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.

The number of people we can help is 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?


More than 8,400 people have received rental assistance to date.

Applicants*

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 July, 2020.


Where Have People Applied for Rental Assistance?

2,882 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.

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:

12,723

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.