COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Eligibility
    • Am I eligible? Use Phase Finder to see if you are presently eligible to receive the vaccine. Phase Finder is available in multiple languages.
    • What vaccine distribution phase is King County in? King County is currently in the state’s Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1 and Tier 2 for vaccine distribution. See exactly who is eligible under these phases here. 
    • Starting March 31, 2021: Vaccine eligibility will expand to include
      • Anyone with two or more comorbidities
      • Anyone between the ages of 60 and 64
      • Anyone living in congregate settings
      • Additional workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, construction)
      • Details here
    • Starting April 15, 2021: All Washington state adults ages 16 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Details here.

Relief for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

  • Eviction Information

    Eviction

    • Governor Inslee has extended the statewide eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. The order applies to residential dwellings and commercial rental properties. Read the extended eviction moratorium proclamation here.

     

    Resources for Housing Providers

    • Resources for housing providers and renters, including financial resources for housing providers and instructional webinars here (Rental Housing Association of WA).
    • Communities Rise has developed a Commercial Lease Amendment Toolkit to help small businesses and nonprofits as they negotiate with landlords for rent extensions and relief.


  • Utilities

    If your business needs help paying its utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.

    • Washington State

      Energy, water and landline telephone companies are prohibited from disconnecting any residential customers from energy, landline telephone or water service due to nonpayment on an active account, except at the request of the customer; refusing to reconnect any residential customer who has been disconnected due to nonpayment; charging fees for late payment or reconnection of energy, landline telephone or water service; and disconnecting service to any residential customer who has contacted the utility to request assistance from the utility’s COVID-19 Customer Support Program.

    Governor Jay Inslee has extended these prohibitions until July 31, 2021.  Read the amended proclamation that provides these extensions here.

    • Puget Sound Energy

      Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time and will work with customers on options such as payment plans.


Relief for Workers

  • Unemployment and Insurance

     

    • The new federal stimulus bill changes and extends CARES Act unemployment benefits. Latest updates here.

     

    • Find healthcare insurance. Washington Healthplanfinder is the state’s health insurance exchange and has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals. For more information visit Washington Healthplanfinder’s website.

     

    • Unemployment Law Project provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenges. More information is available here.

  • Housing and Utilities Assistance

    Evictions

    • Governor Inslee has extended the statewide eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021. The moratorium applies to both residential dwellings and commercial rental properties. Read the full proclamation here.
    • Any eviction orders received by the King County Sheriff’s Office will be reviewed. Additional information here. 

     

    King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program

    • Update: this program is not accepting entries at this time. If funding becomes available in 2021, the program may reopen.
    • Opportunity to receive rent assistance and eviction prevention services. Details here.

     

    Housing Resources

    • For renters:
      • King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project website
      • The Tenants Union website
      • Catholic Community Services, Tenant Law Center website
    • For homeowners:
      • Find a housing counselor through HUD who can help answer the questions of current and prospective homeowners and renters. Further information here.
      • If you need assistance with your mortgage, visit Washington State Department of Financial Institutions for resources, including who to contact for urgent support.

     

    Public Utilities

    Public Utilities in Washington state are offering relief to their customers during the COVID-19 crisis. For assistance, contact your utility company.

     

    Internet

    Through June 30, 2021, Comcast will continue to provide free internet service for 60 days to eligible new low-income households signing up for Internet Essentials, and free access to more than 71,000 public Xfinity WIFI hotspots. More information here.


  • Resources for Community Members Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

    COVID-19 Resources in ASL (King County)

    King County is providing ASL videos for community members who are D/HOH and DB on topics related to COVID-19. A transcript of each video is also provided. View resources here.

     


Employment

Additional Resources

  • Further resources for businesses, employees, and non-profits
    Recovery Hub (U.S. Small Business Administration)

    Is your small business looking for help or guidance? The SBA’s Recovery Hub can help you identify funding options, get training to build business resiliency, and access resources tailored for underserved communities.

     

    COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic 

    Communities Rise provides a virtual legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate COVID-19 pandemic related issues. The program offers a free, 60-minute phone or video call consultation with a lawyer.

     

    County Business Resources from Washington State Department of Commerce 

    Discover resources for small businesses that are available in your county.

     

    COVID-10 Handbook for the Creative Sector 

    This handbook provides information on personal health & safety, guidance on how creative businesses can safely re-start, sources of financial support for individual artists and creative workers, as well as sources of relief for businesses and organizations in the creative sector.

     

    Rebound & Recovery

    Provided by the Association of Washington Businesses, Rebound & Recovery is here to help Washington state employers reopen their doors and help the economy recover.

     

    Unemployment Insurance Webinars 

    The Employment Security Department of Washington State offers free webinars for customers to learn more about the state’s unemployment insurance.


photo credits this page: Alexa’s Cafe sidewalk dining (City of Bothell)