April 8, 2020
Stay Home, Stay Healthy Updates from Skagit County
News about COVID-19 changes often. We want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information so you can make the best choices for yourself and your family. Here are your updates from Skagit County:
- As of 3:30 p.m. today Skagit County has 172 of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5 deaths and 37 recoveries. Daily updates are available at http://www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus. Case Counts are updated at 4:00 p.m.
- In the next week, the Washington State National Guard will be deployed in Sedro-Woolley to assist Helping Hands Food Bank with sorting, packaging and delivering food. Residents can expect to see the Guardsmen in uniform, working in a friendly and supportive capacity to assist the community. Community members can expect to see the Guardsman through the end of the month.
- Skagit County Health Connection has a blog post on housing support during COVID-19. You can read about resources available to you here: https://skagitcounty.blog/2020/04/03/worried-about-housing-for-you-or-others-during-covid-19/
- Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation has temporarily prohibited in-person attendance at public meetings. The Skagit County Commissioners still want to hear from you. Public comments can be provided by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling the Commissioners’ office at (360) 416-1300.
- The latest episode of Conversations on COVID-19 can be viewed here. Learn about ways we can support our senior population during the stay home order.
- Remember: Staying home is the best way to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Only leave home for essential trips.
- Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Leibrand recommends that everyone wear face masks in public and while at work.
Tenant and Homeowner Resources Available
Stable housing is critical to staying home and staying healthy. If you’re facing an eviction notice or foreclosure on your home, there may be resources available to help.
Are you, a friend or family member facing an eviction notice? On March 18, Governor Inslee issued a moratorium to stop all residential rent-based evictions through April 24, 2020. If you, a friend, or family member have been served an eviction notice, you should reach out to the following groups:
- COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Complaint form: The Washington State Attorney General’s Office created an online form for complaints about evictions in violation of the Governor’s moratorium on certain residential evictions during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Solid Ground is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring housing stability for tenants and homeowners. Solid Ground is available to answer questions via their Tenant Services Message Line at 206-694-6767. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
- The Housing Resource Center operated by Community Action of Skagit County can help those currently homeless or facing eviction find new housing opportunities. You can find out more information and about how to apply by calling 360-416-7585.
- Landlord/tenant disputes are inherently a legal issue. The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) can help connect you with legal resources to protect your rights. They provide legal assistance to qualifying individuals on non-criminal matters. You can reach NJP through the CLEAR hotline at 1-888-201-1014 weekdays between 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
- Tenants Union of Washington State is a non-profit dedicated to protecting the rights of Washingtonian renters. The Tenants Union gives neighborly advice on how to deal with your landlord, approach disputes and your options when facing eviction. They are not legal experts and cannot provide direct counsel. You can reach their hotline at 206-723-0500.
You can still face an eviction for illegal activity or for creating a nuisance.
We know COVID-19 has created tremendous financial pressures for many. Government and nonprofit agencies have created these resources to help mitigate the negative effects of this crisis on your pocketbook. Our hope is that these resources assist you in staying home and staying safe during this difficult time.
Are you, a friend or a family member facing foreclosure on your home? If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are no longer able to make your mortgage payments, there are some resources available to help: