Community Resources in English
The Church Council of Greater Seattle is committed to do our part in efforts to support the public health and overall well-being of our communities. We encourage you to utilize and share these resources, and to reach out to us any time at email@example.com for assistance or questions.
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Vaccine Locator from WA State Dept of Health
Find Your Phase tool from WA State Dept. of Health – “The Phase Finder tool is designed to help people in Washington find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, sign up to be notified when they become eligible. It asks a series of questions related to the four phases of vaccine distribution (living situation, age, health conditions, risk factors, work situation and zip code) to inform eligibility.”
Seattle & King County
If you need language interpretation or online help, the following hotlines are available. Please say your preferred language when connected:
- WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-833-VAX-HELP (1-833-829-4357), then press #, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)
- King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
For vaccine locations near you, text your zip code to 438-829 (GET VAX). For telephone-to-text relay service, dial: 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. For tactile interpretation, contact: http://seattledbsc.org/
If you need a ride to your vaccination appointment, visit bit.ly/vaxride or call 425-943-6706 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dial 5 for interpretation). To request in-home vaccination or find a site that offers vaccination in your car, call 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Vaccination Dashboard : COVID-19 data dashboard – King County
WA COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund (as of May 20, 2021 applications are closed. You can sign up for updates at this link to find out when the next application period might open)
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is administering the Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the COVID-19 emergency. DCAP is designed to provide emergency assistance with natural disasters in mind, like wildfires and flooding and is now available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and individuals, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligible other cash programs. You can apply by calling (877) 501-2233, (where operators have access to interpreters) or by applying online.
The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60% and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50%. Income-eligible residential customers can self-certify to join UDP and access heavily discounted utilities by simply signing a short form that attests to their household income, rather than having to provide income documentation. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or email UDP@seattle.govor visit the Utility Discount Program page
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has been regularly updating this list of community resources for undocumented individuals across the U.S.
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.
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.
Housing & Renter Resources
Seattle Housing Authority
The Seattle Housing Authority compiles information about various affordable housing options, and maintains a list of housing resources that include shelters, emergency assistance, transitional housing, low-income rentals, and low-income homeownership.
Attain Housing: Transitional Housing in Kirkland & Bellevue
Since 1989, Attain Housing has provided transitional housing, case management, and support services. We help families with children move forward from homelessness to stability.
DASH provides affordable housing to working families, seniors, adults and persons with special needs whose incomes range from 30% to 60% of King County area median income. Such income limits vary depending on the property and units availability.
Our mission is to develop affordable housing, build welcoming communities, and foster vibrant futures.
Our vision is an Eastside with interconnected and welcoming communities where all people can live, learn, work and play.
Directory of Rental Assistance in Seattle & King County via Rental Housing Association of WA, last updated February 2021
Community Roots Housing creates affordable, quality places to live and work for people from all walks of life. Their nearly 50 apartment buildings offer affordable homes close to schools, jobs, and transit so a family does not have to choose between paying rent and buying groceries.
Emergency Shelter Resources
The Sophia Way is a place of hope and change for women. We support them on their journey from homelessness to safe and stable living.
2-1-1 Community Resources
This service is known in King County as the Crisis Clinic. It provides an online database of community resources; and a phone line of resources (in King County dial 2-1-1 from any landline, or 800-621-4636, M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Washington State 2-1-1 maintains a statewide online database, and links to a network of regional call centers, including King County’s 2-1-1 or Crisis Clinic linked above.
Camp Unity Eastside (rotates every 90 days to different congregations throughout North and East King County, Catholic Jewish and Protestant)
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.
Hopelink Food Banks (North & East King County, South Snohomish County)
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.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program’s services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. Use the search at the above link to find the program closest to you or a loved one and give them a call. They can help guide you and get you started.
Food banks established at the following Eastside mosques:
For Immigrant & Refugee Communities
WAISN’s hotline is a powerful tool that provides an avenue for our immigrant and refugee communities to:
- Report Immigration Custom and Enforcement (ICE)/Custom Border Patrol (CBP) activity in their community
- Report the detention of a group or individual
- Obtain information or referral assistance for relatives/friends who have been detained
- Access Know-your-rights information
- Obtain access to services such as Fair Fight Bond & Accompaniment
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the preeminent U.S.-based nongovernmental organization devoted to protection of unaccompanied and separated children. KIND envisions a world in which every unaccompanied child on the move has access to legal counsel and has their rights and well-being protected as they migrate alone in search of safety.
La Resistencia is a grassroots organization based in Washington State working to end the detention of immigrants and stop deportations. Originally founded in 2014 to support a hunger strike launched by people detained in Tacoma, Washington to protest their confinement, La Resistencia began under the umbrella of the national #Not1More campaign as “NWDC Resistance.” Today, La Resistencia members support and engage with people detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington who organize for their own survival and in protest against the detention and deportation regime.
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is Washington’s largest publicly funded legal aid program. Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
ELAP provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low-income residents of East, Northeast and Southeast King County (Washington) and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County. ELAP does not advise on criminal matters.
The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services department works with over 1400 volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students and community members to provide free legal assistance for low income King County residents.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the United States of America to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests.
The nation’s first MultiLingual and Multicultural tech support call in center
National organization Immigrants Rising is regularly updating this comprehensive list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.
Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) clients can access care within the provider’s* office setting (outside of the emergency department, inpatient and other outpatient settings) to diagnose and treat COVID-19.
This page contains information and web links for City of Seattle, King County, Washington State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington State Coronavirus Response – This page includes resources to help your family stay healthy both physically and mentally, find financial support services and more.
Free and Charitable Clinics via Washington Healthcare Access Alliance (WHAA) – WHAA is Washington’s free clinic association, expanding access to healthcare through support of free and charitable clinics and healthcare volunteerism.
Racism & Prejudice
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy.
Partnering with organizations and institutions to dismantle systemic racism.
Combating Islamophobia Action and Resource List
Our Muslim partners have shared with us this list of ways to support them and combat Islamophobia. The list includes resources for educating oneself about Islam, local Islamic organizations, and ideas for being an active ally. Please review and share.
People’s Institute Undoing Institutional Racism Workshops
The People’s Institute Undoing Racism Workshop is an intensive workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be “undone” if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated. Workshops held in Seattle and Portland.
Advocacy for Safe, Affordable Housing
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
WLIHA provides leadership in state-wide advocacy and organizing to ensure that all Washington State residents thrive in safe, healthy, affordable homes. The organization behind Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, they distribute informative action alerts and one-pagers on legislative issues concerning housing and homelessness, along with information on media advocacy.
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Voting rights, kids access to school supplies, advocacy (following WLIHA lead), getting congregant shelter occupants into apartments
Advocacy in the Public Square
League of Women Voters
A Citizen’s Guide to Effective Legislative Participation
This website, sponsored and maintained by the State of Washington, provides helpful information about the legislative process and how to be an effective citizen participant. It also provides helpful links for identifying and contacting legislators.
Find your District & State Legislators
Contacting Your Legislators
Secretary of State (Info on Initiatives & Referenda, and Voting)
Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday during the Legislative session