Washington has reopened
As of June 30, Washington has moved past Governor Inslee's "Roadmap to Recovery" plan, and all businesses are able to return to normal capacity and operations. Masking requirements for the state will continue to abide by guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The only limitation that will still be in place following the June 30 reopening applies to large indoor events, which are defined as any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants in an enclosed space. The state will still restrict these events to 75% capacity unless all attendees are vaccinated. The restrictions will be reevaluated on July 31.
The vaccine is now available to people 12 years and older.
Find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
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Rent Assistance Programs
The City of Spokane has been awarded Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funds by the U.S. Treasury. Spokane City Council has approved to award these funds to three agencies to support City of Spokane residents. As of June 1, 2021, applications will be available for these programs through Family Promise of Spokane, The Carl Maxey Center, and LiveStories.
Households must meet all four of the initial screening criteria to be eligible for rental assistance:
- Someone in the household has qualified for unemployment or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- You have current housing instability or risk of housing instability, which may include unpaid rental fees or anticipation of inability to pay future rent.
- Your household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income
- Your household resides within the City of Spokane boundaries
Priority will be given to households with income at or below 50% Area Median Income or with one or more individuals who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days before application date.
As part of the regional effort to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, the City of Spokane is partnering with Spokane Public Library to provide a Financial Helpline for all businesses and individuals countywide trying to access COVID-19 financial recovery programs. Call 509.625.6650, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Project Share and UHelp have teamed up to assist community members facing hardship because of COVID-19. The new partnership is designed to help families pay their utility bills as they face challenges during "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that has led to widespread closures of businesses and schools. To access U Help or Project Share assistance for low-income customers, please call SNAP at 456-SNAP.
COVID-19 Screening Locations
The Spokane Regional Health District has compiled locations where screening and testing services are available. Each location follows their own protocols for providing screening. Some locations offer walk-in screening for anyone while others ask that you FIRST speak to a health care provider via phone or virtual visit.
To help residents, the City has suspended late fees and water shut-offs for non-payment of City utility bills. Avista has announced that it is suspending power utility shut-offs during this time as well. Residents can seek financial help with their energy bills and their City utility bills by calling SNAP at 456-SNAP.
Below is a list of additional resources:
- Washington State Department of Financial Institutions - guide for families who need financial assistance
- Washington State Employment Security Department - information regarding employment assistance
- Spokane Housing Authority - information regarding housing assistance
- The Fig Tree - resource guide for community support and necessities
If you are out of work, Washington State's Employment Security Department provides support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in Washington.
If you do not have enough money to cover your mortgage payment, contact your lender immediately.
Trouble Paying Rent
If you are unable to make your full rent payment, contact your landlord immediately and try to work out an agreement. The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers counseling from organizations that can help you make the right decisions and point you towards the right resources. On 03/18/2020, Governor Jay Inslee enacted a statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for 30 days.
The City of Spokane is partnering with the Spokane Workforce Council to provide a rapid-delivery Home Tenant Based Rent Assistance funded by HUD to families experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program will serve a diverse population of low-income renters who have reduced or lost incomes due to the pandemic. The project is expected to serve over 200 renters at a low administrative cost, and will be deployed by Career Path Services through the Spokane Resource Center, which already has infrastructure in place to provide rental assistance to area residents.
For more information call (509) 867-8188.
Trouble Paying Credit Cards
If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your credit card company right away. Explain your situation and ask about hardship programs that may be available. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus.
Guidance for Better Mental Health
The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health.