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Community Resource Center Updates – June 7, 2021

In this week’s issue of the Community Corner newsletter:

COVID-19 Bill Assistance Program: Puget Sound Energy has recently relaunched its
COVID Bill Assistance Program to help residential customers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This program allows customers to receive up to $2,500 in additional utility bill payment assistance, up to $2,500 to forgive past balances for customers who received energy assistance in the past, extended payment plans up to 18 months, and the option to change their energy bill’s due date.

Summer Boost for SNAP, WIC, and Pandemic-EBT: Just in time for summer, participants in two important nutrition programs — SNAP and WIC—will get a boost in their benefits this summer. A third program that provides money for food for eligible families, Pandemic-EBT, will also stretch food dollars, including for fruits and vegetables. Learn more.

Careers in Construction Trades: ANEW offers pre-apprenticeship programs, employment navigation, and financial support for individuals who desire a family-wage career in the construction industry. Earn a paycheck while you learn. Start at $20-30+/hr your first day! Learn more.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition which may occur after someone experiences a traumatic event, such as combat and sexual or physical assault. Help raise awareness about recovery options to those who are impacted.

  • National Center for PTSD | The National Center for PTSD provides mobile apps, videos, printed materials and online tools to educate and assist veterans, the general public, and professionals about PTSD.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) | The APA includes a list of professional organizations whose members specialize in trauma-specific treatments, along with fact sheets providers can share with clients.
  • National Institute of Mental Health | The NIMH offers free brochures and shareable resources, including how to help children and adolescents cope with disasters and other traumatic events.
  • How to Manage Trauma | This handout from the National Council for Behavioral Health provides an easy-to-ready overview of trauma, its symptoms, and helpful coping strategies.

View the full newsletter PDF here.