Resources for Individuals and Families Impacted
- For workers and businesses - Employment Security Department for WA State
- Learn more about Washington State unemployment benefits
- Definition of essential business
Additional resources for affected employees listed at United Way of King County
Healthcare and Health Insurance
- For information on COVID-19 and health insurance coverage
- If you do not currently have health insurance, visit Washington Healthplanfinder at wahbexchange.org
- If you do not currently have a doctor, contact CHAP at 1-800-756-5437 or CHAP@kingcounty.gov for a free consultation and connection to free or low-cost medical providers and low-cost health insurance. www.kingcounty.gov/CHAP
- Rental and Financial Assistance:
- The following agencies provide emergency rental assistance/eviction prevention and other emergency financial assistance help:
- Housing Justice Project - The program can pay up to 6 months of fair-market rate rent, based on the number of bedrooms. Call (206) 267-7069
- Attain Housing - Rental assistance for families on the Eastside with children under 18 in the household. Call 425-828-0489.
- Catholic Community Services: Call 206-328-5724 (Intakes on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.)
- Centro Cultural Mexicano: Rental assistance and support in español. Apply here
- Hopelink: 425-869-6000
- India Association of Western Washington (IAWW): 253-334-9989, ext. 5
- LifeWire: Assistance for victims of domestic violence. Call 425-746-1940.
- Muslim Community Resource Center: Offers rent and utility assistance, food assistance, prescription, and medication assistance. You can apply for assistance here or call 1-888-404-6272.
- King County - New information on the latest round of rental assistance via lottery.
- If you’re applying for rental assistance, view this information for tenants.
- This is not an application. Tenants will be chosen by lottery on a weekly basis. The lottery launched on September 14, 2020. If you are selected, you will be contacted by a community-based organization that will help you complete the application.
- If you are not selected, you will remain in the interested tenant pool and eligible for all subsequent lotteries until the funds are expended. Tenants who are not selected will receive an email every Friday after September 14, 2020 to inform them of their status.
- If your landlord does not agree to the landlord conditions, your household will not be served by this program, even if you meet the eligibility requirements and are chosen in the lottery.
- The statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants has been extended through the end of 2020. Residential landlords are prohibited from serving a notice of unlawful detainer for default payment of rent, cannot increase residential rent amounts, cannot charge late fees on past due rent, and need to offer tenants a repayment plan. An online form for reporting violations can be accessed here: COVID-19 Eviction Complaint Form
- In September, the WA Supreme Court issued an Order authorizing Eviction Resolution Programs in Superior Courts. The Dispute Resolution Center of King County has joined the program to provide services to limit evictions in King County.
Learn more at https://kcdrc.org/resolve-a-conflict/about-mediation/
- If you need free legal assistance or information regarding your rights as a renter, contact the Housing Justice Project. You can call 206-267-7069 or email email@example.com.
- The following agencies provide emergency rental assistance/eviction prevention and other emergency financial assistance help:
- Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by COVID-19. Find information related to unemployment, trouble paying rent, credit cards and mortgages, student loan deferment, short term emergency loans, Insurance Issues, and avoiding scams. Learn more Washington State Department of Financial Institutions Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
City of Redmond Utility Billing:
Governor Jay Inslee has issued Proclamation 20-23, pertaining to Utility Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services, and has called on public utilities to suspend water shut-offs for failure to pay, waive late fees, and expand customer assistance programs (updated 10/15/20). If you are experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for support, including long-term payment arrangements or bill assistance. This Proclamation does not relieve customers from the obligation to pay for utility services.
- The City of Redmond will not shut-off water service for a City water customer and will not charge late fees or interest on water, sewer or stormwater payments that are late during the COVID-19 emergency. The City offers flexible payment plans for water, sewer and stormwater bills to those utility customers who are suffering a financial impact or hardship as the result of COVID-19, and provides utility rate discounts for low-income seniors and low-income totally and permanently disabled persons. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-556-2152. View FAQs related to City of Redmond Utility Billing in response to COVID-19
If utility customers are experiencing an economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utilities and Transportation Commission can assist with questions about bill assistance programs available in the state. The Utilities and Transportation Commission Consumer Help Line can be reached at 1-888-333-WUTC (9882) or by email at email@example.com.
- Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers or charging late fees, and will work with customers on payment plans and low income households through its new energy assistance portal. On April 13, PSE announced bill assistance for customers who recently became unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work due to COVID-19. Apply here .
- WiFi Hotspots
- More than 300 drive-in WiFi hotspots coming online in Washington. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the WA State Dept of Commerce is providing Drive-In WiFi Hotspots which are free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes. View map at www.driveinwifi.wa.gov.
- Comcast is providing free WiFi hotspots to the public, unlimited data to its customers and putting disconnects and late fees on hold during this period. They are also offering two months free for new customers to its Internet Essentials package and has increased the speed of Internet Essentials. Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi for a map of XFINITY WiFi outdoor and SMB hotspots.
*New store hours for Comcast retail store at Bella Bottega - now 7 days a week from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Visit T-Mobile to learn about what resources they are offering customers during the pandemic.
