King County Continues Support for Senior Centers Experiencing Economic Hardship in the Pandemic  

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) recently awarded more than $2 million in funding to 18 nonprofit senior centers impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has altered the community in many ways, and senior centers, which are critical operations that increase connection, information sharing, and support for neighbors continue to experience some challenges.…

Honoring Our Veterans Through Service  

King County Veterans Program (KCVP) is actively serving tens of thousands of veterans across King County. Currently, more than 115,000 veterans live in King County, one-fifth of veterans are in Washington state, and over 1,200 employees at King County are veterans.   On this Veterans Day, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) would…

King County launches new programs to support immigrants

In 2021, the King County Council approved a first-in-the-nation program to help immigrants apply for documented status and citizenship. The investment of more than $16 million will help King County immigrants overcome barriers to legal status and assist those who have not been able to access federal benefits associated with COVID-19 pandemic relief. The Department of…

New funding opportunity: Domestic Violence Protection Order Legal Services

A new funding opportunity is available from the King County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund organizations to support people experiencing domestic and sexual violence through Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) assistance, legal services, and education. The COVID-19 pandemic and related public health orders have led to increased stress, isolation, and financial instability worldwide. As a…

VSHSL Community Conversations: what we heard

Earlier this spring, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) set out to gather community feedback from people who live and work across King County. VSHSL partnered with community groups across King County to host a series of Community Conversations to receive feedback on the VSHSL; the conversations took place from March to June…

New VSHSL funding opportunity: Service Provider Staffing Grant

A new funding opportunity is available from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to fund one-time hiring and retention bonuses to nonprofit human services providers who currently receive funding through the VSHSL. This hiring and retention bonus program is intended to help partners support and retain their workers by compensating them for the added responsibilities they…