Spring is here! Trees are beginning to blossom, gardens are being worked on and for many, allergies are kicking in. Things were a lot different this time last year.
Reflecting on where we were 12 months ago, by April we rallied to show our appreciation for our frontline workers, and were anxiously tracking data from across the county, country and world.
We have come a long way. Now it is time to heal. With the introduction of the American Rescue Plan Act, we can look at the short- and long-term needs across our county. Unlike the first round of federal CARES Act money that focused on emergent needs, this money is focused on recovering over a longer period.
However, if you need help right now, below are resources available for a variety of needs, including small business assistance and rent and utility help.
PPP Deadline Extended to May 31
Check out www.SmallBizHelpWA.com to find free technical assistance in multiple languages and a lender if you need one. You may also call the toll-free Washington State PPP assistance line at (833) 562-1078.
Now Open: Working Washington Small Business Grants: Round 4
Gov. Jay Inslee and the state legislature have approved a new round of small business grants. Working Washington Small Business Grants Round Four focuses on brick-and-mortar businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures.
Click here to apply. The application portal will be open until 5 p.m. on April 9, 2021.
Questions? Contact the Washington State Department of Commerce technical support center at (855) 602-2722 or [email protected]
Rental and Utility Assistance
Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funds that can be used to support those facing possible eviction due to lack of rent payments or if you are behind on utilities.
To learn more about this program or apply please visit: Rental Assistance Program Site
Please only call 2-1-1 to apply if you do NOT have internet access. If you are having technical issues or have questions, email [email protected].