Resource Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Resource Bulletin Board. This page is where we post community events and resources in the Tacoma and Puget Sound Area that may be of benefit to everyone.  

 

COVID-19 News

Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program

OSPI and DSHS are offering a benefit for families to buy meals while schools are closed. Deadline June 30.

  • Families already receiving Basic Food (food stamps) will get this added to their EBT cards.
  • Families who are already receive free or reduced-price school meals must complete the simple application starting June 30 through August 31 or the beginning of the new school year.
  • Families with school-age children who have recently lost jobs or income may complete an application for free or reduced-price school meals through your school district before June 30th and before you apply for P-EBT. You may also apply for Basic Food before June 30th online (www.WashingtonConnection.org) or by phone (877–501–2233 — DSHS Customer Contact Center). If you are approved for Basic Food, you will also receive P-EBT benefits for your school-age children.

Open to families no matter what their immigration status is. P-EBT does not count as a public charge.

 

The information is on this website: https://medium.com/@waOSPI/what-is-pandemic-ebt-a7a086fcaf94

 

Wildfire Season

Wildfire season can cause severe health issues, especially for those with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions or asthma, stroke survivors, children and older adults. During the COVID-19 pandemic the dangers of smoke are only exacerbated. Public Health has issued a blog with preventative tips on dealing with wildfire smoke. We recognize that many people will not be able to purchase air purifiers and/or do not have the option to stay indoors when air quality is poor. This DIY air filter instruction provides text and video guidance. You don't need a power drill to complete the filter successfully, but if you are looking to use one or have other supply needs, we recommend calling your local tool library.

 

COVID-19 Testing

 Free and low cost testing locations are available and can be found here. 

There are two new free drive-thru testing centers established for Seattle protesters and those who have been exposed to crowds, even if they are asymptomatic. These sites are located at 12040 Aurora Ave North, and 3820 6th Ave South. They operate Monday through Saturday 10am-3:30pm, and clients can book ahead through the website. Please note that the sites are not ADA compliant for pedestrians.

 

COVID-19 Resources 

Guidance and Social Support

  • Washington State is starting a Crisis Counseling Program called "Washington Listens." Washington Listens will provide non-clinical psycho-education based support to anyone in Washington experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. The person will receive support and connection to community resources in their area. It is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained.
  • Emergency food resources map: tableau map
  • Emergency COVID Medical Coverage for Undocumented Residents (updated)

 

 

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.