Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities by engaging them in decisions about the City of Seattle’s future and improving the City’s programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents.

Seattle is a Welcoming City. We value inclusion and equity. City employees do not ask about citizenship status and serve all residents regardless of immigration status.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was established in 2012 by Seattle Ordinance 123822 with the recognition of the importance and need for a stronger relationship and increased accountability between the City of Seattle government and immigrant and refugee communities.

The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants are $1,000-$3,000 funding for direct cash assistance to Seattle’s most vulnerable low-income immigrant residents and their households. Application Deadline November 5th.

Application Deadline November 5th.

Program Overview

The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is $7,940,000 of funding for direct cash assistance to Seattle’s most vulnerable low-income immigrant residents and their households. This program prioritizes applicants who were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) and state unemployment insurance based on their immigration status.

If you are ready to apply, go to the online application here.

Timeline

  • Application open period: 3 weeks, from October 15, 2020 to November 5, 2020
  • Application review period: 2 weeks, from November 9, 2020 to November 22, 2020
  • Award decisions (approved or denied): November 23, 2020 to November 30, 2020
  • Payment disbursement: After December 1, 2020

Award Amounts per Household, (dependent on household size):

  • $1,000 – $3,000

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, you must meet ALL of the requirements below:

  • Be 18 years old or older

AND

  • Live in OR attend school in OR work within the Seattle city boundaries

AND

  • Were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payment (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) due to immigration status

AND

  • Were under 50% of the median household income in Seattle in the past 9 months. The income eligibility chart can be found below.
    For example, if you are applying for a family of four, and your household total income between January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 is less than $41,513, then your family would be eligible.
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