The Seattle Channel this week features the City and county’s response to homelessness on the program “City Inside/Out.” See the video here. Among the featured guests is the Seattle Human Services Department Interim Director Catherine Lester. The program explores the issue of homelessness and the region’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness, including the City’s Center City Initiative.
Earlier this month, the Committee to End Homelessness released to the public the Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County. The result of several months of working with community stakeholders, providers, funders and youth and young adults, the comprehensive plan identifies the community’s vision to end homelessness among youth and young adults in King County by 2020 and an 18 month implementation strategy to begin delivering on this vision. The Seattle Human Services Department’s Youth & Family Empowerment Division played a pivotal role in shaping the plan. Read more about the plan here.
The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking investment proposals from qualified organizations for programs designed to prevent homelessness and support housing stability for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families in King County. Approximately $1.2 million is available for the period of July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. The deadline for proposal submittals for this Request for Investment (RFI) is 4:00 p.m. on December 12, 2013. For more information and to view the application, please visit this Web site.
The Seattle Human Services Department is pleased to announce that Jason Johnson will be joining HSD next month as the new Division Director for the Community Support & Assistance division. In this capacity he will provide leadership to the department’s investments in homelessness services, food and meal programs, domestic violence and sexual assault services, utility assistance, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Jason will begin work with HSD on Monday, September 23, 2013.
Jason was raised and educated in Colorado where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Jason moved to Seattle in 1997, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the human services field, both in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Jason has been working for the City of Kent in its Human Services Department where he has had a lead role in efforts around homelessness, domestic violence and other critical human service issues.
Supplies are needed for the annual Community Resources Exchange for homeless people. United Way of King County is coordinating the annual event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Seattle Center. Free services will include:
- Legal counseling
- Medical and dental
- Hot meals
- Books, socks and hygiene kits
- Employment assistance
- Public benefits assistance
- Housing referrals and MORE
Last year, the event brought together more than 400 volunteers and 100 service providers, helping more than 1,200 men, women and children facing homelessness to receive services.
You can support the 2013 Community Resource Exchange by holding a supply drive. Sign up here to assist with the collection of socks, sneakers and hygiene kits.
Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the award of $105,500 to Sound Mental Health for behavioral health services to homeless families with young children. Sound Mental Health will receive a total of $105,500: $38,500 in 2013 and $67,000 in 2014. The funding will expand a pilot project developed by the Human Services Department for early intervention services for young homeless children with moderate or severe behavioral or emotional issues related to homelessness. The pilot project will continue at Solid Ground’s Broadview Transitional Housing Program in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. For details, please see this news release.
Every fall through Project Cool, Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) members and volunteers make helps homeless students who may have lost most or all of their personal possessions get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared for the start of school. For more than 24 years, Project Cool has helped more than 23,000 homelessness students be ready for the first day of school. Project Cool for Back-to-School needs volunteers this month to help prepare 1,300 backpacks to make sure that homeless children in preschool through twelfth grade start the school year off right in the fall. Click here to find out how you can be involved or contact Kathryn Murdock, Project Cool 2013 Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, June 13th, Mayor Mike McGinn announced that shelters providing beds for 115 individuals slated to close on June 15 will remain open through September 30, offering a safe place for men and women needing overnight emergency shelter. After September 30, the regularly scheduled operations of the winter shelters go into effect from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Shelter extensions through September 30, 2013 include:
- Seattle City Hall: Serving adult men and women, located on Fourth Avenue between James and Cherry streets. Shelter doors open at 7 p.m. Capacity is 75 people.
- Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women: Serving women only, located at 2030 Third Avenue. Intake begins at 6 p.m. Capacity is 40 women.
For more information, please see this news release.
Seattle and King County winter shelters offering beds for 215 individuals originally slated to close on April 15 will remain open for two more months through June 15. The City will extend 75 emergency shelter beds at City Hall and the winter shelter beds at Angeline’s Women’s winter shelter through June 15. In partnership with the City, King County will extend its 100 winter shelter beds at the King County Administration Building through June 15.The shelter extensions are possible in part due to an additional $150,000 in funding allocated by the City Council. A planning group convened by the Seattle Human Services Department, including representatives from King County, the YWCA, Operation Night Watch, Salvation Army, WHEEL and the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness, met to discuss shelter needs and make recommendations on shelter extensions. For more information, see this news release.
Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $21.2 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2013-2014, making it possible to continue to provide a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the renewal grants on March 20, 2013, following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement of $1.5 billion awarded nationwide. For more information see this news release.