Resource and Referral Database
Seattle Specific Resources
City of Seattle Utility Discount Program
The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households. Learn more and apply here.
Artists and Creative Workers Relief Funding Seattle
Seattle Relief Fund is aimed at helping those in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19. Depending on funding levels and amount of requests, priority may be given to artists from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvantaged in the Seattle Area: BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists – but we will try to help as many artists with need in Seattle as we can. Apply to get on the wait list here.
Hospitality Worker Assistance via Big Table
Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond
Initial care may look like the following – utilities assistance, help with rent or a deposit for housing, connections to a counselor, car repair, diapers or food for a single mom, a bike for work transportation, medical or dental help, or assistance with resume development. We do not provide hotel vouchers or long-term financial assistance. NOTE: This program requires a referral from a coworker or manager, learn more here.
West Seattle Helpline One-Time Assistance Program
The West Seattle Helpline provides one-time assistance to our neighbors in need. Whether this is help with an overdue bill, bus tickets to get to job interviews, or information about local resources and other service providers, we focus on helping members of our community get back on their feet after a crisis or hardship. Learn more here.
Music Teachers Fund Seattle
If you are a musician living and working in Seattle, the odds are you make 30%-50% of your income teaching lessons. As our state grapples with cancellations and lost work from the Covid-19 Coronavirus, these workers will be hit especially hard. Often the length of our shifts fall short of state requirements for state income programs like disability or worker’s compensation.This fund is meant to help with income lost due to cancelled lessons and other non-performance music work. Apply here.
Sex Worker Aid Network (Grants and Supplies) via Green Light Project
We are prioritizing the needs of street based workers, trans, POC, and immuno-compromised workers. We will be using it to purchase medications, sanitation supplies, toiletries, as well as provide cash support for bills and rent. If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply, please email GLPsani@protonmail.com
King County Resources
Ingersoll Gender Center King County Community Financial Assistance
Ingersoll currently has three different programs for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Community Members living in King County. To learn more about our programs and see which one you may qualify for, visit here.
King County Rental Assistance Lottery
This is not an application. Tenants will be chosen by lottery on a weekly basis through December 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 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.
Tenants must meet BOTH of the following eligibility requirements:
- Income is at or below 50% of the Area Median Income over the past 60 days; and
- At least one month of rent is not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020.
For additional eligibility requirements and to apply visit https://bit.ly/kcrentalassist
4 Culture Individual Artist Grants
One-time grants of up to $2,000 are available for emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus and to support the creative responses cultural workers offer in times of crisis. Learn more here.
Washington and National
Rental Assistance Resources in WA State
An online directory of rental assistance programs in Washington. Check out the directory here.
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – visit here to apply.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Please read through the Selection Criteria and Eligibility Requirements for the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program and if you believe that you are eligible, please fill out the application making sure to include the required supporting documents. View the criteria here.
COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more and apply here.
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is for queer writers of color only, not organizations or nonprofits, who are in need of financial assistance right now. Apply here.
Hospitality Worker Assistance (Greater Spokane area) via Big Table
Spokane, Spokane Valley, West Plains, Liberty Lake
Initial care may look like the following – utilities assistance, help with rent or a deposit for housing, connections to a counselor, car repair, diapers or food for a single mom, a bike for work transportation, medical or dental help, or assistance with resume development. We do not provide hotel vouchers or long-term financial assistance.
NOTE: This program requires a referral from a coworker or manager, learn more here.
COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks
This Relief Fund provides direct economic support to our undocumented community during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Learn more and apply here.
Puget Sound Energy Assistance Programs
Puget Sound Energy offers two programs for residential customers to help pay your electric or natural gas bills. Eligibility is based on your household income and the number of people that live in your home. Learn more and apply here.
One Fair Wage Funds for Restaurant/Tipped Workers
Providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Learn more and apply here.