- For current information about garbage, recycling and yard waste service, please visit Waste Management’s Service Alert page.
Washington borrowers with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans may be eligible for expanded relief. Learn more here.
To learn about how the CARES Act affects federally held student loans, please visit studentaid.gov.
Virtual Recreation & Education
- Discover a new way to play at home with Parks & Recreations virtual recreation resources. Find ideas for all ages including art, fitness and outdoor activities.
- Also check out our public safety team’s virtual activities, including storybooks read by police officers and firefighters, and downloadable coloring projects.
- Nature Vision, with support from Cascade Water Alliance, has developed three science packets for K-12 students: Ecosystems, Watersheds, and Humans & Water. Learn more
- Virtual museum tours and other online cultural resources can be found at Travel & Leisure and CNN.
- Please visit Lake Washington School District for the most updated school closure information including child care information and meal distribution.
- YMCA childcare/full day camp for essential workers
- Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center - free emergency child care slots for essential workers
Call 1-800-446-1114 or go here for more information
- Learn about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in a childcare setting
Nursing Home Rules
- See the new rules for nursing homes and other living facilities, announced by Governor Inslee on March 10.
Health and Safety
Testing for COVID-19 is an essential tool for stopping the spread of the disease and reopening King County.
Learn more about testing in King County
For uninsured and underinsured residents on the Eastside:
- Call SeaMar located 3801 150th Ave SE in Bellevue at 425.460.7140 to set up an appointment to be tested
- Call ICHS located at 1050 140th Ave NE in Bellevue at 425.373.3000 to set up an appointment to be tested
- Call our Eastgate Public Health clinic located at 14350 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue at 206.477.8000 to set up an appointment to be tested
Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Options
The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) is hosting a series of drive-thru flu clinics for community members ages 4+. All insurances accepted, no cost to uninsured and underinsured community members. Register and learn more.
Resources for victims of domestic violence
- Get help:
- How to support victims of domestic violence:
First Responders, Healthcare Professionals and Essential Workers
- Find mental health resources for essential workers
- Find information for first responders and health-care professionals who are quarantined as a result of potential exposure at work.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Stay Home, Stay Healthy: Take care of your metal health and well-being
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic and "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order is stressful, confusing and takes its toll on everyone. Redmond Police Department’s Mental Health Professional has created a Stay Home Stress Management Safety Plan for you and your family to fill out at home. This plan will go through steps to recognize when you are overwhelmed, how you can personally manage stress overload, and when and who to call if you need outside help. Stay Home Stress Management Plan Worksheet
Other resources for managing stress and anxiety:
- Washington Listens offers resources to help manage elevated stress and cope with changes due to COVID-19. Call 1-833-681-0211, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. TTY and language access services available.
- Check out King County Public Heath’s Community Mental Health Guide
- Managing stress and anxiety is an important part of staying healthy during challenging situations like the COVID-19 outbreak. These coping strategies from the Centers for Disease Control may help.
- For parents taking care of children at home, see these helpful resources from Washington State Department of Health on caring for children’s physical and mental health.
- The World Health Organization provided a short list of ideas for effectively dealing with stress.
- Crisis Connections provides many resources and support for anxiety, loneliness, recovery, and more. Language interpretation in more than 155 languages is available. Call 866-427-4747 or text HOME to 741741 for support.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides trained counselors and support for stress, anxiety and more. Support available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press "2" for bilingual support. Interpreters are available for 100 other languages.
- The Boys Town National Hotline is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year round, nationwide. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-448-3000, text VOICE to 20121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect.
- King County's Department of Community and Human Services provides publicly funded mental health and substance use services to low-income people in need.
- Additional resources and mental health resources can be found on Washington State Coronavirus resources website.
Food and Nutrition
Hopelink is providing pre-packed boxes of food at their Redmond location. Know someone in need of food who cannot pick up food for themselves? You can pick up for them.
If you cannot get to the Redmond Food Bank during their regular hours, they are also at Redmond United Methodist Church every other Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. View the complete Mobile Market schedule
Lake Washington School District
To help support families during the school closure due to the coronavirus, the Lake Washington School District is committed to providing FREE healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch 7-days a week to any child 18 and under. Learn more
Other Agencies Providing Emergency Food
- Eastside Baby Corner, 425-865-0234
- Emergency Feeding Program, 206-277-0300
- Renewal Food Bank, 1-866-793-6512 or 425-736-8132
- Salvation Army, 425-452-7300
- Sound Generations-Meals on Wheels, 206-448-5757
King County Metro
King County Metro has announced service changes in response to COVID-19. Learn more:
Customers with disabilities who are no longer able to reach their essential destinations using fixed-route service can contact the Access Transportation Call Center at 206-205-5000 for assistance with both emergent and ongoing essential transportation needs.
4/28/20 - King County Metro is offering essential workers the opportunity to form temporary vanpools with as few as two riders. Email email@example.com with “Emergency Vanpool Formation” in the subject line to get started or for more information.