Maswali yanayoulizwa sana

Je! Una maswali yoyote ambayo hayajajibiwa hapa? Tutumie barua pepe relief@immigrantreliefwa.org

Je, ninahitaji nyaraka gani ili kuomba?

Kabla ya kuomba, utahitaji kukusanya nyaraka za kuonyesha utambulisho wako na kuwa unaishi katika Jimbo la Washington. Kwa mfano, unaweza kutoa nakala ya kitambulisho cha serikali, leseni ya kuendesha gari, au bili ya matumizi iliyo na jina na anwani yako. Unaweza kuona chati hapa chini iliyo na orodha kamili ya nyaraka zinazokubalika.

Hizi ndizo nyaraka ambazo unaweza kutumia katika ombi lako ili kuthibitisha utambulisho wako na mahali unapokaa katika Jimbo la Washington. Tafadhali hakikisha kuwa una nakala yoyote inayoonekana wazi kati ya nyaraka hizo:

  • Hati moja kutoka kwenye Orodha ya A, au
  • Hati moja kutoka kwenye Orodha ya B na Orodha ya C


Orodha ya A: Hati za Makazi na Utambulisho


Orodha ya B: Hati za Utambulisho


Orodha ya C: Hati za Makazi

  •  Kadi ya Utambulisho ya Jimbo la Washington inayoonyesha jina kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Leseni ya Kuendesha Gari ya Jimbo la Washington inayoonyesha jina kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Kadi ya sasa ya utambulisho wa mwanafunzi kutoka kwa shule iliyoko katika jimbo la Washington
  • Bili yoyote ya matumizi inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Bili ya simu ya mkononi au bili ya intaneti inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Taarifa ya bima inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Taarifa ya benki inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Malipo ya ushuru ya 2019 yanayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Hati ya malipo kutoka kwa mwajiri inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani yako ya makazi ya jimbo la Washington
  • Stakabadhi ya kulipa kodi inayoonyesha jina lako kamili na anwani ya jimbo la Washington
  • Kadi ya Metro iliyo na picha
  • Leseni ya Dereva ya Kimataifa
  • Cheti cha kuzaliwa
  • Kadi ya ubalozi
  • Pasipoti kutokanchi yoyote
  • Kadi ya Utambulisho wa mwanafunzi kutoka kwa shule yoyote
Barua iliyosainiwa na iliyo na tarehe* inayoonyesha jina kamili na nambari ya simu ya mtu aliyeandika barua hiyo kutoka kwa vituo hivi:
  • Mtu aliyekukodishia nyumba akikiri kuwa wewe ni mkazi wa Washington
  • Mwakilishi kutokadini yako akikiri kuwa wewe ni mkazi wa Washington

Ni nani anayeweza kuomba?

Ili uweze kuomba pesa hizi za usaidizi, lazima: 

  • Uwe unaishi Washington
  • Uwe na angalau umri wa miaka 18
  • Lazima uwe umeathiriwa sana na janga hilo (kama vile kupoteza kazi, kuambukizwa virusi, au uwe unatunza mtu wa familia aliyeambukizwa) 
  • Hupaswi kuwa unastahiki kupokea pesa za usaidizi kutoka kwa serikali au bima ya ukosefu wa ajira kwa sababu ya hali ya uhamiaji. Wakimbizi, wanaotafuta hifadhi, wahamiaji wa COFA, na waombaji wa DACA hawastahiki kuomba pesa hizo, kwa sababu kwa kawaida wanaweza kupata pesa kutoka kwa serikali na malipo ya ukosefu wa ajira.
  • Lazima familia yako iwe inapata mapato ya chini. Hii inamaanisha kuwa familia yako ina mapato ya kila mwaka ambayo ni chini ya 250% ya kiwango kilichowekwa na serikali cha umaskini. 

Je, watu wengi katika familia yangu wanaweza kuomba?

Ndiyo, kila mtu katika familia yako ambaye anastahiki kupata pesa hizo na ambaye ana umri wa zaidi ya miaka 18 anaweza kuomba. Kila mtu anastahili kujaza ombi lake mwenyewe.

Ninapaswa kuombaje?

Unaweza kuomba kupitia kwa mtandao au kwa kutumia simu. Njia hizo mbili zinapatikana katika lugha nyingi. Siku ya mwisho ya kutuma ombi ni tarehe 15 Mei: lakini, ikiwa pesa hizo zitaisha kabla ya wakati huo, basi huenda shughuli ya kuomba ifungwe mapema – kwa hivyo unafaa kuomba sasa! Unapaswa kutuma ombi mara moja tu: usitume ombi mara nyingi.

