August 9, 2016
The Kirkland Senior Council is celebrating the release of the second edition of The East King 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 of the guide is available for free on the Kirkland Senior Council's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
April 20, 2016
At the April 19 city council meeting, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed April as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" (SAAM) and April 29th as "Stand Against Racism Day." SAAM 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 their website. As Kirkland City Council Member Shelley Kloba 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."
During the meeting, Council viewed a video produced by itsonus.org.
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 Stand Against Racism's website. YWCA of Seattle, King, and Snohomish County has many resources available through their website.
The city council meeting, SAAM proclamation, and Stand Against Racism Day proclamation can be viewed at the City Council's webpage.
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.