Washington

Statewide Resources
  • Unemployment
  • Disability/Sick Leave
  • Family Leave
  • Finances
  • Food & housing support
  • Legal Support
  • Childcare & more
City-Specific Resources

The State of Washington maintains a master list of resources for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Unemployment, Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family & Medical Leave 

If you have been laid off, furloughed, or had your work hours reduced due to COVID-19, you are likely eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Other COVID-19 related impacts on your ability to work, such as sickness, needing to care for a family member, or needing to care for a child home from school, may also be covered.

The State of Washington has created a helpful grid outlining what circumstances may make you eligible to receive unemployment or other benefits.

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If you lose your job or have reduced hours:
  • Unemployment Insurance:

    • Apply at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment

    • Benefits: $188-$790 per week for up to 39 weeks with an additional $600 per week for up to 4 months.

      • Unemployment Insurance Online Application (English)

      • Online Unemployment Insurance Application (Spanish

      • Questions? Call 800-318-6022 for support on your application. 

    • Information you need to provide when you file a claim can be found here

If you become sick with COVID-19:
  • You are likely eligible for Paid Family Leave. Applications and further information can be found here

    • Benefits: up to 90% of income with a cap of $1,000 per week for up to 16 weeks.

    • Eligibility Requirements: certification from a medical provider documenting your condition.  Form can be found here.

If your child or a family member is sick with COVID-19 or another serious health condition:
  • You are likely eligible for Washington State Paid Family Leave. Learn more here.  

    • Benefits: up to 90% of income with a cap of $1,000 per week for up to 12 weeks.

If you need to take leave from work due to child’s school cancelation:
  • Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: beginning April 1 through December 31, 2020, eligible employees can receive up to 10 paid sick days and 12 weeks of extended leave when a parent cannot work due to a school or child care facility closure due to COVID-19.

Finances

Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has developed a list of resources to address the financial impacts of the coronavirus, including mortgage assistance, financial resources and financial scams.

 

Food and housing support   

Please visit our food assistance page for detailed information about food resources in Washington. 

  • While the Department of Commerce does not provide direct assistance for obtaining housing, they provide links to several resources on their housing webpage.

Eviction support

Health insurance

 

Internet Access  

Many internet service providers are waiving late payment fees and will not disconnect customers for late payments. In addition, some companies are offering free or low-cost internet services. Here are some companies that are offering free or low cost internet services:  

Where can I find childcare? 
  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families maintains comprehensive guidance on how to find care for your child during the COVID-19 emergency.

  • Child Care Aware can help you search for alternative childcare if your school or childcare has closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Call their Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 or use their online Child Care Referral Search.

 

How do I support my children at home? 

DOH provides recommendations and resources for parents and caregivers. Below are additional informational resources for children, youth and families who are impacted by school and childcare closures.  

 

What resources are available for immigrant community members?

Legal aid
  • Washington Law Help has resources for those looking for legal aid during the coronavirus outbreak. Topics include family law, health issues, housing, financial, criminal, and assistance for seniors. 

 

How can I help out in my community?  
  • Visit the How you can help page to for specifics about current needs and how you can help. 

  • Local communities are organizing resources and volunteer opportunities to support one another during this health crisis through Mutual Aid efforts. United Ways in Washington also facilitate volunteer opportunities.