Kuomba kupitia kwa mtandao:

Tembelea www.apply.immigrantreliefwa.org. Unaweza kutuma ombi kwa lugha ya Kihispania, Kiingereza, Kichina, Kivietinamu, au Kikorea. Ombi liko kwenye programu inayoitwa Submittable. Ili uanze shughuli ya kuomba, utahitaji kuunda akaunti kwa Submittable. Hii itakuhitaji uweke anwani yako ya barua pepe, na uunde nenosiri. Hakikisha kuwa umeandika anwani ya barua pepe na nenosiri utakayotumia kuunda akaunti yako, ili usisahau.

Katika ombi hilo, utajaza majibu ya maswali, na utahitajika kupakia hati kadhaa ili kuthibitisha utambulisho wako na mahali unapoishi. Ombi hilo litachukua kati ya dakika 20 na saa moja kukamilisha. 

Ili kupata msaada kwa kutumia njia ya simu:

Piga simu kwa WAISN kupitia1-844-724-3737 (kunafunguliwa kila siku, 6 AM-9PM). Kabla ya kupiga simu, tafadhali kusanya hati zinazohitajika ili kuthibitisha utambulisho na mahali unapoishi. Wakalimani wanapatikana katika lugha nyingi kukusaidia kupitia simu. Tafadhali fahamu kuwa huenda ukahitaji kusubiri kwa sababu tunatarajia kupokea simu nyingi.

Ukimaliza kutuma ombi:

Baada ya kutuma ombi, utapokea barua pepe ya uthibitisho. Barua pepe hiyo itajumuisha nambari yako ya pekee ya ombi: tafadhali hakikisha umeandika nambari hiyo. Ikiwa unahitaji kuuliza maswali kuhusiana na ombi lako baadaye, utahitaji kujua nambari hiyo ya ombi.

Utaendelea kupata habari kuhusu ombi lako kupitia barua pepe na ujumbe mfupi. Utajulishwa kufikia Juni 15 ikiwa ombi lako limekubaliwa, na malipo yako yatatumwa kufikia Juni 30 (hata ingawa yanaweza kuchukua wiki 2-3 ili kufika kwa barua).

Pesa zetu sio nyingi, kwa hivyo sio kila mtu anayeomba ataweza kupata msaada kwa wakati huu. 

Je! Kuna kikomo cha mapato?

Lazima familia yako iwe inapata mapato ya chini. Hii inamaanisha kuwa familia yako ina mapato ya kila mwaka ambayo ni chini ya 250% ya kiwango kilichowekwa na serikali cha umaskini. Mapato ya juu ya kustahiki kupata pesa hizo inategemea idadi ya watu katika familia yako. 

  • Ikiwa kuna mtu anayeishi pamoja nawe ambaye anategemea mapato yako (huwa unalipa bili zao na kuwasaidia), wao ni sehemu ya familia yako. Kwa mfano, ikiwa unasaidia kifedha mtoto au babu au nyanya anayeishi pamoja nawe, wao wanahesabiwa kama sehemu ya familia yako.
  • Ikiwa kuna watu wengine walioajiriwa wanaotegemeza wale wanaohitaji msaada, mapato yao yote yakiwa pamoja ndio jumla ya mapato yote ya familia yako. Kwa mfano, ikiwa unapata $12,000 na mke/mume wako anapata $18,000, basi mapato yote ya familia yako ni $30,000.
  • Ikiwa kuna watu wengine wanaoishi nyumbani kwako, lakini wanajitegemeza kifedha (wanajilipia bili zao), basi usiwahesabu kama sehemu ya familia yako.

Unaweza kuona kiasi kilichowekwa cha mapato ya kila mwaka hapa chini:

Idadi ya watu katika familia
Kiasi kilichowekwa cha mapato kila mwaka
Wastani wa mapato ya kila mwezi
1
$31,900
$2,658
2
$43,100
$3,592
3
$54,300
$4,525
4
$65,500
$5,458
5
$76,700
$6,392
6
$87,900
$7,325
7
$99,100
$8,258
8
$110,300
$9,192

Submittable ni nini?

