COVID-19 Resources for Residents

Here is a list of resources that are being offered to assist residents in response to COVID-19 (as of March 18, 2020).

Residents: Please read our latest letter that contains important information from CHH in regard to COVID-19.

Resources from the City of Seattle
For all resources from the City of Seattle, visit their COVID-19 Resources for the Community website for updates. This website is updated regularly.

Unemployment Resources
If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Please visit the WA Employment Security Department website or call their claims center (800-318-6022) to see if you are eligible.

Food Resources
– Interactive Map with Seattle Area Food Resources
– Some schools will be feeding all Seattle Public Schools students Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the duration of the school closure. For more information, visit the Seattle Public Schools website
– Free groceries or meals at SODO Community Market.
– If you are currently enrolled in City-supported child care and food assistance programs, you are eligible for $800 in food vouchers. For more information, visit their FAQ webpage.
– COVID19 Mutual Aid and Solidarity Network has a online request form for food and supplies to be dropped off at people’s doors. Requests can be made through this online request form.

Health Care Resources
– In response to the potential growth of COVID-19 cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.
– YMCA of Greater Seattle is offering virtual workouts.
– CHI Franciscan is offering free virtual urgent care visits for people experiencing mild Coronavirus symptoms with their coupon code “COVID19” visit the CHI Franciscan website for more information and to access their virtual appointment portal.

Utility Resources
– All SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19. Utility service will stay on as their deferred payment plans are developed and implemented. Visit the City of Seattle website for more information.
– Comcast Internet Essentials Program is offering two free months of internet as a response to COVID-19. Residents can sign up for the program on the Comcast Internet Essentials Website.

For New Resources in Real Time
Follow these accounts/websites for real-time updates in resources and news:
King County Public Health – COVID-19
King County Public Health Twitter
Seattle Times – COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Instagram
City of Seattle Resources

Personalized Resource Referral
Contact your Resident Services Coordinator to have a deeper conversation about resources for your unique situation.
– Azizza Mussa: 206-503-4638 |
– Derek Senior: 206-681-5553 |
– Demontrice Bigham: 206-471-1794 |
– Ji Soo Kim: 206-637-2364 |

Resident Spotlight: Miriam Pratt

Miriam Pratt (pictured with a purple scarf) at the Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting. Photo courtesy of Carlos Imani / Africatown Media.

Miriam Pratt’s parents used to live at 17th and Yesler in the Central District when they first arrived in Seattle, less than 20 blocks from her east-facing apartment in the Liberty Bank Building – she loves watching the beautiful sunrises. Her father was civil rights leader Edwin T. Pratt, memorialized in the Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pratt Park, and, most recently, the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center. She sees his name and picture by the elevator every time she comes home now.

The Pratts embodied a vision for equal housing, education, and employment, becoming the first Black family to live in Shoreline. 50 years ago, her father was assassinated at their home. Miriam was five years old.

She and her mother left Seattle and, in 1978 when her mother passed away, she moved back to Seattle for several years and then to Texas to live with her grandparents. She’s now living in Seattle for the first time since her childhood, putting the finishing touches on her new, never-before-lived-in home.

“It feels like a village,” she says. “We help each other out. We all work together. It’s a joy.”

Miriam remembers receiving a call from Sasha, a CHH Housing Assistant, asking if she was still interested in living in the Liberty Bank Building. She’d been on the waitlist. In fact, she had been staying with friends and family without a home of her own for a very long time. She imagined her parents were looking out for her.

For Miriam, the Liberty Bank Building is an opportunity to bring back a community disenfranchised by the oppressive systems and attitudes that her father fought against and that that persist today. Named after and located on the same site as the historic Liberty Bank, the first Black-owned bank west of the Mississippi, the building represents a legacy of community resilience in the face of systemic, institutional racism. It also creates opportunities for a bright future for its residents.

“The Liberty Bank Building is an example of what he would have liked to see being done,” she says.

For herself, she sees this moment in time as a chance for all people to “light the torch again” to make progress toward equality and civil rights for everyone.

CHH developed the Liberty Bank Building in partnership with Africatown Community Land Trust, Byrd Barr Place, and the Black Community Impact Alliance. Africatown CLT recently began community conversations about a new development right around the corner at 23rd and Union – Africatown Plaza. Miriam has been attending those meetings.

