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The Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan Explained On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held by ED are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for households). More information available here.09/21/2022Community Resources, Education Resources, Financial Resources
Futures Northwest
The path to higher education shouldn’t be a secret, so we make sure every student has the information and guidance they need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We achieve these goals through academic mentoring, family engagement, as well as through workshops such as QuickStart to College and Financial Literacy (FAFSA/WASFA) events.

09/21/2022Community Resources, Education Resources, Financial Resources
North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral

North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral Form:
Address: 1204 Railroad Ave., Suite 200 Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: (360) 543-8858

North Sound ACH currently works with clinical and community organizations across five counties – Island, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom. We partner across the state with other ACH regions, working to make Washington a place working to make the state a welcoming place for all.

Care Coordination Agencies:

Call, email, or use submission form to indicate areas of need and North Sound ACH staff will connect you to the appropriate resource(s). Examples of resources include:
1. Distributing food kits, care kits
2. Providing hotel vouchers
3. Connecting to navigators in multiple languages throughout the North Sound

09/07/2022Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Financial Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Weather & Flood Resources, ,
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance – FEMA


Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020.

Call this dedicated, toll-free phone number to complete your COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application with a FEMA representative. Multilingual services are available:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline

844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

06/17/2022Community Resources, Financial Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, ,
Individual and Small Business Assistance from Washington Emergency Management Division Human Services Program

The Individual Assistance Program (IA): IA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program to support individual and business recovery and is authorized through a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. The IA program has multiple components including cash assistance and crisis counseling, a detailed declaration process and benefits that vary depending on several factors.  For more information, please click here.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program: SBA disaster loans are available even without a Presidential Disaster Declaration and are a great tool to provide low-interest loans to individuals, families, businesses and organizations that suffer physical or economic loss due to a disaster or other disruption. For more information, please click here. For more information, please click here.

Limited English Proficiency Program: The LEP program supports language accessibility for individuals, families and businesses by working with state and local governments and community organizations to promote preparedness activities in communities around the state. For more information, please click here.

Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Restoration: Disaster Recovery includes both pre-disaster recovery planning and post-disaster recovery to re-envision and restore a community. Technical assistance and information is available for local governments, special districts, and organizations. Please click here for more information.

Individual Assistance, SBA, other Human Services Programs
Travis Linares-Hengen
Human Services Program Manager
(253) 512-7028

Limited English Proficiency Program
Lewis Lujan
Limited English Proficiency Coordinator
(253) 512-7138

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Washington Connection: Your Link to Services

Benefits and Programs you can apply for:

06/17/2022Community Resources, Education Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Employment Resources, Financial Resources, Food Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Legal Resources, Weather & Flood Resources, , , , , ,
DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Washington Department of Social and Health Services Disaster Cash Assistance Program

4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, 98226

Cash program activated due to natural disasters or other specified states of emergency declared by the Governor. It is available to families or individuals without children who face an emergency and don’t have the money to meet their basic needs.

06/17/2022Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Financial Resources, Weather & Flood Resources, , , ,
American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Services

Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Website:
Northwest Region Website:
Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Phone: (206)-323-2345

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

U.S. Department of Education
FedLoan Servicing
P.O. Box 69184
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9184

If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

06/17/2022Community Resources, Education Resources, Financial Resources
Tax Support 2022
One stop source for a number of resources in Whatcom County providing tax support. Tax Hotline: Call 360-746-0100 Mon. – Fri. 8am – 4:30pm or email Scheduling information for volunteer tax return preparation support for eligible households making less than $66,000/year. Information about how to file your own taxes online by utilizing free tax software.

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Get Your Refund
This free service partners with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites to provide tax filing assistance to families earning less than $66,000 a year.

03/14/2022Community Resources, Financial Resources
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – Whatcom Community College
310 W Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226
WCC students and community volunteers offer free tax assistance on -campus in person, from February 7 to April 15, 2022.

03/14/2022Community Resources, Financial Resources
IRS Forms, Instructions & Publications
Most income tax materials can be downloaded using the form and publication search on this Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.

03/14/2022Community Resources, Financial Resources,
Whatcom County Exemption and Tax Relief Programs
“Information from Whatcom County about
-tax relief programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities
-Limited Income Deferral – postpone payment of your property taxes or special assessment
-Destroyed Property – If your property is damaged or destroyed, you may be eligible for a reduction in your assessed value
-Home Improvement – Improvements to a single family residence may apply for a 3-year exemption from taxes on the value of the physical improvement”

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