Community Events & Announcements

In collaboration with the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP), Jump$tart Washington, and the Financial Empowerment Network (FEN), youth poets residing in Washington state are invited to produce a money cento aka found poetry that focuses on the financial issues individuals and families have today.

Read articles about money, borrow the lines (credit required) from newspapers, magazines, or online articles and create a patchwork of lines, or a cento. The Jump$tart Washington Coalition will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention prizes to one winning student poet in 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and 9th – 12th Grade.

  • Judge’s Award – 1st Place
    Cash Award Value $250
  • Judge’s Award – 2nd Place
    Cash Award Value $150
  • Judge’s Award – 3rd Place
    Cash Award Value $75
  • Judge’s Award – Honorable Mention
    Cash Award Value $25

Learn more here>


Community Workshops

FREE Financial Education for DV Survivors ONLINE this summer!

As things are constantly shifting around us, the YWCA’s Hope and Power classes are more important than ever!  Their FREE, non-traditional, trauma-informed, holistic financial education classes for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship.

If interested, contact Sofia at 206-338-9818 or saustin@ywcaworks.org  to register.

Participants need access to an internet-connected device to participate. Please contact us with questions about class participation requirements! We provide weekly participation incentives and incentives to everyone who successfully completes the classes—up to $75!

Classes run from June 17th – August 19th.

It is a very comprehensive class that covers everything that is typically in a financial education class, plus lots of other topics that are critically important for DV survivors:

  • Financial abuse and safety planning
  • Goal setting and your personal values
  • Making your dollar stretch each month (budgeting!)
  • Unmasking the mysteries of credit
  • Debt management
  • How to make banking work for you
  • Employment protections and rights for DV survivors
  • Dependable strengths
  • Housing protections for DV survivors, housing options, and your rights/responsibilities as a renter
  • ID Theft and consumer rights
  • Federal Income Taxes/EITC
  • And much more!

VENTURES
Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. They provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs.

At orientation, you will learn about their full-service model of support, which includes business training, personalized coaching, loans, and access to market opportunities. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to apply for our cornerstone eight-week Business Basics Course that teaches the fundamental principles of running a business.

All of their programs are scheduled to run virtually until further notice. Their Seattle program is open to all in the Puget Sound area. Orientation is always free and an 8-week course has a one-time fee of $50, $100, or $200 sliding scale fee depending on income. Financial help is available for those who need it.

Snohomish –Spanish (REGISTER HERE)
Orientation date: June 22, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
For Snohomish County Residents only
Download a Spanish flyer here>

Seattle – English (REGISTER HERE)
Orientation date: June 24, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Download an English flyer here>

Visit their website to find more information on the 8-week Business Basics Program, or click here to find more information about the orientation.


ELAP  Virtual Events

ELAP Helpline (they serve low-income community members in King County): 425.747.7274 | 425.620.2778 (Esp)

COVID Legal Aid Project: Available in print – English and Spanish. Online – English/Spanish/Chinese/Vietnamese

Missed a webinar? 
Here’s a link to all of ELAP’s previous webinars: www.elap.org/webinars (categorized into different legal categories)


RENT SMART: HOUSING SEARCH PART 1: The Basics of Looking for Housing

WHAT:
This first installment of a three-part series on housing search from Solid Ground tenant counselors will focus on where to search for housing, information regarding screening tenants, best tips for finding a rental, tax credit housing, and information about holding deposits when applying for a rental.

Housing Search Series: Part 3-Renting a Place with an Eviction on Your Record

Fees and Deposits, May 26, 2-4pm

Repair Issues and Landlord Duties, June 9, 2-4pm

Evictions and Terminations, June 23, 2-4pm

I Cannot Pay Full Rent-What Are My Options?, July 14, 2-4pm

¡Inquilinos Inteligentes!: No Puedo Pagar La Renta Completo. ¿Cuáles Son Mis Opciones? ¿Cuál Es La Mejor Manera De Proceder? July 28, 2-4pm

Register here>

QUESTIONS? Contact Julia Gibson at jgibson@kcls.org.

Need more help?  Review detailed instruction on how to Join and Participate in a Webinar or visit https://kcls.zoom.us/ and click on Get Started at the bottom of the page.

Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus

As we all try to navigate these uncertain times, the Financial Empowerment Network would like to share some guidance from the DFI, CFPB, and Bank On Washington. 

The DFI (Washington State Department of Financial Institutions) has compiled a FAQ of questions from consumers and the DFI’s response.

The CFPB blog offers steps to help protect yourself or a loved one from the financial impact of the coronavirus.

For the latest updates, visit the CFPB’s Coronavirus landing page.

Open a safe banking account online to protect your money. Bank and credit union accounts, particularly those certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards, can support you to receive wages and government benefits safely and securely, using direct deposit. Bank On accounts is not subject to surprise fees – especially for an overdraft, insufficient funds, and inactivity.

– Many Bank On certified accounts can be opened online to ensure the account opening process is safe and seamless. Learn more here>
– You can find a list of participating Bank On Seattle-King County financial institutions. Learn more here>

NWCLC Webinar Series: How to survive the financial impacts of COVID-19

For many Washingtonians who were recently laid off, had hours reduced, or took unpaid leave, the financial implications of COVID-19 have been serious and immediate.

