Resources in Seattle

2020 Resources

Stimulus Check Status
Haven’t received your stimulus check or card yet? Check the status of your stimulus income here, or read 10 reasons that you may not have received it yet.

Note: Must have your SSN/ITN, birth date, street address and zip code to check status

If you did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you may need to provide the IRS with some basic information. Read more and submit a request for your check here.

Voting and Voter Registration
The voting process can seem confusing and overwhelming, but the ability to vote is an important part of the American political system. Every year, the AAPI community is underrepresented in voting numbers, but your voice should be heard. Read more and check voting details for your state.

Voter information specific to California and New York.

Respond to the 2020 Census
NAPCA is offering information about the Census in the form of live, in-language Helpline counselors, in addition to literature on their website. Counselors may assist with online, phone, and paper response. Read more in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Spanish.

Healthcare

Medicaid (aka Apple Health in Washington)
Medicaid is a government health insurance program available to people with limited income and resources. Medicaid does not pay money to you; It sends payments directly to your health care providers. With Medicaid, premiums and co-pays may be very low or nothing. Learn more and apply here.

Medicare
Medicare is federal health insurance for people aged 65+ and disabled individuals.

Learn how to enroll in Medicare here, and find more Medicare information in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
MSP is a form of Medicaid that helps low income older adults pay their Medicare premiums, some copays, and some deductibles. There are 4 types of Medicare Savings Programs, with different eligibility rules. Learn more

International Community Health Services (ICHS)
ICHS provides medical, dental, vision, and behavioral healthcare in over 50 different Asian American and Pacific Islander languages and dialects. Receive free help with insurance, as well as pick up prescriptions and pay on a sliding scale based on income. Find their locations and services here.

Lahai Health
Lahai provides free medical, dental, and mental health counseling to low income, underinsured individuals. For a list of their services and locations throughout King and Snohomish counties, visit their site.

Swedish Community Specialty Clinic
The Swedish Specialty Clinic provides free specialty medical and dental procedures to low income individuals. Read more or call 206-860-6656

Find more free or sliding scale clinics across Washington state

Food

Seattle Covid Emergency Food Interactive Map
Find locations with free food resources around Seattle

Washington and Oregon Interactive Food Map
Find food resources across Washington State and Oregon

Hopelink Food Bank
Hopelink operates a number of food banks across Seattle, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, and Sno-Valley. To view locations and times for pickup, visit their website.

Sound Generations
Sound Generations is a nonprofit that delivers free frozen meals to seniors’ doors in King County once a week. Adults must be homebound and over 60 years old.

Call 206-448-5767 for more information or fill out online application here.

Find a List of Stores with Senior Shopping Hours

Apply for Basic Food (Washington’s version of SNAP)
SNAP  provides income to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Applying online is simple, but applicants need to create an account and submit documents to prove their income level and identity. Individuals can apply for Basic Food online and over the phone for the time being. Call 1-877-501-2233 to complete an application over the phone, or find the paper application in these languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese.

Case Management

Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối
Receive assistance or information in Vietnamese about community resources, as well as ESL and citizenship classes

(Offices are closed due to COVID, but reach the Director via email: mdnguyen@helpinglink.org)

CISC
In-Home Care Case Management: Provides linguistically and culturally appropriate in-home care services for Chinese and Russian older and disabled adults. Provides comprehensive assessments to develop care plans, obtain and coordinate services to monitor their progress so that seniors and disabled adults can remain in their own homes and communities.

(Contact Catherine Wong with questions at 206-957-8518/206-636-6541 or catherinew@cisc-seattle.org)

Community Living Connections
Call to receive information about Medicaid, State and federal benefits, Family caregiver programs, Kinship care, Care coordination, Medicaid case management, Minor home repair, Volunteer transportation, and much more

(Call 206-962-8467 or toll free 1-844-348-5464 (KING))

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
ACRS provides in-language case management for individuals wanting to age in place and receive care at home. Case managers can conduct in-home assessments, and develop personalized care plans to improve the lives of clients. Managers can also coordinate care after release from a hospital, rehab, or long term facility.

(Call for more information: (206) 695-7595)

ACRS Community Living Connections
ACRS staff are trained to provide individual consultations to older adults to meet basic needs, including Medicaid/Medicare and insurance, housing, social activities, etc

(Contact Miguel Saldin at miguels@acrs.org or (206) 695-7510 for more information)

Housing and Utilities

City of Seattle Rental Information
Find tips on finding a home, moving in/out, maintaining a relationship with your management company, and more (translation at the top)

Find a list of subsidized or low-rent buildings for low income older adults here or use aptfinder.org to search for affordable housing around Seattle

Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Washington State Department of Commerce is providing up to $1,000 in rental assistance and up to $500 in energy assistance for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This crisis funding will be distributed through statewide community action agencies.

