This page contains information and links for programs and services that may be helpful for Bremerton residents impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will continue updating this page as more resources develop. Please see our disclaimer here. For City of Bremerton updates and action in response to the coronavirus, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Information page.
Please be prepared to support and help one another in these difficult times.
City, Community, County, State & Federal Resources
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, the City of Bremerton will offer temporary rental support through the Bremerton COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program for lost income or job losses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents must live within Bremerton boundaries to be eligible. To learn about eligibility and income requirements, visit bremertonhousing.org.
Rental Assistance for Residents Outside of Bremerton
Kitsap Community Resources is assisting households with emergency short-term rental assistance outside of Bremerton. Kitsap Community Resources is accepting applications through the Housing Solutions Center to assist households throughout the county, outside the city limits of Bremerton, and those not living in Housing Kitsap units. Housing Kitsap is accepting applications to assist households currently living in Housing Kitsap properties.
KCR Temporary Relief Fund for Individuals and Families
The COVID-19 Temporary Relief Fund has been put together by Kitsap Community Resources to address needs of eligible individuals, families and small business owners in Bremerton and Kitsap County facing financial hardship due to impacts from the coronavirus. The temporary program can provide short-term funds to feed a family, pay for housing, among other assistance. To learn more about help available or to donate to the fund, visit www.kcr.org.
Governor Extends Temporary Ban on Residential Evictions, Prohibits Increases to Rent Until October 15
Gov. Jay Inslee recently extended a temporary statewide ban on evictions of residential tenants through October 15, 2020 as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, the order also prohibits landlords from increasing rents for residential and some commercial units. Information on the Governor’s extended order can be found here.
The Washington State Employment Security Department is offering information to help individuals and employers impacted by COVID-19. Find frequently asked questions for workers and businesses, an easy-to-read comparison guide on benefits with common scenarios, and more here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.
Food Support for Bremerton School District Students
UPDATE: The Bremerton Public Schools (BSD) FREE "Grab-n-Go" program is distributing meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 22 through August 21, 2020 (teens 18 years old and younger receive all breakfast and lunch weekly meals: 2 days of meals on Monday and 3 days of meals on Wednesday). For locations and information, visit the BSD website.
Bremerton Food Banks, Free Meal Services Remain Open
The Bremerton Foodline (BFL) and St Vincent De Paul (SVDP) food banks remain open on a drive-up basis to serve residents in this time of need. For more info, please call the BFL office at (360) 479-6188 and SVDP at (360) 377-2929. Organizations are also offering free to go meals in Bremerton and Kitsap County due to the impacts of COVID-19 and a list of providers is available here.
You may be eligible for free or reduced health care coverage in Washington state if you are uninsured, lost your job or have reduced income due to COVID-19. Visit Washington Health Plan Finder to apply or get help with enrollment. Find due dates and information on coverage here.
CHI/Harrison Suspends Billing for COVID-19, Offers Virtual Urgent Care Visits
CHI Franciscan, which includes Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and Silverdale, has suspended billing for testing and treatment of patients that test positive for COVID-19. From the website, “The last thing our patients should worry about if they experience symptoms characteristic of this coronavirus is the cost of seeking care.” The health system is also offering virtual urgent care visits for mild to moderate COVID-19 illnesses to assess symptoms at home. For details, visit CHI Franciscan’s website here.
Blood Donations Still Being Accepted During Outbreak
Local blood donations are still considered critical during this time. Many safety measures are in place to protect donors who would like to give blood. If you are a healthy Bremerton resident, please consider making an appointment to donate at the Silverdale center here: https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx.
City of Bremerton Water and Sewer Services will not be Shut Off During This Outbreak
City of Bremerton water and sewer services will not be shutoff due to the impacts of COVID-19. Bremerton utility customers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus can request information on setting up payment plans and waiving late fees on their bills. Bremerton utility billing has also automatically suspended credit card fees If paying online. Customers are encouraged as soon as possible to contact 360-473-5316 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on payment plans and waived fees.
Electric and Gas Service will not be Disconnected During This Outbreak
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Cascade Natural Gas (CNG) will keep utility services on due to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. PSE and CNG are also waiving late fees for customers and they can find more information at PSE's COVID-19 Response page and CNG's COVID-19 page.
UPDATE: Comcast has extended offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers through December 31, 2020. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information. The company is also offering free WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. For details on finding and using a hotspot, click here.
Xfinity WiFi is Currently Free for Everyone
Xfinity is offering free WiFi hotspots to anyone in the community who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. WiFi sites are currently available across Bremerton. To find a Xfinity WiFi hotspot and setup instructions, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
Are you a Bremerton business impacted by COVID-19? Eligible Bremerton businesses can request up to $5,000 for rental and lease expenses if they’ve been financially affected by the coronavirus. Bremerton has committed $250,000 from federal CARES Act funding to the program. Find out more about how to apply at: kitsapcaressmallbiz.com/bremerton.
City Suspends Late Payment Fees, Interest on Delayed Business Tax Filings
Effective immediately, the City of Bremerton Tax and Licensing Division is waiving late payment fees and interest for businesses that fail to file taxes and renew their license as a result of the coronavirus. This will provide businesses flexibility during a time of increased financial burden caused by COVID-19. To seek a waiver of penalties due to COVID-19, please call (360) 473-5311 or (360) 473-5298 or email: email@example.com.
NEW! Are you Offering Take-out and Delivery? Get on the map!
The City of Bremerton has developed an interactive map to help residents find small businesses in Bremerton offering takeout and delivery. Please access the map here. If you are a business owner that would like to be added to the map, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has resumed accepting applications in response to the signing of the program’s extension legislation. The PPP is part of the CARES stimulus package provided by the federal government in response to COVID-19. Businesses with less than 500 employees (subject to limited exceptions), including some non-profits and veterans organizations, are eligible. View lenders participating in the program (check their websites for the most updated information.) The program closed on August 8, 2020.
Unity in the Community - Kitsap's COVID-19 Response Fund
Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap County have partnered to assist local non-profits and individuals facing extreme economic hardship and need in the community. Grants will provide emergency financial support to help unemployed workers, non-profits who have lost revenue due to the stay-at-home order, and staffing for agencies who are experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for services. Donate to the fund online or join as a partner in the effort: https://www.kitsapcovid19response.org/unity-in-the-community.
BremerBond for Bremerton Small Businesses
The BremerBond campaign helps support small local businesses that are being impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. Bonds will be valid for redemption after the resumption of normal business' activities, Purchasers may choose to redeem all, part or none of the Bond's value. For more on the BremerBond campaign, visit brembuilt.com.