Submittable ni kampuni inayotoa huduma za kutuma ombi kama hili. Idara ya Jimbo la Washington ya Huduma za Jamii na Afya na Scholarship Junkies wameshirikiana na Submittable kusimamia mchakato wa kutuma maombi na kusambaza tuzo. Scholarship Junkies itakagua na kushughulikia maelezo yote ya kibinafsi.

Ikiwa huna akaunti ya Submittable kwa sasa, utaelekezwa kuunda akaunti kabla ya kupata fomu. Utahitaji kuingiza anwani ya barua pepe na kuunda nenosiri: hakikisha kuwa umeandika nenosiri hiyo ili usisahau baadaye. Submittable inapendekeza kutumia vivinjari kama Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, au Apple Safari. Internet Explorer haitumiki. 

Ikiwa nilipata ufadhili wakati mwingine, je, ninaweza kuomba tena?

Ndiyo! Ikiwa ulikuwa umeomba pesa za Usaidizi wa COVID-19 kwa Wahamiaji wa Washington mnamo Oktoba au Novemba mwaka jana, unaweza kuomba tena ufadhili zaidi– iwe ulipata ufadhili huo wakati mwingine au la. Ikiwa ulipokea ufadhili huo hapo awali, hiyo haiathiri uwezo wako wa kupata ufadhili tena sasa.

Mimi ni mkimbizi, mtu anayetafuta hifadhi, mhamiaji wa COFA, au mpokeaji wa DACA. Je, ninastahiki kupata pesa hizo?

Kwa kawaida, la. Wakimbizi, watu wanaotafuta hifadhi, na wapokeaji wa DACA huwa wana vibali vya kufanya kazi na wanaweza kupata pesa za ukosefu wa ajira – kwa hivyo hawastahiki kupata pesa hizo.

Je ninawezaje kupata $1000 na ninaweza kuzipata lini?

Malipo yatatumwa kwako kama hundi, kadi ya zawadi (Visa au Mastercard), au ACH (ambayo ni malipo ya moja kwa moja kwenye akaunti yako ya benki). Utajulishwa kufikia tarehe 15 Juni ikiwa ombi lako limekubaliwa, na malipo yako yatatumwa kufikia tarehe 30 Juni (hata ingawa yanaweza kuchukua wiki 2-3 ili kufika kwa njia ya barua).

Je ninaweza kuomba malipo yangu yatumwe kwa anwani tofauti na yangu ya makazi?

Ndiyo. Anwani ya makazi hutumiwa kuonyesha makazi yako katika jimbo la Washington, lakini anwani yako ya barua inaweza kuwa P.O. box, au anwani yoyote ambapo unapokea barua zao na / au unahisi salama zaidi kupokea.

Ninapaswa kufanya nini iwapo nina tatizo katika kutuma au nina maswali kuhusu hali ya kutuma ombi langu?

USITUME ombi mpya: ni muhimu utume ombi lako mwenyewe mara moja tu. Ukiwa na tatizo katika kutuma au maswali kuhusu hali ya ombi lako au malipo, unaweza kutuma ujumbe kwa (253) 201-7867 (ujumbe mfupi pekee, hakuna kupiga simu). Tia ndani nambari yako ya ombi na jina kamili la mwombaji. Tutaomba maelezo zaidi ikihitajika ili tujue hali ya ombi lako, lakini pia inaweza kusaidia kama unaweza kujumuisha nambari ya simu, anwani ya makazi, anwani ya barua na anwani ya barua pepe unapotuma ombi lako.

Unaweza pia kuwasiliana na WAISN kupitia 1-844-724-3737. Wanaweza kuangalia hali ya ombi lako, au waombe malipo yako yatumwe tena.

Je, maelezo yangu yako salama?

Maelezo ya kibinafsi hayatapewa serikali, ICE kwa hiari, watekelezaji wa sheria, mtu anayekukodishia nyumba, mwajiri wako, au mtu mwingine yeyote. Maelezo yote yamehifadhiwa kwa njia salama katika muundo uliosimbwa na hivyo hayawezi kupatikana na wengine.

Ufadhili huo unasimamiwaje?

Ufadhili huo unasimamiwa na mashirika ya jamii yanayoongozwa na wahamiaji katika jimbo la Washington—watu ambao waliuliza kwamba ufadhili huo uanzishwe. Inategemezwa na kufadhiliwa na Idara ya Jimbo la Washington ya Huduma za Jamii na Afya. Serikali haiangalii maombi ambayo yametumwa na haioni maelezo yoyote ya kibinafsi.

