Community Resources

Emergency Assistance and Government Benefits

  • See if you can still get or change 2020 health coverage at HealthCare.gov
  • Seattle Public Library – COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits. Learn more>
  • City of Seattle – COVID-19 Resources for Community. Learn more>

Economic Impact Payment

If you’re a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien, not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number, you may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

You don’t have to have income to claim a payment. If you’re experiencing homelessness, you may still be eligible. The payment is not income and you will not owe tax on it. It won’t affect your eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

If you don’t normally file taxes, you need to sign up by November 21, 2020 at IRS.gov/nonfilereip to receive a $1,200 payment. You may also get an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

You’re not required to file a tax return for 2019 if your income is below $12,200, or $24,400 for married couples.

The Washington Employment Security Department expanding benefits as a result of #COVID19.

If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. They have adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. This easy-to-read comparison guidelists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. Learn more here>

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>

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).

Food Stamps

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>

ORCA LIFT

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 ProgramLearn more>

Washington Connection

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

Through a network of agencies, one-on-one phone support is available to help you understand more about resources available.

  • American Financial Solutions (Washington)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments, HUD-certified housing counseling, and access to public benefits.
    Call 888.282.5899 or schedule an appointment here>
    Learn more>
  • El Centro de la Raza (King County)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointment, lending circles, access to public benefits and small business assistance.
    Call 206.957.4610 or email receptionist@elcentrodelaraza.org
    benefitshub@uwkc.org.Learn more>
  • Hopelink Financial Capability Program (King County)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments and access to public benefits.
    Call 425.250.3003 or email FinancialEd@hopelink.org
    Learn more>
  • NW Access Fund – Financial Coaching for Individuals with Disabilities (Washington)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments, access to public benefits, and benefit planning.
    Call 206.328.5116 or email megan@nwaccessfund.org
    Learn more>
  • Sound Outreach (Pierce County)
    Call 253.593.2111 (push ‘0’) and leave a message or email info@soundoutreach.org
    Learn more>
  • United Way Benefits Hub (King County)
    Online scheduling for over-the-phone financial coaching appointments and access to public benefits.
    Schedule an appointment here>
    If you can’t find available times call 206-461-4536 or email
  • YWCA Economic Resilience Initiative – Financial Coaching Program
    Six-months free financial coaching for graduates of Hope and Power and Money Mechanics classes. For more information or to register for classes, call 206.336.6982.

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>

IdentityTheft.gov

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:

King County Public Library System
Classes and Programs – Learn more>

Watch Movies

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>

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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 tony@centsprogram.org 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).