Hopelink is a local agency serves select zip codes throughout King County. Call to make an appointment at (425) 658-2592 or go to https://hopelink.itfrontdesk.com/apptonline/landing.html?client_code=HOPELINK to make one online.

Check eligibility and Helpline service areas here: https://www.hopelink.org/need-help/energy#collapseFour

“Drive In” Wifi Hotspots
People may drive or walk to areas that are leaving their wifi free and available. People may use the wifi from the outside in their cars or sitting nearby. Find locations here

Puget Sound Energy
PSE also provides emergency LIHEAP funding for PSE customers. Apply through PSE here: https://www.pse.com/pages/bill-and-weatherization-assistance

HomeWise Weatherization Program
Low-income homeowners receive free energy efficiency improvements to their house, including insulation, air sealing, upgraded heating systems, and more. Learn more

Foreclosure Prevention Program
Eligible homeowners can receive assistance in avoiding default and working out repayment plans in order to stay in their homes. Learn more

Rebuild Together Seattle (RTS)
RTS provides safe and healthy housing for low-income homeowners by completing home repairs free of charge to those served. Learn more or apply here

Utility Discount Program (UDP)
The UDP offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. In response to the COVID-19 Civil Emergency, a much shorter version of the UDP online enrollment form has been created for income-eligible customers. Learn more

Low-Cost Internet
Available through many providers, apply and view options.
Read in Chinese or Vietnamese

Low-Cost Computers
Purchase tablets or computers starting at $109 through two providers. Learn more

Housing Stability Program (HSP)
HSP assists low and moderate-income households who have faced a financial crisis resulting in the inability to pay some or all of their rent for a short period of time; typically, no more than 60-days. Call 211 to see if you qualify and to apply.

Catholic Community Services
CCS provides a number of services to assist older adults and encourage them to age in their homes. Service options are dependent on your location. Read more about options.

Immigrant and Refugee Support

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Citizenship and Immigration Services: Provides application and fee waiver assistance to eligible immigrants and refugees that want to become U.S. citizens. They offer bilingual and English Citizenship classes for individuals that need assistance in preparing for their citizenship exam. They work with clients in groups and individually to complete their applications. They also offer ESL classes and Talk Time for people who need to improve their English before submitting their application. These services are free, or available at low cost, to eligible applicants.

For more information, contact Xiangping Chen at xiangpingc@acrs.org or (206) 695-7578

Immigration Legal Services: Focused on detention and deportation defense, persons seeking asylum and refugees, victims of human trafficking and other Crimes (U&T visas), and battered spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents

Call (206) 805-8917 for a free consultation

Scholarship Junkies
COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals in Washington State: This program provides direct economic support to our undocumented community during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Apply

Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối
Receive assistance or information in Vietnamese about community resources, as well as ESL and citizenship classes

Offices are closed due to COVID, but read more or reach the Director via email: mdnguyen@helpinglink.org

World Relief Seattle
World Relief Seattle works with refugees on resettlement, employment, English language training, legal services relating to detainment or detention, and more. View a list of services offered.

State Food Assistance Program (FAP)
FAP provides benefits to legal immigrants who are not eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Basic Food) solely because of immigration status. Apply here

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
The RCA program helps eligible refugees and other humanitarian immigrants by providing cash assistance for up to eight months from their arrival date in the United States. Learn more

Caregiver Support

General caregiving resources in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish. Find information about legal documents, caregiver stress and depression, speaking to doctors, medication management, and more.

Tips on managing a loved one’s medication in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish

Caregiving stress relief/information on dementia

Kin On Elder Care
Call 1-888-721-3634 to speak to a Care Navigator to find at home/hospital/nursing home care, or view more resources on their website.

Caretakers speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Toishanese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog

Chinese Information and Service Center
Family Caregiver Support: Support services for non-paid caregivers who are taking care of their family members. Service include: education, counseling, referral, respite service and long term care planning. Helps caregivers adapt and adjust to fulfilling needs of care recipient and avoid physical and burn-out issues caused by intensive caregiving.

Contact Mandy Lim for more information at 206-957-8502/206-228-7884 or mandyl@cisc-seattle.org

In-Home Care Case Management: Provides linguistically and culturally appropriate in-home care services for Chinese and Russian older and disabled adults. Provides comprehensive assessments to develop care plans, obtain and coordinate services to monitor their progress so that seniors and disabled adults can remain in their own homes and communities.

