Local Resources

Tacoma Learns

Search for assistance with a wide range of needs, including food, education, child care, and basic supplies. Eligibility varies depending on the type of assistance.

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Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD)

Workers may receive unemployment benefits and employers may get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.

Standby will be available for part-time workers as well as full-time workers, as long as they meet the minimum 680 hours. Workers that are asked to isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or public health official as a result of exposure to COVID-19 may receive unemployment benefits and work search requirements could be waived, so long as they have a return date with their employer.

Call the claims center at 800-318-6022 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for more info.

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Tacoma Public Schools

Each student will receive two meals: lunch for the day and breakfast for the following morning. Meals will be served between 10 a.m. and noon.

Where

  • Baker Middle School
    8001 S. J St.
  • Gray Middle School
    6229 S. Tyler St.
  • First Creek Middle School
    1801 E. 56th St
  • Stewart Middle School
    5010 Pacific Ave.
  • Giaudrone Middle School
    4902 S. Alaska St.
  • Wainwright Intermedite
    130 Alameda Ave.
  • Thrive at Jason Lee
    602 N. Sprague Ave.
  • Mason Middle School
    3901 N. 28th St.
  • Truman Middle School
    5801 N. 35th St.
  • Meeker Middle School
    4402 Nassau Ave NE

All students affected by emergency school closures are eligible.

Please enter through the school’s bus loading zone. Our Nutrition Services staff will serve drive-thru style. Walk-ups are also welcome. Look for our onsite sandwich boards for additional directions.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has approved this process for meal distribution, which avoids people congregating in one area.

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Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective (TMAC)

Food or other supplies delivered.

People who are sick, quarantined, immunocompromised, or elderly are eligible.

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Comcast Internet

Two months of free broadband internet are available to low-income families.

Everyone is eligible for exemption from late fees and from service disconnection due to inability to pay. Comcast is also making free WiFi hotspots available to everyone.

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Make It Tacoma

From the City’s statement:

The City of Tacoma is concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses related to their potential loss of revenue, possible employee layoffs and long-term resiliency. We want to ensure that you are connected to key resources that may assist in your decision-making and facilitate access to economic support. In addition, we are working to create additional tools to enhance your viability.

For more information, call (253) 591-2012 or email makeittacoma@cityoftacoma.org.

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Regional Resources

Puget Sound COV-19 Mutual Aid

Food or other supplies can be dropped off at your home.

Folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas, are all eligible.

Email covid19mutualaidsea@gmail.com for information.

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Olympia Mutual Aid for Covid-19

Food and supply drop-offs to people’s front doors. Visit the Facebook group for more information.

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Statewide Resources

Washington State

Washington State is offering financial assistance for those affected by COVID-19. Benefits include:

  • Unemployment assistance
  • Utilities assistance
  • Short term and emergency loans
  • Small business assistance and loans

In addition, Washington State has lists resources for:

  • Credit card and other debt relief, such as how to waive certain fees
  • How to defer your student loans
  • What to do if you have trouble paying your rent or mortgage
  • Answers to insurance related questions
  • Avoiding scams

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Employment Security Department (ESD)

Workers may receive unemployment benefits and employers may get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.

Standby will be available for part-time workers as well as full-time workers, as long as they meet the minimum 680 hours. Workers that are asked to isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or public health official as a result of exposure to COVID-19 may receive unemployment benefits and work search requirements could be waived, so long as they have a return date with their employer.

Call the claims center at 800-318-6022 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for more info.

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Washington Healthplanfinder

Available to residents of Washington

Call toll-free support at 1-855-923-4633 (TTY/TDD 1-855-627-9604)

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Petitions and Actions

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