The King County Council has published a bulletin of useful resources for families, employees, and small businesses facing financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, and bulletins for how to apply for Unemployment and/or Workers’ Compensation. We were made aware of this information in a newsletter from Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles sent Monday March 16. The contents of the Helpful Financial Resources section are republished below. As the bulletins note: “Due to the rapidly evolving nature of state and federal programs, this information may change unexpectedly.”
Please practice social distancing. We wish good health to everyone during these challenging times.
The Wallingford Community Council
Unemployment and Workers’ Comp
Anyone who has lost his or her job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for UNEMPLOYMENT insurance. Info on that here.
Anyone whose job has brought him or her into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or are required to quarantine can file for WORKERS’ COMP. File for that here.
If you or a friend or family member are out of work, Washington State’s Employment Security Department provides support services as well.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. They will add to this list as more resources become available.
Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage
If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:
- Washington Homeownership Hotline (877-894-HOME).
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggestions.
- Rental assistance & counseling (800-569-4287).
- List of Housing Counseling Agencies.
- For Seattle renters, the Mayor has issued a 30-day moratorium on evictions – through mid-April.
Student Loans Deferment
Student Loans. If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.
If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
- Puget Sound Energy will not disconnect customers, will waive late fees, and offers payments plans.
- For Seattle residents, Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities will not shut off service during the emergency. They also offer deferred payment plans and discount programs.
- The Utilities and Transportation Commission offers energy assistance programs.
- The federal government also has assistance programs to help with telephone and heating bills.
- Comcast is offering free WiFi hot spots, unlimited data, and no disconnects or late fees.
If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, visit the Food Lifeline website to find a partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner – COVID-19 Resources Information from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
- The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses.
- The Washington State Department of Revenue can provide extensions on taxes or waive penalties.
- For businesses in Seattle, the City of Seattle has delayed B&O taxes for small business and established a small business stabilization fund to provide grants of up to $10,000.
- COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers Information from the Governor’s office.
- Protect Yourself Financially from the Coronavirus Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- Job Interrupted —A To-Do List for Tough Times Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
- Financial Peace of Mind in the Age of Coronavirus Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
- Avoiding Coronavirus Scams Information from the Federal Trade Commission.