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Seattle Human Services Releases 2022 Annual Report

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to share our just-released 2022 Annual Report with you, highlighting some of the incredible work we accomplished—together with our City and community partners. “In 2022, we successfully executed a return-to-work plan for staff, enabling us to better serve our community in-person while… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Announces Funding Awards for Gender-Based Violence Survivor Services

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and its Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) are pleased to announce the results of the comprehensive Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Survivor Services RFP. The results informed the investment of approximately $10,908,306 in HSD General Fund dollars towards 25 providers providing services under the umbrella of GBV which includes domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA), and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE).

HSD Announces Availability of Funding to Establish a Seattle-based Coordinated Regional Network of Services for Victims and Survivors of Gender-based Violence

HSD’s Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing survivor-centered, gender-based violence victim services for the diverse communities and geographic areas of Seattle. The purpose of this RFP is to establish a Seattle-based coordinated regional network of services under the umbrella of gender-based violence (GBV) for survivors of interpersonal violence including domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA), and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). Approximately $10,908,306.00 in HSD General Fund is available through this RFP. HSD intends to fund approximately 30-40 proposals. Initial awards will be made for January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023; and up to a period of four years (2023-2026).

Looking Back at 2021 as We Look Forward to 2022

Our Mission to connect people with resources and solutions during times of need so we can all live, learn, work, and take part in strong, healthy communities continued to hold a greater sense of urgency in 2021. Over this past year, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) continued to be… [ Keep reading ]

RECAP: HSD and partners facilitated 2,116 overnight stays at severe weather shelters during record-breaking cold, snow

Over the course of a nine-day severe weather shelter activation that ended January 3 in response to prolonged cold temperatures and snowy conditions, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), in partnership with service providers, the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), volunteers, and City departments, provided a total of 2,116 overnight stays across six emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness. At their peak capacity, the shelters at Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, Compass Housing Alliance, City Hall, Seattle Mennonite Church, God’s Little Acre, and American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle, could provide up to 379 shelter spaces per night, serving adults of all genders. The activation, which began on December 25, provided 283 overnight guests protection from the elements during its highest point of usage on the night of December 30. “For almost two years, the impacts from COVID-19 have put incredible strain on our human service providers. Despite these compounding challenges, HSD staff, contracted providers, other community organizations, the KCRHA, and City employees, came together to quickly stand up and operate six emergency shelters to keep hundreds of people safe and warm during an extended stretch of extreme winter weather,” said Acting Director Tanya Kim. “I want to thank both Mayor Durkan and Mayor Harrell for their leadership, the Office of Emergency Management for their collaboration, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Finance and Administrative Services for directly supporting the shelters, and all those who played a part in supporting our most vulnerable during their time of need.”

City of Seattle Extends Severe Weather Shelters for People Experiencing Homelessness in Response to Ongoing Cold Temperatures and Snow

Click on flyer image to download Yesterday, the Human Services Department announced the extension of operations for its temporary severe weather shelters that opened starting December 25 in response to record breaking low temperatures and significant snowfall. Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center and Compass Housing Alliance shelters will remain open through Monday, January 3 at 7 a.m. and City Hall shelter is extended through January 2 at 7 p.m. Across the six shelters currently open, there is capacity to serve up to 372 people per night. Last night (12/29), 276 people utilized these spaces. Forecasts continue to be monitored to assess emergency shelter needs for people experiencing homelessness. Click the link for a LIST of open shelters and warming center locations

City of Seattle Nightly Severe Weather Shelters Open at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and Compass Housing Pioneer Square to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness

**Click here for a new post with the latest info and updated flyer (12/30/2021 – 1/2/2022) *Post last updated on 1/3/2022 Severe weather shelters are closing on 1/3/2022. Together, with contracted severe weather shelter providers and the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, the City was able to make sure that on… [ Keep reading ]

Benu Community Home and Friendship Heights Tiny House Village Open

The City of Seattle has opened over 350 new units of non-congregate shelter over the last three months Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced the opening of two new shelters for people experiencing homelessness, Benu Community Home, a 24/7 enhanced shelter, and Friendship Heights Tiny House Village. Together,… [ Keep reading ]

Final Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan

The City of Seattle announces the release of the Final Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan (AAP) to the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The Draft 2022 AAP includes guidance for the allocation of an estimated $17.8 million of federal grant and program revenue funds [$9,607,578 in Community… [ Keep reading ]

Expansion of Interbay Tiny House Village Provides 30 New Units of Shelter

f the partnership between the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle, and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), first established in 2017. Interbay Tiny House Village, located on Port of Seattle’s property at 1601 15th Ave W, will now provide a total of 76 tiny houses with capacity to serve up to 90 people. The program provides 24/7 staffing, on-site case managers, behavioral health services, security, a community kitchen, on-site hygiene, and laundry.