Like the rest of the community, we are concerned about ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We understand that many community members might have questions about how their immigration status might impact their ability to access medical care. We've put together these short English and Spanish language videos to answer these questions.
In addition, our partners as well as state and local government officials have prepared several resources for community members. We are including these resources below and will continue to add to this list as new resources and directives become available:
Washington State COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund - If you’re an immigrant in Washington State experiencing hard times because of COVID-19, and you aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance, this fund is for you. Apply for the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund and receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household).
Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants - The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants provides direct cash assistance to Seattle’s most vulnerable low-income immigrant residents and their households. This program prioritizes applicants who were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) and state unemployment insurance based on their immigration status.
WAISN Resource Finder - The WAISN Resource Finder is community-driven, collaborative, collective, imperfect, resource that is intended to be used by community organizations that work with the intention to help our immigrant and refugee siblings gain access to the resources necessary in this pandemic.
Answers to Questions about COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits - The Unemployment Law Project's regularly updated list of resources regarding unemployment benefits in Washington State. The ULP also conducts weekly webinars every Monday, which you can RSVP for at the link above.
Health Benefits for People Without Immigration Status - Columbia Legal Services.
You don’t have a Social Security Number. You don’t have health care. You have to take time off work or you are laid off because of the coronavirus. You can’t get unemployment benefits. What benefits can you or your family get? Worried that if you or your family get benefits it will keep you from passing the Public Charge test if you apply for a green card? Here are the facts.
Know Your Rights Resource from the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG). NLG believes that we can build safer communities and respond to COVID-19 without expanding the police or medical surveillance.
Resources for Undocumented Community Members - Our partners at OneAmerica have a great list of resources for undocumented community members on their website, available in English and Spanish.
Community Resources - Another Gulf has complied a list of resources for artists, undocumented folks, health care workers, the disabled community, LGBTQ+ people, and many others.
Resources in Indigenous Languages - Various resources in indigenous languages about COVID-19 for community members.
Washington Healthplanfinder Announces Special Enrollment Period in Response to Growing Coronavirus Outbreak - This special enrollment period (SEP), that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Read more here.
Dollar for Debt Forgiveness - At Dollar For, our biggest effort is expressed in our Debt Forgiveness program, in which we enforce the hospital’s Charity Care policies. In order for hospitals to keep their nonprofit status, they have to have programs in place that aid families without incomes large enough to cover their medical expenses, called Charity Care. Dollar For has created a tool for families to easily find out if they are eligible for the Charity Care program.
Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund - Wellspring Family Services has created a special project for Seattle Hospitality Fund under their umbrella of regular programming in order to provide direct financial support to hospitality industry workers in the Seattle Metro Area. The special project will help distribute direct support to eligible applicants with: rent, utilities, gift cards for groceries and gas, health insurance or COBRA payments, and medicine.
Big Table - A list of resources for undocumented hospitality workers from Big Table.
COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers - Starting on April 8th, you can apply to receive cash assistance of up to $1,000 from our partners at Scholarship Junkies and the Washington Dream Coalition.
King County Rental Assistance - If you’re a King County resident who has been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are behind on your rent, you may qualify for assistance from the United Way of King County.
Free Protection Order Filings from Legal Atoms - LegalAtoms is a free website that allows you to prepare your complete set of court documents for Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO). LegalAtoms covers the individual county requirements of all 39 counties in Washington state. LegalAtoms does not cover other states.
King County Plate Fund - to complete The Plate Fund relief application for restaurant workers in King County affected by the COVID-19 crisis, you must:
- Live in King County, Washington;
- Have experienced a significant loss in work hours or the loss of your job in a restaurant or food-service establishment due to the COVID-19 crisis;
-Demonstrate that your gross income is less than $62,000 a year, inclusive of tips
King County Housing Justice Project - the Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services for low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. If English is not your first language, and you would like assistance from an interpreter, please state the language you speak.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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