COVID-19 Resources

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This page is intended to provide links to resources for people and organizations providing homelessness services or affordable housing, for individuals looking for help, and advocates looking for ways to get involved.

We would also like to hear from you.

Let us know about an emerging or unmet need related to affordable housing or homelessness in your community. This will ensure our advocacy is guided by real information about what’s happening in communities across the state.

  • Share a personal or community story about the impact of COVID-19. Have you lost income and need help paying rent or mortgage? Has a shelter in your community closed due to lack of staff or volunteers? Sharing these stories can help policy makers better understand the response needed.

  • Share a success story or best practice. Are state grant funds working to meet real needs? Have a creative solution that’s working in your community? Let us know so we can share this information to keep resources flowing and provide ideas that could help others.

  • Ask a question regarding the state’s COVID-19 response efforts related to affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness. We will do our best to find an answer or a connect you with someone who can.

Click here to connect with us through our information form.


Washington State Coronavirus Response: State website with information for individuals and families, businesses, workers, and more.


Advocacy opportunities you can act on today:


 

State Advocacy:

  • Are you a board member, or do you work for a nonprofit organization? Join our Board Advocacy campaign and have your board pass a resolution in support of progressive revenue! Interested? Click here
  • Take action and email your state lawmakers and the Governor, requesting they: make no cuts to homelessness and safety net programs, invest deeply in rental assistance, and enact progressive revenue! Take Action Here

Federal Advocacy:

  • Time is running out! Contact your members of Congress and demand that the next coronavirus relief package includesd housing provision of the HEROES Act. You can take action here
  • Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 

ALSO: 

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Join the federal advocacy work of the NLIHC via webinars, resources, and action alerts. 

National Housing Law Project: Get connected with the NHLP to learn about efforts around protecting renters nationwide during this time of uncertainty. 

 

Weekly Stakeholder Calls

The Housing Alliance is currently convening weekly housing and homelessness stakeholder calls every Wednesday at 10am for the foreseeable future. 

Click here to register.

Miss a call? Click below to access.  

COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 31
 
Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce (Updates on state housing and homelessness response during COVID-19), Meghan Maury, National LGBTQ Taskforce (Responding to HUD proposed rule permitting anti-trans discrimination), Kevin Solarte, National Innovation Service (Updates from the Center for Housing Justice), Lisa Byers, OPAL Community Land Trust (Housing and homelessness updates from San Juan County),
Joey Lindstrom, National Low Income Housing Coalition (Federal Advocacy Update), Michele Thomas, Housing Alliance (State Advocacy Update – Eviction Moratorium).
 

Resources for Homeless and Housing Service Providers - National


HUD toolkit for Public Housing Agencies and Housing Choice Voucher landlords: Includes guidance and examples of rent repayment agreements, a flier for tenants, and a sample resident needs assessment survey. 

National Housing Center COVID-19 Housing Resource Center: NHC has developed a national page with resources on almost any facet of the housing industry you can think of.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act): A .pdf explaining the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, (PPP) and the Emergency Economic Injury Grant (EEIG) program. These new programs may be useful resources for nonprofit affordable housing providers who need additional funding to cover certain expenses during the COVID-19 crisis.

National Housing Law Project Coronavirus resources: NLIHC’s webpage of NLHP resources for tenants and advocates to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNAPS COVID-19 Daily Resource Digest: Prevention and response resources for homeless providers.

SNAPS Disease Risks and Homelessness page: List of COVID-19 infectious disease prevention and response resources.

HUD COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource Digest: HUD compiles a daily list of resources for homeless service providers, including management of spread of infectious disease in various settings. 

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Coronavirus Resources: Check out this page for resources that include community examples from around the nation. 

CDC Interim Guidance for homeless service providers: Information from the Centers for Disease Control about how to plan, prepare and respond to the COVID-19 spread, particularly addressed to homeless services providers.

CDC Interim Guidance to responding to COVID-19 among people experiencing unsheltered homelessness: Information from the Centers for Disease Control about how to protect people who are unsheltered from the spread of COVID-19. *Includes guidance that unless individual housing units are available, encampments should not be cleared.*


Resources for Homeless and Housing Service Providers – Washington State


 
Stimulus Payments Outreach Resources: Eligible individuals have until October 15 to file for their Economic Impact Payment or “stimulus check.” This page includes outreach materials and other information you can use to help people access those payments.
 
King County Healthcare for the Homeless Network: Extensive guidance documents and signage in multiple languages that are relevant no matter where you are located. 

County Emergency Housing Plans: Located on the Dept. of Commerce site, here you can find each county’s emergency housing plan during COVID-19. 

Washington Department of Commerce Resources for Homeless Services Grantees: Information about emergency funding and resources for local governments and organizations to fight housing instability and homelessness.


Do you need resources or information to meet an immediate need?


Pandemic EBT: Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits. Learn more, including how to apply for Pandemic Emergency School Meals Program.

Get Your Stimulus Check from the IRS: Check your eligibility and find out how to get your Economic Impact Payment, or “Stimulus Check” from the IRS.

COVID-19 Resources for Immigrants: Developed by OneAmerica, this is a comprehensive bilingual English/ Spanish list of resources to help our state’s immigrant population through the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNAP/EBT/Basic Food: Congress approved new supplemental funding for Basic Food recipients in March and April. Visit this page to learn more, see if you are eligible, and apply. Information translated into several languages. 

Northwest Mutual Aid: Many mutual aid groups have formed throughout the state since the outbreak of COVID-19. These are self-organized ways for people to help each other meet their needs during this time, and often fill in some of the gaps of traditional assistance. Visit this site to see if there is a group in your area.   

IRS Info for Non-filers to Receive Stimulus Check: If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019 and are concerned about whether you will receive your stimulus check from the IRS, visit this page.

Washington Department of Financial Institutions Financial Resources for Washingtonians Affected by COVID-19: Visit this page for a list of resources if you are being financially affected by COVID-19.

Washington Law Help COVID-19 Resources and FAQs: This page includes fact sheets and FAQs on what to do if you are being evicted, have lost a job, or have questions about public benefits during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Resources for Undocumented People: A national and state-by-state compilation of resources for those underserved by COVID-19 response due to residency status. 

Compiled information of all emergency renter protections in Washington due to COVID-19: Are you unsure how well you are protected as a renter under the statewide eviction moratorium? Depending on which city or county you live in, you may have additional protections.