Financial Assistance and Employment
VARIOUS COUNTY LOCATIONS:
Pierce County: 33930 Weyerhaeuser Way S, Suite 101, Federal Way
Career Support and Advice, Dupont: (253)393-5300
1520 Wilmington Dr SE, Ste 200, Dupont
11000 NE 33rd Pl Suite 200, Bellevue
Express Employment Professionals
Various locations throughout King and Pierce Counties. Free job placement – long and short term.
Locations in King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties
Come by 5:30am to be matched with a job for the day/week. Can be hired by companies after 320 hours. Jobs in nearly every industry, staffing specialists.
P: Tukwila: (206)241-9005
14900 Interurban Ave S, Suite 296, Tukwila
4002 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite 103A, Tacoma
Career resources and support, certificate programs, skills development, GED program and full college tuition coverage, skills assessments.
Various locations throughout King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties. Must have ID, two business references, and a current resume. Industrial job availabilities.
Puget Soung Energy (PSE)
P: 1(888)225-5773 Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm
Various locations throughout King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties. Offers: Home Energy Lifeline Program (HELP), Weatherization Assistance Program, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Locations throughout King and Pierce Counties.
Employment and case management services for King County homeless, individuals with mental health deterioration and/or Substance Use Disorder, seniors, people with disabilities, and those at risk of homelessness. Offers vocational assessments and training funds. Must qualify for medicare.
King County Jobs Initiative (KCJI): Supportive services and job training for low-income. Trainings are 12 weeks or less. Provides help with childcare, transportation, and emergency needs. 4-day job readiness trainings also available.
Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET): Job and educational services available to basic food recipients who do not participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Dislocated Workers Program: For unemployed.
Career Pathways: Offers tuition assistance for partial training costs.
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG): For TANF recipients and low-income individuals.
Employment Network: Job placement and assessments for SSDI and SSI recipients. Job retention services for up to 60 months.
Social Security Expert Witness Program: Provides evidence at judicial hearings.
Department of Labor and Industries.
Locations in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties. Case management, employment, and life skills for young adults; low-income housing for people with disabilities.
KING COUNTY LOCATIONS:
14220 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila
Temporary job staffing agency.
125 State St S, Kirkland
Transitional housing, case management, resource referrals, rent assistance, eviction prevention, and move-in assistance. Must be earning 80% or less of median King County income and be living in: Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Duvall, Issaquah, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Sammamish, or Carnation. Must have dependents in household. Also provides holiday giving programs, and a community supper every Tues night at 6pm at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland. All are welcome.
Free or low-cost checking and savings accounts for people with debt, no standard ID, and/or financial difficulties.
302 Bellevue Square, Bellevue
Emergency rent assistance/eviction prevention and first month’s rent assistance. Must live in Bellevue, have children in home, and have a referral through Family Connection Center from Bellevue School District. Can help when moving from Bellevue to Bellevue. Does not assist with utilities, late fees, moving expenses, storage, rent deposits, and/or miscellaneous expenses. Also offers: Grads-on-track scholarship for youth, free food assistance during school breaks for children in Bellevue School District on free and reduced lunch program, and grocery store food vouchers. Families can participate in vouchers each year; distribution occurs the week before each school break.
317 17th Ave S, International District
Homeless employment program Women Without Borders (Mujeres Sin Fronteras): Leadership development program meeting in Seattle and Auburn; doesn’t matter where you work. Free job s kills workshops in Spanish; open to the public.
City of Auburn
1 E Main St, Auburn (2nd floor, located in the Annex Building, just east of city hall, across Division St)
Senior/disability utility discount or rebate, ages 62+ and low-income, must re-apply each May.
City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue
Utilities Emergency Assistance Program: For anyone who has been low-income for the past 30 days and facing job loss. Can cover up to 4 months of basic water, sewer, and drainage service charges. Can’t be receiving other utilities financial assistance. Must be living within Bellevue utilities service area. May qualify for up to 2 bills covered 100% if experiencing a one-time financial shock that interferes with ability to cover basic needs. Some charges cannot be waived.
