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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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City lays out roadmap for re-vamping homeless investments

City lays out roadmap for re-vamping homeless investments Seattle Human Services Department’s Homeless Investment Analysis released  SEATTLE (April 14, 2015) – Today, Mayor Ed Murray released the Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Homeless Investment Analysis.  The Homeless Investment Analysis provides an in depth look at the City’s current and historical investments to prevent and end […]

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HSD announces $75,000 award to fund birth doula services for low income women

Seattle Human Services Department announces $75,000 award to fund birth doula services for low income women Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced a $75,000 grant award to Open Arms Perinatal Services to fund birth doula services for low income women of color. “Building strong and vibrant families and communities begins with creating an […]

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Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Hosts Federal officials to discuss coordinated domestic violence response teams

Seattle visit part of 20 city tour to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act Seattle, WA – Today, the Seattle Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault hosted a roundtable discussion on ending violence against women with Bea Hanson the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Department of Justice Office […]

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HSD opens summer youth employment applications

Seattle, WA – Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced that the application process for the 2015 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway.  The summer internship program is open to youth and young adults, ages 14-24 who live in Seattle. “Working together with business leaders, community partners and the City, we will be […]

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Mayor Murray nominates Catherine Lester as Director of HSD

Originally posted February 18, 2015 by Office of Mayor Murray Mayor Murray today nominated Catherine Lester as Director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Lester, who has a long career working in human and social services is currently HSD’s Deputy Director, and will take over for John Okamoto, who Mayor Murray appointed as acting director […]

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