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Seattle, King County unsheltered homelessness continues to rise

 Mayor Ed Murray and over 1,000 volunteers spent the early hours of Friday participating in the One Night Count to survey Seattle and King County, estimating how many people were sleeping outside, in tents and vehicles, without access to shelter. As expected, the numbers of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness are on the rise. In Seattle, […]

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Seattle announces funding availability for Medicaid case management

Today, City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) announced that it is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing Medicaid Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) Case Management for eligible clients in King County through a Request for Qualification (RFQ). The goal of this investment is to address an anticipated service gap for clients residing […]

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Seattle to open safe lots for homeless families and individuals living in vehicles

In response to the continued crisis of homelessness on the streets of Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray issued an emergency order to expedite the siting of two safe lots in Ballard and Delridge for homeless individuals and families living in recreational vehicles and cars. “These are not long term solutions to end homelessness, but temporary locations that […]

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City of Seattle previews $5.3M social services investments for 2016

Seattle, WA – Today, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) released its 2016 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which provides an overview of HSD’s impending funding opportunities for 2016.   These funding opportunities represent over $5.3 million in investments in nonprofit service providers that serve Seattle’s most vulnerable populations. “As Seattle’s economy continues to […]

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Seattle Financial Empowerment Center joins Seattle Utilities to provide up to $200 in utility bills credits by completing financial counseling

  Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign to raise awareness of a new partnership between the Seattle Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light which will provide households up to $200 in utility account credits for customers who complete financial counseling at […]

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Murray, Constantine, City Council declare emergency, announce new investments to respond to homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have declared emergencies, and joined by Seattle City Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and John Okamoto, outlined new investments to respond to the growing crisis of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Seattle and King County. This morning, Mayor Murray signed a Proclamation of Civil Emergency and […]

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Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Clear Channel launch multi-language domestic violence awareness campaign

Today, the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault joined Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign in five languages—English, Spanish, Amharic, Vietnamese and Somali—to combat domestic violence in Seattle. Other partners include the Multi-lingual Access Project. This campaign is intended to address domestic violence, which impacts approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men […]

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City submits Area Plan on Aging to State

Seattle, WA— Today, as the designee by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for King County, the Seattle Human Services Department has submitted the Area Plan is a State-required document that guides the work of ADS over the next four years. It reflects the needs of older adults and people […]

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Seattle Human Services Department announces $225K in available funding to support homeless youth

Seattle, WA – Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced $224,131 in available funding to support homeless youth the with case management and drop-in center services to youth and young adults. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to community-based, non-profit agencies that are currently providing services for homeless youth and young adults. HSD […]

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Mayor announces new actions to expand enrollment in Utility Discount Program

Utility bills will be cut in half for thousands more low-income Seattle families under a new plan to simplify enrollment in the City’s Utility Discount Program (UDP) for those who live in subsidized housing or receive nutrition assistance. The average discount for UDP-enrolled customers is more than $800 a year. Under a new partnership with […]

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