Continued access to local telephone service can be the difference between finding help and feeling isolated. The Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) offers eligible residents a low-cost landline phone for about $8 a month. If you, or someone you know, is receiving assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), you may quality for the WTAP program. For more information on the WTAP program or landline telephone services, contact the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by phone (1-888-333-WUTC (9882)) or e-mail.
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.
The Building Resilience Initiative invites applications for one-time grants of approximately $20,000-$50,000 each to support organizations or communities using innovative strategies to support adults and families who are struggling as a result of the recession. The Seattle Foundation is part of a group of philanthropic organizations called the Building Resilience Initiative that was formed in late 2008. The group is working together to respond to the recession in ways that help adults, families, organizations and communities cope with hardships and build strengths even in these tough times. The deadline for this Request for Proposals (RFP) is Nov. 1, 2010. For details, please see the complete RFP.
KPLU Radio recently aired this story about a new emphasis on early learning in Seattle. The City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools, with the help of the New School Foundation, have entered into a five-year plan to improve achievement for kids from preschool to 3rd grade. By then, kids should proficient in reading and math. Says the Seattle Human Services Department’s early learning director, Bea Kelleigh, “If you don’t have fundamental skills by 3rd grade, you’re in a very tough situation.” A final draft of the five-year plan is expected by the end of the year.
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.
The fight against tobacco use and obesity just got a big boost. The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) was among the recipients of 51 Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants totaling $8.9 million from Public Health – Seattle & King County to fund school districts, community-based organizations, and local governments to improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease tobacco use. HSD received two awards:
- $200,483 to the Aging & Disability Services division to reduce the price of fresh produce for 17 congregate meal sites and one home-delivered meal provider by cooperatively purchasing directly from local farmers.
- $73,000 to Early Learning and Family Support division to increase availability of healthy foods and children’s physical activity in early learning and afterschool programs serving children ages birth through 12.
For details about this federal stimulus-funded grant program, please see this press release and the CPPW Web site. If you have questions, please contact Jerry DeGrieck, HSD, at email@example.com or 206-684-0684.
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.
A report by Children’s HealthWatch shows that access to benefits such as nutrition, housing and utility support programs makes a significant difference in a child’s lifelong development and learning. Compared to children in low-income families receiving no benefits, children in households receiving benefits were more likely to meet the criteria for being a “well” child, less likely to have been hospitalized since birth and less likely to be at risk for developmental delays. See the full report at: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org/upload/resource/multiplehardships_report_jun10.pdf
The Seattle LGBT Commission has launched a new website and 10-minute online survey at www.snapshotseattle.com to create an accurate snapshot of Seattle’s LGBTQ community. Survey results will be used by the Commission, City departments, nonprofit organizations, businesses and associations to make Seattle a better place for the LGBTQ community to live, work, and play.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.