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In 1986, the City Council adopted human service policies; established the City’s role in human services andKirkland City Council Proclaims May 16-22 as Affordable Housing Week in Kirkland
May 19th, 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.

Kirkland City Council Proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 29th as Stand Against Racism Day

April 20th, 2016
At the April 19 city council meeting, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed April as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and April 29th as "Stand Against Racism Day." Both proclamations were made to raise awareness about important issues affecting the community of Kirkland and the nation as a whole.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center coordinated locally by the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (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 on their website

As Kirkland Council Member Shelley Kloba read in the proclamation, "We must work together to educate our community about the sexual violence prevention, to support survivors, and to speak out against harmful attitudes and actions." As part of the proclamation, Council viewed a video produced by

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. On the last Friday of April each year, people across the United States of America gather with the YWCA to spread awareness about the root causes of racism and encourage conversations among diverse communities. Kirkland Council Member Dave Asher read from the proclamation, "All citizens regardless of race, creed or ethnicity deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, compassion, and justice." More information is available at

To view the city council meeting and proclamations, visit the Human Services News and Events page.

Human Services Grant Application for 2017-2018 Funding Now Closed

The application for Human Services grant funding closed on April 7th, 2016. Funding decisions will be made by December 2016.

For more information, visit the 2017-2018 Human Services Grant Application Process page.
established the Human Services Advisory Committee.  The policy was instituted to ensure that adequate levels of human services were available to all Kirkland residents.

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 capita budget allocation for human services as it deems appropriate; once again demonstrating Kirkland’s commitment to support the growing needs of its residents.

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

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 2015-2016 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,  


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