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. We will continue to add programs and classes to Goodwill Connect throughout the coming months. We are currently offering the following services:

Rental Assistance

The Pierce County Emergency Rental Assistance Program serves eligible Pierce County households who cannot pay rent 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 one (1) month of emergency rent assistance and the possibility of one (1) additional month of assistance 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.

 

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. For assistance with the application process call (253) 798-7171

 

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?

1. Rental agreement
2. Official document supporting lost or decrease wages, such as:
• Letter or email from employer documenting job loss, layoff or closure of
place of employment;
• Recent pay stub(s) documenting decrease in wage earnings; OR
• Unemployment insurance benefit statement.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applicants may go online to find applications for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance, mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling.

 

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.

We are not able to resume the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) service at this time, however listed below are resources to help you file your taxes for free:

  • Those with incomes under $66,000 can file for free online at MyFreeTaxes.com. This easy-to-follow tax preparation platform will have you believing you’re the tax expert!
  • Find additional filing options at HERE
  • The deadline to FILE and PAY federal income taxes is extended to July 15, 2020. For more information, visit irs.gov/coronavirus
  • In the event we are able to re-open the VITA Tax Center once the order has been lifted, please email us to be contacted.

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)

NOW ENROLLING!

This new initiative helps qualifying residents of 98404 (Eastside 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

Enroll by calling 253-355-6621 to speak with a specialist

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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