The Seattle Human Services Department today announced that Sound Child Care Solutions’ Hoa Mai Vietnamese Bilingual Preschool was awarded $229,972 in Families and Education Levy Step Ahead Preschool funding for 36 children. The program will open in Fall 2014 in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Additional Step Ahead Preschool funds were also awarded for more children at three existing sites: Chinese Information and Service Center in the International District (8 children); Denise Louie Education Center in Beacon Hill ( 12 children) and Seed of Life Center for Early Learning and Preschool in Southeast Seattle (6 children). Funding award period is September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.
Summer is finally here! This is an especially busy time at HSD with programs ramping up for summer; as we all know, the need for human services programs is not related to the seasons of the year and summer presents our community with many unique challenges!
During the school year, thousands of Seattle Public Schools students receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch each day. However, when school lets out, many of these children face a higher risk for hunger, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hunger can make children more prone to illness and other health issues.
Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks this season. This program is a critical part of the fight against hunger and our efforts to make sure children have a fun, safe and healthy summer.
SFSP is designed to fill the nutrition gap during this annual break to make sure children continue to get the nutritious meals they need to maintain healthy lives. For too many, this program may be the only source of nutritious food the child will receive all day.
This summer we’re making a big push to get the word out to kids, teens and families, because the program is still under-utilized despite the fact that the meals for kids are free and located at over 100 sites in the community. Will you help us by telling your co-workers, agency contacts, neighbors, friends, and family members about this great free program at a location near you?
The Summer Food Service Program, formerly known as “Summer Sack Lunch”, is funded by the USDA and was established in 1968. The City of Seattle has operated this program in Seattle since the early 1970s.
Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers who know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat. The program runs from Wednesday, June 25 through Friday, August 22, 2014. For more information and to find a meal site near you, please visit seattle.gov/summerfood.
Nearly half of public school students in Washington state receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school – about half a million children. But when school’s out for summer, it can be a struggle for low-income families to make their food budgets stretch.
Now U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is sponsoring a bill to give low-income families food benefits over the summer months so kids don’t go hungry.
Kids like Dara Kommavangsa’s two daughters, who attend Seattle Public Schools. Kommavangsa said during the school year, she counts on school breakfast and lunch for her kids and just makes them dinner.
But summers are tough.
Although there are free summer meals available at community centers and other sites, Kommavangsa said her daughters are among the 90 percent of low-income Washington children who don’t take advantage of the programs.
“Yes, there is a lot of summer meal program sites out there, but is it reachable, is the thing. If your parents aren’t there at home, how are you able to go to a site?” Kommavangsa said.
Instead, her family relies on food banks and their own garden to get enough to eat in the summer months.
The Seattle Human Services Department announced on April 22, 2014 the award of $100,000 to The Tenant’s Union of Washington. Through a partnership with Solid Ground, the funds will support expanded service capacity to provide tenant outreach, education & technical assistance to low- and very low-income tenants in Seattle, with a focus on underserved communities. The funds will support additional service hours at tenant hotline and walk-in clinics, additional workshops through the Tenant’s Union and Solid Ground, increased distribution of materials, and expand outreach to new community partners. The contract is set to begin 5/15/2014 and end 12/31/2014.
Service providers, caregivers, and case managers: Receive up-to-date information about electric and water rate discounts and emergency utility payment assistance programs at the City of Seattle’s ENERGY, UTILITY AND RESOURCE SUMMIT on Oct. 24th, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., Seattle 98122.
RSVP by Oct. 10th. Questions? Contact Cynthia Ellison at Cynthia.email@example.com or 206-733-9035 or Brenda Sevilla-Miranda at Brenda.Sevilla-Miranda@seattle
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.
Information and services from the City of Seattle to beat the summer heat are available in this press release.
Also, for senior Seattle residents, see below for information about senior centers where you can go to cool off.
|Ballard Senior Center||M-F 8:30-4:30 (except Th 8:30am – 9:00 pm); closed 7/4||5429 32nd NW||206-247-0403||
|People are welcome have windows open|
|Central Area Sr Ctr||MT 8:30-4:30; WTh 8:30am-9:00pm; F 8:30-4:30 (closed 7/4)||500 30th Ave S||206-726-4926||
|A/C dining room only|
|Greenwood Sr Ctr||M-F 8:30-5:00 (closed 7/4)||525 N 85th St||206-297-0875||
|A/C in main room|
|International District||M-F 9:00-5:00||7301 Beacon Ave S||206-587-3735||
|Pike Market Sr Ctr||M-F 8:00-4:00; (closed 1st Wed of month & 7/4) Sat & Sun 8:00-2:00||85 Pike St, Suite 200||206-728-2773||
|South East Sr Ctr||
M-F 8:30-4:00 (closed 7/4)
|4655 South Holly St||206-722-0317||
|South Park Sr Ctr||8201 10th Ave S||
|Wallingford Senior Services||M-F 10:00-5:00||4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140||206-461-7825||
|In daylight basement that stays cool|
|West Seattle Sr Ctr||M-F 8:30-5:00 (closed 7/4)||4217 SW Oregon St||206-932-4044||
Slots are now available for high-quality, low-cost preschool for the 2013-2014 school year through HSD’s Step Ahead Preschool Program funded through the Families & Education Levy.. Step Ahead preschools are located in numerous locations in Seattle. Step Ahead teachers have degrees in early childhood education and receive continuing education. Schools feature small class sizes and enriched learning environments. Bilingual programs and staff are available.
- Children must be three or four years old by August 31, 2013
- Families must live in Seattle city limits
- Parents must be employed/training
- Must meet the income guidelines based on family size
Call 386-1050 for more information or visit this Web site.
Seattle Human Services Deputy Director Catherine Lester is among 16 leaders from across the country selected to be Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows. The fellowship was created to increase the pool of leaders with the vision, drive and ability to create and sustain major system reforms and community initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families. Fellows will participate in a series of intensive leadership opportunities, including group seminars, individual coaching, and site visits to learn about innovative service delivery models. Congratulations to Catherine on this great honor and opportunity! For more information please see this news release.