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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


HSD announces $1.3 million in available funds for sexual assault victim services

Seattle, WA – Today, the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault announced the release of $1.3 million in available funding to support commercial sexual exploitation victim support services, sexual assault victim services, and gender-based violence prevention.  The Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is housed in the Human Services Department. Approximately […]


Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative develops nearly 2000 opportunities for Seattle youth

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced that his Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative has created nearly 2,000 positions for young people across the city, from summer jobs through Seattle Parks and other City agencies, to internships at private-sector employers. Financial support from private donors generated twice as many opportunities for Seattle youth as last year. “In this […]


City Announces Overnight Emergency Shelter in Uptown

The City of Seattle will convert the City Light owned building located at 157 Roy Street into an emergency shelter to help serve individuals living unsheltered on Seattle streets.  The shelter will open this fall in two phases. The first phase is for 50 beds and the second phase is for an additional 50 beds […]


HSD announces new enrollment location for utility discounts

Seattle, WA – Beginning today, representatives for the Utility Discount Program (UDP) will be available to process applications for the program at the Seattle Financial Empowerment Center. The program offers up to 50 percent off monthly utility bills for Seattle residents that qualify.  This new service is part of the Mayor’s commitment to double enrollment […]


City identifies public lands for permitted encampment sites

Today Mayor Ed Murray released a map of City-owned properties most suitable for new permitted encampments to serve at least 200 individuals experiencing homelessness. The mayor will transmit a resolution on the encampment sites to the Seattle City Council tomorrow. The three preferred sites for 2015 are: 2826 NW Market Street for approximately 52 residents. […]