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Mayor Harrell and Seattle City Council Proclaim January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Mayor Harrell joined with the Seattle City Council last week to  declare the month of January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” reaffirming this Administration’s commitment to protect and empower survivors of all forms of human trafficking. The proclamation sets forward the City’s intent “to advocate for legislation and protection for survivors, to educate leaders, and to encourage public awareness and action against various forms of human trafficking.”

City of Seattle Recognizes October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

**Cross-posted with the Office of the Mayor This year’s theme— #Every1KnowsSome1—illustrates the importance of public awareness and participation Each year, the City of Seattle recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness and acknowledge the victims and survivors of abuse and its effects on families and communities…. [ Keep reading ]

Mary Mitchell Announced as HSD’s Aging and Disability Services Division Director

The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) recently announced the hire of Mary Mitchell as director of its Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division. Mitchell has served in an interim capacity for the past year. The hire was the result of a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, with significant community input. Mitchell has over 30 years of experience in organizational development, conflict resolution, and race and social justice work. She is a certified mediator. Prior to joining HSD as interim ADS division director, Mitchell served as the director and deputy director of the Consumer Protection Division of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services, where she was instrumental in starting the Racial Equity Toolkit to examine developing a Marijuana Equity Program to increase diversity in the newly regulated industry.

HSD Selects University of Washington to Conduct Comparable Worth Wage Analysis of Human Services Work in Seattle and King County

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the Seattle and King County Comparable Worth Wage Analysis of Human Services Work RFQ which was released on May 3, 2022. HSD, in partnership with the Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC), called for applications from individuals, teams, and organizations interested in conducting a comparable worth wage analysis of the City of Seattle and King County human services sector with $496,000 of General Funds from City Council add CBA HSD-002-B-001.

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 ]

Seattle Mayor and City Council Proclaim January Human Trafficking Awareness Month, January 11 Human Trafficking Day

City leaders encourage public awareness and action against human trafficking SEATTLE – Mayor Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Lisa Herbold were joined by other City Councilmembers to declare the month of January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” and today, January 11, 2022, to be “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” to proclaim the equality and… [ 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 ]

2021 African American Caregivers Forum: Caregiving Around the Clock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Irene Stewart – The Legacy of Love African American Caregiver Forum—an annual event during National Family Caregivers Month—is a unique, culturally focused event that draws family caregivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 African American Caregiver Forum will occur online on Saturday, November 13, from… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Recognizes October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to Raise Awareness and Support for Survivors of Abuse

Each year, the City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) and Human Services Department (HSD) mark the month of October as a time to remember victims and survivors of abuse and exploitation; to raise awareness about violence and its effect on families and communities; and acknowledge and highlight those working to end gender-based violence.  “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in domestic violence reports with deep impacts on survivors,” said Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “We can still be a lifeline during this unprecedented time, remember to check in on your neighbors who may be suffering abuse in silence. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we help those who may be suffering by raising our voices and awareness.” Mayor Durkan proclaimed the month of October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Seattle to help raise public awareness and support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence. The City also takes seriously its responsibility to its own employees and to serving as a role model for other large organizations. In addition to sick leave, Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance provides workers with paid leave for absences that result from critical safety issues arising from domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. PSST COVID-19 amendments also require employers with employees in Seattle to provide paid leave when their family member’s school or place of care has been closed.

Local Aging Services: Comment Now on Four-Year Plan Update

The draft Area Plan Update for 2022–2023 is available online at now through August 2. ADS invites public comment via e-mail and/or a public hearing scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021. The public comment period will close at the end of the day, August 2. To sign up for public comment, visit To send written comment, e-mail