COVID-19 Resources

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If you are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19, you may qualify for rental assistance through one of the eviction rent assistance programs in your county. Find out more here: Washington State Deparment of Commerce Rent Assistance webpage.


COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

 

The Housing Alliance will host our COVID-19 housing and homelessness stakeholder calls every other Wednesday at 10am for the near future. Our next call will be on October 28.
 
COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call October 14
10/14/2020 COVID -19 Stakeholders call recording – Coming Soon!
 
Ted Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce staff (Updates on the state’s homelessness response, Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (Rolling out the $40 million Washington Immigrant Relief Fund), Rep. Nicole Macri, 43rd Legislative District (Update on the budget and legislative session, plus how advocates can play a key role in protecting budget cuts), Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (Housing Alliance legislative priorities for the 2021 session), Eric Dunn, National Housing Law Project (Updates on HUD's most recent disparate impact rule, making it harder to challenge systemic racism in housing).
 
COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call September 30

Ted Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce staff (Updates on the state’s homelessness response), Dylan Godsey, Serenity House (Implementing ERAP in Clallam County), Sarah Hinman, Community Action Skagit (Implementing ERAP in Skagit County), Jeff Tietjen, Community Action Center (Implementing ERAP in Whitman County), Brittani Manzo, National Innovation Service (Updates on Trump administration executive order banning equity trainings), Denise Rodriguez, Washington Homeownership Resource Center (Foreclosure Prevention Updates), Michele Thomas, Housing Alliance (Updates from the Housing Alliance: New Pulse survey data & county survey results) Rachael Myers, Housing Alliance (Federal advocacy updates).

Miss a call? Click here: Links to calls from previous weeks.

Advocacy 


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

  • Send Gov. Inslee a thank you email today, so that he knows that the community supports his decision to extend Washington’s Eviction Moratorium!

Federal Advocacy:

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition released an action page this week urging Members of Congress to resume negotiations to ensure that we don't see a massive increase in homelessness during COVID-19. On the page there's an advocacy toolkit, story collection tool, and more. 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 webpage, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 

  • 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. 
 

Resources 


National Resources for Homeless and Housing Service Providers 

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 – WA State

EEC Partners in Change has created a one-pager document regarding the Eviction Moratorium. The document is translated into 9 languages. EEC has heard from community that there may be confusion on the moratorium which causes folks to believe that their rent may be canceled. This can cause further harm around the potential of evictions for our communities.

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.

Sign Up  for Washington Undocumented Worker Relief Fund Updates: While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, undocumented immigrants are uniquely at risk. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the creation of two funds to help workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also sign up through the State Department of Commerce here, just wait for the pop up box to appear, then you can sign up for updates.  

Sign up to be notified by email when the service provider list and ERAP applications are available: The COVID-19 outbreak has reduced incomes for many Washingtonians, leaving them unable to pay their rent. This program is funded with federal CARES Act dollars and is intended to prevent evictions by paying past due and current/future rent for people needing relief. A primary program goal is to target limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably. The program end date is Dec. 31, 2020.

Coronavirus: Benefits Information for People without Immigration Status: In an effort to provide clarity and access, Columbia Legal Services created a guide to help our communities discover everything that’s available to them in one handy resource. This guide covers a variety of subjects including: Health Care, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, General Assistance, and Legal Help. 

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.


Resources for Individuals with 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.