If our community is going to survive both the COVID-19 public health crisis, and the ensuing economic crisis and recovery period, we will all have to work together and support one another. Below is a list of resources related to housing, which we will keep updated. Local 2020’s COVID-19 webpage provides the most comprehensive list of local resources.
Rent & Mortgage Assistance
- Dove House has expanded their services to provide rent and mortgage relief to people who have been impacted by COVID-19. You do not need to be a client of Dove House to apply for these funds, you only have to have worked in Jefferson County and lost income due to COVID-19. To apply, call Dove House at 360-385-5292.
- OlyCAP also has additional funding to provide rent relief (and other basic needs assistance) for people who have lost income due to COVID-19. This is a link to their needs request form.
- Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates can provide financial assistance to people who are immigrants, regardless of documentation status. To make a request, call the JCIRA phone number, 360-232-6070, and leave a message with your name and phone number.
Basic Needs Assistance
- St. Vincent de Paul provides financial assistance for smaller bills such as phone bills, internet, and utility. Reach out to them directly at 360-379-1325.
- JeffCo Mutual Aid is offering limited amounts of cash assistance to those who have lost work. This is a community effort that has sprung up in response to COVID-19.
(Notes about these programs: the funds through Dove House, JCIRA, and St. Vincent de Paul are all able to receive grants from the Jefferson Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which has all been raised through local donations. If these programs use all their money, they can re-apply to the fund. OlyCAP’s emergency relief fund is also supported by local community donations, and is being promoted through a partnership with the PDN. JeffCo Mutual Aid relies on direct donations which means their funding is more limited.)
- Brumley Law Firm has made a series of template letters to assist people with maintaining their rights under COVID-19 emergency mandates. It includes a template letter to landlords for renters who cannot make rent, and a mortgage assistance letter.
- Governor Inslee has extended and expanded the moratorium on evictions through June 4th. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS before leaving any rental.
- The Tenants Union of Washington has a hotline to help renters.
Mon-Fri 10 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 4, and Saturday 11 – 3.
- The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan banks, is providing payment forbearance to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus for up to 12 months due to hardship. It is important to get in touch with your lender immediately if you expect to be late or unable to make your monthly mortgage payment. The worst thing you can do is to not communicate with your lender. Learn more here.