COVID-19 Resources/Services

During this difficult time of COVID-19, Bellevue College has a website dedicated to our response to COVID-19. This site is intended to provide a list of resources to assist students and employees with staying indoors and being able to maintain their physical, mental, and academic health during this pandemic.

This is a growing list of resources, if you have something you would like to add, please email: Beabe Akpojovwo, beabe.akpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu

Free and Low-Income Internet Access

  1. Comcast Xfinity Internet – Internet Essentials Program–Learn more
  2. Charter Spectrum–Learn more
  3. Altice Internet providers Suddenlink and Optimum–Learn more
  4. Cox Connect2Compete–Learn more
  5. Medicom’s Connect2Compete–Learn more
  6. Federal Communication Commission Lifeline Program–Learn more
  7. AT&T Access Program–Learn more
  8. NetZero Dial Up Internet–Learn more
  9. Freedom Pop–Learn more

 https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/international/covid-19-info-for-intl-students/

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Information for International Students :: International Education – Bellevue College

TED Talk about the factors that create happiness (and it’s not money, beauty or fame) “What Makes a Good Life” CDs. 8 Meditations for Optimum Health, Andrew Weil, M.D. 1997. Guided Meditations, Margi Lantos, 2004.. This Moment Is the Perfect Teacher, Pema Chodron, 2008.. Pema is a Buddhist monk from Canada who makes Buddhism accessible.

www.bellevuecollege.edu

Healthcare for Undocumented residents: Posters covering information for undocumented residents and health care professionals regarding expanded medical coverage:

  1. Expanded medical coverage for undocumented Washington State residents who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  2. Se extendiende la cobertura médica para COVID-19 a residentes indocumentados del estado de Washington

Recommendations from King County Health in different languages:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Information about COVID from the Center for Disease Control in different languages

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Information in Spanish

https://www.who.int/es/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Information in Spanish about nutrition for COVID-19 from Harvard

Multilingual Resources for Stress Management During COVID-19

https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/

See Multilingual resources at bottom of the webpage below

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/maintaining-emotional-health-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak#resources-for-reducing-stress-and-healthy-coping-

Healthcare for Undocumented residents: Posters covering information for undocumented residents and health care professionals regarding expanded medical coverage:

  1. Expanded medical coverage for undocumented Washington State residents who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  2. Se extendiende la cobertura médica para COVID-19 a residentes indocumentados del estado de Washington

Eviction Complaint Form

on February 29, 2020, a Proclamation 20-05, proclaiming a State of Emergency for all counties throughout Washington State as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and confirmed person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Washington State; and hereby proclaimed that a state of emergency continues to exist in all counties of Washington State, that Proclamations 20-05 and all amendments thereto remain in effect, and that Proclamation 20-05 is amended to temporarily prohibit residential evictions statewide until April 17, 2020, as provide herein. View the original document by clicking here.

Mortgage and Home Buying Assistance:

Parkview Services has been in existence for quite some time and one of the services they offer is a Mortgage Default Program.  This program offers housing counseling services that helps in preserving the customer’s most important asset, their home.  They are a non-profit organization that is based in King County but are able to assist homeowners from any county within our state.  They played a big part in assisting some of the homeowners who experienced the mountain slide disaster in Oso.  There is no income qualifying requirement to participate in this program.  The homeowner needs to contact Parkview Services as early in the process, as is possible, as there are some limitations as to how much assistance they can provide during the bank default process.  Additional information can be found at:  https://www.parkviewservices.org/foreclosure-help/

Parkview Services also offers a home ownership program that actually helps developmentally disabled individuals or families (with a developmentally disabled member) to purchase homes in King, Snohomish and Skagit Counties.  This program offers down payment assistance and housing counseling for families and individuals covered by the American Disability Act who are first-time home buyers.  There is an income qualifying requirement in this program.  Additional information can be found at: 

Parkview Services also takes direct referrals from DDD to provide community-based, residential services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs).  Parkview Services owns fifty-five single family homes (including ten condos) that serve more than one hundred and fifty low-income people with I/DDs.  The majority of these homes are located within King County but there are a few to be found in Snohomish County.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.parkviewservices.org/affordable-housing/

Housing Justice Project

Housing Assistance

United Way of King County the expanded program of rental assistance beginning on Friday, April 10, 2020. Thanks to generous donations to the Community Relief Fund and a variety of community partners, one month of rental assistance is being offered to people in King County struggling to pay rent due to the coronavirus.  

Below are links to information on eligibility and how to apply.     

