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Direct cash benefit for laid off or reduced-hour hospitality workers now available

The City of Seattle announced on Monday that $2.17 million in direct cash assistance is now available for hospitality workers who live and work in Seattle who have lost jobs or income (reduced hours) due to COVID-19. People in need of assistance can visit this website to learn if they qualify and apply for resources.

Through this fund, hospitality workers that have experienced economic distress caused by job or income loss due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 per family. An individual could receive $1,000, with an additional $200 per dependent, up to $2,000 per family. Eligible recipients must either be employed, laid off, and/or faced reduced hours in the hospitality industry and earn less than 60% of the area median income (AMI) to qualify.

Here are frequently asked questions about this fund.

Here is where workers can apply for the fund.

If you know anyone who may benefit from this, please pass this information on to them.

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