Resources During

the Covid-19 Pandemic

Here are some links that we hope you will find helpful to answer your questions.  Remember, don't panic!  Stay informed, stay away from crowds & wash your hands - a lot.  We are all in this together.

Employment Security:  Given the current public health crisis and the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across our state, the job search requirement for unemployment benefits is now optional.

esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19 

Rental Assistance Funds:  United Way of Thurston County and the Community Foundation are taking applications for assistance for rent, utilities, childcare and basic needs.

 

If you qualify for LIHEAP, you may also access other rental assistance. This program is also managed by the Community Action Council.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap/about

Please CALL the Community Action Council:  Monday – Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at (360) 438-1100 or 1-(800) 878-5235.

Washington DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Fund:  A cash program available because of a disaster or other specified states of emergency declared by the Governor. It is available to families or individuals  without children who face an emergency and don’t have the money to meet their basic needs. This program is available only once within a twelve-month period.

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/emergency-assistance-programs/disaster-cash-assistance-program

Washington Multi-Family Housing Association:  Has a list of rental assistance resources.

https://www.wmfha.org/rental-assistance

Washington Department of Health: The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

From PSE:  We know some of our business and residential customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf of our customers:

https://www.pse.com/covidhelp

From the Department of Financial Institutions:  Financial resources for people affected by Covid-19

https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources

From Thurston County Public Health: Due to the level of concern about COVID-19, the following are in effect in Thurston County.

https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

From N.Thurston, Olympia, & Tumwater School Districts: With the schools closed,  families will have access to local services provided by the district in your area.  

https://olympia.macaronikid.com/articles/5e6d0abe1c50ac067b91a151/services-available-during-school-closures

South Sound Behavioral Hospital:  Open for business and offering free mental health assessments 24/7. Based on assessment, clients may qualify for inpatient, outpatient, or hospitalization services.

Please call:  1-844-949-8888

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