The Office of the Mayor in Seattle maintains a helpful landing page on city and state-wide resources that are available to those affected by COVID-19. The page is available in a number of different languages and can be found here. Information from this resource has been copied below.
You can also learn more about the services listed on this page over the phone by calling the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at (206) 684-2489 or (206) 684-CITY.
Health Care Access
Free and Charitable Clinics
The Washington Healthcare Access Alliance has this list of free and charitable clinics in Washington state, organized by county: wahealthcareaccessalliance.org/free-clinics.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know: The National Center for Transgender Equality published this resource specifically for transgender people and their families.
Free Shower Program at Five Seattle Community Centers
The free shower program run by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) for community members in need will operate on a modified schedule at five community centers through at least April 13, 2020. People will only be allowed in a few at a time, and staff will take temporal temperature scans to ensure you are healthy. For more details, please visit this page.
WA Warm Line
Run by the organization Crisis Connection, the WA Warm Line is a confidential peer support line for those experiencing anxiety, loneliness, etc. They are available: Mondays - Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and weekends from 12:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation Emergency Funds
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has launched this fund for undocumented individuals or families with undocumented members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the fund and to apply for aid, please visit: undocuscholars.com.
COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks
The Washington Dream Coalition, in partnership with Scholarship Junkies, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network are fundraising through Scholarship Junkie's 501(c)(3) GoFundMe and other avenues to provide emergency and preventative financial relief to undocumented individuals that are at financial risk. To apply for financial support or to contribute to the fund, visit: scholarshipjunkies.org/relief.
COVID-19 - Rent Fund for Undocumented People
Founded by South Seattle College student organizers, this is a fundraiser to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted. To contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/rent-fund-for-undocumented-people-covid19. As of March 25, the organizers have suspended applications for funds.
COVID-19 Survival Fund for the People
The grassroots COVID19 Mutual Aid group started this fund to provide financial support to "Undocumented, LGBTQI, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Elderly, and Disabled, folxs who are bearing the brunt of this social crisis and self-organizing." To apply for aid or to donate to the fund, please visit: gofundme.com/f/covid19-survival-fund-for-the-people.
Day Laborer and Household Worker Relief Fund
The day laborer nonprofit organization Casa Latina is organizing this fundraiser to support day laborers and household workers in Seattle. "One hundred percent of the funds raised here will be used to be put into a worker relief fund and go directly to day laborers and domestic worker members at Casa Latina, who have lost work in these difficult times." For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/day-laborer-and-domestic-worker-relief-fund.
El Centro de la Raza Emergency Response Fund
El Centro is raising funds to support "vulnerable children, families, and seniors facing unprecedented economic hardship." Funds will help support the growing need for rent, food, utility, and other basic needs assistance for the clients they serve. For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit this page.
Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)
COVID-19 Helpline: 1-844-724-3737
WAISN has transitioned its immigration enforcement hotline (1-844-724-3737) into a COVID-19 helpline for immigrants. They can help you identify support programs for:
Assistance for dispensation
Assistance in taking a COVID-19 test if you have been exposed or have symptoms
Assistance for support against detainment and deportation
Critical information on health, labor rights, and other rights
Immigration-related issues under the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state
Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation List of Resources
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has been regularly updating this list of community resources for undocumented individuals across the U.S.
Community Safety Planning for our Undocumented Neighbors
This resource from Mutual Aid Medford And Somerville (MAMAS) presents a step-by-step guide on how to build neighborhood "pods" where neighbors are looking out for and checking in on each other, especially our most vulnerable community members.
COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants
The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled this new 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 listed on this page: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid19publiccharge.
Immigrants Rising Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19
The national organization Immigrants Rising is regularly updating this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate this COVID-19 pandemic. You can read through their comprehensive list here.
Seattle Area Food Map
The Seattle Human Resources Department developed this interactive Food Resource Map that shows the locations of food banks, free meals, and student to-go meal pick-ups. The map can also be filtered by status with options to reflect those open, those with limited operations, and those whose status is unknown. You can access the map here.