Contact Catherine Wong with questions at 206-957-8518/206-636-6541 or catherinew@cisc-seattle.org

Community Living Connections
Call to receive referrals to local support groups, counseling, and other resources, training on specific caregiving topics, advice on use of supplies and equipment, practical information and caregiving suggestions, or respite care, if you need a break

Call 206-962-8467 or toll free 1-844-348-5464 (KING) or search by zip code and language to find support near you

Transportation

King County Volunteer Transportation

If you are 60+ and live in King County, you may be able to schedule a free volunteer to drive you to medical or other essential appointments.

  • Call by the Wednesday before to schedule your ride.
  • 206-448-5740/Toll free: 1-800-282-5815/TTY: 206-448-5025.

ORCA Lift Cards

If you are aged 64 or under, you may qualify for reduced cost transportation.

Regional Reduced Fair Permit

If you are 65+ years old or a Medicare enrollee, you may be eligible for reduced cost rides on public transportation. Learn more and determine your eligibility here.

Hopelink Medicaid Transportation

The nonprofit Hopelink offers transportation rebates for Medicaid recipients in the form of ORCA cards, gas cards, toll/parking/ferry reimbursement, or door-to-door transportation.

Read more here or contact 800-923-7433 or 800-246-1646 (TDD/TTY Line) for King Co reservations, or 855-766-7433 or 800-246-1646 (TDD/TTY Line) for Snohomish Co

Sound Generations Volunteer Transportation

If you are 60+ and live in King County, you may be able to  schedule a free volunteer to drive you to medical or other essential appointments.

Call for more information or to schedule a ride: 206-448-5740 or 1-800-282-5815

Access Transportation

This reduced cost van transportation for disabled individuals can be used for non-medical rides, including visiting parks, senior centers, or hair appointments.

Call to start application: 206-205-5000 or learn more here.

Hyde Shuttles

Free van transportation for 55+ years old and disabled individuals can be used for non-medical rides, including visiting parks, senior centers, or hair appointments.

Call to schedule ride: 206-727-6262

Go Go Grandparent

Schedule an Uber ride over the phone without a smart phone.

Call (855) 464-6872 for more information or visit https://gogograndparent.com/

Search your area to find a variety of different free or reduced cost transportation options.

 

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Citizenship and Immigration Services: Provides application and fee waiver assistance to eligible immigrants and refugees that want to become U.S. citizens. They offer bilingual and English Citizenship classes for individuals that need assistance in preparing for their citizenship exam. They work with clients in groups and individually to complete their applications. They also offer ESL classes and Talk Time for people who need to improve their English before submitting their application. These services are free, or available at low cost, to eligible applicants.

For more information, contact Xiangping Chen at xiangpingc@acrs.org or (206) 695-7578

Immigration Legal Services: Focused on detention and deportation defense, persons seeking asylum and refugees, victims of human trafficking and other Crimes (U&T visas), and battered spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents

Call (206) 805-8917 for a free consultation

Scholarship Junkies
COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals in Washington State: This program provides direct economic support to our undocumented community during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Apply

Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối
Receive assistance or information in Vietnamese about community resources, as well as ESL and citizenship classes

Offices are closed due to COVID, but read more or reach the Director via email: mdnguyen@helpinglink.org

World Relief Seattle
World Relief Seattle works with refugees on resettlement, employment, English language training, legal services relating to detainment or detention, and more. View a list of services offered.

State Food Assistance Program (FAP)
FAP provides benefits to legal immigrants who are not eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Basic Food) solely because of immigration status. Apply here.

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
The RCA program helps eligible refugees and other humanitarian immigrants by providing cash assistance for up to eight months from their arrival date in the United States. Learn more

Employment and Volunteerism

Hopelink
Hopelink provides resume review, community resource referrals, and additional job coaching services. Learn more.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

Senior Environmental Employment program (SEE)
The SEE program assists the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal, state, and local agencies in meeting their environmental mandates by using the talents and experience of older workers 55+

Learn more or email Lois at lois@napca.org for more information

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
The goal of SCSEP is to help 55+ low-income participants gain work experience and overcome barriers by receiving on-the-job training at community based organizations or government agencies.

Learn more or contact Betty for more information at betty@napca.org

Senior Corps of Washington
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): RSVP connects volunteers age 55+ with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. Roles may include building houses, immunizing children, enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations, or improving and protecting the environment. Read more.

Senior Companions Program (SCP): SCP brings together volunteers age 55+ with adults in their community who have difficulty with day-to-day living tasks. Companions help out by assisting with shopping and light chores, interacting with doctors, or just making a friendly visit. Learn more.

Foster Grandparents Program: This program connects volunteers age 60+ with children and young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers mentor, support, and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Learn more.