ARC helps people get into housing and have access to resources to help end their homelessness. Unfortunately, far too many live outside during the winter, so ARC helps those who face the cold elements avoid hypothermia by giving them sleeping bags, tents, and winter clothes.
ARC serves the homeless in four counties, King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom. While people are on the 3-8 year waitlist to get a housing voucher, people are hungry and cold most of the year. ARC provides hot meals, clothes, sleeping bags, tents, and backpacks to help folks hold on, have hope and survive.
ARC is once again spearheading signing up the homeless to get their stimulus checks. We are back on the streets helping the homeless filer for their stimulus payments 1 & 2. ARC is partnering with accountants who are volunteering their time to help the homeless file their 1040 tax returns so they can receive up to $1800 in stimulus relief funds.
Behind the scenes of our food and clothes outreach program, we work hand-and-hand with local agencies to sign people up to get a housing voucher. Once they receive a voucher, we work with them to find an apartment.
We also provide phones to set up interviews, jobs, as well as transportation to DSHS to get ID vouchers, SNAP, and emergency assistance.
Most of the people we serve don't choose to be homeless, but many are because they cannot afford rent due to job loss, domestic violence, death of a spouse or partner, physical and emotional disabilities, and no family to ask for help. With recent economic struggles due to COVID-19, many of these women and families with kids are forced to live in their cars.
We strive to make progress in other ways, including ARC solved a big problem when we secured mailing addresses for both men and women to get their mail. Now, all homeless people in Snohomish County can get Social Security payments, food stamps, and housing vouchers. This never happened before!
We are working hard and constantly reassessing how ARC can help people get out of the homeless condition.
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