Financial Assistance

Hopelink

Provides a variety of services to low-income families and individuals – including children, the elderly and people with disabilities – in north and east King County. The agency also provides transportation services in King and Snohomish counties. Their programs include:

  • Emergency Family Shelter
  • Food Assistance
  • Energy Bill Assistance
  • Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
  • Medicaid Transportation and Demand Area Response Transit (DART)
  • Family Development and Long-Term planning
  • Financial Capabilities Program to help attain financial stability

Solid Ground

206-694-6700

Solid Ground and its staff work to help people overcome poverty and prevent homelessness and hunger. The non-profit, community action type organization provides assistance across King County and Seattle Washington. Services it provides:

  • Emergency housing services
  • Food sssistance
  • Resource Wire: sends out information via email and text about jobs, housing, healthcare resources, social services, and community events
  • Financial skills workshops
  • Legal help with public benefits
  • Affordable health insurance
  • Transportation services

Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

Six counties, including King County, have been chosen to participate in the pilot Eviction Resolution Program (ERP). Each ERP will operate in accordance with the enabling order from the Washington State Supreme Court, and a standing order of the local superior court. These orders will require landlords to undertake efforts to engage tenants in pre-filing resolution efforts including direct negotiation, facilitated conciliation services, and, upon agreement of both parties, formal mediation.

The objective of the ERP is to:

  • Bring all parties to the table with the assistance of qualified and trained Eviction Resolution Specialists;
  • Explore the amount of rent arrears, the current and prospective circumstances of the tenant, the availability of rent and other assistance to cure or partially cure the arrearage;
  • Discover a range of other terms that might resolve the matter in a way that allows the tenant to retain housing (and avoid the need for filing of an unlawful detainer action).

More information can be found hereFLYEROVERVIEWQ&A

Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP)

206-812-4940

This program offers food aid and energy bill assistance.

Energy Bill Assistance

CAMP also helps Seattle and King County households with home-heating bills through two programs. The first is the federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the second program is Puget Sound Energy's HELP Program. It is possible for applicants to receive cash grants and assistance through both PSE/HELP and LIHEAP in the same program year, which will go a long way towards helping people pay bills.

Washington State Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Providing funds from a federal block grant program to help low-income Washington state households maintain affordable, dependable utility services and avoid shutoff during the winter. Please click here for more information.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) YWCA

425-264-1426

This program helps low-income veterans and their families find and keep housing.

SSVF is for King County residents those who have served in the US military and their families who are now homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Case managers can help with referrals to employment and training programs and financial and community resources. Financial assistance may be available for short-term rental support, deposits, childcare and other household needs.

For information or to apply, contact program manager Lori Tiffin at 425-264-1426 or ltiffin@ywcaworks.org.

Issaquah Church and Community Services

425-391-0137

Administers emergency financial assistance and grants within the Issaquah School District area to help with paying rent.

Bellevue LifeSpring

425-451-1175

If you have an eviction notice, or utility disconnection, this organization may be able to offer emergency assistance towards paying rent and utilities. Utilities bill assistance includes water, electricity and gas. Residents can usually apply at most once every 3 years.

Catholic Community Services Emergency Assistance program

Helps families, single adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in King County. Services include rental assistance and eviction prevention, move-in assistance, and utility bill assistance. There are also programs for shut-off prevention as well as information and resource referral to other King County resources.

East King County Catholic Community Services

425-213-1963, extension 2

Covers Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, but with very limited funding. They are available on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

COVID-19 Emergency Loans

America’s Credit Union: Offering $2,000 emergency loans with a repayment period up to 30 months.

Harborstone Credit Union: They are in communications with Sound Outreach to set up an emergency loan program that would allow for a client to get a loan if they met with a Sound Outreach counselor. Nothing is currently available, but could be very soon.

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This page was last updated at 8:40 AM on Friday, November 20, 2020.