Utility Relief: For low-income seniors ages 62+ and low-income people with permanent disabilities; can get utility discount. Must meet residency and income guidelines. People receiving home kidney dialysis treatments may qualify for water discount without an income requirement.
Utility Rate Discount: If utility costs are paid through rent or other third party, or if low-income, may qualify for a rebate.
City of Issaquah
130 E Sunset Way, Issaquah
Financial assistance for low-income senior residents offering a 75% discount off water and sewer with no stormwater fee.
City of Seattle
700 5th Ave, Suite 5800, Central Seattle
Utility Discount Program (UDP): 60% discount on Seattle City Lights bills and a 50% discount on Seattle Public Utilities bills. Will need to renew every 6 months with income documentation and state-issued ID. May take up to 4 months to appear on bills. Must meet eligibility requirements. Seattle Office of Housing emergency rental assistance.
1215 4th Ave Suite 1030, Central Seattle
Career advice and staffing consultants.
601 S King St #305, Chinatown
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9am-5pm; Closed 12:30-1:30pm
Housing services and financial assistance for security deposit, first month’s rent or short-term rental assistance. Danny Woo Community Garden, employment navigation program, financial literacy courses, and unemployment filing support.
Issaquah Community Services
180 E Sunset Way, Issaquah
Rent assistance. Must live within Issaquah School District, complete an online application, and provide a copy of lease and ID and income verification OR for utility assistance provide a copy of a bill and shut off notice.
15325 SE 30th Pl, Suite 300, Bellevue
Jobs for veterans with military skills online conversion tool, long-term and temporary jobs available. Free online training campus, healthcare coverage, free employment wellbeing program.
Kent United Methodist Church
11010 SE 248th St, Kent
Interviews for financial assistance with eviction and utility shut-off assistance available every 12 months.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Worker Retraining Program
11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland
Provides tuition assistance, books and supplies funding, career and education advising, and resources. For unemployed, vulnerable, and veterans.
Serving HIV+ low-income individuals in various client services centers throughout King County. Providing: Case management (must provide proof of diagnosis, income, residence, and insurance if applicable); chicken soup brigade offering meals, cleaning and hygiene supplies, and dietary counseling; housing case management (emergency, transitional, permanent, and tiny house villages requiring a referral from the City of Seattle’s navigation team) and employment navigators; insurance payment assistance; long-term support medicaid case management; dental health access; sexual health testing; and access to PrEP (pre-exposure prohylaxis to reduce the chance of getting HIV).
Muckleshoot Family Resources
38909 172nd Ave SE, Auburn
Assistance to avoid disconnection of utility services or eviction prevention. For Muckleshoot tribal members. Must show proof of an emergent situation.
P: (206)825-2581 Intake
Various locations throughout King County.
Rent assistance and eviction prevention, rapid rehousing information, community health, early childhood education, employment case management, vocational training, food, transportation assistance, computer literacy, and High Point Family Resource Center.
PACE (Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education)
P: Workforce Development Council (206)448-0474
Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County and Health Careers for All (HCA): Free training, case management, and employment supports.
2003 Western Ave #250, Central Seattle
Year Up for Youth: GED services, internship opportunities, and skill development for ages 18-24.
South Seattle College Campus 6000 16th Ave SW #120, South Seattle
Plateau Outreach Ministries
1806 Cole St, Enumclaw
Emergency financial assistance and extended case management services: Requires photo ID and proof of need Mon, Wed, Thur 9:30-11:30am
Food and Pet Food Bank Every Wed 9am-12pm. Emergency food Mon-Fri 9am-3pm; Call ahead or ring bell.
Queen Anne Helpline
311 W. McGraw St, Seattle
Available for anyone: Resources/targeted referrals, men’s and women’s clothing and linen bank, prepacked food bags, personal hygiene products, metro bus tickets. Available for residents of 98109, 98119, and 98199: rent assistance, mon/thur grocery delivery, move-in assistance, utility payments, and Thanksgiving food for seniors.
