COVID-19 Resources for Community

Updated July 28, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced temporary closure of schools and many businesses, triggering demand for community resources to help people make it through this time. If you don't find something helpful on this page, explore other resources such as:

If you are a King County resident and have symptoms of COVID-19 or questions, you can call (206) 477-3977. This helpline is open from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. every day. The operators are able to connect with a third-party interpreter.

We will continue updating this page as more resources develop. Please see our disclaimer below.

General Support Services
  • 2-1-1: Crisis Connections provides general resource and referral services for King County. Access their services website or calling 2-1-
  • Burien Human Services: Contact the City of Burien Human Services Division at humanservices@burienwa.gov.
  • King County: The Public Health Insider Blog is being updated daily. King County's Office of Equity and Social Justice is publishing a regularly updated COVID-19 Resource Guide
  • State of Washington: The coronavirus.wa.gov website are being updated daily with new resources.
Health Care Support

Find health care and health care payment support information on our Health Care Services page. Once information about testing facilities becomes available, we will update that page.

Worker Support

Find resources for workers impacted by COVID-19 on our Workers Resources page.

Housing Support

Eviction moratorium

The State of Washington issued a statewide temporary moratorium on residential evictions.

Rent Assistance

Some of these programs have temporarily closed, but will re-open when more funding is distributed. Call 2-1-1 to get the latest information about rent assistance.

Find more resources at burienwa.gov/renting.

Food Support

Updated July 15, 2020

Hunger in our community has tripled since COVID-19 began. Low-income families and families of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and are experiencing hunger at unprecedented rates. As families across Washington feel the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, many will be eligible for key anti-hunger resources. For more information, and to access applications for programs listed below, visit FreeSummerMeals.org

For K-12 Students

  • Highline Public Schools Meal Sites: Summer meal service began Monday, June 22. Grab-n-go meals will continue to be free to all students and children 18 years and younger. Registration is not required. There are no forms to fill out and no names are written down.
  • Pandemic-EBT: Students who received free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to receive up to $399 in food benefits through Pandemic-EBT. Families who do not already receive Basic Food benefits will need to apply to receive Pandemic-EBT by August 31. Pandemic-EBT is available for any family, regardless of immigration status, and is not considered a public charge.

All Ages

  • King County Food Map: Map displaying locations of free public food resources in King County, updated weekly by Public Health - Seattle & King County and City of Seattle including "Grab and Go" student meal sites in King County. All children up to 18 years of age are eligible to receive a free packed breakfast/lunch meal at the sites listed. Children do not need to be enrolled in that school district to receive meals, but they do need to be present. Meals are "grab and go." Students will not stay onsite to eat.
  • Basic Food (SNAP): Many families in our community are newly eligible for Basic Food benefits to help them buy groceries. Families can apply for Basic Food at any time and may qualify if they recently lost income or lost their job due to COVID-19.
  • Washington WIC: The Women's Infants, and Children Program is a place where families like yours get healthy food and a lot more. WIC is for pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under five. There are over 200 WIC clinics across Washington state. To find a WIC clinic near you: 
  • King County Grab & Go Sites: View a list of grab and go meal sites for locations across King County.
  • World Vision: World Vision and four local churches have formed a partnership to serve Highline School District families with immediate food support on a weekly basis. To learn more, reach out to your local school counselor, social worker, or family liaison.
  • White Center Food Bank: The White Center Food Bank is following procedures set by Public Health to maintain social distancing and public health. They are keeping their regular hours, but will be turning off the appointment scheduler and serving customers on a first come, first served basis. Location: 10829 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98146
  • Highline Area Food Bank: The Highline Area Food Bank is following procedures set by Public Health to maintain social distancing and public health. They are keeping their regular hours. Location: Manhattan Community Hall, 18300 4th Avenue South, Burien, WA
  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid Solidarity Network: If you are in need of food or other supplies, and you live in the Seattle area, fill out a form with the resources you need to have the dropped off at your door. They can cover up to $50 of your groceries. 
  • COVID-19 South King County and Eastside Mutual Aid: If you are in need of food or other supplies, and you live in South King County or the Eastside, fill out a form with the resources you need to have the dropped off at your door. You can request financial support for your groceries if you need it.
  • Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market: Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. There is no need to enter the facility. This is open to anyone of ANY AGE. SODO Community Market is located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood at 1915 4th Ave S, near the corner of 4th Ave S and S Holgate St. 

