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Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak

Important Updates:

The State Department of Health issued guidelines that masks be worn in public. We will be enforcing this guideline by asking all staff, volunteers and clients to wear a mask when at IFCB. If you need cloth masks, please ask at IFCB!

The list below is updated as we find additional resources. For any additional resources, questions or support, please call or text our social worker, Rebecca, at 206-395-9149 (cell) or email rebecca@issaquahfoodbank.org. 2-1-1 is also an excellent resource to find services in your area. 

Updated 9/29/20

Childcare

Assistance paying for childcare in King County for people affected by COVID-19 or essential workers. Income limits and more details here:

Financial Assistance

*Emergency cash benefits available through DSHS. Apply online or call 877-501-2233 to apply for all programs. **Cash benefits are available to immigrants who are undocumented! No social security number is required to apply**

*PSE is providing energy assistance to certain customers whose income has been significantly reduced since March 1, 2020. Click here for all the details and program requirements. 

*PSE will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

*DSHS offices are temporarily closed on Mondays.

*King County has put together of list of resources for COVID-19 specific financial assistance, including information about applying for unemployment

*Governor Jay Inslee extended the state eviction moratorium through October 15. No evictions for nonpayment of rent can go forward until October 15 at the earliest. Landlords may not issue 14-day pay or vacate notices for nonpayment of rent.
The moratorium applies to most living situations:

  • Lots/parcels (some motor home owners own the vehicle but lease the lot)
  • Transitional housing
  • Public lands – camping grounds

For advice on how to talk to your landlord about not being able to pay your rent, check out this Seattle Times article

Food

*Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
We have moved inside our building for food shopping! This will allow you to choose the food your family will use. We use a waitlist app or restaurant buzzers to allow people to remain outside or in their vehicle while waiting to shop. Once inside, social distancing is enforced and masks are required. For all the details, click here.

Are you in need of delivery assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak? Please visit our temporary delivery requirements page for more information. 

Food distribution schedule: (please note Groceries to Go will still be delivered every week)

Week of  September 28

No shopping hours

Week of October 5

No shopping hours

October 12, 13, 14, 15

OPEN Monday-Thursday 1-7pm
Masks Required

Week of October 19

No shopping hours

October 26, 27, 28, 29

OPEN Monday-Thursday 1-7pm
Masks Required

Week of November 2

No shopping hours

November 9, 10, 11, 12

OPEN Monday-Thursday 1-7pm
Masks Required

Week of November 16

No shopping hours

November 23, 24, 25

OPEN Monday-Wednesday 1-7pm (CLOSED Thursday for Thanksgiving)
Masks Required

Week of November 30

No shopping hours

December 7, 8, 9, 10

OPEN Monday-Thursday 1-7pm
Masks Required

Week of December 14

No shopping hours

Week of December 21, 22, 23

OPEN Monday-Wednesday 1-7pm (CLOSED Thursday for Christmas Eve)
Masks Required

Week of December 28

No shopping hours


*King County map of free food resources!

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*DSHS/Food Stamp Updates

SNAP benefits (food stamps) can be used online! Cash and food benefits can be used online with Walmart and food benefits can be used online with Amazon (and Prime memership is half off for seniors and people who qualify for SNAP)

The Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) work requirements have been lifted - if your Food Stamp case was closed for not meeting work requirements, reapply today!

*Issaquah Community Meals (all at Community Hall in downtown Issaquah - 180 E Sunset Way)
Most meals are provided to-go:
Free hot dinner Monday-Saturday from 5-6pm, and Sunday from 4-5pm
Free lunch Thursday from 12-1pm

*Issaquah Senior Center
Weekday to-go lunch from noon-1pm. Suggested donation of $4.50 for 60 and older and $6.50 for under 60, but no payment is required (75 NE Creek Way) 

*Special Grocery Shopping Hours
Many local grocery stores have created special shopping hours for seniors or other people at higher risk from COVID-19. Click here for the full list. 

Healthcare

*Free COVID-19 tests, regardless of immigration or insurance status. For more information, please call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (information below).

*What to do if you believe you have COVID-19 or have been exposed - this link has several local resources as well as national guidelines. 

*King County COVID-19 Call Center:
If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact the novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily from 8am-7pm.

Housing

*The state eviction moratorium has been extended through October 15, 2020! You cannot be evicted or charged late fees for non-payment of rent (although you will still owe rent), and your landlord should not give you a 14 day pay or vacate notice for non-payment of rent. If you are having trouble with your landlord trying to evict you, make a complaint with the attorney general

There is also a federal eviction moratorium. Because our state moratorium has stricter standards (such as no late fees), our moratorium will take precedence over the federal moratorium until it runs out.

*Shelter and Quarantine/Isolation Beds
King County has added shelter beds and increased spaces between the bed to allow for safe social distacing. These beds include emergency shelter, quarantine or isolation beds and recovery beds for people who don't need emergency medical care. Most of the shelter spaces are in Seattle, but the quarantine spaces are around the county, including one location in Issaquah. 

If you need help accessing shelter or quarantine/isolation beds, please call the King County hotline 206-477-3977. 

Legal Assistance

*Eastside Legal Assistance Program is continuing to serve clients with free legal assistance. 

*Here is a list of civil legal resources, including information on unemployment, tenant law, debt, and more.

*Here is a list of COVID-19 resources in 40+ languages (links in document).

Transportation

*King County Metro is operating on a reduced schedule. King County Metro will begin charging fares October 1Sound Transit (including Light Rail) is charging fares