Catch up on the Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD) division hosted the 33rd annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum last week. Hundreds registered for the event, and more than 200 people attended and heard from community members, councilmembers, and state legislators. County officials, including King County Executive Dow Constantine…

Neurodiversity and Youth Mental Health: resources and an upcoming legislative forum

Young people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences bring rich contributions to our community, and young people who are neurodivergent have essential perspectives and contributions that our community benefits from.   Yet, people who are neurodiverse run into obstacles in a world built for people who are neurotypical. Those challenges are even more pronounced…

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…

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King County Department of Community and Human Services Launches Data Dashboard Measuring Impact of Countywide Initiatives  

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is excited to debut the new DCHS Dashboard that takes a detailed look at the programs and initiatives funded by the department, and the residents reached countywide. DCHS provides resources and services for the more than 2.3 million King County residents. The team at DCHS connects people…

Hear community stories from the Best Starts for Kids 2021 Annual Report

This was originally posted on the Best Starts for Kids blog. We are proud to share our 2021 annual report!  Read the full annual report here  In a year that fluctuated between high hopes and continued struggles, strong relationships served as the backbone for communities across King County as we navigated the ongoing dual pandemic…

As the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program Transitions, King County Focuses Efforts on Evictions 

King County is transitioning to the next phase of the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) that has distributed nearly $340 million in rent assistance across the county. This month, we will receive an estimated $10 million in additional funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce and plan to contract these funds to…