Emergency Financial Relief

Below are local, state, and national financial relief efforts available to you.

Help Paying Credit Cards

For guidance on what to do if you can't pay your credit card bill, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website.

Help Paying Mortgage or Rent

If you are unable to pay your mortgage or rent, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Do not wait until you are behind on payments. Many lenders are working to waive late fees and offer alternative loan repayment options. You can also contact the Washington Homeownership Hotline at 877.894.4663 (that’s 877.894.HOME) for additional information and assistance. Other helpful resources include Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Housing Counseling Agencies in Washington, and Rent Assistance and Counseling.

Student Loan Deferment or Forbearance

To get temporary relief and suspend your student loan payments for a short period of time, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Help Paying Utilities

If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, contact your service provider right way. Many utility service providers are offering emergency assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Puget Sound Energy, Avista, Cascade Natural Gas, Pacific Power, Northwest Natural, Washington Water, and City of Seattle.