On Aug. 17, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the formation of a citizen review panel to make encampment policy recommendations to the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle City Council. This group has been convened to provide recommendations that are sensitive to the changing economic climate and the city’s ongoing budget realities. For a list of those serving on the panel see this press release.
Eight Seattle journalists went back to school this past spring to learn about family homelessness in Washington state. Together with eight Seattle University students selected as research assistants, the Fellows attended three day-long seminars during spring quarter and conducted independent research. Their in-depth news coverage will begin appearing late summer and early fall, in newspapers, on radio and TV, online and elsewhere.
For more information about this project, please visit the Web site for the Center for Strategic Communications at Seattle University.
On Tuesday, June 22, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) released Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. The report has a set of ten objectives with more than 50 strategies to reduce and end homelessness in the United States. The Seattle Human Services Department funds and supports many of these strategies including transitional housing, rapid-rehousing, support for veterans, youth and families in need.
The fall 2010 Combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for housing with supportive services for homeless families, individuals, and young adults was released on July 1. The Combined NOFA including funding from seven public and private agencies including the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Office of Housing, King County Department of Community & Human Services, The United Way of King County, ARCH A Regional Coalition for Housing, the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority, and the Washington Families Fund.
An application workshop is scheduled on July 8, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Mercerview Community Center, 8326 Southeast 24th Street, Mercer Island 98040.
Contact Andrea Akita at email@example.com or 206-684-0113 to request paper copies of the NOFA. Additional information about the Combined Funders Notice of Fund Availability can also be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/Housing.aspx and http://www.seattle.gov/housing.
The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.