NOTE: This should not be confused with the Suquamish Tribe’s COVID-19 Financial Assistance, which you can apply for here. The following is for relief of housing costs only. If you have already applied for either program, you do not need to reapply.
The Suquamish Tribal Council is aware of the financial hardship and uncertainty our membership is facing during this COVID-19 pandemic. We have met to discuss ways in which we can help alleviate the financial stress our membership is currently facing. One way to relieve some financial stress is to assist our tribal tenants who are unsure how they will make their upcoming housing payments.
The COVID-19 Housing Relief Application is designed for tenants who reside in Suquamish Tribal Housings, including Elder Housings, NAHASDA Housings, Suquamish Steps Program, and Mutual Help Homeownership programs affected by COVID-19 “Stay at Home” order. Residents may be eligible for payment deferment for their housing payment from May 2020 to December 2020 due to financial hardship.
Deferment of housing payment is not payment forgiveness. A repayment plan will be created at a later date.
COVID-19 Housing Relief Application does not apply to residents that only pay water fee or sewer fee to the Suquamish Housing Program.
You can download the application here or fill out the online form below.
In response to the Suquamish Tribal Council’s facial covering policy (Resolution # 2020-104) and overall COVID–19 response, the Suquamish Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center would like to assist our Port Madison Indian Reservation businesses during this global public health emergency.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the social and economic vitality of our local community. But we can lessen these impacts and recover from this public health pandemic when business owners like yourself take steps to reduce your risk and take steps now to recover. Working collaboratively with employees, the public, and local government, businesses can help strengthen both public health and community response in a manner that protects us all.
To support this effort, the Suquamish Tribe’s Office of Emergency Management has compiled this tool kit of resources with links to useful tools that are drawn from the following authoritative sources:
Suquamish Tribal Government
Kitsap Health District
Washington State Department of Health
Food Workers and Establishments Guidance on COVID-19
Washington State Coronavirus Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Planning Guides & Checklists
Don’t Spread Germs at Work (Employers)
Stay Home if You’re Sick (Employers)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance is now available to Suquamish Tribal members at least 18 years of age impacted by pandemic.
Up to $3000 in assistance is available per person. The assistance can be used for:
- Purchasing groceries
- Paying overdue rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure
- Covering unforeseen financial costs for funerals
- Other unforeseen financial costs for emergency individual or family needs.
- Other hardships
To apply for assistance, applicants must be enrolled Suquamish Tribe members and at least 18 years of age. COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance is available once per member.
Deadline to apply: Aug. 16
To apply for assistance online click here.
The Suquamish Tribal Court announced it will tentatively resume regular operations on June 8.
In an update to its Emergency Administrative Order filed May 28, the Court said the reopening could be delayed “depending on the status of the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
In the meantime, the Court will continue to be available “to hear all matters of an urgent nature, including requests for all types of protection orders and emergency child welfare orders.”
Questions should be sent to the court clerks at email@example.com or by calling (360) 394-8697.
You can read the full order here.
In this how-to video, Tom Axtelle, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center, provides a practical method to help manage and reduce anxiety.
Called the Emotional Freedom Technique, this series of tapping motions may seem a little strange at first, but has been shown to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.
Give it a try!