The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s Proposed Budget on Notice of Seattle City Council Public Hearings on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall, Floor 2, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle WA.
The Community Police Commission (CPC) seeks consultants, through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, to conduct community outreach between October 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013. Consultants will plan and conduct outreach to targeted groups, inform these groups of the police reform process and the CPC’s role in that process, solicit from them general feedback on police-community relations and specific feedback that will inform four specific policy areas that the CPC will make recommendations on, and report the results of their outreach activities. The outreach is intended for communities most directly affected by excessive use of force and biased policing (communities of color; immigrant and refugee communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities; youth; those who are low-income and/or homeless; and those with chemical dependencies or mental illness). The CPC provides community members with a means to comment on proposed changes in police policies and practices, and a voice and stake in Seattle’s police reform process. The selection of Consultants is subject to applicable laws and ordinances regarding equal employment opportunity. RFP submissions are due on Sept. 18, 2013.
For more details, see the full RFQ, Scope of Work and associated documents on this Web site.
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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.
On July 15th, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced that the City of Seattle was one of 15 cities nationwide to receive grants to help reduce childhood hunger by increasing participation in after-school and summer meal programs for kids. The $60,000 grant will fund a program expansion consultant, a marketing and outreach campaign and start-up costs for new meals sites. NLC and the Food Research and Action Center will provide technical assistance, peer learning, and webinars to guide the grantees. HSD is working in partnership with United Way of King County, and WithinReach (a Washington state agency that works to improve maternal, child and family health) on implementing the grant.
This week, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the award of $470,000 in funding from the 2011 Families and Education Levy for investments in early learning at three Seattle preschools as part of the City of Seattle’s Step Ahead preschool program.
The 2011 funding increases slots at one existing Levy-funded preschool, Denise Louie Education Center in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and adds two preschools to the Step Ahead program, Seed of Life LLC (southeast Seattle), and Puget Sound Educational Service District (southwest Seattle). The Levy now funds a total of 20 preschool sites operated by 11 community agencies. The Seattle Human Services Department administers the Step Ahead preschool program. For more details, see this news release.
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.
City of Seattle customers can now pay utility bills and taxes, purchase pet licenses, get a business license, and obtain information about and referrals to City services at a new customer service center located in the main lobby on the fourth floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT), 700 Fifth Ave. The customer service center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most of the business City customers come downtown to transact is housed in SMT. Rather than having to travel to different floors within the high-rise, customers can conduct basic business in the street-level lobby. Considered a pilot project, Seattle officials will track the utilization of the center through the end of this year to determine if it makes sense to continue offering this service in 2014. Call 206-684-2489 (CITY) if you have questions or would like more information regarding this new service, or read the news release.
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is now enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. The program is funded by Washington State Department of Early Learning and the City of Seattle. ECEAP is a free half-day preschool program for 4-year-olds whose families live or work in Seattle.
- Our preschools prepare your child for kindergarten.
- Our preschools honor family, culture and language.
- Our preschools help develop the skills and love for learning that lead to success in school and in life.
For more information call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1050.
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.
The next Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour features Jesse Eller, director of the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division. ADS is a unit of the Seattle Human Services Department. The event is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m. at Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue, between Columbia and Marion streets, 1st Floor Conference Room.