Seniors

  • Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels is still operating and delivering to homebound seniors in Burien.
Childcare

If you need to work while the schools are closed, there are several resources offered by the WA Department of Social and Health Services that offer childcare.

  • Highline Public Schools: The school district is offering childcare for health care professionals and first responders.
  • Child Care Aware: Child Care Aware is a program equipped to assist families in finding child care near their homes and/or workplaces. Visit the website or call 800-446-1114 to connect with a team that will help you search for alternative child care.
  • Families, Friends and Neighbor program: Washington State’s Families, Friends and Neighbor program includes grandparents, aunts and uncles, elders, older siblings, friends, neighbors and others who help families by providing child care. Some families can receive help to pay their caregiver. Visit the website or call 866-482-4325 for more information. 
  • Matt Griffin YMCA: Offering childcare and camps at Matt Griffin YMCA and White Center Heights Elementary. Cost: $45/day, a variety of scholarships are available or waiving of fees depending on job. First responders, direct service medical personnel and essential workers as defined by Governor Inslee’s order, will have their fees waived 100% for the program. Questions? Email registration@seattleymca.org or call (206) 244-5880.
  • Boys and Girls Club Southwest: Cost: $25 dollar a day, fee waived for health care and first responders. Register on the Boys and Girls Club website or call (206) 436-1910.
  • Wee Care: Use the Wee Care website to find a home-based childcare center near you or call 323-421-7479.
Utility Bill Assistance

Seattle City Light (SCL) and Puget Sound Energy have both announced they will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 emergency.

There may be other utility discount programs that can help.

  • Comcast Internet Essentials: Effective Monday, March 16, Comcast is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit internetessentials.com for more information.
  • Xfinity WiFiXfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, you can select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
Financial Assistance
  • Washington State Department of Financial Institutions: The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by COVID-19.
  • King County Council List of Financial Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak: The King County Council has compiled resources on how to file for unemployment or workers’ comp; help with paying utilities, rent, and mortgages; issues with insurance; food assistance; and much more.
  • BECU Member Assistance Program: For qualified BECU members, BECU is offering short term modifications on any existing BECU loans, and providing zero-interest personal loans which may be able to assist with paying bills, rent or other financial needs. Learn more about the program.
Transportation

King County is updating their transportation options regularly to adapt to new directives from Public Health. Call (206) 553-3000 or visit the King County website.

Cash Assistance
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance: If you are a domestic worker (for example, home care worker, nanny and/or house cleaner), you may be able to apply to receive $400 in cash assistance from this fund. 
  • One Fair Way Emergency Fund: If you work in the service industry, you may be able to receive a cash gift from this fund. 
  • Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund: This fund can be accessed by hospitality workers whose hours have been cut because of the pandemic and who are not being otherwise compensated. 
Education and Recreation Resources

Highline Public Schools

Highline Public Schools is sharing resources for families, with regular updates being issued by both the administration and school principals. For Highline Public Schools families, resources are also being shared in the Highline Public Schools discussion group on Facebook.

King County Library Services

King County Library System closed all of their library locations effective March 13, 2020. During the closure, patrons are encouraged to use KCLS’ online resources and services. Residents in KCLS’ service area can sign up instantly for a digital eCard for access to:

Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

  • Part of staying healthy is staying fit. You can still go outside and enjoy one Burien parks and trails.
  • The Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff have also created virtual programming that is updated weekly.
Domestic Violence Support
  • Burien Police Department: Call 9-1-1 if you feel safe doing so.
  • Get Help: King County provides support and resources for survivors of domestic violence and their families. You can to find out about legal rights, get an order of protection, and other community services.
  • National Domestic Hotline: Learn more about recognizing domestic and intimate partner abuse, safety planning and resources for survivors from the National Domestic Hotline.