Mashirika ya jamii yanayoongozwa na wahamiaji kote katika jimbo hilo yanashirikiana na ofisi ya Gavana na Idara ya Jimbo la Washington ya Huduma za Jamii na Afya, Taasisi ya Sheria ya Washington ili kuanzisha ufadhili huo. Hata ingawa Jimbo la Washington linatoa pesa na usimamizi, hawashughulikii maelezo yoyote ya kibinafsi.

Mashirika ya jamii yanayosimamia ufadhili huo huweka vigezo, yanashughulikia maombi, kusambaza pesa, na kuweka maelezo ya kibinafsi yakiwa salama. Mashirika ya jamii yanayoongoza katika ufadhili huo ni:

  • Asian Counseling na Referral Service
  • Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
  • Fair Work Center
  • Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  • Nuestra Casa
  • OneAmerica 
  • Raiz of Planned Parenthood
  • Scholarship Junkies
  • Washington Census Alliance
  • Washington Dream Coalition
  • Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

Mashirika yote yanayohusika na ufadhili huo yamefanya kazi kwa miaka mingi pamoja na jamii za wahamiaji, wakajumuisha wafanyakazi wa shamba ambao hawajastahili, wafanyakazi walio na mshahara mdogo, na wahamiaji ambao ni Weusi, wa Asili, LGBTQIA2+, watu wanaoishi na ulemavu, na wengine wengi. Wote wamejitolea ili kuhakikisha ustawi na ufaragha wa jamii za wahamiaji.

Je, pesa kutoka kwa ufadhili huo zitanizuia kupata visa au green card wakati ujao kwa sababu ya sheria ya malipo ya umma?

La. Msaada kutoka kwa ufadhili huo unachukuliwa kama msaada wa wakati mmoja na haupaswi kuzingatiwa chini ya sheria ya malipo ya umma. Kupokea msaada kutoka kwa ufadhili huo haipaswi kuathiri uwezo wako kupata green card.

Je, nitalazimika kulipa pesa hizo? Je, zitaathiri ushuru wangu?

La, malipo yote hufanywa kama misaada na kuainishwa kama misaada ya janga chini ya IRS na haipaswi kujumuishwa kama mapato yanayopaswa kulipiwa ushuru.



How much can I receive through this fund?

You can apply to receive a one-time direct payment of $1,000 per person, with a maximum of $3,000 per household. You can receive the money as a check or gift card (Visa).

Do I have to pay this money back? Will this impact my taxes?

No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.

Can multiple people in my household apply?

Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application. No more than 3 people per household will receive funding (maximum of $3000 per household).

Is this different from the Seattle relief fund?

Yes. The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is for people living in Seattle. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is for anyone in Washington. If you live in Seattle, you can apply for both funds.

Who can apply?

To apply for the relief fund, you must:

  • Live in Washington
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, contracting the virus, or caring for a family member who contracted the virus) 
  • Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. We will prioritize those in greatest need.

How do I apply?

You can apply in: Chinese, English, French, Garifuna, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Filipino, or 
Vietnamese.

Before you apply, you should:

  1. Gather your required identity and residency documentation. You can review the list of approved materials below.
  2. Calculate your household’s  average monthly income.
  3. Click the “Apply” button then navigate to the “Register” button and create a Survey MonkeyApply Account. A few minutes after you sign up you will get an email to verify your account. Please make sure you verify your account.
  4. Complete all of the application questions. This may take some time. You can save your application and come back at any time.
  5. Once you are finished with your application find the large green “SUBMIT” button to send in your application.

After you apply, please make sure to check your email inbox or the junk email folder for your confirmation. You will also get a text message confirmation the day you submit your application. You may log back in and check the status to see if your application is being reviewed and if you are awarded the funding. Please only submit your application one time.

If you don’t want to complete the application online, you can print the application here and mail it to P.O. Box #84327, Seattle WA 98124.

If you get stuck, click here, or call 1-844-724-3737 for help with your application. Support is available in multiple languages.

After you apply, you’ll receive updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted within 3 weeks of applying. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive payment within 2 weeks after that.

Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time.

What documents do I need to apply?