“I’ve met families who grew up in the Central District who can only stay because of Affordable Housing.” She’s committed to seeing more families stay in place and to welcoming displaced people back home.

Resident Spotlight: Myrtle

Myrtle remembers walking by the El Nor when she was a little girl living in the Central District. “I remember the women working with their flowers and veggies,” she recalls, alluding to the large, beautiful resident garden, “it was always here.”

Myrtle refers to herself as a “CD Baby” – she grew up here, raised her family here, and later, retired here. She’s seen a lot of changes in those times – buildings torn down, new people moving in, seniors and families getting pushed out. And yet, Myrtle hasn’t let that discourage her. She still feels a strong sense of community in the neighborhood, and even greets newcomers with a friendly “welcome to the CD!”

Nonetheless, she feels lucky to be able to continue living in the Central District. With rising rents and skyrocketing housing prices, she considers her home at Capitol Hill Housing’s 55-unit El Nor building for seniors to be a “blessing.” With a monthly rent she can afford on her fixed income, she is able to stay in her community where she knows everybody and has a strong social network, close to family and resources. Myrtle talks passionately about the bingo nights, the garden, and even regular outings that contribute to a strong sense of community within her building, where she knows her neighbors and feels safe and well cared for.

“We all have so much we can learn from one another,” she says, referring to both her neighbors and other community members. “It’s great to be able to share our histories.”

Despite all this, Myrtle says she is ready to move on. While her apartment is cozy, it is too small to comfortably host guests. And with her daughter and two grandchildren living close by, Myrtle would love to be able to have them over for dinner, and have a place for her grandson to sleep when he comes to visit. Myrtle hopes she can find this in the new apartments being built by Capitol Hill Housing at the Liberty Bank Building, at the site of the historic Liberty Bank.

“I opened my first bank account at Liberty Bank when I was 16,” Myrtle recalls. “It would feel like coming full circle to be able to live in a place with so much historic meaning.”

Looking back, Myrtle is proud of how far she’s come. She has a home, her family is doing well, and she is dedicated to using her life to make a difference for the younger generation. “I’ve struggled, my family’s struggled,” she says, “but I’m blessed to be where I am now, to have a home here in my ‘little sanctuary.’”

Resident Spotlight: Bill Hall

Bill has lived in the Cal Anderson House for 20 years, his story entwined with the city and the history of AIDS in Seattle. 

Bill first learned he was HIV-positive in 1986 and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1992.  At the time, he had been living in Reno, a city he loved, but one without many services for people living with this disease.  His doctor suggested he moved somewhere with more services, but the wait time for care in places like New York City or San Francisco was sometimes years long.  Seattle, on the other hand, could offer him the support he needed immediately.

Bill recalls how the Seattle community opened its heart to people with HIV. “If you were diagnosed, and you had the ability to travel, you moved to Seattle,” he says. Seattle had support groups, doctors, transitional housing, meals, and hospice care. Most importantly, it had community. Bill became involved in the Bailey-Boushay House, a local organization that primarily offered hospice care to those affected with the disease, but also support groups and resources for those recently diagnosed.

Shortly after his arrival, AIDS Housing of Washington (now Building Changes) came to the Boushay House to discuss housing needs and opportunities for the community.  Bill joined a focus group, where the idea to create an independent living complex for those living with AIDS was introduced.  There seemed to be great support for the idea, but after the focus group disbanded, Bill didn’t know what became of the project.

Bill eventually found a home in the Rainier Valley, commuting 50 minutes by bus for treatment at Harborview Medical Center multiple times a week. Following one of his appointments, Bill was walking down Broadway when he saw a sign advertising the future home of “the state’s first independent housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.” He immediately called his social worker – it turned out this was the same project he participated in a focus group for and they were now accepting applications.

The “opportunity to live people going through the same things you are” was too important to pass up.  When he heard from the Northwest Aids Foundation (now Lifelong AIDS Alliance) who owned the building at the time that he was accepted, he was ecstatic and immediately started making plans to move.

