COVID 19 Resource List

Resources for Dislocated Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people in our local community in need of assistance in one form or another. As a result, our team has compiled a list of resources that are available to help guide you through the COVID-19 crisis. It is a place to find assistance with your job search from our employment experts and other community partners, links to job openings and more. We’ve also provided additional information to help you and your family navigate other resources you might need like financial assistance, childcare, and more.

We will update this list frequently, please check back often.

Goodwill Programs and Services

Although our Work Opportunity Centers are closed due to the Stay Home Stay Healthy order, our team of professionals are continuing to provide services to people in our community through direct outreach activity and Goodwill Connect – our newly launched Digital Work Opportunity center.  This technology delivers online training curriculum and support to people anywhere in our community and can be accessed via any device connected to the internet.

Rental Assistance

Applications are now being accepted. 

The Pierce County Emergency Rental & Utilities Assistance Program serves eligible Pierce County households who have been unable to pay and are behind in their rent and utilities, garbage, and internet during the COVID-19 emergency. Job loss or reduction of hours is not a requirement for eligibility.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Households are eligible to receive up to twelve (12) months of emergency Rent Assistance and Utilities contingent on the need for ongoing assistance, and subject to available funding.
  • Rent payments due prior to April 1, 2020 are not eligible.
  • Payments are made directly to landlord / property owners.
  • Landlords can register using a dedicated link on the Pierce County Rental Assistance to submit their building information into the portal making it easier for tenants to apply.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Once the application is submitted and you chose Goodwill as your service provider, we will reach out to you within 48-72 business hours to continue the rental assistance process. Our coordinator will ensure the application is complete and if your are eligible, If so, we’ll begin the process to disburse funds to the landlord.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The time frame for coordinating with the landlord and determining that a client is eligible will vary. It is dependent upon how quickly landlords and applicants can verify rent due and payment details. Payments are made directly to landlords.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Current household income (reflecting job loss or reduced hours) must be at or below of 80% Area Median Income. The chart HERE shows the maximum annual income amount based on household size to determine eligibility.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION WILL I NEED?

  • Household information, including birthdays, for all household members
  • Income verification for all household members for each income source
    -2020 tax return for entire household OR household W-2’s
    -Unemployment statements
    -Alimony, child support, disability, retirement or VA benefits
    -Current or past pay stubs
  • COVID impact documentation
    -Proof of unemployment
    -Loss of wages
    -Loss of job
    -Unexpected increase in costs of childcare, etc.
  • Landlord name, email and phone number
  • Copy of lease or rental agreement
  • Statement from landlord with past due balance
  • If you’re requesting utility assistance, provide copies of past due utility bills
    Utilities paid directly to your landlord will need to be included in the rent past due amount and a payment will be made to the landlord directly.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Click the link below to begin the application process.

For assistance with the application process call 2-1-1

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Career Readiness Education & Development (CRED):

Our CRED program provides those looking for work, reentering the workforce or wanting to advance their career, the skills necessary to become successful employees.  Our next class will be open to new students in June through Goodwill Connect. Stay tuned for more information.

Financial Opportunity Center

Personal Finances - Online!

Are your personal finances where you’d like them to be? If you’re experiencing mounting credit card debt, school loans, bad credit or even job loss, Goodwill’s Personal Finances program can help you gain the skills to obtain financial freedom and build a more stable future.

Goodwill’s Virtual VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Center is now open.

File your Federal Income Taxes for free. Goodwill has partnered with Associated Ministries and Code for America to provide free assistance with filing personal and small business Federal Income Taxes through our “virtual” VITA Tax Center. Our trained staff and community volunteers will assist you with completing any necessary forms and file your completed taxes electronically. You may also use this service to file past tax returns for tax years 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Military and Veteran Services:

  • Our support team remains the key support available to area veterans of all service eras, transitioning military, spouses and working-age dependents from military/veteran families.
  • All traditional services, including resume writing/consultation,  interview preparation and career pathway consultation continue virtually.
  • We are excited to be launching virtual mentoring very soon, too, as part of the newest program of Military and Veteran Services’ programming suite of services, the Boots to Shoes Mentoring Program.
  • Connect with us on LinkedIn for bi-weekly engagement opportunities relevant for these unprecedented times, led by Steve Lynch, our Veteran Service Outreach Manager. and our  Program Manager, Rachel Turner-Bensen.

To learn more about our services contact:

Economic Security for All (EcSA)

NEW: Now serving residents in these Pierce County zip codes – 98402, 98404, 98409, 98444, 98499

This new initiative helps qualifying residents of Tacoma move out of poverty and into livable wage careers. This collaboration with Goodwill, WorkForce-Central and numerous community partners will help current SNAP recipients receive education, training, financial coaching and community resources to begin the climb to financial stability. Goodwill is a proud partner offering Career Readiness and Financial Coaching and Education.

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Finding A Job

  • WorkSource Pierce 
  • Goodwill Job Training Programs – View section above for current services offered during the Stay Home Stay Healthy order.

Financial

Childcare

  • Child Care Resources for those experiencing homelessness are available by calling 206-329-5842
  • Child care inquiries regarding Covid-19 whether you are searching for care, are an essential worker needing child care and closure information

Food

  • Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective – If you are sick, quarantined, immunocompromised, or elderly and would like food or other supplies dropped off on your porch. The approximate budget per family is $50.
  • Good Neighbor Fund – Nominate a neighbor to receive assistance.   All gifts will be paid to a third party (landlord, utility company, childcare provider, etc.), not directly to the nominee. They will also accept non-monetary needs that require volunteer coordination such as shopping for shut-ins, or yard-care for the ill. Nominees must live in Edgewood, Milton, or Fife. Nominators can live outside this area.  They will be accepting applications until April 24.
  • Pierce County Food Banks
  • Nourish Pierce County
  • Free Meal Service for kids – check with  your local school district as many are providing free meals for students due to school closures.
  • Food Lifeline
  • Northwest Harvest

Transportation

Contact United Way by calling 211 for information on free transportation via Lyft.

Housing