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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 City-owned sites for 2015 are: 2826 NW Market Street for approximately 52 […]


Mayor celebrates start of free summer meals for youth

Today Mayor Ed Murray formally kicked off the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at Jefferson Community Center in Beacon Hill. Beginning this week and running through the end of August, the program, administered by the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), serves free nutritious lunches, breakfasts and snacks to thousands of Seattle children at over 100 community […]


City Awards $3.9 million to support Seattle seniors and disabled populations

Seattle, WA – Today, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) announced $3,955,064 in funding to 15 nonprofit service providers that serve the region’s most vulnerable older adults and individuals with disabilities through its Community Living Connection – Aging & Disability Resource Network (CLC-ADRN) and Family Caregiver Support programs. $2,302,902 has been awarded to […]


Committee to End Homelessness King County releases One Night Count final tally

Committee to End Homelessness King County release One Night Count final tally: One Night Count final tally shows decline in unsheltered veterans and chronically homeless Homelessness decreased among unsheltered veterans and those who are chronically homeless, according to final 2015 One Night Count numbers released today by the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. […]


HSD opens farmers market voucher applications for low-income seniors

Today, the Seattle Human Services Department announced the opening of its application process for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, an innovative initiative that provides low-income seniors with $40 vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh produce at participating farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County. “Access to quality and […]


HSD releases encampment operator request for qualifications

Today, the Human Services Department released a non-competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish a roster of authorized encampment operators in response to Ordinance 124747. This roster will identify those eligible to apply for a permit to operate on city and privately owned property within the City of Seattle, as well as receive Seattle General […]


Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Clear Channel launch child sex trafficking awareness campaign

Today, City of Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim joined Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign to combat child sex trafficking in Seattle and King County.  Other partners include the Center for Children & Youth Justice and StolenYouth. This campaign is intended to address child sex trafficking which has become a $42 billion a year […]


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces 100-bed homeless shelter to open in a City-owned property

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced plans to partner with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to fund operations of a new 100 bed shelter in a City of Seattle-owned property. “Homelessness is a crisis that we must address in a strategic and systematic way. Building off of the already strong relationship the City has with […]


Mayor Ed Murray announces $620,000 in homeless diversion funding

Seattle, WA (April 16, 2015) – City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) announced today a total of $620,000 in funding for rapid rehousing services for non-chronically homeless single adults to ensure that these instances of homelessness are rare, brief and occur only one time. “The evidence is clear: homeless diversion programs work,” said Mayor […]


Mayor Murray announces expanded shelter beds for Seattle’s homeless youth

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced the increase and year round expansion of shelter beds available exclusively for homeless youth. This expansion is made available by an additional $152,000 investment with Peace for the Street by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) to extend its temporary cold weather shelter to a year round, five day a week […]