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Verdant focused on community needs in COVID-19 crisis

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Verdant Health Commission is partnering with a number of local organizations to increase access to services to support the health of our individuals and families in need.

Recognizing the circumstances regarding this crisis are changing regularly and affecting South Snohomish County residents in many ways, this work is evolving and may expand as new needs are identified. Verdant’s focus so far has been on investing in programs to increase access to nutritious food and mental health services. To date, Verdant has invested approximately $470,000 and the partnerships already in place include:

Access to Nutritious Food and/or Hygiene Services

  • Edmonds Community College Foundation
  • Homage Senior Services
  • Jean Kim Foundation
  • Washington Kids in Transition
  • ChildStrive
  • Concern for Neighbors Food Bank
  • Edmonds Food Bank
  • Lynnwood Food Bank
  • Foundation for Edmonds School District

Access to Mental Health Services

  • Compass Health
  • Center for Human Services
  • Project Access Northwest

Partnerships that includes both nutritious food and mental health access include:

  • Korean Women’s Association

The Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood is currently closed to the public, but staff continue to work with partners to be responsive to community needs. Contact information for service providers typically available in-person at Verdant can be viewed here.

 

If your income has changed or you are experiencing hardship related to COVID-19, the following resources are available:

Health insurance:

Find out if you or your family qualifies for FREE or low-cost health insurance. Many individuals and families have found themselves without health insurance due to loss of employment. Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) enrollment is open year-round for those who qualify. Enroll on Washington Healthplanfinder or local certified brokers or navigators can assist. In South Snohomish County, navigators are available through Community Health Center of Snohomish County or Sea Mar Community Health Center.

Also, in response to COVID-10, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without health insurance but would like to purchase a plan. This special enrollment period runs through May 8, 2020, and it will allow uninsured individuals to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Basic needs (food, utility assistance, etc.,):

North Sound 2-1-1 can provide information and referrals by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-223-8145.