The building was opened in 1994 at a ceremony attended by the mayor and Cal Anderson, at the time the state’s only openly gay legislator who himself had AIDs.  Bill was the second resident to move in and has called the building home ever since.  He loves the location: close to Harborview and other services, and how it feels safe and welcoming to live in a community with people who are going through similar life experiences.  Bill says many people feel this way, and few choose to leave once they move in.  In over 20 years of living at the Cal, Bill can only remember two people who have left (though, sadly, many have passed away due to their illness).

Bill is an integral member of the community. Before his health got too bad, he worked for Plymouth Housing, was a regular attendee at building meetings and events, and volunteered for a number of local organizations.  Just last year, he was nominated by Plymouth for his dedication to the community and rewarded with a beautiful handmade quilt from Seattle Modern Quilter’s Guild.

Bill loves his home and is thankful for the comfort and support it offers. He hopes to build a greater sense of community among his neighbors and elevate the specific needs of residents, a goal shared by Capitol Hill Housing, which took over management of the building from Plymouth Housing in 2016.

Bill points out that the Cal Anderson is a lot more than just an apartment building for residents, it’s their home. When so many aspects of their life are so challenging, having a safe, welcoming place to return to is invaluable.

NEAR: Navigating Employment with Assistance & Resources

This new program supports CHH residents with one-on-one mentorship from professionals in the Seattle community by providing personalized and encouraging guidance on residents’ job and career goals.

In a mentor session, volunteers will review and assess resident interests, skills, work history and employment goals. Residents will develop their interests, learn what opportunities are available in their field of interest/skill, polish their resume building skills, prepare for the interview process, and gain assistance in applying for opportunities. Mentor sessions are designed to provide personalized and individual services, where the resident is at the helm and the volunteer is a navigator.

If you are a CHH resident interested in enrolling, or if you’re interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Resident board member position

CHH is seeking a resident to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position helping guide the vision and strategy for the organization. In order to keep a strong connection to the communities we serve, one of
the Capitol Hill Housing Board of Directors seats is to be occupied by a current resident that meets the qualifications.

Download the qualifications here.

Download the nomination form here. 

Nominations will be accepted until August 7, 2015.

Thank you for giving BIG

BIG thanks from all of us here at Capitol Hill Housing!
We received over $47,000 during the GiveBIG online giving campaign, including nearly $10,000 in first-time gifts. We will also receive a $10,000 challenge grant, in addition to stretch funds from Seattle Foundation.
This support from our generous community will allow us to expand our Resident Services program to even more of the families who call a Capitol Hill Housing apartment home.


Providing homes – creating great communities

We are very proud of our buildings – both the character properties that we have preserved and dramatic new construction. But the real reason we do what we do is to provide homes for our neighbors and to create great communities.

In 2012 we opened our 44th building, the Jefferson, in the Central District – welcoming 40 new households to the neighborhood. Three of the first residents to move in were Nicole and Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy and their 15-month-old daughter Vivienne.

Nicole recently completed her Bachelor’s degree and works for the Seattle Alehouses, travelling between Columbia City and Queen Anne. Ben works as a security guard at the Frye Art Museum and is a musician in a number of Seattle bands.

Before finding the Jefferson, they lived in a small one bedroom apartment on Capitol Hill. It was a tight fit for two. Once Vivienne arrived, it was vital that they find a home where a toddler could have room to grow. But affordable homes in central Seattle are few and far between – especially homes that are clean, safe, and quiet.

By providing affordable and high quality housing to families like Nicole and Benjamin’s, we ensure that central Seattle and all Seattle remain vibrant and diverse, and we help our residents to have more spendable income to meet their needs.

GiveBIG on May 15: Donate to CHH through the Seattle Foundation website on May 15, 2013 to support our Resident Services program, which works to build community for all CHH residents.

Join CHH at Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

Monday, February 11, 2013
8am – 3pm

At the State Capitol in Olympia

Join CHH staff, residents, and other advocates as we urge our elected officials to increase access to affordable housing and to protect services that prevent and end homelessness.

Attendance is free; suggested donation is $20.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Transportation may be arranged.

RSVP: to Ashley Palar, CHH’s Resident Services Coordinator at 206-204-3808 or

For more info on Advocacy Day, check out the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.