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Step Ahead Preschools Expand for 2014-2015 School Year

The Seattle Human Services Department today announced that Sound Child Care Solutions’ Hoa Mai Vietnamese Bilingual Preschool was awarded $229,972 in Families and Education Levy Step Ahead Preschool funding for 36 children. The program will open in Fall 2014 in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Additional Step Ahead Preschool funds were also awarded [More]

Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off

During the school year, thousands of Seattle Public Schools students receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch each day. However, when school lets out, many of these children face a higher risk for hunger, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), thousands [More]

Big Changes are Coming for Health and Human Services

Transformation. Integration. Collaboration. These three buzz words are changing the face of health and human services. Earlier this year, Washington State, home to some of the most innovative and transformational efforts in the nation, released their health care innovation plan. The plan identifies three core strategies to improve health and healthcare while [More]

Councilmembers advocate prevention of elder abuse

In recognition of King County’s growing senior population and concerns about the safety of vulnerable adults, members of the Metropolitan King County Council today proclaimed June 15, 2014, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in King County. “Looking out for the safety and well-being of vulnerable seniors is critically important,” said Council Chair [More]

2014 Notice of Funding Availability

This notice is to let you know that HSD’s 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has been released and is posted on the HSD Funding Opportunities website ( Check out the website to download the NOFA. We plan to release two funding opportunities on July 21st – the Food and Meal Request [More]

Help spread the word: FREE summer meals for kids

Summer is finally here! This is an especially busy time at HSD with programs ramping up for summer; as we all know, the need for human services programs is not related to the seasons of the year and summer presents our community with many unique challenges! During the school year, thousands of [More]

Seattle Financial Empowerment Center Grand Opening

On April 14, 2014, Interim Department Director Catherine Lester joined Mayor Ed Murray, City Council President Tim Burgess, City Councilmember Sally Clark, Vulcan Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives Dune Ives, community-based leaders and organizational partners, and members of the community in the Rainier Vista neighborhood for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Seattle’s [More]

Sen. Murray proposes summer food benefits for low-income kids

Nearly half of public school students in Washington state receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school – about half a million children. But when school’s out for summer, it can be a struggle for low-income families to make their food budgets stretch. Now U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is sponsoring a [More]

Remembering Terri Kimball, Former Division Director

It is with great sadness that we share news about the loss of Terri Kimball, former Director of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division with HSD. Terri passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the age of 64 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Known for her [More]

Career Bridge– Implementing HSD’s Strategic Plan and Outcomes Framework to Achieve Racial Equity

It has been nearly two years since HSD first started working on Career Bridge. The approach and ongoing work on this initiative exemplifies the department’s strategic plan and outcomes framework. While it may seem like it’s taking a long time, Career Bridge is just one example of how we are embedding the [More]