Shoreline Community Care
Located at Berean Bible Church 2345 N 185th St, Shoreline
Access from Parking Lot; Buses stop at Meridian Ave N & 1st Ave NE
Tues and Thur 9:30-11am
Scheduled interviews only; No walk-ins.
Offers help with rent, food, utility bills, and other household needs. Bus tickets and gas cards also available. Must live in the city of Shoreline. ID and list of all monthly income and expenses required. Do not need to attend a church. Do not need to have a Social Security number. Do not require an eviction notice or shut off notice.
United Churches Emergency Fund
4515 16th Ave NE, University District
10:30am-12:15pm Tue, Thur, Fri.
Can provide up to $250 of assistance with rent, electrical bills, or move-in costs. Can help once in a 12-month period and 3 times in a lifetime. Must have a current ID and a 6-month to one-year lease, or a current utility bill. Must also live in one of the following zip codes: 98103, 98105, 98115, or 98125.
United Way King County
720 2nd Ave, Central Seattle
Rental assistance for an average of 3 months, employment connections and housing services, kindergarten prep for children, teen career navigation and educational coaching, DoorDash food delivery program, free tax advice, and free Summer meals for kids.
2515 Western Ave, Central Seattle
Long-term employment, job training, housing assistance, and other services such as showers, meals, eye exams and prescription glasses, and laundry.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
105 14th Ave, Suite 400, Seattle
Eviction prevention services, rent assistance, and free legal representation (must have a court summons and be referred by Housing Justice Project). Other services: G.R.O.O.M Mentorship Program for youth and career guidance offered. Low-income affordable housing: Must earn less than 50 or 60% of area median income. Rent is capped at 30% of area median income. Provides free and safe overnight parking for those sleeping in their cars, homebuyer and financial education, temporary housing, moving assistance, individual support (bus passes for example), transitional housing at Harder House for males aged out of foster care ages 18-24 (may stay up to two years). Also offers a Construction Trades Program with financial assistance, and other employment services such as tech courses.
Vine Maple Place
Family Hope Center for homeless single parents and their children. Providing rental assistance, emergency assistance, and move-in costs; behavioral health, life skills, and counseling; workforce development/coaching and financial budgeting; and trauma -informed child services.
Way Back Inn
One-time utility and rental assistance. Transitional housing from 3 months to 24 months during educational or job training program: 20% of income due for rent.
1900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
Landlord mediation service referrals, financial assistance with credit checks, application fees, utility deposits, move-in costs, beds and furniture, ID records. Mckinney-Vento liaisons for kids in school, works with coordinated entry. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with service referrals, mental health counseling. Family store for free clothing and necessary items for ages 0-17. Early Learning Center (ELC) for homeless children ages 0-5, using trauma informed care. Financial aid available.
3600 S Graham St, South Seattle
For TANF recipients: Case management, employment, and training.
Arcadia Drop-In Day Center and Emergency Shelter: 932 Auburn Way S, Auburn
Arcadia ages 12-24: Access to computers, hot meals, showers, laundry, and more Mon-Fri 2:30-6pm.
YMCA serves people in King County through mental health counseling and substance use help for all ages remote and in-person. Accepts Medicaid and offers financial assistance on a sliding scale. Apply online. Virtual drop-in support discussions every Wed. at 4pm for ages 18-24. Also offers short-term, transitional, and permanent housing help; rent help for ages 18-24 who are low income. Alive and Free Program for those impacted by violence and gangs, or the justice system. BRAVE (Building Resilience and Violence Education) in Burien. Internship connections, employment, training, and support provided. Services for individuals who have aged out of foster care: WISe for ages 16-21, Independent Living Program (ILP) for ages 15-23, Support Education and Transition Program (SETup) for ages 13-21, Independent Youth Housing Program (IYHP) ages 18-23, Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) for ages 18-24 rental assistance vouchers and life skills. Host Home Program for ages 18-24 provides host families for homeless and at-risk youth.
