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Human Services

Kirkland Shelter for Families and Women will open late summer 2020.
Kirkland Shelter for Families and Women

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 City leaders joined community partners at a groundbreaking for the new permanent Kirkland Shelter, for women and for families.
More information in This Week in Kirklandlinks to external site

Overview of Community Needs Report (PDF - 1mb)

An important message from Parks & Community Services
Update (9/30/2020) 

More information on the items below and on what is currently open under the Governor’s Safe Start plan can be found at:

Staff are available by e-mail at or by phone at (425) 587-3330.


Basic Needs

The City defines human services as those services provided directly to individuals or families to meet basic needs which are organized into five goal areas:

  1. Food to eat and a roof overhead.
  2. Supportive relationships within families, neighborhoods, and communities.
  3. A safe haven from all forms of violence or abuse.
  4. Health care to be as physically and mentally fit as possible.
  5. Education and job skills to lead an independent life.

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
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. These policies were updated through the Kirkland Vision 2035 comprehensive plan.

The 2021-2022 Human Services Grant Application is now closed. Visit the grant application process page for more information.

2019-2020 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:
Human Services Supervisor Leslie Miller: 


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
Report an Issue
After Hours Parks Maintenance Needs
T. 425.864.3431