September 19, 2017
At the September 19th city council meeting, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen proclaimed September as "National Recovery Month." The purpose of National Recovery Month is to promote access to recovery, celebrate those in treatment and continue to educate our communities about how to overcome the barriers of stigma and discrimination.
Accepting the proclamation was Mario Williams-Sweet, Hospital and Mental Health Residential Coordinator for King County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division.
For support resources related to recovery, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.
The city council meeting and National Recovery Month proclamation can be viewed at the City Council's webpage.
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 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 Penny Sweet 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."
The city council meeting and SAAM proclamation can be viewed at the City Council's webpage.
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.