OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE services
We got this, Seattle.
For decades, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has been on the front lines in times of crisis. We have been, and remain, a place of solace, refuge, and support for our most vulnerable communities, families, and people. We are committed to supporting our community through these unprecedented times! We may not be a hospital but we are, and will remain, first responders for those most vulnerable and in need.
Please use this page to keep track of and connect with the emergency assistance services provided through the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for the remainder of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has returned to our normal hours of operation.
Our main office will be operating on the following adjusted schedule:
Monday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM | Walk-Ins welcome until 4PM | Appointments preferred.
If you are sick or unable to make it to our office, we will gladly work with you via phone. Simply call (206) 461-3792 and press 0 to speak to our receptionist.
Please wear a mask when entering our office. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one for you.
WA State protocol advises if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate yourself for 72 hours before coming to receive emergency services.
If symptoms persist past 72 hours, please contact your medical care provider immediately.
VIEW OUR COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
$50 Lyft Credits
ULMS has partnered with Lyft to make sure transportation access is available to those who may be in need of services, food, or a way to get to/apply for work.
- Click the “Request a Lyft” button.
- Complete and submit the “Need A Lyft” survey.
- Your Lyft credit code will be sent to the email provided.
- Login to your Lyft account.
- Enter the code into the “Promo” section of the Lyft app.
The following restrictions apply:
- Limit one per client/Lyft account
- Lyft codes may only be used once
- Clients must be using the Lyft code for transportation to/from work, emergency services, and/or to interview for jobs.
Career Bridge Classes Now Offered Virtually
The Urban League’s signature Career Bridge job readiness program has now gone virtual! Participants may now continue to work toward professional development outcomes in our virtual classroom.
The Career Bridge program is designed to help individuals with multiple barriers access education, employment, and economic career pathway opportunities in order to improve their quality of life.
To learn more about the Career Bridge program, please visit https://urbanleague.org/careerbridge/
In lieu of the traditional Monday – Friday schedule, classes will now be held virtually Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1PM – 3PM.
These classes will cover topics such as:
- Job Readiness
- Life Skills
- Cover Letter Assistance
- Resume Assistance
Students have the option of earning the following certifications:
- OSHA 10
- Industrial First Aid
Students must register for a cohort before the official first day of class. All upcoming Career Bridge cohorts are open to any student participant who meets the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
All cohorts are open to any individual with a diverse background, including but not limited to:
- Those who are formerly justice involved
- Those experiencing homelessness
Priority Hire Assessments
Now Offered Virtually
We recognize the lack of representation for workers of color when it comes to construction and other related industries. Our goal to not only provide training and job access within this specific workforce, but also emphasize and support women and people of color as valuable contributions to the industry.
Priority Hire is a City of Seattle ordinance that was enacted in 2015, to prioritize individuals for recruitment, training, and employment into the construction workforce.
For more details about the Priority Hire program, please visit https://urbanleague.org/priorityhire/
Participants have the option of earning the following certifications:
- CPR/First Aid
All Priority Hire participants must meet the following guidelines in order to successfully enroll in the program:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be authorized to work in the U.S.
- Availability to attend trainings
- Have a willingness and interest in working in construction and completing an apprenticeship
The following qualifications can improve a participant’s chances to receive additional services and job placement opportunities, but aren not required:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Weekly Zoom Webinars with ULMS Job Developers
The ULMS job development team will now offer digital webinars to clients in need of job training an/or access to available employment opportunities.
- Each Wednesday, ULMS job developers will host career development training and consultation via Zoom for the first 15 clients to register each week.
- Webinars will cover topics such as resume building, assistance finding and submitting job applications, virtual interview etiquette, and more.
- Those who participate in the webinars will also be offered assistance with connecting with and applying to real, available job opportunities.
Due to limited space capacity per webinar session, clients will need to connect with our job development team first before receiving the zoom invitation link and login information.
If you are interested in attending a job training webinar with our Job Development team, please contact click the ‘Get Started’ button to begin.
New 24 Hour Young Adult Shelter Now Open
ULMS has collaborated with a local church partner to establish a new Young Adult Shelter in the Central District. The shelter will operate on a 24 hour schedule throughout the remainder of the pandemic. Participants may call the shelter line for admission and intake.
- 25 socially distant (6 feet apart) beds. One per client.
- Daily meals
- Gloves, masks, and sanitizer provided
- Hygiene items & shower access
- Clean clothes provided
- Permanent/transitional housing search and secure assistance
- Professional development opportunities (resume building, mock interviews, job searching, etc.)
- Case management assessment
- On site staff members for at all times immediate assistance
- Must be 18 – 24.
- All gender identities are welcome
- All races are welcome
- All sexual orientations are welcome
The shelter operates under a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for all harmful or inappropriate behaviors and/or activities including, but not limited to the following:
- No Drugs: marijuana, non-prescription opioids/opiates, narcotics of any kind, steroids, inhalants, drug paraphernalia, etc.
- No Alcohol: wine/wine coolers, beer, liquor, champagne, lean (or other drug/alcohol mixed beverages), alcoholic paraphernalia, etc.
- No Weapons: guns/bb guns, knives, shanks, baseball bats, brass knuckles, mase, tasers, fists, etc.
- No Violence: fighting, bullying, intimidation, verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual violence, property destruction, etc.)
Any violation of the aforementioned shelter rules will result in immediate loss of shelter privileges.
Any person who meets the client guidelines and is interested in utilizing the shelter can call the shelter directly at (206) 639-7477.
Rental Assistance & Transitional Housing
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is currently working with local community partners and government organizations to address an overwhelming amount of emergency rental assistance and housing requests received.
Thus far, ULMS has built 3 new tiny homes for families in need of transitional housing, with several more currently in development for the establishment of a second Urban League Village community.
These tiny homes are constructed with the help of our Priority Hire program participants in order to provide hands-on experience while working towards trade certification.
Those who are interested in occupying one of our Tiny Homes should contact our Lead Outreach Coordinator, Helen Gaines, via email@example.com for more information about the enrollment process.
Community Support & Relief
Since the Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate was put into effect for WA state in March of 2020, ULMS has been working with local minority-owned businesses and government organizations who are navigating the impacts of COVID-19 with financial and essential needs support.
In April 2020, restaurants in King County who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 were given the opportunity to partner with ULMS for civic engagement outreach in exchange for grant funding.
Restaurant owners were given ULMS Census outreach materials to include in their take-out or to-go orders and in turn, received $2,500 grants.
Participating restaurants included:
- June Baby
- Jerk Shack
- That Brown Girl Cooks
- Where Ya At, Matt
- Emerald City Fish & Chips
- Urban Connoisseurs
- City Teriyaki
If you are a restaurant owner and interested in future civic engagement outreach grant opportunities with the ULMS, please contact our Civic Engagement Coordinator, Maya Manus, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more!
In an effort to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, the WA State Department of Corrections is currently in the process of releasing hundreds of low-level offenders back into the community — many of whom will be in need of basic necessities and employment opportunities.
To assist with this effort, ULMS has donated an entire truck load of gently used clothing from our workforce clothing storage to the DOC. This clothing will be sorted and provided to more than 1,100 men and women scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.
Clothing items included:
ULMS has partnered with the South Seattle Senior Center to provide weekly basic grocery delivery for seniors who are unable to access food resources safely.