Community Relief Fund At Work

Workers who lost all or part of their income as a result of COVID-19 still need to pay rent, buy food and cover expenses as this crisis continues.

Because it’s donor-supported, the number of people we can help is only limited by how much is raised for our Community Relief Fund.

Who Applied for Rental Assistance?

More than 6,800 people applied in the first weekend:

Families Other
53 % 47 %

People of Color Other
72 % 28 %

Because of historical inequities, people of color are over-represented in poverty and homelessness and COVID-19 is affecting people of color the most. 

Who Has Received Rental Assistance?

More than 9,500 people have received rental assistance to date.


American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black/African American/African Immigrant Hispanic/Latino Multi-Racial Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander White Other/Unknown
1.5% 14% 26% 25% 3% 2% 22.5% 6%

Approved Applications*

American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black/African American/African Immigrant Hispanic/Latino Multi-Racial Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander White Other/Unknown
1.52% 12.30% 29.20% 26.30% 2.50% 3% 16% 7.30%

*Data as of fall 2020.

Where Have People Applied for Rental Assistance?

3,100 King County households have received rental assistance to date.

Woman knelling, her eyes are closed and head turned toward child who is wrapping her arms around the woman as she kisses her cheek.

Racial Equity Matters

People of color—because of historical and systemic racism—experience poverty at disproportionate levels and are particularly hard-hit by the economic downturn.

Our efforts to be intentional in serving communities of color include partnering with organizations like Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, advocating for eviction moratoriums, targeted support of immigrant and refugee families and deploying our multi-lingual AmeriCorps team in phone banking outreach.

Fighting Food Insecurity

One in three Washington households have sought food assistance during the pandemic. Over half the households experiencing food insecurity had children in them.

Because of donations to the Community Relief Fund plus supporting partnerships, we’re able to work with the community to fight food insecurity and provide hunger relief right now. 

Our partnership with DoorDash and Safeway is an exciting use of existing technology, food resources and delivery system that’s reduced barriers and increased access to food.

Here’s how it works:

storage room with a conveyor belt containing several boxes with groceries

1. A box of essential groceries or bag of culturally appropriate food is prepared.

person wearing a Live United shirt loads a container of groceries into the trunk of a doordash car

2. A DoorDash driver picks up the food.

close up of a person organizing a box of canned foods

3. The DoorDash driver delivers it to a King County household in need.

Currently, the DoorDash partnership is delivering food to 2,000+ households—over 7,000 people—a week. We’re scaling it up to reach 3,000 households this fall and winter.

Increase Access to Food

Your donations to the Community Relief Fund have allowed us to:

  • Deliver emergency food vouchers ($400 at Safeway) to 1,800 households and growing.
  • Provide food vouchers for undocumented workers. Much of the relief being offered is not available to this group, and your investments are helping fill this gap.
  • Power a team of 135+ AmeriCorps and community partners to provide healthy and culturally appropriate meals to nearly 30,000 kids each day and food to 3,500 households each week.

Supporting College Students

Through our Bridge to Finish work, low-income students receive the services and support they need to stay in school and complete college. COVID-19 has put added strain on these students.

Chart showing Applications Before and After COVID-19

*Numbers averaged

Students are struggling to cover their basic needs:


Food Pantry Visits This Year

Bridge to Finish is working on the following campuses throughout King County:

Map graphic showing all the campuses Bridge to Finish is participating with: Shoreline College, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College, Highline College, Cascadia College UW Bothell, Bellevue College, Renton Technical College, Green River College

Advocating for Lasting Change

In addition to helping people directly impacted by COVID-19, we’re also looking at the bigger picture and advocating at the local, state and national level.

  • Increasing federal funding for AmeriCorps volunteers would result in exponentially more people getting help at minimal cost. 
  • Expanding eviction moratoriums. We’re glad that Washington state has an eviction moratorium through October, but in order to prevent evictions we need this extended at least through the end of the year and additional funding for rental assistance.
  • Raising public food benefits (SNAP) will mitigate financial hardships on families while so many are struggling to make ends meet and SNAP benefits are one of the fastest, most effective forms of economic stimulus.

The need is only increasing. We need your help to continue to do more.

Thanks to our generous donors for their swift support of people impacted most by the COVID-19 crisis. Visit the Community Relief Fund sponsorship page for a list of businesses and individuals who have contributed to the fund.

Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors for making this work possible.