Dial 2-1-1 or search online to connect to local resources such as help with housing, food, crisis intervention and more.
Cash assistance – Stimulus Checks. The maximum amount for the third round of checks is $1,400 for any eligible individual or $2,800 for an eligible couple filing taxes jointly. Each eligible dependent – including children and adult dependents – also qualify for a payment of $1,400. That means a family of four could receive as much as $5,600 in total. Read more here.
You need a valid Social Security number to get a stimulus payment. This rules out undocumented aliens and aliens who file their taxes with an individual taxpayer identification number. Lawful permanent residents who have a green card are eligible.
Cash assistance for groceries – Pandemic EBT. P-EBT helps low-income families with eligible children pay for groceries when schools have reduced or stopped in-person classes due to COVID-19. It has been extended through summer 2021.
Families whose children already receive free or reduced-price meals don’t need to apply. The benefits come loaded onto a special P-EBT card mailed automatically to each eligible child. If they have not already, families need to complete the free and reduced-price meal program application through their school district and make sure their current address is on file with the district.
Families are encouraged to continue participating in grab-n-go meals or emergency food programs at their local schools and community locations, even if they receive P-EBT benefits. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and will not impact immigration status.
For questions, go to dshs.wa.gov/PEBT or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833–518–0282 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday (except observed holidays).
Cash assistance for groceries – Basic Food. If you or your family needs support buying groceries, Basic Food is for you. Also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Basic Food helps Washingtonians by providing monthly benefits to buy food.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Basic Food participants qualify for maximum benefits. Every individual who qualifies for Basic Food will receive at least $204 a month. A family of four can receive over $600/month. Find out more by going to the Family Food Helpline at Wafoodhelp.org or call the hotline at 1-888-436-6392.
Rental Assistance and Other Emergency Help
Governor Inslee has signed a proclamation that replaces the statewide eviction moratoriums. The proclamation is in effect from 7/1 to 9/30/21. Starting 7/1/21, landlords can evict for any of the reasons outlined in the new statewide just cause protections, except for nonpayment of rent. Tenants behind in rent should apply for rental assistance and get proof that they have applied. Through 9/30, tenants who have applied cannot be evicted. Find a local rental assistance program here. Be sure to learn about your rights:
Attain Housing provides eviction prevention and move-in assistance for eligible families with children who live in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Duvall, Issaquah, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Sammamish, or Carnation.
Bellevue LifeSpring provides rent assistance to families with children that live in Bellevue.
Catholic Community Services helps with rent assistance and eviction protection and other services. For residents of Bellevue, Redmond, and other EKC cities, call 425 213-1963 ext. 2 on Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Hopelink helps with short-term financial crises by paying one month’s rent for eligible people. They also help with move-in costs, prescriptions or keeping water or sewer services running.
India Association of Western Washington provides rent and utility assistance to Kirkland and Redmond families impacted by COVID. Email email@example.com or call 253 234-9989, ext. 3.
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps qualified individuals and families who live within the Issaquah School District with emergency financial assistance for rent or utilities. Call 425-837-3125 or email; Applications form and instructions are here.
Jubilee REACH provides financial assistance to help families with school-aged children in Bellevue pay rent, utility bills, rent and basic needs.
King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program provides rent assistance for eligible individuals and families throughout King County who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 due to illness, lost wages and unemployment. Read more here and sign up today.
King County Veterans Program provides housing stabilization assistance to veterans, servicemembers and their families who live in King County, are behind in rent or mortgage payments, are economically impacted by COVID-19 and meet income eligibility. Call 206 477-7022.
LifeWire provides domestic violence survivors with flexible funds to keep or find housing by stopping evictions and paying for move-in costs, utilities, emergency hotel stays, or other expenses.
Muslim Association of Puget Sound provides rent and utility assistance plus a variety of other services.
St. Vincent de Paul provides help with rent, utilities, food and more. Call the Helpline Center at 206 767-6449 Monday-Friday 8am – 3 pm or fill out the online request help form.
Solid Ground provides rental assistance and other emergency housing resources through 2-1-1.
Washington State Department of Commerce provides up to $1,000 in rental assistance and up to $500 in energy assistance for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Check here for where to apply.
Youth Eastside Services provides help with rent assistance and/or housing costs to parents and individuals 24 years of age or younger who are in urgent danger of losing their housing, have multiple life challenges and live in East King County.
Utility Bill Relief
The Governor has issued an extension of the utility moratorium proclamation, which will now expire on 9/30/21. All energy, telecommunications, and water providers in Washington State are prohibited from:
- Disconnecting any residential customers from energy, telecommunications, or water service due to nonpayment on an active account, except at the request of the customer
- Refusing to reconnect any residential customer who has been disconnected due to nonpayment
- Charging fees for late payment or reconnection of energy, telecommunications, or water service
- Disconnecting service to any residential customer who has contacted the utility to request assistance from the utility’s COVID-19 Customer Support Program
Many cities are also providing utility bill relief during the COVID-19 emergency that include flexible payment plans, eliminating late fees, and not disconnecting service for non-payment. Several cities also offer rebates to eligible residents. Check your city’s website and apply for assistance.
PSE Home Energy Lifeline Program helps Puget Sound Energy customers who may be unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit card payments. If you’ve had a loss in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your credit card company right away. Explain your situation and ask about hardship programs that may be available. This could include waiving fees (ATM, overpayments, late fees) and letting you delay, adjust, or skip some payments. Read more here.
Mortgage payments. If you don’t have enough money to cover your mortgage payment, read more here or call toll-free 1 877 746-4334 to get assistance in how best to contact your their mortgage servicer, and to learn more about your options.
Free transit pass for eligible riders. This program gives eligible customers a subsidized annual pass loaded onto an ORCA LIFT or Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card. With this pass, you can ride at no charge on King County Metro and Sound Transit services. The pass is good for a year and is renewable if you are still eligible. You can apply by phone or in-person. Read more here about who is eligible and how to apply.
Student loan payments. If you’re having trouble making payments, there may be assistance available to you. The federal government has waived two months of payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. Read more here.