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Human Services

In 1986, the City Council adopted policies to ensure that adequate levels of human services are available to all Kirkland residents. News & Events

Kirkland City Council Proclaims April Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 6, 2017
At the April 4th city council meeting, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed April as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" (SAAM). SAAM is a nationwide campaign of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center links to external sitecoordinated locally by the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center links to external site(KCSARC). The goal is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it. KCSARC offers resources for victims, their families, and the community as a whole. KCSARC is available 24-hours a day through their Resource Line (888-99-VOICE) and their website. As Kirkland City Council Member Penny Sweet read in the proclamation, "We must work together to education our community about sexual violence prevention, to support survivors, and to speak out against harmful attitudes and actions."

The city council meeting and SAAM proclamation can be viewed at the City Council's webpage.

Kirkland Senior Council publishes Resource Guide for Older Adults in East King County
August 9, 2016
The Kirkland Senior Council is celebrating the release of the second edition of The East County Resource Guide for Older Adults & Their Families. The guide is a free, 120-page collection of housing, health, and other resources for older adults in east King County. It is large print and ad-free.

New to this edition of the guide are informational pages on topics such as preventing elder abuse and identity theft, emergency preparedness, fall prevention, and more. A PDF version is available for free on the City of Kirkland's Senior Council webpage.

For a free hard copy of the guide visit the Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue. Organizations who would like to request copies to distribute to their clients may contact Leslie Miller, human services coordinator, at (425) 587-3322 or by email at

Kirkland City Council Proclaims May 16-22 as Affordable Housing Week in Kirkland
May 19, 2016
Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed the week of May 16-22nd as Affordable Housing Week in Kirkland. Affordable Housing Week is a new, annual, region-wide initiative by the Housing Development Consortium to highlight the need for affordable housing in cities in King County. Through education and advocacy, the Housing Development Consortium works collaboratively with public and private organizations to meet the housing needs of limited-income people throughout the region. The Consortium is comprised of over 120 member organizations.

Mayor Walen and Mayor Backus of Auburn recently issued a "Mayor's Challenge" encouraging other cities in the region to participate in the Affordable Housing week effort. Thus far, 20 cities in King County and the County itself have pledged to participate.  

A number of events are being scheduled during Affordable Housing week to heighten awareness about the need for affordable housing. In Kirkland, an open house was held at Francis Village on Wednesday, May 18th. Francis Village opened in 2012 and contains 61 affordable units, 45 of which are set aside for people coming from homelessness.

Kelly Rider, Government Relations and Policy Director for the Consortium, attended the city council meeting to receive the proclamation

Basic Needs
The City defines human services as those services provided directly to individuals or families to meet basic needs for: 

  • Survival – food, shelter, protection from abuse/neglect
  • Gainful employment
  • Support for personal and family crisis
  • Access to available, appropriate services - transportation, information and referral services

Kirkland’s Role in Human Services
Depending on the need, the City’s role in human services is as a funder, facilitator and coordinator.

In 2017, the City Council created the Human Services Commission to involve Kirkland residents in advising the City Council and City Manager on matters related to the provision of human services. ​

Funding for Human Services
Since 1986, the City has devoted general fund dollars to support human service organizations.  Funding levels are appropriated on a per capita basis.  As a policy matter, the Council may adjust the annual per capitabudget allocation for human services as it deems appropriate; once again demonstrating Kirkland’s commitment to support the growing needs of its residents.

2017-2018 Human Services Grant Awards
Human services funding is allocated on a biennial basis. This means programs funded in one year are renewed the next year contingent on contract performance and program outcomes. 

The Human Services Division of the Department of Parks and Community Services is primarily responsible for the planning and administration of the Human Services Program.

For more information about human services, please contact:
Leslie Miller, 425-587-3322,  


Parks Department Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
123 5th Ave  Kirkland, WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3300 | F. 425.587.3303