COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources
Posted on 10/19/2021
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City LogoOct. 18, 2021

City of Renton facilities implement vaccine verification: What does it mean?

City of Renton Contacts
Kelly Beymer, parks and recreation administrator, 425-430-2527
Carrie Nass, interim recreation director, 425-430-6624

Click to open a larger versionStarting Monday, Oct. 25, verification of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required to participate in activities, events, fitness programs, performances, or other gatherings in all indoor recreation facilities.

As this is a mandate from Public Health-Seattle & King County, we ask if you have questions, please contact either Kelly Beymer, parks and recreation administrator, via email or by calling 425-430-2527 or Carrie Nass, interim recreation director, via email or by calling 425-430-6624.

Vaccine verification is not required for entry for a quick and limited purpose, such as asking a question or registering for a class.

The following city facilities are affected:

All customers 12 years and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated. Children 11 years and younger are exempt from the mandate.

To be considered "fully vaccinated," a person must:

  • Have received all required doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine: two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or a WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

  • Fourteen (14) days must have passed since the final dose.
    Approved verification of vaccination is established by any of the following methods of documentation:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card, or photo of CDC Vaccine Record Card

  • QR Code, digital or printed certificate from MyIRmobile.com (WA Department of Health partner website, My Immunization Records)

  • Vaccine administration record from a vaccine provider, including an individual's doctor, pharmacy, or another official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including a photo or photocopy

Customers who are not fully vaccinated or do not wish to participate in vaccination verification can enter these facilities by:

  • Providing digital or printed documentation from a testing agent (laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy) of a negative FDA-approved PCR test administered within the previous 72 hours.

Mask Mandate

All customers entering the facilities must adhere to the current indoor mask mandate, with a properly fitting mask/face covering over the nose and mouth.

Additional Information

Council approves $3.6 million in ARPA relief funds (Sept. 24, 2021)

The city council has approved $3.6 million to support economic recovery and fund housing, homeless prevention, and human services programs.

The money comes from the city’s $18.1 million allocation from the federal government as part of the American Recuse Plan Act (ARPA).

The funding includes a $1.0 million contribution to the Washington Flex Fund, which provides small business loans. The Washington State Department of Commerce will do a 2:1 match for all money spent if committed by October 1, 2021. Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $150,000 and use it for general business expenses. The loans have low interest rates and no fees. The first year’s payment is interest only.

The council committed $600,000 for small business grants to support retail businesses in the downtown core disproportionately impacted due to COVID-19 and construction delays during the Wells/Williams conversion project.

Housing, homeless, and human services programs will receive $1.5 million. The funds will assist residents with utility bills, rent, or other uses identified through the city’s equity lens.

The council allocated $500,000 to buy additional hardware and software to support remote services provided to residents by city staff.

The city’s Finance Department briefed the council on proposed ARPA funds allocation. If you didn’t see the presentation, we’ve included it for your review.

Utility and Rental Eviction Moratorium

Expiration of the utility rate moratorium; what does it mean?

The Sept. 30 expiration of the governor’s moratorium on utility bill payment has brought uncertainty and questions for many Renton residents.

The end of the moratorium allows utility companies to start collecting outstanding charges on water, electricity, or natural gas service.

The City of Renton is committed to keeping our utility customers connected to essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers received a notice in September about the end of the moratorium. Since that notice went out, we have received either payment or set up a payment plan for almost half of the overdue accounts. We know this is a difficult time for many and are happy to help to avoid service interruption.

If you are experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for support, including a long-term payment arrangement or bill assistance. Contact our utility billing office to assist with setting up a payment plan to avoid possible service interruptions. Staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425-430-6852.

Many of our customers also receive utility service from several other entities within the Renton city limits. Below is a list of contact information for some of the other agencies.

Cedar River Water and Sewer District

  • 425-255-6370
  • Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Coal Creek Utility District

  • 425-235-9200
  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

King County Water District #90

  • 425-255-9600
  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:40 p.m.

Puget Sound Energy

  • 1-888-225-5773; 1-800-962-9498 (TTY)
  • Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Republic Services

  • 206-777-6440
  • Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Soos Creek Water and Sewer District

  • 253-630-9900, Option 3
  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Washington State Department of Commerce has established a utility assistance page to help connect with providers and information. The information is available in multiple languages.


Eviction Moratorium extended to Oct. 31

Tenants behind in their rent got some help when the governor extended the moratorium on evictions through Oct. 31.

The department of commerce has several available assistance programs:

Washington 2-1-1 has additional information.


If You Think You Were Exposed ...

If you think you were exposed to COVID-19, free testing is available in King County.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccinate Washington graphic

Nearby vaccination locations:

Valley Medical Center

HealthPoint

  • Drive through testing and vaccination site (805 SW 10th St., 98057), offers drive-through access for the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Appointments for 12-16 year olds or new patients can be made by calling 866-893-5717.

  • Current patients over age 18 can use MyHealthPoint Portal to schedule an appointment.

Kaiser Permanente

  • To schedule by phone, call 1-877-832-9915, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Interpreters are available. Patients who are 16-17 years old must have a parent or guardian call to schedule their appointment.

