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.

Thanks to generous donors like you, this relief fund provides rental assistance to King County residents who are behind on rent, economically impacted by COVID-19 and who make less than 50% of the Area Median Income.

The number of people we can help is only limited by the donations to 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?


5,100 people have received rental assistance to date.

Applicants*

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

Approved Applications*

Black/African American/African Immigrant American Indian/Alaska Native Asian White Hispanic/Latino Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Multi-Racial Other/Unknown
32% 2% 9% 20% 22% 3% 2% 10%

*Data as of July, 2020.

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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 turndown.

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.

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.

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

Thanks to the 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.