These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:

  1. One item from List A, or
  2. One item from both List B and List C


List A: Residency & Identity Documents


List B: Identity Documents


List C: Residency Documents

  •  Washington State Identification Card showing full name and Washington state address
  • Washington State Driver’s License showing full name and Washington state address
  • Current student identification card from a school located in Washington state
  • Any utility bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Cell phone bill or internet bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Insurance statement showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Bank statement showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • 2019 tax return showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • Paystub from employer showing your full name and your Washington state  residency address
  • Rent receipt showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Student identification card from any school
  • Passport from any country
  • Consulate card
  • Birth certificate
  • International Driver’s License
  • Metro card with photo 
Signed and dated letter* stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities:
  • Landlord acknowledging WA residency
  • A representative from your place of worship acknowledging WA residency

*You may use this letter template for this application. 

Is my information safe?

Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.

According to our contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the only people with access to an applicant’s personal information are Scholarship Junkies (the community organization that manages the fund), Fair Work Center, and Seattle Credit Union (that distributes money). We will not share your information with anyone else. But if there is a legal subpoena, we may be legally required to release personal information. It’s unlikely that this would happen, but not impossible.

How is the fund run?

The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Will money from this fund prevent me from getting a visa or green card in the future because of the public charge rule?

No. Assistance from this fund is considered one-time disaster relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule. Receiving assistance from the fund should not impact your ability to obtain a green card.

How much can I receive through this fund?

You can apply to receive a one-time direct payment of $1,000 per person, with a maximum of $3,000 per household. You can receive the money as a check or gift card (Visa).

Do I have to pay this money back? Will this impact my taxes?

No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.

Can multiple people in my household apply?

Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application. No more than 3 people per household will receive funding (maximum of $3000 per household).

Is this different from the Seattle relief fund?

Yes. The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is for people living in Seattle. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is for anyone in Washington. If you live in Seattle, you can apply for both funds.

Who can apply?

To apply for the relief fund, you must:

  • Live in Washington
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, contracting the virus, or caring for a family member who contracted the virus) 
  • Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. We will prioritize those in greatest need.

How do I apply?

You can apply in: Chinese, English, French, Garifuna, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Filipino, or 
Vietnamese.

Before you apply, you should:

  1. Gather your required identity and residency documentation. You can review the list of approved materials below.
  2. Calculate your household’s  average monthly income.
  3. Click the “Apply” button then navigate to the “Register” button and create a Survey MonkeyApply Account. A few minutes after you sign up you will get an email to verify your account. Please make sure you verify your account.
  4. Complete all of the application questions. This may take some time. You can save your application and come back at any time.
  5. Once you are finished with your application find the large green “SUBMIT” button to send in your application.

After you apply, please make sure to check your email inbox or the junk email folder for your confirmation. You will also get a text message confirmation the day you submit your application. You may log back in and check the status to see if your application is being reviewed and if you are awarded the funding. Please only submit your application one time.

If you don’t want to complete the application online, you can print the application here and mail it to P.O. Box #84327, Seattle WA 98124.

If you get stuck, click here, or call 1-844-724-3737 for help with your application. Support is available in multiple languages.

After you apply, you’ll receive updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted within 3 weeks of applying. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive payment within 2 weeks after that.

Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time.

What documents do I need to apply?

These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:

  1. One item from List A, or
  2. One item from both List B and List C


List A: Residency & Identity Documents


List B: Identity Documents


List C: Residency Documents

  •  Washington State Identification Card showing full name and Washington state address
  • Washington State Driver’s License showing full name and Washington state address
  • Current student identification card from a school located in Washington state
  • Any utility bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Cell phone bill or internet bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Insurance statement showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Bank statement showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • 2019 tax return showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • Paystub from employer showing your full name and your Washington state  residency address
  • Rent receipt showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Student identification card from any school
  • Passport from any country
  • Consulate card
  • Birth certificate
  • International Driver’s License
  • Metro card with photo 
Signed and dated letter* stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities:
  • Landlord acknowledging WA residency
  • A representative from your place of worship acknowledging WA residency

*You may use this letter template for this application. 

Is my information safe?

Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.

According to our contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the only people with access to an applicant’s personal information are Scholarship Junkies (the community organization that manages the fund), Fair Work Center, and Seattle Credit Union (that distributes money). We will not share your information with anyone else. But if there is a legal subpoena, we may be legally required to release personal information. It’s unlikely that this would happen, but not impossible.

How is the fund run?

The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

Will money from this fund prevent me from getting a visa or green card in the future because of the public charge rule?

No. Assistance from this fund is considered one-time disaster relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule. Receiving assistance from the fund should not impact your ability to obtain a green card.

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Supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services