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The Human Services Department Announces Plan to Reduce LGBTQ Discrimination in the Homeless Response System

A plan to reduce discrimination and bias The Human Services Department (HSD) is excited to announce a plan to reduce bias and discrimination in the homeless response system toward LGBTQ-identified people experiencing homelessness. The plan, created in partnership in with the Ingersoll Gender Center and the Pride Foundation, identifies thirteen… [ Keep reading ]

Free summer meal program for youth starts July 1st

Thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 years will enjoy free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks this summer through the City of Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Summer Food Service Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and was formerly known as “Summer Sack Lunch.” From July 1 through August 23, 2019, free meals will be served at approximately 125 programs across 115 sites around Seattle. The Summer Food Service Program will be open to children at designated Seattle Public Schools, community centers, Seattle Parks playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, Seattle Public Library branches, and other sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County. For a complete list of sites and hours for the Summer Food Service Program, please call 206-386-1140 or visit www.seattle.gov/summerfood. To locate a site near you, text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877

HSD Announces 2019 Farm to Preschool and OST RFQ Funding Opportunity — Extended Deadline!

The Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from agencies interested in supporting food procurement, food equity, and connections between Washington State farmers and Seattle public preschools and before and after school programs serving low-income children and families in Seattle. This Farm to Preschool and Out-of-School Time (OST) RFQ is focused on building an equitable food system between farmers and preschool and before- and after-school programs. This RFQ will fund a lead agency that will support farmers (producers) to sell, and preschool and before- and after-school programs (consumers) to buy affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food and build long-term relationships. Approximately $233,612.00 is available through this RFQ. HSD intends to fund one (1) applicant. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

HSD Announces Results of the 2019 Food Access Opportunity Fund RFP

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Food Access Opportunity Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) that closed on March 6. Applicants were invited to improve healthy food access by investing in community-based projects designed and led by the people most impacted by race, social, health, and environmental injustices. The RFP guides the investment of $800,000 from the Food Access Opportunity Fund. This funding is provided by the City of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) — established by City Council (Ordinance 125324) — and aligns with the SBT Community Advisory Board’s (CAB) Operating Principles. The committee recommended 18 proposals receive funding, up to $50,000 each, to support a diverse range of organizations: • South Park Information and Resource Center • Indigenous Roots, LLC • Somali Family Safety Task Force • African Community Housing & Development • Black Dollar Days Task Force • East African Community Services • Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education • Rainier Beach Action Coalition • Avole Coffee, LLC • Feest • Hip Hop is Green • First Tongan Seniors Association • Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle • Vietnamese Friendship Association • Hunger Intervention Program • Puget Sound Labor Agency • Temple Lifestyle • American Polynesian Organization

HSD Announces 2019 Safety RFP Funding Opportunity

The Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing systems navigation and addressing trauma for 18 to 24-year-old people harmed by the criminal legal system in Seattle. Approximately $4,910,333 in HSD General Fund dollars is available through this RFP. HSD intends to fund a maximum of 25 proposals. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. While it is the City’s intention to renew agreements resulting from this funding opportunity on an annual basis through the 2023 calendar year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability.

Next Thursday, 5/16: Coffee with the Department of Neighborhoods!

Join us for coffee and conversation with Andrés Mantilla, Director, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Thursday, May 16 10:00–11:00 a.m. The Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue 1st Floor Conference Room (between Columbia & Marion in downtown Seattle)

HSD Announces Results of the Older Adult Community Transportation RFP

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Older Adult Community Transportation RFP that was issued on January 14. Applicants were invited to submit proposals providing health services transportation and/or food access transportation in King County. Health Services Transportation enables older people to access… [ Keep reading ]

We’re making progress, together…

HSD’s expanded investments in effective homeless services and programs like enhanced shelter, prevention, rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing have helped more than 4,000 households to move off the streets and into housing or to remain housed. Jason Johnson, acting director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, said the progress is… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute!

Older Americans Month is an annual event that dates back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. The current name and theme are sanctioned by the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute.

We have an Older Americans Month page on the Aging King County website. You’ll see links to logos and social media badges, plus our May calendar of events. Look for information in the May issue of AgeWise King County, too.

Making Progress: more people moved from homelessness to housing in 2018

We’re making progress, together As the City addresses the crisis of homelessness, we are focused on helping people move off the streets and into permanent housing. More people served – 25,420 households served in 2018. An increase of 7% over 2017.