YWCA Homeless Employment Program
P: Opportunity Place (206)436-8674; Family Village Redmond (425)556-1353
Opportunity Place 2024 3rd Ave, Central Seattle
Family Village Redmond 16601 NE 80th St, Redmond
Must live in King County; be experiencing homelessness or be at risk of homelessness; must be 18 years or older; have a valid ID or Social Security Card; meet regularly with an employment navigator.
PIERCE COUNTY LOCATIONS:
Almond and Associates
207 Broadway, Suite 300, Tacoma
Associated Ministries (AM)
901 S 13th St, Tacoma
9am-3pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri (walk-ups welcome)
Resources, coordinated entry access for homeless, Community Resource Connection Center (CRCC), landlord liaison program, payee and homeless mail services. House painting upon application, family permanent housing/rapid rehousing, move-in cost assistance and very short-term rental assistance (must be referred by coordinated entry), and free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Must be referred by DSHS, SPIPA, or Social Security.
Childcare Aware of WA
1001 Pacific Avenue, Suite 400, Tacoma
Free childcare assistance for up to 12 months for homeless families
714 S 27th St, Tacoma
Digital skills program, job skills, senior employment program, youth GED program for ages 18-24, disability services, financial education classes, veteran services, tax prep, career navigators, and other resources.
714 S 27th St, Tacoma
Free vocational training for low-income individuals ages 16-24. GED and High School Diploma services, college education, and driver’s training.
1208 S 10th St, Tacoma
By appointment Mon-Thur 9am-4:30pm and Fri 10am-2pm
Free Bilingual program provides transportation, documentation expenses, housing and relocation fees, basic needs assistance (clothing and emergency housing), legal advocacy, translation, and domestic violence support).
Multicultural Self-sufficiency Movement (MSM)
Lakewood Location: 3820 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
Federal Way Location: 200 S 333rd St #120, Federal Way
Free legal clinic every Thur 6-8pm (30 minute sessions); GED assistance; employment assistance; unemployment filing assistance; financial assistance and health insurance referrals; addiction counseling; pre-apprentice program; computer literacy training; free tax prep services Jan-Mid-April
Pierce County Human Services – Aging and Disability
1305 Tacoma Ave S #104, Tacoma
Provides information about nutrition/food, pet resources, transportation, housing, insurance/medicare/medicaid, health care, financial resources, employment and volunteering, legal services, and long-term care ombudsman.
Pierce County Roofers
3409 S 36th St, Room 213, Tacoma
Apprenticeship program; applications available onsite; teaching skills and providing certificates.
1106 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma
Mon-Thur 8:30am-5pm; Fri by appointment only
Center for Strong Families (CSF): Case management, employment and financial coaching, and access to public benefits. Rental assistance; Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) – free medical insurance counseling.
Tacoma Community House
1314 S. L St, Tacoma
Mon-Thur 8am-5pm, Fri 9am-5pm
Adult Basic Education classes $25/quarter Mon-Thur 9am-12pm; Free employment services and basic needs (transportation, clothing, childcare, housing, training, and resources); Nursing assistant program with financial assistance available; Free childcare training program with 3 years of employment coaching and financial assistance; Free legal victim advocacy by appointment; REACH Center for youth ages 16-24 with education assistance, rent/utility assistance program, case management for housing and employment, and Rainbow Center for LGBTQA.
Tacoma Housing Authority
P: (253)572-5557 or (855)798-4328 for outside Tacoma
3628 S 35th St, Tacoma
Utility discount rate program and bill credit assistance plan; LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) does not require delinquent balance or shutoff notice; Winter protection plan; flexible payment arrangements.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Family Resource Centers
Various locations throughout Pierce County. Provides: Family support and advocacy, parenting classes and support groups, health programs, apple health, free diapers and wipes, basic food, child screenings and assessments, domestic violence intervention, financial and legal aid, behavioral health, immunizations, college and career education, and other social connections.
2121 S State St, Tacoma
Mon-Thur 9am-5pm By appointment
Free employment assistance and training. Also provides: Orca cards, tech support, personal ID retrieval services, education services, child support services, veteran benefit assistance, referrals, paid internships, GED prep, and financial literacy.