Food Support for Seattle Public School Students
Beginning Monday, March 16, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will be distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. All SPS students can participate. Additional information about meal pick-up will be shared with families tomorrow. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Family Resources for COVID-19-related Page. Under the Governor's "Stay Home" order, students are permitted to leave their homes to pick up meals.
FEEST Seattle Free Groceries for Families with Students at FEEST Schools
Families with students at Chief Sealth, Evergreen, Rainier Beach, and Tyee High Schools can request FREE groceries delivered to their homes. All you have to do is fill out an online form with your shopping list, contact information, and when you would like your delivery. Visit FEEST Seattle for more information about this service.
Senior Meal Programs and Meals on Wheels
Seattle Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services division funds year-round meals at senior centers and other venues that have been suspended due to COVID-19. However, sack lunches and food boxes are available in many areas. Home-delivered meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels) are an option for individuals age 60+ who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464 (toll-free) to get connected to services in Seattle and King County.
Special Senior Shopping Hours
Seattle area grocery stores have established special shopping hours reserved exclusively for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Shoppers should continue to practice social distancing and Public Health-recommended hygiene practices. The fact-checking website Snopes.com has been tracking these store hours here.
The West Seattle Blog has also been actively tracking special shopping times for West Seattle stores here: westseattleblog.com/2020/03/grocery-stores-west-seattle-supermarkets-hours.
Emergency Feeding Program
The Emergency Feeding Program provides pre-packaged food in bags for people experiencing food insecurity. They also have a drive-thru pick up program for people ages 55 and older. More information and their application is here: emergencyfeeding.org/fresh-market-form.
FEEST Seattle and WA-BLOC Food Support for the Rainier Beach Community
Starting Friday, March 13, FEEST Seattle and WA-BLOC are providing free hot lunch for students in the Rainier Beach Community every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Rainier Beach Community Center plaza while schools remain closed. More information is at WA-BLOC's Facebook page.
Highland Park (West Seattle) Weekend Bagged Lunches
The Highland Park Improvement Club is offering meals for neighborhood residents who need meals, especially homebound individuals. More information about the program and how to volunteer is at hpic1919.org.
Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Grocery Request Forms
The grassroots coalition Mutual Aid Solidarity Network is organizing grocery drop-offs at front doors. They are prioritizing "folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color - including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas." Request forms in multiple languages can be found here.
Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market
Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S & S Holgate St. More location and transportation information can be found here.
Seattle Community Kitchen Collective
A number of South Seattle restaurants are offering free food delivery and pick up for community members. Beacon Hill restaurant Musang posts the community kitchen schedule at the beginning of each week. Please visit their Facebook page for details.
Washington State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called "Basic Food" in Washington state, helps people with low incomes by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Effective, March 26, 2020 you can apply for Basic Food Assistance online here, or by downloading a translated application here, or by calling 1-877-501-2233. More information can be found at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families
On March 20, the City of Seattle will start distributing a series of $20 vouchers to approximately 6,250 families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months. The City is exploring additional investments from private businesses and hopes to expand this program to up to 100,000 Seattle residents. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, check out this Emergency Food Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.
Restaurants for Takeout and Delivery
As part of Seattle's #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign, the City of Seattle has developed this interactive map that can help residents find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. You can search for open small businesses in your neighborhood and navigate directly to a business' website or third-party delivery service page. You can access that map here.
To find community-funded financial aid for rent and utility assistance, especially for when after this outbreak is contained, please go to the Worker Support section or the Artists/Creatives Support Section.
Residential evictions for non-payment of rent have been temporarily halted. This is effective immediately and will last for 30 days or until Seattle's COVID-19 Civil Emergency ends, pending the council's approval. For more information, you can access this FAQ.
Federal Mortgage Relief
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to temporarily suspend foreclosures. For details, please see this FHFA release here.
Federal Student Loan Relief
The federal government has waived two months of payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible. For details, please see this Department of Education release here.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) , Seattle City Light (SCL), and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan that includes reversed late fees. SPU and SCL recommends that customers should as soon as possible call (206) 684-3000 or send an email anytime at seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question. PSE is waiving late fees for customers who can find more information at PSE's COVID-19 Response page.
