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New Auburn Isolation and Quarantine Site Opens as Omicron Cases Rise  

As the highly infectious Omicron variant spreads at a rapid rate across the state, and cases in King County tripled from the highest peak seen previously in the pandemic, we expect a continued upward trend in January. King County urges people to prepare and take the necessary precautions to slow the spread, and as part of the overarching effort by the County to help reduce transmission and keep our hospital beds available for people with acute…

Strong community effort disburses $74M in rent assistance in November and December to bring 2021 total payments over $148M

Thanks to dedicated work on the part of local community-based agencies and King County staff, Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) payments for rent assistance accelerated in November and December, preventing eviction and possible homelessness for thousands of individuals and families at risk due to COVID-related health and financial challenges.   Total expended from January-December 2021 was $148.8 million. Including EPRAP support…

Temporary overnight sobering support shelter opening in Yesler Building

Stepping in to fill a critical need, the King County Yesler Building will provide a temporary home for King County’s Sobering Support Shelter beginning Friday evening, January 7. The shelter will be overnight only from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week, providing health-supervised shelter for up to 35 people per night. King…

Best Starts for Kids Virtual Open House

Cross-posted from the Best Starts Blog Best Starts for Kids will host a virtual open house for existing and prospective community partners to learn more about the opportunities for funding in the first quarter of 2022. Way back in 2017, Best Start for Kids headed out on the road to spread the word about the numerous…

The past year: VSHSL in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) is thankful for our funded partners and their unwavering dedication to serving King County's communities. VSHSL's partners continued to support the people they serve through the COVID-19 pandemic: providing emergency support, assisting with vaccination efforts and for some, transitioning back into…

ICYMI: 2021 King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum Program Recording Now Available!

King County hosted its annual Behavioral Health Legislative Forum on December 7th, 2021. Each year, the evening celebrates recovery from mental health and substance use challenges across our communities in King County. The forum is also a place to discuss how we can continue to improve our public behavioral health system. This is the first…