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Community Support and Justice: People Experiencing Low-Income

This guide is a collection of King County resources for our diverse community, as well as a statement of support for all of our students.

About this Guide

Our communities have a great deal of support in King County and knowing where to look for assistance and camaraderie in stressful times is important. Remember, we are stronger together! 

Need Help?

24 Hour Crisis Line
Available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
Toll Free: 1.866.4CRISIS or 1.800.427.4747
Seattle: 206.461.3222 / TTY: 206.461.3219

Suicide Prevention Hotline
Washington Suicide and Crisis Hotlines
1.800.SUICIDE or 1.800.275.TALK 

Domestic Violence

Alcohol/Drug Help Line (24–hours daily)
206.722.3700 or 1.800.562.1240

Community Resources

Food Resources

  • Seattle Central College: Food pantry hosted by Student Support Services located at BE 3215.
  • Jewish Family Services: Food bank/pantry. Use student ID if you don't live in Capitol Hill.
  • Byrd Barr Place: Food bank/ pantry. Requires photo ID and proof of address.
  • Pike Market Food Bank: Serves people who live in zip code areas 98101, 98104, 98121, or with no address. Requires ID; they do not provide grocery bags.
  • Salvation Army: Serves people who live in zip code areas 98101, 98102, 98104, 98108, 98109, 98112, 98118, 98119, 98121, 98122, 98134, 98144, 98199. Requires ID.
  • A directory of other food banks in Seattle can be found here:
  • SNAP/WIC: Use to determine your eligibility and begin the application process for supplemental money towards groceries through government programs SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
  • Fresh Bucks: Earn money towards EBT purchases by buying fruits and vegetables at Seattle farmer's markets.
  • Complete Eats: Similar to Fresh Bucks (above); earn coupons by purchasing fruits and vegetables at Safeway grocery stores.

Housing Assistance

  • Compass Housing AllianceTransitional and permanent housing for low-income individuals and families. Programs include specialty housing and supportive services for seniors, veterans and other populations.
  • Muslim Housing Services: Case management, homelessness prevention, transitional housing and rental assistance. Serves refugees and second migration immigrants from East Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Africa. Staff speaks multiple languages.

Health & Medical

  • North HelplineServes low-income households without health insurance. Drop-in clinic offers basic health care for acute illnesses and injuries.

Legal Assistance

  • Neighborhood Legal Clinics: Operates a legal clinic. Call for an appointment. Serves low-income or homeless self-identifying American Indians and Alaska Natives that live in King County or have a case filed in King County. Call ahead for screening. No fees. 
  • Seattle Community Law Center: Representation, advocacy, and assistance applying for, receiving, or appealing decisions on Social Security benefits, serving low-income and homeless individuals with disabilities.
  • Northwest Justice ProjectLegal services in tribal, federal or state court matters serving low-income clients who identify as Native American and who live in King County or have a case in King County courts.

Education & Advocacy

  • Casa LatinaServes low-income Latino immigrants. Offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, day labor dispatching, domestic workers training, social support and bilingual Spanish-English wage-claim advocacy.
  • Filipino Community of SeattleServes low-income refugees and immigrants. Programs for survivors, a food bank and senior health and nutrition programs. Citizenship classes and referral for immigration law issues.
  • Neighborhood House: Serves low-income individuals who are legal permanent U.S. residents. Offers assistance to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship including citizenship and ESL classes. 

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