Seattle’s new relief fund offers direct cash assistance

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SEATTLE — Applications opened Monday for a new direct cash assistance program, providing eligible low-income households with one-time payments of up to $3,000. The Seattle Relief Fund will distribute a total of $16 million to residents “who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the city announced Monday.

Those who are eligible include households and individuals who have not received federal stimulus or unemployment checks, as well as those with housing instability or other mental health issues.

“As the first U.S. city to be significantly impacted by COVID-19, Seattle has been a leader in addressing both the public health and economic challenges of this pandemic,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “We were the first city to move quickly to directly support our residents and small businesses with grants, innovative new programs like grocery vouchers and rent assistance, and direct cash assistance. Through our federal funds, we can continue to help vulnerable residents, especially immigrants and BIPOC families who continue to be disproportionately impacted by this ongoing pandemic.”

Apps are open to all adults living in Seattle, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, provided they meet the criteria and are below the income thresholds.

Here are the eligibility conditions:

  • Must be 18 or older and earn less than 50% of median income, which means less than $40,500 for an individual or $57,850 for a family of four.
  • One of these situation conditions must also apply:

Applications for the new relief payments opened on Monday and must be completed by the end of Nov. 15. The Seattle Relief Fund is part of a larger $25 million investment approved by the Seattle City Council in June 2021, which funded previous cash assistance for immigrant communities.

Learn more on the program and How to register on the city website.

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