COVID-19: Area Specific Resources

Clark County

King County

Pierce County

Snohomish County

Whatcom County


Washington State

A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19

A Parenting Guide During COVID-19: Be Kind to Yourself

Basic Needs & Distance Learning

  • A resource list of school meals, internet & technology, childcare, and distance learning offered by school districts across WA state

Be Strong Families

  • Free resources and webinars to help you and your children stay strong and positive 

Bright Horizons: Free Child Care for Health Care Workers, Elder Caregivers, and First Responders

Care Net of Puget Sound

  • Free services offered: Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Maternity Clothing, Baby Clothing, Diapers, Wipes, Baby food and Baby Formula. Visit our website to find a center near you. 

Building Changes COVID-19 Response Fund

  • The goal of the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund is to ensure communities impacted by COVID-19 can rapidly address the diverse needs of students and youth experiencing homelessness at this time. The Fund is currently open to organizations, school districts, and local tribes in Washington State that are serving youth and young adults (age 13-24) experiencing homelessness in the state.

COMCAST INFO: Free 60 Days of Comcast Service, Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots, and additional services

Community Resources (Food aid, housing, child care, financial assistance, and more)

Conscious Discipline: Five Helpful Responses for Families

COVID Health Insurance Info (available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean)

COVID-19 Financial Help in Washington State

COVID-19 Relief Fund for Washington State Undocumented Individuals

COVID Response and Referral - Chinese

COVID Response and Referral - English

COVID Response and Referral - Somali

COVID Response and Referral - Spanish

COVID Response and Referral - Vietnamese

COVID-19: What is it? How do I protect myself? 

DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance for Washingtonians (beginning April 17)

Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit 

  • Refundable tax credit up to $10,000/employee for businesses experiencing a 50% drop in quarterly receipts compared to the prior year. Companies are ineligible if receiving a PPP loan. This tax credit is available for wages paid from March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020. [National]

Exempt Child Services - COVID-19 Guidance by DCYF

FEMA Coronavirus Response 

Financial Assistance (multiple places, but mainly King County)

Food Lifeline (Meals and groceries) 

Free Meals During School Closures (by County)

Grocery Stores are Hiring: High demand for Online Orders and Delivery

Informed Immigrant - Resources for Immigrants during Coronavirus Crisis

League of Education Voters: COVID-19 Resources

Northwest Harvest (Meals and groceries) 

OneAmerica - COVID-19 Resources for Immigrants

Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration

  • $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Information Sheet

Public Health Recommendations on COVID-19

Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Safe Families for Children

  • Safe Families for Children exists to support families in crisis. We are a network of families who volunteer to care for your children for as long as you need. Our goal is to keep your family intact. Once you feel like you and your home environment is stable and healthy we’ll work with you to reunite your family as soon as possible.

    Visit our website or call us at 1-877-341-7332. We support families in King, Pierce, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties.

Self-Care in the Age of Coronavirus - American Evaluation Association 

Shared Work Washington (A business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours)

T-MOBILE: COVID-19 Response

  • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
  • Soon T-Mobile will provide T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days.
  • T-Mobile is working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers free extra data up to 5GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
  • T-Mobile is also increasing the data allowance, free of charge, to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
  • Additionally, T-Mobile is offering free international calling for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries.

In addition to these efforts, earlier today T-Mobile signed on to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge, in which companies pledge:

  • Not to terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile retail locations have increased cleaning and sanitization efforts and added more disinfecting wipes, soap and hand sanitizer.

Unemployment Insurance

Sent on Behalf of Unemployment Insurance Customer Support.

Employment Security has programs designed to help individuals and employers during this unprecedented time.

Given the current public health crisis and the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across our state, we are working to increase access to unemployment benefits.

COVID-19 action alerts: Subscribe for updates about our response to COVID-19.

We adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. Some of the most recent changes include:

  • If you are laid off work as a result of the governor’s stay home order issued on March 23, you are eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • When you apply for benefits, you should select “laid off” as your reason for seperating from your employer. Choose "Company temporarily closed" from the secondary options.
    • This does not apply to employees who are considered essential critical infrastructure workers, as outlined by the governor.
    • As new information emerges, this is subject to change.
  • Work search requirements are optional for all claimants until further notice.
  • You can request standby status for up to 12 weeks.
  • The one-week waiting period to be eligible for unemployment benefits is waived.

As you know, the situation is changing rapidly, and we continue to update our communications and our technology to reflect the new emergency rules as they are enacted. We know this can be confusing and we are so thankful for your patience.

You can find the most recent information about how our programs can help workers affected by COVID-19 in the Q&A below. And, this easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply. Check back frequently for updates.

Please know that the Employment Security Department and the entire state is mobilized and ready to help you through this difficult time. We are all in this together.

(Find more information For workers affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Please read an update regarding the increased demand on services

WA State COVID-19 Resources:
Zero to Three: Self-care tips for families