As the fight for equality and the end of police brutality continues throughout our country, we are filled with grief and anger at the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. We mourn the precious lives taken by the racism that leads to such heinous acts.

As our Executive Director, Darryl Smith, has said in a public statement, “HomeSight has always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the black and brown communities that we are privileged to serve.”

Our equity statement says in part that “HomeSight is committed to fostering racial equity in our work and communities to create prosperity that is truly shared by all.

In this unprecedented time, never have these sentiments meant more. Let’s not let this latest chapter in a very long story conclude with the same ending we’ve experienced over, and over again. There are countless ways to make a difference and it is up to each and every one of us to choose the way in which we do so.

That is why we have decided to share some valuable resources that you can use to make a change in the community. The following links include lists of petitions, donation funds, maps of protests, as well as ways you can educate yourself on black history and be the change yourself.

Small Business Resources

Resources & Opportunities

    • Digital Sales Access Program
      Small businesses can apply for the Digital Sales Access Program by June 24, 2022: APPLY HERE. The Seattle Office of Economic Development and Kay Tita are partnering to remove digital access barriers negatively impacting small businesses through the Digital Sales Access Program. The program will support small businesses using cash only by providing a free point of sale (POS) system as well as connecting businesses with tools and training needed to grow their business with the new technology
    • ORCA Recovery Card
      The ORCA Recovery Card is a temporary, unlimited, and full-subsidized ORCA card provided to food service and grocery/ convenience store employees who work at a business in Pioneer Square, the Chinatown/International District, Othello, or Rainier Beach. The pass is valid for use on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Seattle Center Monorail, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries.
    • Small Business Flex Funding
      Small businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $150,000 and the money can be spent flexibly, including on payroll, utilities & rent, supplies, marketing & advertising, building improvements or repairs, and other business expenses.

Low interest rates:
– Borrow up to $150,000
– 3% – 4.5% Interest rates
– No fees & interest-only payments for the first year
– 60-month & 72-month loan terms
– 72-month loan term only available until 12/31/21
Eligibility requirements:
– Fewer than 50 employees
– Annual revenues of less than $3 million
– Experienced direct economic hardship due to COVID-19
– Have been in business for one year/prior to June 30th, 2020

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