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HSD Employee Spotlight—Edwin Obras

What is your role at Seattle Human Services? I have worked in the department for 15 years. In my current position, I serve as a strategic advisor, providing budget and policy expertise in order to reach our divisional goals which ultimately serve the community. What made you want to work… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Announces Awards to Help Older Adults Access Quality and Nourishing Foods

Funding will support access to groceries, meals, and social activities that are also culturally affirming. The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults Request for Proposals (RFP), which closed April 12, 2023, releasing $530,430 in Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT)… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Awards Over $3 Million to Support Nutritious Community Meals for Older Adults

Additional dollars will fund technical assistance to meal sites with cultural and linguistic barriers to mainstream nutrition services and standards. The Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Congregate Meals for Older Adults RFQ, which closed April… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Awards Funds for Home-Delivered Meals

Services provide nutrition as well as important social contacts and safety checks for older adults. The Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Home Delivered Meals Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which closed April 12, 2023. This RFQ… [ Keep reading ]

Community Corner—REST | Real Escape from the Sex Trade

Community Corner highlights the work of Seattle Human Services’ community partners in their own words. Our goal is to gather stories and photos that illustrate their amazing work on behalf of the people of Seattle. What is the role your organization fulfills in your community? REST exists to create pathways… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Employee Spotlight—Tara Vallimont

What is your role at Seattle Human Services? I am a Senior Youth Development Counselor with the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP). My job is to support every aspect of SYEP programming: including establishing program procedures, collaborating with internal and external partners, overseeing the daily operations of SYEP, assisting with… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Employee Spotlight—Michael Mathewson

What is your role at Seattle Human Services? In my current role, I support the Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division Director and the YFE leadership team. And, like many other administrative specialists, I wear a variety of different hats in supporting my team and division. This support touches on,… [ Keep reading ]

Friendly Hmong Farms: A radical vision for supporting BIPOC farmers continues to grow

This past Mother’s Day, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families and supporters raised funds for their schools and Hmong flower farming families. Seattle moms enjoyed locally grown floral bouquets expertly grown and handcrafted by Hmong farmers, who have been an iconic part of King County’s agriculture scene for over three decades…. [ Keep reading ]

Final Draft 2023 Annual Action Plan is Released!

The City of Seattle announces the release of the Final Draft 2023 Annual Action Plan (AAP) to the 2018-2023 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The Final Draft 2023 AAP includes proposed guidance for the allocation of an estimated $20.2 million of federal grant and program revenue funds [approximately… [ Keep reading ]

HSD Announces Funding Awards for Food Systems Services

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) released the 2023 Food Systems Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in late February with the goal of strengthening Seattle’s coordinated food system to increase food security and access to nutritious and culturally relevant food for low-income Seattle households. HSD, in alignment with the Seattle Food… [ Keep reading ]