Northwest Consumer Law Center is here to help those financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
Landlord/Tenant Law & COVID-19
An Update on Washington’s Eviction Moratorium and Options for Renters
Monday, March 30, 2020
Download the webinar at https://youtu.be/whClo28RoPU

Financially struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Want to learn more about your rights as a tenant during these uncertain times? Join Northwest Consumer Law Center for an informative presentation by Board Member Brendan Donckers. This 20-minute presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Your Mortgage & COVID-19
An Update on Foreclosure Moratoriums, Payment Deferrals, and More
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Download the webinar at https://youtu.be/DojvWYQQFxQ

Financially struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Want to learn more about options for your mortgage payments? Join Northwest Consumer Law Center for an informative presentation by Board Member Melissa Huelsman. This 20-minute presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Your Student Loans & COVID-19: Is Relief Available?
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Download the webinar at https://youtu.be/KZcTAKPtQ_M

Trying to make sense of what options are available to manage your student loans? Join Northwest Consumer Law Center for an informative presentation by Board Member Christina Henry. This 20-minute presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Managing Consumer Debt Amid COVID-19
Credit Cards, Medical Bills, and Debt Collectors
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Download the webinar at https://youtu.be/XpzJYklHqn0

Struggling financially due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Not sure which bills to pay first? Want to learn more about how to protect your consumer rights? Join Northwest Consumer Law Center for an informative presentation by Board Member Sam Leonard. This 20-minute presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session

Bankruptcy & COVID-19
Should I File? And Other Considerations During A Financial Crisis
Friday, April 3, 2020
Download the webinar at https://youtu.be/iOKYj7QXEy8

Struggling to repay debt and considering bankruptcy? Join Northwest Consumer Law Center for an informative presentation by Executive Director Amanda Martin. This 20-minute presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Q&A about Eviction Moratoriums for Tenants and Manuf./Mobile Homeowners
Watch the Q&A webinar where NJP attorneys answer questions about rent and rent assistance, the eviction process, and other issues facing tenants during the COVID-19 crisis.  They also focus on manufactured/mobile homeowners who rent space in a manufactured/mobile home parks, but all tenants may learn more about their rights and where to get legal help.

Watch the webinar here>

Your Next Job

Your Next Job is a service at the Seattle Public Library (SPL) that can help job seekers:

  1. Get started with unemployment
  2. Search​ for jobs
  3. Apply for jobs
  4. Learn new job skills

Through one-on-one appointments by phone, text, or online conferencing, SPL can help job seekers to be successful on career and educational pathways, including job seekers with little or no digital literacy skills and those with limited English proficiency.

To make a Your Next Job appointment for yourself or someone you are assisting, please call 206.386.4636, email ask@spl.org, or complete the intake form on their website.

MORE RESOURCES:

Your Next Job is offered in partnership with the King County Library System and the Seattle Jobs Initiative.

Seattle Area Food Resources

View the Live Map at https://public.tableau.com/profile/city.of.seattle.human.services#!/

Free Vegetarian Food Truck

Northwest SHARE continues with the expanded schedule of their Free Vegetarian Food Truck, generously handing out free food, four times a week. You can find them in the UHeight parking lot, giving out free meals (while observing social distancing rules) on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 8 pm, on Saturdays from 5:30 to 8 pm, and on Sundays from 12 to 2 pm.

Emergency Childcare

With school closures now being extended through the end of the school year, the need for childcare becomes essential.  Immediate childcare for workers on the front line of COVID response in healthcare, first response, grocery, delivery, and other high-need sectors is available through the partnering efforts of University Temple Children’s School – UTCS and UHeights.  Read more about this effort in a UW Daily article.

Spread the word by sharing this preliminary intake form with parents you know who are looking for childcare.  Download the form at https://forms.gle/xdFuKqXojMbHdZ6H9.  Contact Mason Wiley, with questions at 206-527-4278 ext. 806.

Planning for Higher Education for Families

The non-profit organization CENTS is pleased to announce the creation of Planning for Higher Education for Families, a free Workbook and Resource Guide to help families plan for their student’s higher education. This project, funded by the Washington Student Achieve Council (WSAC) and Washington 529 Plans (WA529), is the culmination of teamwork between CENTS, WSAC, and WA529.  Planning for Higher Education for Families will help families come up with a plan to save money for higher education and/or cut down on the cost of higher learning.  The project can be found at https://centsprogram.org/planning-for-higher-education-for-families/.

The COVID-19 Crisis and Student Loans: A Webinar Event for Borrowers and Practitioners

The Center for Financial Security (CFS), in collaboration with the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Loan Debt (WCSD) and Ascendium Education Solutions, Inc., hosted a webinar entitled “The COVID19 Crisis and Student Loans: A Webinar Event for Borrowers and Practitioners” on June 9th. The webinar increased awareness about how COVID19 has impacted student loan borrowers and on the various types of COVID19-related relief available.

Watch the webinar here>