Here is a list of other agencies that may be able to help:

  • Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, 206-812-1001
  • API Chaya, 206-467-9976
  • Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, 206-461-4880
  • Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN), 425-656-7867
  • Dove Project, 206-462-0911
  • LifeWire, 425-746-1940
  • Mother Nation, 206-722-2321
  • New Beginnings, 206-522-9472
  • The Northwest Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse, 206-568-7777
  • Refuge Women’s Alliance, 206-721-3846
  • Salvation Army, 206-324-4943
  • Seattle Indian Health Board, 206-324-9360
  • Solid Ground, 206-299-2500
  • YWCA, 206-568-7845
Avoiding Scams

Scam artists prey on people’s fears. Be vigilant about protecting your finances and not share financial or other sensitive information with anyone who calls or emails you without previous contact from you. And be alert to people advertising products or services that claim it can treat or cure the disease. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 at this time. Any claims that a product or service can cure, kill, or destroy COVID-19 are probably false, and should be reported.

Resources for Immigrants
  • COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants: The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled this new information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access health care and other services.
  • OneAmerica: Resources for Immigrants / Recursos para Inmigrantes: list of resources in Washington State (some in multiple languages) to ensure everyone in our communities are able to receive the care and necessities they need.

    Una lista de recursos en el estado de Washington (algunos en varios idiomas) para garantizar que todos en nuestras comunidades puedan recibir la atención y las necesidades que necesitan.
  • Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo Coronavirus/COVID-19) Informacion en Lenguas Originarias/Lenguas Indigenas (Resources in Indigenous Languages): Lista de información audiovisual en lenguas originarias/lenguas indígenas de Latino America hechas por varias organizaciones y varios individuos sobre la enfermedad conocida como Coronavirus o COVID-19.
  • One America: They have compiled a list of resources in Washington state (some in multiple languages) to ensure everyone in our communities are able to receive the care and necessities they need.
  • WAISN Resource Finder: The WAISN Resource Finder is community-driven resource that is intended to be used by community organizations in Washington state that work with the intention to help our immigrants and refugees across the state gain access to the resources.
Resources for Undocumented Immigrants

If you are undocumented, you may not be eligible for federal and state assistance. However, there are non-government resources that may be able to help you during this time. 

  • One America: They have compiled a list of resources in Washington state (some in multiple languages) to ensure everyone in our communities are able to receive the care and necessities they need.
  • WAISN Resource Finder: The WAISN Resource Finder is community-driven resource that is intended to be used by community organizations in Washington state that work with the intention to help our immigrants and refugees across the state gain access to the resources.

Cash Assistance Programs

If you are experiencing financial hardship, there are a number of funds that you can apply for.

  • Betancourt Macias Family Emergency Fund: Any undocumented person can apply for funds.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance: If you are a domestic worker (for example, home care worker, nanny and/or house cleaner), you may be able to apply to receive $400 in cash assistance from this fund. 
  • One Fair Way Emergency Fund: If you work in the service industry, you may be able to receive a cash gift from this fund. 
  • Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund: This fund can be accessed by hospitality workers whose hours have been cut because of the pandemic and who are not being otherwise compensated. 
  • DACA Renewal Scholarships: El Centro de la Raza is offering scholarships to individuals who need financial support paying for their DACA renewals. They will send a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security in full.
  • Scholarship Junkies COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks: Applications will opened April 8, and they are estimating to distribute aid between $500-1,500 per individual. Fill out this form to join their waitlist. 
I Want to Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer: United Way of King County is coordinating volunteers who want to help each other during this outbreak.

Donate: King County Regional Donations Connector is coordinating donations.

Looking for other ways to help? We've compiled a list of resources on this web page.

Contact Us

To request for a resource to be included here, please email: communications@burienwa.gov.

Disclaimer

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