiantes, y más
Covid-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18p9OSlLpSYanIoUC-gEbhVbRMYVUfw4wyrixa9ekGdc/htmlview?usp=embed_facebook&fbclid=IwAR2sljmMHZOFIHbEby_8ky8Rl4Ja9DCKib2ouDWc9GV2yOoHFRLGiy9wq8g
COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks (Washington Dream Coalition & partners): https://www.scholarshipjunkies.org/relief
DACA Scholarship Fund: http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/get-help/daca
Thanks to the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Facebook App & El Centro de la Raza, $75,000 will be available to cover DACA renewal fees. Scholarship funds are available to individuals who have or previously had DACA status, have a completed DACA renewal application, and who reside in Seattle, or work in Seattle, or go to school in Seattle. Successful DACA scholarship grantees will receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security to submit with their DACA renewal application. All application processes will require the completion of an eligibility form and a 30-minute video or phone appointment with an El Centro staff member.
Fondo de Becas Para DACA: Gracias a la Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados de Seattle, Facebook y El Centro de la Raza, $75,000 estarán disponibles para cubrir las tarifas de renovación de DACA.
To file for Unemployment Benefits: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19
“Workers may receive unemployment benefits and employers may get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.”
Remember to file a weekly claim, even while waiting for your claim to be approved
For information about Sick and Safe Leave: https://www.seattle.gov/laborstandards/ordinances/paid-sick-and-safe-time
Unemployment Law Project: http://unemploymentlawproject.org/covid-19/
A not-for-profit law firm established to provide advice, education, advocacy, services, and representation to unemployed workers, defend the rights and benefits of workers and unemployed people, advise workers regarding benefits, and prevent economic insecurity among Washington’s working population
Seattle Artists Relief Fund: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHJNLQV
Established by local Author, Ijeoma Oluo for artists who have been hurt by coronavirus cancellations
For our teens: https://www.teenlink.org/, or call 866-833-6546
A helpline for teens, by teens
Washington State resources helpline: http://211.org/ (or dial 211 on your phone)
Confidential, available in 180 languages, and accessible 24 hours a day/365 days a year
A guide to “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty” from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
If you or a family member needs emotional or mental health support, or treatment resources for substance use, please consider calling the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1–866–789–1511
List of Alcoholics Anonymous online meetings: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
Resources for people in crisis:
Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255; 800-799-4889 (TTY)
Crisis Text Line: text "HEAL" to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (includes Spanish speaking support): 888-628-9454
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, Press 1
LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 866-488-7386
We know that home is not a safe place for everybody, and that people are being quarantined or spending more time at home right now. Please reach out if you need support.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE; or 800-787-3224 (TTY)
King/Snohomish/Pierce County Deaf Hotline: 206-812-1001 (videophone)
NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse: 206-568-7777
API Chaya (culturally competent safety services for API & South Asian people): 1-877-922-4292
ReWA (for immigrants and refugees): 206-721-0243
Seattle Public Library: https://www.spl.org/
If you haven't yet, sign up for a free Seattle Public Library card online. Even though they're shutting down, the digital catalogs are available and the Libby app means you can check out e-books and other digital content.
Ms. Julia’s Digital Classroom: https://sites.google.com/view/ms-julias-digital-classroom/home?authuser=0
Created by an educator in the Northshore School District, this is a compilation of online learning resources
Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net/
Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
Includes activity guides for parents
BalletNova free online ballet classes: https://www.facebook.com/watch/BalletNovaCenterForDance/
Whether your musical taste lean toward John Legend or the symphony there are plenty of virtual concerts you can enjoy from your living room. The Seattle Symphony has begun rebroadcasting some of its live performances. Stay At Home Fest allows people to track house concerts of their favorite artists.
Free access to 50 concerts to stream: https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/50-concerts-to-stream/
Free Digital Cooking Classes For Kids: https://www.delish.com/food-news/g31786555/delish-instagram-live-kids-cooking-class/
People are posting a ton of free exercise videos and art lessons and whatnot online, as well.
Stay sane, friends, wash your hands, and reach out to us if you need anything. You’re all amazing.