King County

 

Important Renton Phone Numbers

  • City Hall/City Clerk: 425-430-6400

  • Business Licensing & Tax: 425-430-6851; filelocal-wa.gov

  • Permitting, General: 425-430-7200

  • Utility Billing: 425-430-6852; rentonwa.gov/ub

 

Business Support - City of Renton Resources


Visit Why Renton for information on:
  • Financial Information

  • Small Business Resources

  • Rent & Mortgage Resources

  • CD CResource

  • Downloadable Sings

  • Business Response Team

  • Resources in Multiple Languages

  • COVID-19 Impact Map

 

City Hall

  • City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Most services available via telephone and online.
  • CDC guidelines for screening employees have been implemented. Health screening questions will be asked.

  • Increased frequency for disinfecting common spaces, counters and door handles in all facilities throughout our hours of operation.

  • Created COVID-19 page with links to information and prevention.

  • Enacted a telework policy for eligible employees until further notice.

  • Enacted a prohibition on enforcement of city noise restrictions on vehicles.

  • COVID-19 link added to Renton Responds app.

  • The human resources department is adapting to changes and making decisions to be responsive to COVID-19. We're doing everything to ensure we keep our employees safe and healthy as we continue to serve our customers.

  • Mayor's Emergency Order #2020-3: Supporting State Moratorium On Residential Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent.

  • Mayors urge residents to follow best practices.

  • Passport service is suspended until Phase 4 of the governor’s state reopening plan.

  • March 23 - Mayor’s COVID-19 update to City Council Committee of the Whole.

  • March 24 - City's response to governor's order of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy".

  • March 30 – Mayor’s letter to local businesses.

  • April 1 – City launches senior resources survey.

  • July 1 - City makes almost $1.4 million available to Renton small businesses by COVID-19. Apply online for CARES Act funding by July 30.

  • July 1 - City to begin distribution of 20,000 masks free to residents

  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

In-Person Services at City Hall

In-Person Services available Monday-Wednesday at city hall

Nearly all of our services are available online and our staff is, in many ways, even more accessible than ever thanks to innovative improvements to our virtual environment.

We recognize that not everyone has access to technology, so we are continuing to offer in-person services at city hall as follows:

  • Finance and police counters are open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Note: Fingerprinting is not currently available.
  • Our in-person permit counter is closed but is available virtually. We can provide a computer and telephone to attend a pre-scheduled appointment in our lobby.
  • Municipal Court Counter Services are available Thursdays and Fridays
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note: Hearings continue to be via Zoom/virtual

Note: Passports are not currently available

Masks are required to enter our buildings, including City Hall. You will be asked health screening questions and we are limiting the number of people inside at our counters so you may be asked to wait outside until space is available.

Donations/Volunteering

  • Bloodworks Northwest is short on supplies. Find a donation event.

 

Food Banks/Resources

City of Renton Human Services Resources Guide.

  • Salvation Army Food Bank (206 S. Tobin St., Renton 425-255-5969) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday. New clients should bring the following on their first visit: picture identification for person applying and for all members over the age of 18 living in their home (copies or a picture of household member ID’s works); Proof of address for all members 18 years of age living in the household; and birth certificate or other legal guardianship paperwork for all minors living in the household.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army, 720 S. Tobin St.) Monday–Thursday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army 300 Rainier Ave. N.) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8–10 a.m.

  • Sustainable Renton Free Grocery Store, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church (1700 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton 98056), Mondays, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Margie Williams Helping Hands Center (973 Chelan Ave. NE) Saturdays, 8–11 a.m. 

  • South King County Food Fighters.

  • Donations to WA Food Fund provide financial assistance to three organizations that supply every food bank in Washington: Second Harvest, Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest. Donations will fund food, materials, and personal protective equipment, as well as delivery and distribution.

  • United Way of King County is providing free food boxes to South King County community members who have been affected by COVID-19. Sign up.

Funeral Assistance

KCLS and FEMA Partnership Makes Registering for Funeral Assistance Easier

Housing - Help with Rent

Housing authority has CARES Act funding

Renton Housing Authority LogoRenton Housing Authority (RHA) has received CARES Act funding from the city.

These funds will assist our Renton residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are now in need of rent and utility assistance.

RHA has up to $3,000 per household in rental assistance and up to $500 per household in utility assistance available. Since their funding is limited, applications will be served in the order received. The last date to apply is Monday, Nov. 15, 2020.

 

African Community Housing & Development Renton Residents Rent and Utility Assistance Program

African Community Housing and Development (ACHD) is providing rent and utility assistance to Renton residents. Anyone experiencing hardship are encouraged to submit an application.

Connect with staff at 206-257-1166 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Eligibility

  1. Services provided with funding under this program shall be limited to residents of Renton.

  2. Economic support to residents is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 –related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of a resident or a family member.

  3. Residents meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income resilient population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI (area median income), but residents with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using ACHD funds.

Needed from Residents

  1. Proof they reside in Renton (utility bill, rent contract, bank statement, other).

  2. Recent Rent/ Utility Bill(s) of past due notice.

  3. Letter from employer or unemployment check showing loss of income.

    A. Verification of income (pay stubs).
    B. Letter of employer for termination or reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  4. Proof that they make UNDER the AMI guidelines.

