Last Updated on October 20, 2021 by Meghan
Financial Support for Single Moms In Washington during COVID-19
With many businesses shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, life has become more difficult. However, there are resources available in Washington that will help you survive the covid-19 pandemic.
Latinx COVID-19 Community Response in Washington State
LCR-WA work in response to covid-19 to provide timely information regarding the pandemic, including the necessary resources to help single moms survive the pandemic. The Community Response provides information in English and Spanish languages to the Latinx community. Guided by the principles of equity and social justice, LCR-WA aims to connect the local community with the resources they need amid the covid-19 crisis. The resources are also provided to the low-income single moms, as well as those undocumented, non-English speaking, and those living in both urban and remote areas. LCR-WA does not give legal advice but it exposes you to the resources you need to survive the pandemic. You can access the updates through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/walatinxcovid19/.
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)
Are you an undocumented single mom in need of support during this covid-19 pandemic? Well, WAISN is there to help you go through this challenging crisis. The solidarity network has changed its immigration enforcement hotline to covid-19 hotline for single mom immigrants. They connect you with resources, including rental assistance, support against detention, critical information regarding healthcare, as well as issues related to immigration. Find out more at https://www.waisn.org/.
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation
The BMFSF is working to support the undocumented single mom held families through a GoFoundMe fundraiser. Are you interested in applying for this support? Please visit https://www.undocuscholars.com/ for more info.
CASA Latina is a non-profit organization that works to ensure the wellbeing of the single mom Latino immigrants through the generation of employment opportunities for the jobless, educating, and community organizing. Find out more at https://casa-latina.org/about-us/mission-and-vision/.
Single moms who are members of CASA Latina are allowed to apply for benefits at https://membership.domesticworkers.org/coronavirus-care-fund/. These are funds you can directly qualify for, in addition to the available covid-19 resources amid the crisis.
Programs to supplement your income in Washington
Many people have lost their jobs ever since covid-19 struck the world, single moms being the most affected group. If you have fallen into this category, either because you were sick or caring for your young one, Washington State offers you a wide range of programs to replace your lost income. The programs include, unemployment insurance, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick leave. Find out more at https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/newsroom/COVID-19/covid-19-scenarios-and-benefits.pdf.
Unemployment Benefits for Single Moms in Washington During Covid-19
Unemployment benefits assist single moms in Washington by replacing their lost income and helping them to cover their daily expenses while waiting to get employed elsewhere. The CARES Act provides unemployment benefits to single moms who recently lost their income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It works by creating a pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) which provides support to single mom workers and business owners affected by the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information for more information.
How to Apply for Single Mom Unemployment Benefits in Washington
Applying online for such benefits is a fast and easy way. Although you can also apply by phone, you are likely to experience long waiting hours. The following steps will guide you through the process:
- Check if you are eligible to apply for single mom unemployment. It is important to check if you are eligible to apply for single mothers’ unemployment benefits. You can use the eligibility checker to find out if you can apply for certain benefits. All single mothers who were laid off as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic may be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. Check for eligibility at https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/Unemployment/UIEligibilityChecker.pdf.
- Apply for unemployment benefits. It is advisable to apply for such benefits online because of high call volumes. It also saves a lot of time and makes your application process faster. However, before you undertake an online application, ensure you have the right documents. Visit https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/ to apply for single mothers’ unemployment benefits online.
- Get notified of your approval. After sending an application, you will be notified if your application was approved or disapproved and what action to take next.
Lost Wages Assistance
This is a federally funded program that supports single moms who recently lost their wages as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To be eligible for this assistance, you need to be unemployed, working fewer hours due to inconveniences caused by the pandemic, or have received unemployment benefits for the past few weeks. Find out more about the program at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/lwa.
Return to Work
The Employment and Security Department and its workforce support single mothers and their businesses through the provision of continued unemployment and re-employment services to those affected by the pandemic. Such services include information on eligibility for unemployment benefits, job opportunities, and resources to help employers maintain a skilled workforce in their businesses. Find out more at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/work.