As the COVID-19 pandemic creates many new legal challenges for low-income people across the state, the Legal Foundation of Washington remains committed to providing stable, reliable funding and support for our grantees as they respond quickly to meet the needs of clients while keeping staff and volunteers safe.
Legal aid is a vital component of our state’s front line COVID-19 response, and programs are adapting to provide urgent services and advocacy. Skyrocketing unemployment needs and denials of benefits, housing insecurity, disputes over medical and consumer debt, and many other conflicts caused by the pandemic can only be resolved through the civil justice system.
And many of those most harmed by systemic injustice, including communities of color, immigrants, and incarcerated people, are also most at-risk to the health and economic impacts of the virus.
How You Can Help
Our grantees prove every day that civil legal aid is a lifeline in a time of crisis. As Washington responds to and recovers from this crisis, our mission remains essential: ensuring that poverty and race are not barriers to justice.
Please donate to fund legal aid for our most vulnerable neighbors:Donate
Attorneys can also assist legal aid providers by volunteering your time:
For information about receiving legal help:
Read the COVID-19 resource guide from the Northwest Justice Project, Office of Civil Legal Aid, and Equal Justice Coalition.
For people without immigration status:
News and Updates
View selected recent media coverage of grantee services and advocacy around COVID-19:
5/29 – CNN – Millions of freelancers still wait for coronavirus unemployment benefits
5/28 – Politico – 2.1 million new unemployment claims filed, as workers struggle to get benefits
5/21 – Yakima Herald-Republic – Worker complaint alleges retaliation against strikers
5/15 – Bloomberg – Millions in U.S. Are On Edge, Waiting for Jobless Benefits
5/14 – KAPP-KVEW-TV – Q&A: Rental rights during COVID-19, free legal help available
5/13 – Seattle Times – Seattle public health doctor sues after being denied green card
5/12 – The Markup – Why Is It So Hard for Gig Workers to Get Unemployment Benefits?
5/2 – Spokane Spokesman-Review – On the Front Lines: Lawyer helps the unemployed
4/29 – The Columbian – Clark County groups assist with rent amid pandemic
4/23 – New York Times – Jobless Numbers Are ‘Eye-Watering’ But Understate the Crisis
4/23 – Crosscut – Advocates seek early release for incarcerated youth amid COVID-19
4/22 – Buzzfeed – Landlords Are Illegally Evicting Tenants During The Coronavirus Pandemic
4/22 – Wenatchee World – Confined housing and lack of info: Farmworkers brace for COVID-19
4/19 – Tri-City Herald – Tri-Cities renters sent eviction notices despite WA moratorium
4/17 – Tri-City Herald – Inslee extends eviction moratorium and bans rent hikes, late fees
4/16 – Seattle Times – ICE releases some detainees from Tacoma center
4/16 – KXLY-TV – Having trouble filing for unemployment? There’s a local resource
4/15 – Yakima Herald-Republic – Relief fund for undocumented workers sees big demand
4/13 – Seattle Times – State to furlough as many as 950 prisoners in bid to limit outbreaks
4/12 – Seattle Times – As farm work carries on, some worry about becoming new epicenter
4/10 – KIRO-TV – Jesse Jones explains what to do if you get an eviction notice in April
4/9 – KXLY-TV – Living in uncertainty, making ends meet during COVID-19 pandemic
4/6 – Yahoo! – Effort To Release Inmates At Risk For Coronavirus Underway in WA
4/6 – Bloomberg – ICE Cites Bunk-Bed Barriers to Defend Distancing of Migrants
4/4 – The Columbian – Eviction moratorium creates confusion for Clark County renters
4/2 – Tacoma News Tribune – Have a legal question about COVID-19?
4/2 – Sojourners – The U.S. Prison System Poses a Public Health Threat
4/2 – The Columbian – Clark County attorneys navigate legal system amid pandemic
4/2 – Bellingham Herald – Rent and bills are due for Whatcom residents. What if you can’t pay?
3/30 – Tacoma News Tribune – Inmates seeking release will be heard by State Supreme Court
3/26 – Associated Press – 2 virus-vulnerable detainees released from immigration jail
3/25 – Seattle Times – Inmates with health problems sue to force release over coronavirus fears
3/18 – KXLY-TV – “It’s a perfect incubator for COVID-19”: Activists want some inmates released
3/17 – Q13-TV – Advocates urge Governor to release susceptible prisoners
3/17 – Seattle Times – Advocacy groups urge Inslee to release thousands from WA prisons
3/17 – Reuters – As U.S. unemployment claims surge, know your status
3/16 – Crosscut – Coronavirus outbreak prompts call for ICE to release at-risk detainees
3/16 – The Columbian – Legal groups seek moratorium on evictions in Clark County
3/13 – Time – At WA Immigrant Detention Center, Attorneys Believe Outbreak is Inevitable
3/12 – Seattle Times – As virus slows Seattle’s economy, tenants raise concerns about evictions