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Investment Matters: The Lasting Impacts of the Gates Foundation’s Data Driven Culture Initiative

By: Christina McHugh, Regional Housing and Homelessness Evaluation Manager Investments in data infrastructure, particularly in lean times, are not often prioritized. Yet, during the Great Recession, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested substantially in King County’s homelessness data analytics capacity, investments which have been sustained by the King County Council and Department of Community…

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King County announces Severe Weather Shelter

In advance of freezing temperatures and forecasted snow, King County is opening a Severe Weather Shelter in Seattle. The Department of Community and Human Services will offer 25 additional shelter beds in the King County Fourth and Jefferson Building 420 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104. King County’s Severe Weather Shelter will be open Tuesday night,…

Skyway-West Hill & North Highline Residents and King County are working together to Develop Anti-Displacement Strategy Recommendations

Skyway-West Hill and North Highline are richly diverse neighborhoods with large BIPOC and immigrant communities, as well as large numbers of low-income households. Skyway has the highest proportion of African-American residents of any area in the state. These neighborhoods have experienced rising land values and cost of housing at a faster rate than the broader…

Admin Staff Spotlight with Ramika Toms

Our mission at the Department of Community and Human Services is to provide equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, self-reliant and connected to community. Now more than ever, our administrative staff play a crucial role in the success of our organization. The responsibilities of admins have changed with the landscape of the economy…

COVID-19 drives cancellation of 2021 Point in Time Street Count

As the region continues to respond to the emergency of COVID-19, and particularly planning and providing ongoing support for people experiencing homelessness, Seattle-King County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) will be taking a different approach to the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count for 2021.   Gathering large numbers of volunteers during a pandemic, typically over…

Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program application deadline announced: Dec. 4, 2020

The King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program will close all tenant and landlord interest forms to new entries on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. The application deadline is being put in place in order to allow time to process tenants and properties ahead of the December 30, 2020…