Help for people impacted by COVID-19
Strategy to address COVID-19
- Public Health Long-Term Testing and Investigation Response Strategy.
- Variance Application Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
- Variance Application Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 Supplemental Response.
- Phase 2 approval letter.
- South Sound 2-1-1—Talk with a navigator about the most up-to-date resources
- Pierce County school meal distribution sites—Free meals for all children ages 0-18.
- Emergency Food Network—Food pantry locations and hours.
- Free Xfinity Wifi—Hotspot access for everyone.
- Tacoma Public Utilities Emergency Assistance Program—$250 utility credit for eligible single-family households.
- Pierce County's Energy Assistance Program.
- Puget Sound Energy's COVID-19 response.
- Pierce County Rental Assistance.
- City of Tacoma Rental Assistance.
- Veterans Assistance Program—Emergency assistance with food, rent and utilities.
- Find Help—Assistance for food, bills and other free or reduced cost programs.
- Washington Connections—Apply for resources including Basic Food, SNAP-Ed, Apple Health and more.
- Pierce Transit—Services to get essential workers to their job and free WiFi for students.
Mental health and family support resources
- Disaster Distress Helpline—for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns: (800) 985-5990. Press 2 for Spanish. Available 24 hours a day.
- Pierce County crisis line—for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis: (800) 576-7764. Available 24 hours a day.
- Family Support Partnership—resources and support for families and their children.
- Behavioral Health—resources to help children, families and communities thrive.
- Washington LawHelp—Free legal questions and answers on healthcare, immigration status, benefits and more.
- Collective trauma—Learn ways to support other during a crisis.
- Tips to improve your well-being during a pandemic.
- Washington State Employment Security Department—Programs designed to help individuals and employers affected by COVID-19.
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries—Information and guidance on the state's paid sick leave laws related to COVID-19.
- Governor Inslee's support for workers and business impacted by COVID-19.
- Make it Tacoma—City of Tacoma's employer and employee resources.
Help your community
What type of cleaning and disinfecting products should I use?
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) with regular household detergent and water.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products with emerging viral pathogens claims. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Products will have the following claim:
This product demonstrates effectiveness against viruses like COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, this product can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against [name of supporting virus] on hard, non-porous surfaces.
Green products receive certification from a third party. Products will have a note on the label. DOH recommends green products but doesn’t require them.
How can I learn about Paid Family and Medical Leave?
You can use Paid Family and Medical Leave if you are sick with COVID-19 and off work for an extended time.
How can people living homeless get their stimulus payments?
People without taxable income (or whose income is too low to have to file) may need to file a tax return to qualify for the stimulus checks. People with Social Security income will not need to file. The IRS will use it to determine eligibility for stimulus checks. People who have Social Security income and children under 17 in their household, should still file to receive the additional $500 per child.
Find forms, check status and more at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.
Don’t have an address and need help? Contact Associated Ministries at (253) 426-1516 or AmyA@associatedministries.org.
How do I report an eviction?
Governor Inslee banned evictions under most circumstances. You can report an unlawful eviction.
I don’t have a primary care provider. Where can I find one?Check out our free or low-cost health resources to help you thrive. Only use the emergency department for emergency medical care.
What if I don't have access to the internet to receive COVID-19 information?