Community Support & Resources

This page contains a wide variety of resources beyond the college to support our community in these challenging times. We will continue to add resources over time.  

Another great resource list has been compiled by the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Office.

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  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with COVID-19 questions, contact the King County Public Health call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977
  • For general questions about COVID-19 in Washington State, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127
  • The Downtown Seattle Association has collected resources, including info on deferral of taxes, access to loans and relief funds, and information on unemployment and medical leave here
  • Resources from the Governor’s office for impacted businesses here
  • Unemployment benefits chart
  • Layoff Q&A for workers and businesses
  • Unemployment for part- and full-time workers
  • Unemployment Law Project, assistance with unemployment 
  • Teamsters Local 117, emergency financial assistance for Uber and Lyft drivers 
  • The Plate Fund for restaurant workers who live and work in King County and have suffered financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for $500 in immediate assistance.
  • Adventures in home-schooling
  • Talking to your children about coronavirus
  • Seattle Help for Parents & Caregivers During COVID-19 Facebook group
  • From OSPI, re. COVID-19
  • From King County Public Health, guidance on getting kids together
    • Social interaction is still vitally important to the mental health of young people, and it is still possible for families to have safe gatherings among children and parents. Limit indoor groups to 10 or fewer children and outdoor groups to 50 or fewer. Monitor kids for a fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, or shortness of breath, and select activities that minimize physical contact. Avoid crowded places, like parties, retail spaces, and movie theaters.
  • How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk

Can your kids go on a playdate? Is it safe to go to the store? This Q&A has advice on social distancing.

If you’re scrambling for childcare and at-home learning, dig into these useful resources.

Accessing the Internet

For anyone who doesn’t have reliable internet service at home, Comcast announced they have made their Xfinity wifi hotspots available to everyone for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  To find and use a hotspot, enter your zip code at this page and scroll down for additional information.

Comcast also announced their Internet Essentials plan for qualifying low-income households is available two months free with no contract obligation.

Free Drive-In WiFi Hotspots

The State of Washington announced they are working with several partners across the state to bring free drive-in WiFi hotspots to our communities.  You can visit this website to find the closest spot.

Currently, in our area, it looks like King County and Seattle Public Libraries are the available hotspots.  Additional locations are anticipated in the future.

Launching primarily as parking lot hotspots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free community WiFi is accessible regardless of how users arrive at the locations. Some sites also offer indoor public access during business hours. Everyone using the sites – outside or inside – must practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.

Although our campus Food Pantry is closed as the college is under remote operations, there are other community resources to tap into for hunger relief:

*Be sure to check hours and ID requirements before going.

Students are encouraged to reference the Seattle Food Committee Food Bank Directory for a list of nearby food banks.  Enter your zip code and the site will show the resource closest to your home.

If you need additional support to pay for groceries or other food access resources, please set up a phone/zoom apt with our school United Way Benefits Hub coaches to review resources you may be eligible for such as SNAP, for example.

If you are a Running Start student, or currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, there are free sack lunches available in the West Seattle area. More info here.

The City of Seattle will soon be offering grocery vouchers to families currently enrolled in city-subsidized child care and food-assistance programs. More info here.

Keep your food clean and safe. Here are the latest recommendations on how to do that, plus eight tips on cooking cleanly at home.

Rent Assistance 

  • City of Seattle Moratorium on Residential Evictions, for non-payment evictions 
  • Big Table, rental assistance for restaurant workers 
  • Tenants Rights
    • The Tenant Education Program helps tenants get the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safely housed. The TU provides empowerment-based tenant counseling, education and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and take action to resolve housing problems.
  • Neighborhood House
    • For community college students needing help with rent, contact CeCe at 206.483.5122 or at email ceciliah@nhwa.org

Utilities Assistance

  • Comcast Internet Essentials, free internet essential package 
  • Seattle City Light
    • SCL will not be shutting off customers and is helping Seattleites register for the Utility Discount Program (UDP) which reduces bills by up to 60%.  or email udp@seattle.gov. The UDP reduces both SCL and SPU bills. SCL also has an Emergency Low Income Assistance Program which can help qualifying customers with up to $250 on past-due bills. 
  • Puget Sound Energy, Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers, is waiving late fees, and has a new, easier financial assistance portal for qualifying low-income customers. 
  • ATT, They will not terminate any service because of inability to pay the bill and are waiving late payment fees for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Sprint, They will not terminate any service because of inability to pay the bill and are waiving late payment fees for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Verizon, Not terminating service due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Emergency Funds for Students

Most Seattle Colleges students both work and go to school -- and in the wake of COVID-19, hundreds are losing their jobs at the restaurants, bars and clubs that have been shut down. Students with gig-economy jobs like driving Uber are affected, too. The Seattle Colleges Foundation is raising emergency funds to help students weather the crisis and hold onto their college dreams. If you can, please help.

Seattle Colleges Foundation Emergency Fund Webpage

  • Give to Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will provide gen ops grants to community-based organizations that can help people impacted, including hourly and service industry workers, gig workers, immigrant and refugee communities, and health care workers
  • Donate to or volunteer at local food banks. When you see shortages at the grocery store, those translate to bigger shortages at the food bank.
  • Local writer Ijeoma Oluo started this GoFundMe to support struggling artists
  • Order take-out from Chinatown-ID restaurants to support small business and combat racism
  • Many nonprofits had to cancel their fundraisers, please give directly to your favorites online
  • Give blood, with roving bloodmobiles cancelled and the health care system rather busy right now, there is already a blood shortage (donating blood is completely safe, but no, they won’t test you for the virus)