English: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp/

Amharic: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-amharic/

Korean: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-korean/

Spanish: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-spanish/

Somali: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-somali/

Vietnamese: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-vietnamese/

Chinese: https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp-chinese/

If you’re a King County resident who has been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are behind on your rent, you may qualify for assistance.

You may apply for this assistance if you:

·Live in King County, WA

·Are behind in rent

·Are economically impacted by COVID-19

·Have a current monthly household income that is below these amounts (50% of Area Median Income):

o 1 Person: up to $3,483

o 2 Persons: up to $3,983

o 3 Persons: up to $4,479

o 4 Persons: up to $4,975

o 5 Persons: up to $5,375

o 6 Persons: up to $5,775

If you meet these requirements, please fill out the online application at www.uwkc.org/renthelp or call 2-1-1.

United Way anuncia un programa ampliado de asistencia de alquiler a partir del viernes 10 de abril de 2020. Gracias a las generosas donaciones al Fondo de Ayuda Comunitaria y una variedad de socios comunitarios, se ofrece un mes de asistencia de alquiler a las personas en el Condado de King que luchan por pagar el alquiler debido al coronavirus. A continuación se enumeran los requisitos para calificar y un enlace a la aplicación. Los fondos están disponibles por orden de llegada. Le recomendamos que presente su solicitud lo antes posible.

Si usted es un residente del Condado de King que ha sido afectado financieramente por COVID-19 y está atrasado en su alquiler, puede calificar para recibir asistencia.

Puede solicitar esta asistencia si usted:

• Vive en el Condado de King, WA

• Están atrasados ​​en el alquiler

• Se ven afectados económicamente por COVID-19

• Tiene un ingreso familiar mensual actual inferior a estas cantidades (50% del Ingreso Medio del Area):

§  1 persona: hasta $ 3,483

§  2 personas: hasta $ 3,983

§  3 personas: hasta $ 4,479

§  4 personas: hasta $ 4,975

§  5 personas: hasta $ 5,375

§  6 personas: hasta $ 5,775

State

Federal

Free Multilingual Legal Services for Low-income Persons and Seniors

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people throughout the state of Washington. Each year, NJP assists thousands of people in need of critical legal assistance. On their website, they have put together a multi-lingual resource listing for COVID-19 relevant legal information ranging from Protection Orders and Evictions to avoiding COVID-19 scams.  https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/health/coronavirus-covid-19

If you live in Seattle and have a Seattle Public Library card, you can still access all the digital resources SPL has to offer.  For those who live in Seattle and do not have a library card yet, you can sign up for an eCard which will give you instant access to digital resources! 

Bellevue College Specific:

Bellevue College’s eLearning is offering a free non-credit Canvas workshop designed for students new to online learning. The training is for four half days (starting Wednesday, April 1st to Saturday, April 4th).

PLEASE NOTE: Advance registration is required.

Please visit Student Canvas Online Workshop to register and remember space may be limited!

  • All BC students now have a free eLibrary card to King County Library System. This includes access to, eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, audio books, streaming movies, documentaries, and tv shows. Some students may be able to find online versions of resources used for their classes. For more information on what resources are available to students, as well as how to use this access, we have this guide: https://bellevuecollege.libguides.com/KCLS . 
  • For faculty and staff who do not live in Seattle, and do not already have a KCLS library card, they can sign up for an eLibrary card and start accessing online resources right away, here is the link for that: https://w3.kcls.org/get-an-ecard
  • For those that live in Seattle, I have good news, I have been in contact with Seattle Public Library and their goal is to have an eLibrary card similar to KCLS’s by the end of the week. Once I have that I can send that along to you as well. 
  • Additionally, Audible from Amazon has free audio books access currently to children’s books: https://stories.audible.com/discovery 

Remote Access to Bellevue College Library 

Our databases and catalog provide access to thousands of eBooks and journals. Just click on the LMC website: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/  

Students now have access to KCLS resources. Here’s how: 

·        Go to King County Library System, https://kcls.org/  

·        Click on “Online Library” and a drop-down menu will appear, click on “Databases.” 

·        From that list of Databases click on any one you find interesting or just a random one.  Once you click on it, you will be directed to log in.  

The log in for students is as follows: 

·        Library Account: BVC followed with no space with your 9-digit SID number.  

·        PIN: Last four digits of your SID number. 

LibGuide about KCLS Access: https://bellevuecollege.libguides.com/KCLS 

24/7 Ask a Librarian Service 

Need to talk to a BC librarian? A BC librarian will be available in Ask a Librarian to chat with you or your students. 

Connect with us at our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. We are not available during spring break. 

