Resources During COVID-19

Seattle Community Resources during the COVID-19 Outbreak

This page documents resources available to local families and residents, businesses and more. Please reach out to us with additional suggestions or corrections by e-mailing cce@seattleu.edu.

Please see Seattle University Information and Updates for official University-wide content. See this list of fact sheets in multiple languages.

Government actions and resources

Local Digital Collections of Resources:

For parents and caregivers:

For undocumented communities: this list of resources.

Free English Classes: 

Practice your English conversational skills online with other learners and native English speakers! Discuss relevant topics in small groups to gain self-confidence and improve your speaking and listening. All levels welcome. Offered by the Seattle Public Library and the Literacy Source: https://www.literacysource.org/online-conversation-circles 

Seattle Mutual Aid Request for Assistance (up to $50 in groceries/supplies)

for folks who are quarantined without pay, sick, disabled, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.

Access to Food and Meals 

Employment:

For small businesses:

For retail and service operations like grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theaters

  • 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.
  • Guidance from King County Public Health

Utilities, Food & Internet Access

  • Map of food banks and school food pickup sites
  • Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

    Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan with the utilities by calling (206) 684-3000 or sending an email anytime at seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question.

  • The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to: seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program.

  • Comcast is providing free internet access for 60 days to low-income families, free internet at Xfinity hotspots, and suspending their data plan rules

COVID-19 Helplines

  • 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 our 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.

 

If you have additional information and resources to add or a correction to the above content, please e-mail cce@seattleu.edu

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