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 the Tacoma Public Utilities Emergency Assistance Program
Where can I get help with housing?
- Find Pierce County emergency housing assistance for renters, mortgages, and veteran renters and home-owners.
- If you live in the City of Tacoma and need help with rent, apply for a $1,000 one-time award through the City of Tacoma's Rental Assistance Program by July 15.
- 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.
- Obtain "Renter's Readiness" certification free through a series of online workshops starting July 10, offered by the Tacomaprobono Housing Justice Project and Tacoma Pride (must attend all three sessions to obtain certification):
- Get rental assistance through the Associated Ministries. Contact them online or call 253-383-3056 ext. 128.
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.
- TCC's Max and Margi Titan Food Pantry is located in Building 17. The pantry is currently closed to walk-ins, but students can 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?
- TCC has waived the $10 fee and is offering free Pierce Transit ORCA passes for students, good all summer quarter. Apply for a pass here.
Where can I find information about schools and childcare?
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Information for Schools and Childcare
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.