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

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:

News & Events

Kirkland City Council Votes to Preserve Affordable Housing and Purchase Land for Women and Family Shelter
February 9, 2018
The City Council cast two unanimous votes at their February 6 meeting including the purchase of land for a shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness and paving the way to preserve affordable housing in Kirkland...(read more)

Kirkland City Council Proclaims September National Recovery Month
September 19, 2017
At the September 19th city council meeting, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed September as "National Recovery Month" in Kirkland. The purpose of National Recovery Month is to promote...(read more)

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...(read more)

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...(read more)

  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
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.

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