Issaquah Community Services (ICS) serves residents living within the Issaquah School District.
Important Notices to Clients
We have implemented a new application process. Applicants may now complete and submit their applications online from a computer or smartphone. The link to the new application is available on our Need Help? page.
King County is scheduled to open its tenant pool on May 17, 2021, for individuals or households needing rental assistance. Click here for more information and to sign up for updates.
ICS Receives Two COVID-19 Relief Grants
ICS is very pleased to announce that we are the recipients of grants from both the Seattle Foundation and the Puget Sound Energy Foundation under their COVID-19 relief programs.
The Seattle Foundation grant of $25,000 from their COVID-19 Response Fund was awarded “in recognition of the critical work your organization is doing to support vulnerable communities during the pandemic”. This welcome additional funding will enable ICS to provide more rent and utility support and help prevent evictions in our community during these unprecedented times of need.
The Puget Sound Enery Foundation Grant from their COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Project has been used to augment our assistance to clients living in the Issaquah School District who are in eminent danger of eviction due to impacts of COVID-19.
We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received during the COVID-19 crisis.
Special thanks to the Issaquah Kiwanis, Issaquah Rotary, Sammamish Rotary, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Women’s Club who have supported ICS with special events and efforts over this last year.
Your donations and support are making a difference in our community. Thank you!
Click below to see the names of many of our generous donors. This list is updated periodically.
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps pay rent and utilities for residents of the Issaquah School District who find themselves in a financial emergency. This assistance has prevented many families and individuals from becoming homeless.
During the pandemic, the application process is conducted online and over the phone. Volunteers listen to stories of clients and look for ways to help, sometimes with finances, or referrals, or a warm smile. Payment is made directly to the landlord or vendor on behalf of the client; cash is never given.
In December 2019, Jenna* and her two young daughters were homeless, living in a motel. Jenna had a retail sales job, but she couldn’t afford both childcare and move-in expenses. Finally, in February, she was accepted for subsidized housing in Sammamish.
A huge burden was lifted only to be replaced by the weight of COVID. Jenna got very sick in March and required hospitalization. She thought it was COVID but tested negative. Her store remained open, but her hours were reduced, and she did not have paid sick leave to cover the hours she missed while sick. At this point, Jenna contacted ICS for help because she was worried about paying the rent and other bills. Fortunately, ICS has been able to help twice with rent during the pandemic and this has alleviated some of Jenna’s stress.
Jenna is back to full-time work, but always juggling childcare, work, and other responsibilities, always on the financial edge. She is very thankful for the help she has gotten from her community. It has kept her family afloat in these rough times.
*name changed for privacy.
Issaquah Community Services (ICS) is a 100% volunteer organization. It takes about 25 dedicated volunteers to meet with clients, to listen with a kind heart and to assist with finances when possible. During the pandemic, volunteers have the option of working from home or in the office. All communication with clients is online or on the phone.
Volunteers may also choose to work on other critical activities such as social media marketing, website maintenance, fundraising, community outreach and grant writing. We are also looking for new board members.
You, too, can help – either with a tax deductible donation or as a volunteer.