Emergency Assistance and Government Benefits
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Disaster Recovery Guides will help you start the process of recovering your family’s physical, emotional and financial well-being. If you need immediate assistance, contact your local Red Cross chapter. Learn more>
Department of Neighborhoods
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods works to bring government closer to the residents of Seattle by engaging them in civic participation; helping them become empowered to make positive contributions to their communities; and by involving more of Seattle’s underrepresented residents, including communities of color and immigrants, in civic discourse and opportunities.
The department has seven programs and services to encourage community engagement: Historic Preservation, Neighborhood Matching Fund, P-Patch Community Gardening Program, Neighborhood District Coordinators, Outreach and Engagement, Major Institutions and Schools, and People’s Academy for Community Engagement. Learn more>
Emerald City Resource Guide
The printed, accessible resource guide directs people to the meals, shelter, healthcare and other services needed. Click on the link here for a PDF of the guide – PDF of the Emerald City Resource Guide Nov. 2018
Emergency Cash Assistance
If your family has an emergency and you need a one-time cash payment to obtain or keep safe housing or utilities, you may be eligible for the Additional Requirements for Emergent Needs (AREN).
Basic Food, the state’s food stamp program, helps people in Washington make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Participating in Basic Food also has other benefits.
To learn more or to apply for food assistance, call 877-501-2233. Learn more>
King County Metro is offers reduced transit fare to make public transportation more affordable. Learn more>
TANF and Support Services
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary cash, food, and medical help for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps participants find and keep jobs. Learn more>
Persons who are caring for a relative’s child, are legal guardians, or are acting in the place of a parent are also able to apply for TANF benefits on behalf of these children through the Non-Needy Relative, In Loco Parentis and Legal Guardian Program. Learn more>
Washington Connection is a free website that helps people learn about and apply for public benefits and programs available to people who live in Washington State. It is easy to use, and the best way to find out what programs might be available for a specific individual or family is to visit the website. Learn more>
Washington Law Help
At Washington LawHelp you will find general information, self-help packets, and resources to assist you with public benefits in Washington state. Learn more>
Find a Financial Counselor
- AFCPE (Association for Counseling and Planning Education)
Find an AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) in Washington here>
- American Financial Solutions
- United Way Benefits Hub
Online scheduling for appointments at five convenient locations. Schedule an appointment here>
If you can’t find available times call 206-461-4536 or email email@example.com.
- El Centro de la Raza
Call 206-957-4634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hopelink Financial Capability Program
- NW Access Fund – Financial coaching for individuals with disabilities
- Solid Ground – Financial Fitness Boot Camp
- Sound Outreach
- YWCA Economic Resilience Initiative
Operation Veteran Renewal
St. Vincent de Paul Seattle/King County works with and advocates for Veterans to secure services they may be eligible. For more information call their Helpline at 206-767-6449.
Other Community Resources
Get Broadband Internet for $10/month
Did you know that there are four providers in Seattle that offer $10 per month home Internet? The City of Seattle wants everyone qualified to take advantage of these discounted opportunities and have produced a public service announcement to let you know what your options are. Learn more>
Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan. The Federal Trade Commission offers steps on what to do right away. Learn more>
Need Help? Ask a Librarian
Living Well in Washington Resource Guide is compiled by the State Library to help you live a more rewarding life. Resources include education and training, affordable care act, finance, and money management and health and wellness. Learn more>
Need help or have a comment? Use “Ask a Seattle Librarian” by:
- Telephone – call 206-386-4636 during Central Library hours
- Email – responses within two business days
- In person – at these Library locations
King County Public Library System
Classes and Programs – Learn more>
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. Kanopy includes children’s programming with its subdivision Kanopy Kids; all members have access to the children’s videos section with their account. Public library patrons and university students and faculty are able to watch Kanopy free-of-charge with their institution’s library card. Learn more>
Need a tool? Contact a Tool Library
- PNA Tool Lending Library – Learn more>
- West Seattle Tool Library – Learn more>
- NE Seattle Tool Library – Learn more>
- SE Seattle Tool Library – Learn more>
- Smashwords – programs and resources to support Seattle writers. Learn more>
Help prevent scams aimed at seniors!
The financial education non-profit CENTS has created Senior Money, which is an instructional DVD, companion website, and in-person presentations to teach senior citizens how to spot and avoid all the scams aimed at them. The video, which features Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has three 35 minute sections: 1) reverse mortgages, 2) scams, and 3) identity theft and estate planning. Contact Tony Leahy at email@example.com or 206-267-7017 if you would like a free DVD or in-person presentation at your facility. The website has video and additional resources (www.seniormoneyproject.org).