From the federal government to your local food bank, there are many resources to help families get through this challenging time.
Is there a centralized location where I can find local resources?
Graduate Tacoma and The Tacoma Urban League have partnered to build a directory of local resources, from drive-up school meal sites to basic needs relief to remote learning tools. Visit the Tacoma COVID-19 Resources site to search for Tacoma-area resources.
Where can I get the financial help I need for my family or my small business?
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Financial Resources page
- Washington Employment Security Department page for workers & businesses affected by COVID-19 (includes a worker Q&A and an employer Q&A, with links)
- Coronavirus and Your Financial Health: Answers, tips and advice for staying financially well during the COVID-19 pandemic
- How to access free Comcast Xfinity WiFi
- Find Pierce Transit's WiFi Hotspots in Lakewood and Spanaway
- Apply for free internet access through the K-12 Internet Access Program if you have children in the K-12 system
- Apply for the Tacoma Public Utilities Emergency Assistance Program
- Apply for the Washington COVID 19 Immigrant Relief Fund
Where can I get help with housing?
- The City of Tacoma and Pierce County have expanded rental assistance. Apply starting March 8.
- Know your rights as a tennant -- read a summary of Governor Inslee's COVID-19 Washington Housing Law Updates as of June 2, 2020, posted by the Tacomaprobono Housing Justice Project. The state eviction moratorium has been extended through March 31, 2021.
- You may qualify for free eviction defense and mediation services from Tacomaprobono. They are not currently accepting walk-ins; schedule an appointment at email@example.com or call 253-572-5134 x 102.
Where can I get help with food?
- Free meal distribution sites for school children
- Tacoma School District Meals on Bus Wheels
- Nourish Mobile Food Bank visits Parking Lot F, near Mildred Street, every Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Nourish has many locations throughout the county. Find a location that works for you.
- The Salvation Army is hosting a free food box pick-up event at the Puyallup Fair Grounds Gold Lot 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 12.
- TCC's Max and Margi Titan Food Pantry is located in Building 17. The pantry is currently closed to walk-ins, but students can pick up food from the Food Pantry Van in Lot F, 2-4 p.m. every Thursday, or schedule an appointment to pick up food
- List of Tacoma and Pierce County Food Banks
- To access food and other resources, contact Pierce County 211 online or call 211.
- Apply for food benefits (SNAP)
Is TCC still offering a student ORCA pass?
- Yes! TCC is offering a free Pierce Transit ORCA passes for students, good all winter quarter. For winter quarter 2021, a digital pass is being offered for the first time. Apply for a free pass here.
Where can I find information about schools and childcare?
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Information for Schools and Childcare
With multiple locations around Pierce County, the Pierce County Diaper bank offers a three-day supply of diapers families can pick up once a month. Find Diaper Bank locations.
How can I keep my kids learning while the schools are closed?
Visit the Tacoma Public Schools online resources page
Share tips with local parents on the 253 Parents Get Resourceful Facebook page
Get free sample schedules and online learning resources through Khan Academy
What if my home isn't a safe place for me or my kids?
Contact the Pierce County YWCA if you need emergency shelter, advocacy and support.
How can I help my community?
There is a great need for blood donations right now, but donations must be pre-scheduled. Schedule a blood donation.
The Nourish Pierce County food truck that visits TCC on Tuesday nights relies on volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
The TCC Emergency Fund provides TCC students with short-term assistance when they encounter issues that might cause them to drop out of school. You can donate through the TCC Foundation.
How can I find mental health resources?
The Pacific Anxiety Group (PAG) is pleased to provide a free, online support group for anyone looking to connect and support one another as we navigate life in this new era of COVID-19.