Resources for seniors, youth, and families impacted by COVID-19

Published: March 23, 2020, at 4:57 p.m. PT

Last updated: March 23, 2020, at 5:29 p.m. PT

Community Resources for COVID-19

At the Y, we are here for our community. We've tapped into our network to pull together resources for you, your friends, family, your clients, and anyone else who may be experiencing hardship during this time.

As with any emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. We will do our best to keep this page updated as more needs are known and new resources become available. You can learn more about our community response here.

 

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General COVID-19 information

The following websites are for varying levels of government in and outside of Washington state:

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Health, Mental Health & Crisis

Health Providers and Health Insurance

  • Washington Health Plan Finder has open enrollment to qualified individuals until April 8th

  • MultiCare is offering free e-Visits to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), or has been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Use promo code COVID19 (in the payment section) to waive the regular $25 fee.

  • Find a Health Center has a map of low-cost or free community health clinics in Washington state.

  • Community Health Access Program is an assistance program connecting King County residents to health insurance, health care services, and other resources regardless of income, ethnicity, language and immigration status. Undocumented individuals can get treatment for COVID-19 through the Alien Emergency Medical program. Navigators in the Community Health Access Program can help individuals navigate this process.

 

Mental Health

 

Crisis Support and Helplines

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling people managing natural and human-caused disasters. Call them at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

  • TeenLink provides peer-to-peer connections, staffed by teen volunteers who receive 60 hours of training and have often experienced mental health issues themselves. Call or text 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546).

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call them at 1-800-273-8255.

  • Washington Recovery HelpLine is available for free to help anyone dealing with substance use or mental health challenges. Call them at 1-866-789-1511 or TTY at 206-461-3219   

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Food, Groceries, and Meals

General Help

The following are local programs which provide food, particularly for families, in this time of need.

 

Grab and Go Meals at School Districts

The following are resource by school district. They are providing grab and go meals, typically breakfast and/or lunch, for kids and teens.

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Housing and Utilities

Housing

 

Utilities

 

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Employment and Financial

Employment

 

Financial Assistance

 

Scams to Avoid

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For Parents and Foster Parents

General

 

Explaining COVID-19 to Kids

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Schooling and Learning

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Child Care

  • Full-Day Break Camp at the Y -- we are offering full-day break camp at most of our YMCA branches throughout King County. The purpose is to provide a safe and nurturing place for youth while first responders, health care providers, and parents/guardians are required to work.

  • Extended Programming at the Boys and Girls Club of King County

  • Child Care Search from Child Care Aware of Washington

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