In response to COVID-19, governments and agencies at various levels have instituted protections for both residents and small businesses. Things such as eviction moratoria rental assistance programs continue to be extended and modified, but it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. Local attorneys have created a helpful guide that summarizes what’s in place as of January 4, 2021.
The announcement and guide and be found HERE.
Significant changes were made to our State’s nonparental custody laws in 2020. The new laws were set to take effect after December 31, 2020 but the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office has recently learned that the implementation of these new laws has been postponed. For more details about how this impacts nonparental custody procedures in King County, read the Clerk’s announcement here.
Both King County Library System and Seattle Public Library are offering curb-side printing pick-ups at select branches for registered users. If you can’t print from home, take advantage of these COVID-19 work-around services.
There is a wealth of legal and scholarly information in HeinOnline – one of the resources you can access from the Remote Databases page of our website. It’s chock full of law review journals, historical documents, 50-state surveys, and much more.
Have you never used it? Now is your chance to get your feet wet by learning the basics from a pro. Lean how to navigate the website, locate documents and then print or download them!
Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 11:00am PST
Length: 30 minutes
Learn more and register HERE.
A recent order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prohibits evictions due to an inability to pay – under certain circumstances. The Suffolk University Law School has created an interactive questionnaire to help people decide whether they qualify under the federal guidelines. It also generates a declaration that you can share with your landlord.
To qualify, you must be under a certain income limit, be unable to pay housing costs due to a substantial loss of income, and not have a suitable housing alternative.
While most of the interactive forms are specific to Massachusetts state courts, the protections afforded by the CDC order apply nationally – including here in Washington State.
To see if you qualify, access the Eviction Moratorium Assistant HERE.
There is more information about the CDC eviction protections HERE.
The Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) work group in partnership with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid has created a new eviction resolution program to assist both tenants and landlords with resolving eviction and housing issues when our State’s eviction moratorium is lifted.
Six superior courts in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties are piloting the program beginning this week. Hopefully, the chance for both landlords and tenants to meet with the help of a free, neutral mediator will reduce the number of regular evictions filed in these counties.
For more information, see the program’s web site here.
Washington State’s 24th Annual Biz Fair is going virtual. Current and aspiring small business owners in Washington State are encouraged to attend this all-day online event to learn about all aspects of small business management, including human resources best practices, packaging and pricing services, selling online and the basics of contracts and leases.
Among the many speakers at the event, Jay Lyman, one of the business information experts from Seattle Public Library, will discuss how to use the many free databases available from public libraries to gather data to help you make informed decisions about business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis.
For more information, visit the Biz Fair site and/or reach out via email to email@example.com or simply call 206-235-8249.
The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of business development experts working in communities across Washington State to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.
SBDC offers a variety of free e-Learning business development webinars covering such topics as business planning, financial management, marketing basics and business growth. Many are geared toward providing COVID-19 support and strategy information. Access is free and unlimited so you can attend as many e-Learning sessions as you need.
Most of the inmates being held in King County Jail are actually eligible to vote – although many of them do not know it. Defense attorneys, advocates and election officials are reaching out to eligible inmates to help them have a voice in this year’s elections.
You can read the full story at Crosscut HERE.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families is looking for help in identifying youth who will age out of or have aged out of Extended Foster Care at age 21, between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. The Department of Commerce: Office of Homeless Youth is seeking to distribute stipends to these young people in an effort to support housing stability. Eligible youth will receive one check for every month they have been out of foster care through October. They will then receive one check per month, including the month of Dec. 2020. There is a possibility that all eligible youth will receive an additional check at the end of this period to ensure that all funds have been allocated.
If you currently work or have worked with a young adult that meets these qualifications, please reach out to them directly and assist them in applying.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the youth’s name, address and contact information before Nov. 13, 2020. If you do not have access to email, please call Sherrie Flores at 360-489-5280.