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Human Services

In 1986, the City Council adopted human service policies; established the City’s role in human services andNews & Events
Eastside State Legislative Candidates to participate in forum on Washington's Aging Readiness
September 12, 2016
State Legislative candidates from the 1st, 41st, 45th, and 48th districts will gather at North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Avenue NE, on Monday, October 10th to discuss Washington's readiness for the age wave that occurs as baby boomers retire. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

The candidates represent Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, and Woodinville. Event sponsors are: Seattle- King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, Eastside Human Services Forum, Bellevue Network on Aging, Kirkland Senior Council, AARP, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, LeadingAge, Washington State Senior Citizen's Lobby, United Way, King County, and City of Seattle. 

If accommodations are needed, contact Gigi Meinig at (206) 684-0652/ TTY: (206) 684-0702 or by email at Requests should be made as soon as possible and at least one week prior to the event. A downloadable, printable flyer is available here

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 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.

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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