City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)
The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to: seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program.
Paid Sick and Safe Time
Both Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance and Washington Initiative 1433 establish local and statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. In Seattle, the law requires employers to provide all employees with paid sick and safe time. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, exempt, and non-exempt employees. Please call the Seattle Office of Labor Standards at (206) 256-5297 or visit Office of Labor Standards PSST page here.
Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED)
OED has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both businesses and workers: COVID-19 Business and Worker Resources.
Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS)
OLS has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19: seattle.gov/laborstandards.
Big Table is a nonprofit organization that helps workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry through a referral model. To learn more, visit big-table.com/seattle. NOTE: The Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund is in the process of transferring the funds raised to Big Table.
The Plate Fund
The Plate Fund (#ThePlateFund) provides immediate, one-time payments of $500 to the most impacted restaurant-industry workers. "For many, these payments can help "bridge the gap" between the time they received their last paychecks and when they can access federal stimulus payments and/or unemployment insurance benefits, which can take weeks or months. For others, this may be the only money they receive." To learn more and to donate to the fund, visit: theplatefund.com.
Unemployment Law Project: COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefits
The Unemployment Law Project is a legal aid organization that offers advice and free/low-cost legal representation to people whose unemployment benefits claims have been denied or challenged by the employer. They also offer help to workers who need to file, but do not have access to a computer. More information is available at: unemploymentlawproject.org/covid-19.
United Way of King County Resources for Unemployed Workers
The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. Go to the United Way of King County's page for more information.
WorkSource Critical Job Opportunities
"The outbreak of COVID-19 in our region has caused widespread social and economic disruption, including layoffs and changes to the business landscape. In the midst of this, critical workforce needs have emerged in response to societal changes, including hiring increases for grocery stores, cleaning companies, healthcare, social services, and others." WorkSource has highlighted opportunities here for people looking for immediate work.
City of Seattle Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued an Emergency Order on March 27, 2020 to allow the City of Seattle to fund emergency childcare for essential workers including health care professionals, first responders, and grocery store workers. Eligible families can apply for child care by visiting this Emergency Child Care page.
Seattle Public Schools Child Care
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is offering space for child care providers in 12 SPS buildings while schools are closed. Please check this SPS page for details.
Seattle Public Library Digital Resources
The Seattle Public Library's Staying Home page includes a number of digital resources that kids and adults can access at home. Library buildings may be closed, but you can still read e-books and listen to e-audiobooks, plus stream movies, TV, and music with your library card.
Seattle Public Library E-Card
The Seattle Public Library has a new e-card option for Seattle residents who don't have a library card to sign up for an e-card. You can sign up instantly to receive access to e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive. You must be 13 or older and have access to a mobile phone.
Seattle Public Schools Home Learning Resources
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has compiled this list of extension learning activities. SPS developed this list considering a variety of students, including students with Individualized Education Programs and students who do not have access to technology or other resources. Many of these resources can help students to stay engaged academically while at home. You can also find other SPS resources related to COVID-19 here.
Education Companies offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closures
This is put together by different individuals and not a specific organization. Be sure to read the fine print carefully. This resource lists education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures.
Domestic Violence Support
During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge that home may not be a safe place for everyone. There are a number of resources available for to get assistance if you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (Chat function available on website.)
24/7 access to support, safety planning, and resource referral for those who do not feel safe in their relationships.
National Sexual Assault Hotline -1-800-656-4673 (Chat function available on website.)
24/7 access to support and resource referral for those who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Domestic Violence Programs in Washington State - find a program near you to get assistance if you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - 1-888-998-6423
24/7 access to support and resource referral for those who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment. The Center also offers one-on-one and group services for sexual assault survivors.
Washington Trafficking Help - 1-888-373-7888
24/7 trafficking hotline with a website listing links to services available in Washington state for those experiencing labor or sex trafficking.