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 info@thechurchcouncil.org for assistance or questions.

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 COVID-19 Resources

 Please consider checking and subscribing to:

King County Public Health’s website

King County Public Health’s blog

Washington State Department of Health

US Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 page

 

WA State

Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

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:

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.


Getting vaccinated in King County – King County

In-Home COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ (kingcounty.gov)

Vaccination Dashboard : COVID-19 data dashboard – King County

Current COVID-19 Guidance and Restrictions – King County

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Food Safety Guidance

Sanitize and Disinfect Guidance

Janitorial Staff Guidance

Routine Cleaning

City of Seattle COVID-19: Resources for Community

COVID 19 Resources Spreadsheet from Northwest Folklife

 

 

Financial Resources

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19 from the WA State Department of Financial Institutions

COVID-19 Financial Help in WA State from 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)

Washington State DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP)

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.

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP)

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.

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation Emergency Funds

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.

COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks

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

King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program – King County

Downtown Emergency Service Center

Plymouth Housing

WA State Rental Help via US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Housing Development Consortium

Low Income Housing Institute

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.

King County Housing Authority

Renton Housing Authority

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 Housing

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.

IMAGINE Housing

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

Compass Housing Alliance

Community Roots Housing

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

Catholic Community Services & Housing Services

Congregations for the Homeless

The Sophia Way

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.

SHARE/WHEEL offering 24/7 Shelter

Camp Unity Eastside (rotates every 90 days to different congregations throughout North and East King County, Catholic Jewish and Protestant)

 

 

Food Resources

Mutual Aid Solidarity Network Grocery Request Forms

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.

List of Food Banks and Meal Programs in King County and Seattle

Food Lifeline PNW Food Bank Map

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.

Bellevue Backpack program

Food banks established at the following Eastside mosques:

Pierce County

Interactive Map of School Meal Distribution Sites in Pierce County

Interactive Map of Pierce County Food Pantries

 

Healthcare Resources

Find healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act

MAPS Muslim Community Resource Center

Washington paid sick leave

Washington paid family leave

City of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time

 

 

For Immigrant & Refugee Communities

CCGS Accompaniment Request Form

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network’s statewide Hotline

1-844-724-3737

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

 NW Immigrant Rights Project

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)

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

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

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. 

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)

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.

 Free Legal Assistance via the King County Bar Association

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.

National Lawyers Guild – Seattle Chapter

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. 

TechConnect WA

The nation’s first MultiLingual and Multicultural tech support call in center

Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19

National organization Immigrants Rising is regularly updating this comprehensive list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Medical COVID-19 Coverage Expansion via WA State Healthcare Authority

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.

Seattle COVID-19 Resources for Community

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.

Healthcare access for Undocumented Folks in the Time of COVID19

Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

King County COVID-19 Fact Sheet in 21 Languages 

COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks

 

Racism & Prejudice

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Justice

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.

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training

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.

State Level
Governor
Find your District & State Legislators
Contacting Your Legislators 
Bill Info
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

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