Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington's Economy

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

COVID-19 Updates and Information

Community Resources

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WA Department of Health
Information and resources regarding the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington State.

Housing/Rent Assistance
Emergency housing grants including rent assistance. Assistance is provided through local housing providers in your community.

Utility Assistance
If you’ve fallen behind on your utilities, make a plan. Assistance is provided through local utility providers in your community.

Economic Resources

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Small Business Resources
StartUp Washington has put together a wealth of resources to guide you through the COVID-19 crisis.

Business Resiliency Network
Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for historically under-served business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.

Government Resources

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COVID Response Summary
Commerce has played a central role in delivering aid and support to businesses, local government, Tribes, nonprofits and struggling households.

Local Government Resources
Supporting cities and counties by providing information about federal and state funds as they become available to communities.