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.
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:
- Food to eat and a roof overhead.
- Supportive relationships within families, neighborhoods, and communities.
- A safe haven from all forms of violence or abuse.
- Health care to be as physically and mentally fit as possible.
- Education and job skills to lead an independent life.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org