Greetings Everyone, This is a difficult time, and so many of us are adjusting to life at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It is time to heed the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” call to action by Governor Jay Inslee. Today, I want to share some resources that can be helpful in this time. But first I want to recognize the work that’s keeping us safe.
I am so thankful to our neighbors who are on the frontlines of this pandemic:
Our whole health care industry – from doctors and nurses to our home care aides.
Our first responders – law enforcement, fire and EMT.
Our essential workforce – from grocery workers, farmworkers, factory workers, truck drivers, mail carriers, nonprofit workers to Journalists, civil services employees and beyond.
Our small business owners who have sacrificed personal financial resources to save jobs for their staff and keep our economy moving.
Our community members who have mobilized to help each other in meaningful ways.
Our community will recover. We will get through this together.
Resources, Resources, Resources I’ve spent my whole career connecting people with resources and opportunities to meet their needs to achieve their goals. If you follow me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/electjamilataylor), you’ll find plenty of information and resources to help us get through this storm. This page contains a curated list of regularly updated resources. Just bookmark it so that you can come back to it when you need it. Feel free to share!
30th District State and Local Response Updates
NPR’s Detailed Summary of The Coronavirus Relief Bill, The CARES Act “There are seven main groups that would see the widest-reaching impacts: individuals, small businesses, big corporations, hospitals and public health, federal safety net, state and local governments, and education.”
Washington State’s official COVID-19 site
House Democratic Caucus COVID-19 Website
Local Government: King County | Pierce County | City of Auburn | City of Algona | City of Des Moines | City of Federal Way | City of Milton | City of Pacific
School Districts: Auburn | Federal Way | Fife | Sumner
Financial Assistance & Other Supports
Washington Department of Financial Institution – Financial Resources for Washington Residents (Accessing Your Financial Institution | Unemployment Help | Trouble Paying Credit Cards | Trouble Paying Your Mortgage | Trouble Paying Rent | Student Loans Deferment | Short Term and Emergency Loans | Paying Utilities Insurance Issues | Avoiding Scams | At Home Financial Education Resources for Students | Resource list for impacted for businesses and workers)
Social Security COVID-19 updates – Social Security recipients who do not submit tax returns will receive their payments automatically. No new action is needed. Payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, depending on how they normally get their benefits, Treasury officials said in a statement.
Federal Student Loan Relief
EdFinancial Services – Federal Student Loan forbearance through September 30 with 0% interested accrued during that time period.
Guide to Mortgage Relief
COVID-19 Response Fund Housed at Seattle Foundation, the Fund (now at $14 million) makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare.
King County Equity and Social Justice Hate and Bias Response Fund
Federal Way Youth Action Team Crisis Assistance
Multi-Service Center COVID-19 Response
The Plate Fund 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.
Partial list of grocery store hours for elderly and at-risk shoppers
OneAmerica COVID 19 (Coronavirus)- Resources for Immigrants / Recursos para Inmigrantes
Basic Needs & Distance Learning Sorted by School Districts in King & Pierce Counties – School meal services, internet & technology supports, childcare, and distance learning resources.
Multi-Service Center Food Bank
Auburn Food Bank
Algona-Pacific Food Pantry – 253-351-0450
Nourish Pierce County Food Banks throughout Pierce County
Business Related Resources
Small Business Owners – Disaster Loan Assistance Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
Business Impact NW – COVID-19 Resource Hub It’s mission is to grow businesses that create jobs in underserved communities with information, advice and lending to those who cannot get business loans at banks. All usual coaching, classes, and lending work has been moved online.
Federal Way Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus-related business resources
Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Facebook Group “Open for Business” All businesses are welcome to share and post the information in real time
Unemployment Security web page about COVID-19 and Benefits
Washington State Labor Council resources for workers
WA Dept. of Commerce Guidance classification of Essential Business
WA Dept. of Health Child Care Resources & Recommendations
WA Dept. of Health Workplace and Employers Resources & Recommendations
WA Business & Worker Resources for COVID-19 Impacts
Health / Well-being
WA Dept. of Health High Risk Population Guidance
WA Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidance
CDC guide on Managing Stress and Anxiety
Practical things you can do to manage fear and anxiety
Caregiver Alliance — Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
COVID-19: It’s OK to Feel Overwhelmed and Be Unproductive
How to Connect Meaningfully in a Virtual Meeting
The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need: 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated
The Factors That Support Mental Resiliency in a Pandemic
What Is Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping in a Pandemic? Go beyond the psychobabble and learn evidence-based coping strategies
Volunteer, Donation & Mutual Aid Opportunities
COVID-19 Mutual Aid resources Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, California
Corona CareMongering: Milton, Edgewood, Fife and Federal Way (Facebook group)
Bloodworks NW is in need of blood donations in Western WA. To maintain health and safety of donors, staff and volunteers, appointments required to schedule a time to donate blood.
King County Regional Donations Connector This new service, provided by King County Emergency Management, matches donors of money, food, goods, and services with businesses and nonprofits in need of donations.
United Way of King County Resources, Community Relief Fund & Volunteer Opportunities
Civil Legal Assistance
WSBA – COVID-19 Related Civil Legal Resources (free & low cost)
Washington Law Help (free legal information, sample forms and templates)
Northwest Justice Project (Legal Aid)
Washington Courts: Information on Parenting Plans in Washington State The Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order does not prevent compliance with private parenting plans for residents of Washington State. This page also provides links to additional information on co-parenting and compliance. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) can be found at www.afccnet.org/Coronavirus. The AFCC and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has also published seven guidelines for parents who are divorced/separated and sharing custody of children during the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Parents, Youth & Family
While this pandemic is unprecedented in our lives, I’m heartened by our community leaders, medical and public health professionals coming together to keep us safe. While this remains a rapidly evolving situation, I know that folks in our community have each others’ backs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need assistance.
In solidarity, Jamila