How to Reach Us 

If you have questions or need support from Circulation, email Circulation@belleveucollege.edu

If you have questions or need support from a Librarian, email them directly or send general inquiries to Reference@bellevuecollege.edu

Map of Free Food Resources in King County : Every week, Public Health – Seattle & King County and the City of Seattle are updating this map with free public food resources in King County.
Click on the ‘Return to Main Page’ button to see a list view and printable list view.  

Free Kids Meals Through Burger King

Free Metro Rides

Free Grab and Go Meal Sites (Up to 18 years of age)

Online AA Meetings

Free food: https://foodlifeline.org/free-food-at-local-malls-this-week/ 

  • Bellevue School District (March 16th through March 27th) 11am – 12pm
    • Sammamish High School
      100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98005
    • Lake Hills Elementary
      14310 SE 12th St, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Federal Way Public Schools (No meals during spring break April 6-10) 10am – 12pm, Monday through Friday
    • Decatur High School
      2800 SW 320th St, Federal Way, WA 98023
    • Federal Way High School
      30611 16th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003
    • Thomas Jefferson High School
      4248 S 288th St, Auburn, WA 98001
    • Todd Beamer High School
      35999 16th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003
  • Seattle Public Schools (Starts March 16th) 11am – 1pm, Monday through Friday
  • Renton Public Schools (Starts March 17th) 11am – 12pm, Monday through Friday
    • Green Tree/Park Hill, 6900 S 125th St, Seattle
    • Crest Point, 13445 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle
    • Royal Hills, 3000 Royal Hills Dr. SE, Renton
    • Stonebrook, 12210 SE Petrovitsky Rd, Renton
  • Kent School District (Start March 17th) 10am – 11am
    • Carriage Crest Elementary, 18235 140th Ave SE, Renton 98058
    • Covington Elementary, 25811 156th Ave SE, Covington 98042
    • Cedar Heights Middle School, 19640 SE 272nd St.,  Covington 98042
    • Kent Elementary, 24700 64th Ave S.,  Kent 98032
    • Kent-Meridian High School, 10020 SE 256th St.,  Kent 98030
    • Kentridge High School, 12430 SE 208th St., Kent 98031
    • Kent East Hill YMCA, 10828 SE 248th St. Kent 98030
  • Tukwila School District (March 16th through April 24th)
    • Location at regularly scheduled bus stops
    • The Tukwila School District Transportation Department is now “TUKWILA FRESH”. “Tukwila Fresh” will be delivering breakfast and lunch to all children aged 18 and under, at any Tukwila School District bus stop, at regularly scheduled morning pick up times, Monday through Friday.
    • Free Breakfast and Lunch Services for Bus Riders
    • If you miss the bus delivery, please go to any Tukwila School District school for distribution of free breakfast and lunch between, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Free Breakfast and Lunch Services for Walkers
    • “Tukwila Fresh” will be delivering free breakfast and lunch to all children aged 18 and under, at any Tukwila School District school between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bellevue College Mental Health Services

Medicaid:

See if your income qualifies you for free coverage.

Enroll in Medicaid year-round through Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange.

You have until April 8, to sign up for an individual health plan by calling the exchange at 1-855-923-4633. After April 8, you must qualify for a special enrollment to get covered.

If you believe you need to be tested for COVID-19, call a local medical provider first

We know that times of crisis, instability, and financial stress, lead to an increase in domestic violence incidents. Because of social distancing requirements or quarantine orders, some survivors may be trapped in homes with their abusers. Recommendations and requirements to stay home give abusers more tactics to assert control. Survivors may feel significantly more isolated, and may worry that with many agencies closing offices, they have fewer options for help. But there are still many ways to access support and assistance. Hotlines are still up and running, and many can also be reached via chat or text message. Many organizations are able to schedule appointments with advocates via phone, or virtually using applications like skype. Advocates can provide emotional support and can also help create safety plans, which are especially important for survivors who are in situations they feel they cannot leave.

Local Resources for Survivors

National Resources for Survivors  (from Futures without Violence futureswithoutviolence.org)

Seeking Employment:

Currently Employed:

Employment Related Resources and Support

Bellevue College’s eLearning is offering a free non-credit Canvas workshop designed for students new to online learning. The training is for four half days (starting Wednesday, April 1st to Saturday, April 4th).

PLEASE NOTE: Advance registration is required.

Please visit Student Canvas Online Workshop to register and remember space may be limited!

Counseling Center – Bellevue College mental health counseling appointments are available online or by phone.  Visit https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/counseling/ for more information.

Last Updated May 21, 2020