Assistance for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
If you are a worker affected by COVID-19, there are programs that may be able to help depending on your specific circumstances. Here are the programs (being added regularly):
On March 18, the Governor announced new measures to help workers including:
- A 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants
- A waiver of the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance
The Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) has published several helpful guides to using paid sick leave or workers compensation.
The Employment Security Department (ESD) has several programs available if you or a loved one has contracted COVID-19 or if you are laid off work. They have published an easy-to-read reference guide with some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.
If you’re struggling with paying your bills during this time, there are several options available in various circumstances.
- Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will not be disconnecting customers during this time and may waive late fees. PSE will work with customers on options such as payment plans and choosing a new bill due date. PSE also launched a new energy assistance portal to improve access to funds available to low income customers.
- Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information.