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 email@example.com 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.
On July 15, the Mayor’s Office of Senior Citizens’ Coffee Hour features Barbara Gray (Seattle Department of Transportation), who will talk about the Walk Bike Ride initiative and the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. The Aug. 19 coffee hour features Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin.
Both events are on Thursdays mornings (10-11 a.m.) in the Central Building, 810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion streets in downtown Seattle). Following both events, guests are invited to walk up to City Hall for free concerts. Questions? Call the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2010 Child and Youth Well-Being Index is an analysis by the Foundation for Child Development. Among other findings, the report shows that the number of children living in poverty this year in the U.S. will climb to 22 percent, the highest in two decades.
The Seattle Human Services Department has issued a “request for investment” (RFI) to provide naturalization assistance for low-income immigrants and refugees who live in Seattle and King County. Approximately $1.1 million is available to assist refugees and immigrants to obtain U.S. citizenship. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. July 30, 2010. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011.
Contact Ann-Margaret Webb at email@example.com or 206-615-1112 to request paper copies of the RFI.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following RFI information meetings:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
10 a.m. – noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
2 – 4 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
For more information, please visit the department’s RFI Web site.
Beginning on June 28 thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free breakfasts and lunches this summer through the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” is open to children at qualifying sites. From June 28 through Aug. 27, the meals will be served at approximately 100 sites across the city. These include designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County. For more information see this news release.
On Tuesday, June 8, Mayor Mike McGinn appointed Dannette R. Smith, of Fairburn, Ga., as the new director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Smith currently is director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, part of the State of Georgia Department of Human Services and the state’s largest human services agency.
Smith, who replaces Seattle’s Acting Human Services Director Kip Tokuda, begins work July 26. In Georgia, she led a staff of 1,300 and managed an annual budget of $96 million.
Previously, Smith served as director of human services agencies in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and Chicago. She received her B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Seattle Human Services Department has an annual budget of $147.8 million and approximately 330 employees. The agency funds and operates programs to help people with low incomes, children, domestic-violence victims, seniors, immigrants and refugees and persons with disabilities.
Pimps and the youth they abuse are well-known elements of juvenile prostitution. In their guest column for the Seattle Times, Terri Kimball with the Seattle Human Services Department and King County Senior Dep. Prosecutor Sean P. O’Donnell note a new Washington law that cracks down on the overlooked role of “Johns” involved in the commercial sex abuse of minors.