  5. They will NOT receive other help from other organizations under this grant.

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Address of tenant and landlord.

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


The Salvation Army of Renton

Call their main number at 425-255-5969 and choose option 4 (eviction prevention) to get information on rent assistance and all the details for the application/intake process. 

Callers can also select Option 5 for utility assistance and learn details in regards to the application/intake process.

Salvation Army follows a process of first come, first serve for helping with both rent and utility assistance. Using their information line is the best way.


Multi-Service Center

The Multi-Service Center currently has limited funding to support families and individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic with rent assistance. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Live in Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, or Tukwila

  • Have been directly impacted by the crisis and be able to provide documentation of impact, such as, but not limited to pay stubs, unemployment benefits, letter from employer, or medical emergency documentation

  • Have a current monthly income that falls within the income limits for household size listed below. We may not have funding available for both tiers. Please check our website (link below) for most current info.

Household Size  Tier 1 Max  Tier 2 Max
 1 person  $2,126 $3,483 
 2 persons  $2,873 $3,983
 3 persons  $3,620 $4,479
 4 persons  $4,366 $4,975
 5 persons  $5,113 $5,375
 6 persons  $5,860 $5,775
 7 persons  $6,606 $6,171
 8 persons  $7,353 $6,571

If you meet the requirements, you may apply online.

Questions? Email covidrenthelp@mscheipsorg.


United Way of King County

Income Tax Help

United Way of King County (UWKC ) is offering free online tax preparation services through the end of tax season.

Individuals can file taxes via UWKC’s MyFreeTaxes.com or find other free filing options at IRS's Free File.

UWKC has toll-free hotline, 1-833-540-0800, for assistance with My Free Taxes. Help is available 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends.

 

Mental Health Resources/Health Care

Healthcare

  • WIC - WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help getting other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.

  • COVID-19 Resources for the elderly and families

Mental Health Resources

  • CDC: Managing Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19

  • CDC: Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

  • SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

  • King County: Crisis Connections

  • Wash DoH: Social Distancing and Mental Health

  • Seattle Times: Community Support Resources

Seniors

Medicare Advantage - Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Additionally, there are several recommended things you can do to support yourself:

 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths and stretch, eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid excessive alcohol and drugs.

  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Online Payments

  • Business licenses, pet licenses, courts, tax and licensing and utility bills can all be paid online.

  • Business Licensing & Tax: 425-430-6851; filelocal-wa.gov.

 

Pets

  • RASKC: Regional Animal Services of King County 

  • CDC - If you have pets

 

Renton Municipal Airport

  • Offices are closed to the public. Runway and services are operating.

  • General information available on website or call 425-430-7471 (administration) or 206-423-3715 (maintenance).

Renton Municipal Court

 
 

Municipal Court Counter Services are available Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at city hall.

Note

  • Hearings continue to be via Zoom/virtual

  • Passports are not currently available

 

 

Scams

Unfortunately, scammers are preying on the fears surrounding COVID-19.

The Federal Trade Commission has some tips on dealing with those unwanted phone calls and emails. The state also has help with stimulus payment scams.

Shelters

Men’s Shelters & Day Centers

ARISE
Catholic Community Services. Hosted by a different Renton church every month. Includes case management services.

  • Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight services from 7:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Men allowed on-site at 7 p.m.
  • 515B 116th Ave NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 289-4044

Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals. Open Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 515B 116th Ave NE Suite 174
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Women’s Shelters & Day Centers

Women's Shelters and Day Centers

Kent Hope
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals, healthcare. Open every day 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • 9009 Canyon Drive
    Kent, WA 98030
    (253) 480-2325

The Sophia Way
Apply for extended stay shelter online.
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, breakfast/lunch. Open every day 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 3032 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 896-7385

Women’s Referral Center
Check-in at Angeline’s Day Center between 6-9 p.m. then transported to host locations for overnight stay. The center offers showers, laundry, and dinner.

  • 2030 3rd Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 441-3210

Hospitality House
Opens at 6 p.m. every night.

  • 419 SW 150th St.
    Burien, Washington 98166
    (206) 242-1860

Family Shelters & Day Centers

Center of Hope Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry. Open Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Matthews Lutheran Church
1700 Edmonds Ave. NE

Mary’s Place
Call 206-245-1026 for shelter referrals. 

 

City of Renton Releases

 

 

Protective Measures

Community members are encouraged to help protect yourself as you would during any cold or flu season and take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others

  • Have backup plans for work and/or childcare.

  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you believe you have been exposed to or have symptoms

  • Call your doctor – Do not go into the medical facility

  • Your doctor will make an assessment about next steps. If it is determined that you should be screened for COVID-19, your doctor will contact King County Public Health to make arrangements for screening.

  • Take all appropriate precautions. Do not go to work if you are sick.  Wash your hands often and do not touch your face.

Here in Renton, we’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination.

People who are traveling should be aware of the impacted countries, and if they become ill after traveling, call a doctor or hospital.

Please stay informed and prepared. We’ll continue to keep our community updated via our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

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