Seattle HELPLINE information services.
Seattle HELPLINE is a charity made up of volunteers and different referral systems. It uses donations from the community and relies on the concept of neighbors helping neighbors to assist low income and working poor families. The organization will offer information and linkage to services from a food pantry, and focuses on other critical needs that if gone un-addressed could lead to health or safety issues. So there maybe funds for rent to prevent homelessness or vouchers for medications in King County. The elderly may benefit from home repairs and other assistance as well.
There are different HELPLINE services available in the county, and they focus on various area. There are services for northern and western Seattle as well as Queen Anne, among many others. All of the resources below are by referrals only.
Staff, or more likely caring volunteers, can provide minor home maintenance and repairs for the disabled or seniors. It is available to help people who do not have the support systems, family nearby or resources to accomplish minor home repairs on their own. Some examples of the work may be as follows.
- Plumbing – Minor repair of faucets, toilets, and the like.
- Safety updates include installing smoke detectors, build railing for the disabled or elderly, and similar updates.
- Seasonal volunteer work such as lawn work or shoveling during the winter.
As a last resort, financial assistance can be paid out to residents of King County in a crisis. The specialty and priority is on helping those who need it most, and have no other options. So applicants should have applied for help from other charities, government agencies, or friends of family first. There is a focus on the most vulnerable and undeserved.
- So money for rent to prevent homeless is a priority. This can be for single parents, persons who are disabled, mentally ill, or fleeing domestic abuse.
- Funds can be used to keep heat and electricity on.
- HELPLINE can offer vouchers for medications or referrals to clinics for medical needs.
The non-profit provide the most basic needs to the low income, such as groceries, shelter, clothing, and the link. Seattle HELPLINE will try to keep people safe and healthy. Additional assistance may include money for gasoline to a job, or referrals to public benefits. Staff from HELPLINE stand by their clients, and they help them through real-life skills until they are ready to stand on their own. Note that funding for Emergency Assistance is limited.
Homeless prevention also includes rapid rehousing. The agency finds innovative ways to address any type of housing crisis in King County. They work with family and individuals through the promotion of supportive services, housing stability, and customer empowerment. By preventing foreclosures and evictions, Seattle HELPLINE affiliated agencies may reduce the cost of homelessness, in human and monetary capital. The goal is to use emergency funds to prevent its occurrence in the first place.
Seattle HELPLINE partners have a food pantry as well. Please call ahead for pantry hours and any application requirements, and what may be provided. In general though, there can be groceries or hot meals served in a crisis. The goal is to prevent hunger from occurring in the community.
There is also information on other resources, such as SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Staff offer application assistance and advice, and they will also try to self-screen their household for eligibility. Anyone applying for food stamps need to include verification of the income, identity of the Head of Household (driver’s license, state id, passport), proof of housing and utility costs, information on other expenses, and Child Support paid (if applicable).
Meals on Wheels is a service that operates in parts of Seattle and the county. It provides hot, nutritious noon meals to home-bound people unable to prepare one on their own. Volunteers are key to this service, and most of the meals are provided by local caterers. In addition, coordinators meet with each individual to discuss nutrition and provide a check in. They will also explore other services available to aid them in remaining independent.
All of these resources around found or funds for bills are very limited. Therefore, if not qualified, or if money runs out, then personnel from Seattle HELPLINE search for the best alternative resources. They will make phone calls to link participants with other financial support, if needed.
Self-sufficiency in the form of education and employment
HELPLINE works to prevent and end the cycle of poverty. So they are involved in many programs, and some of them are as follows. Family Development will involve the client and staff working together to set goals around employment and education.
- GEDs are important to a somewhat decent paying job. So receive individualized tutoring and practice tests.
- Access to computer labs for job search and IT skills development.
- Workshops on reading, writing, ESL, and similar activities.
Those are some of the main focuses to self-sufficiency, but clients will also benefit from additional support. Everything from budgeting to financial literacy is arranged and much more.
Some of the main numbers are North Helpline (call (206) 365-8043), Queen Anne (dial (206) 282-1540) or West Seattle (phone (206) 932-4357). Other services may also be administered.