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…

Kent Isolation and Quarantine Site Will No Longer Serve Guests Next Week 

King County Department of Community and Human Services announces that the Kent Isolation and Quarantine (I&Q) site will no longer serve guests, starting Monday, June 13, 2022.  As of today, the building has stopped accepting referrals. With relatively stable COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates, King County made the decision to transition to a more traditional…

Young people speaking up about mental health: Heena Vahora

This was originally posted on the Best Starts for Kids blog. May is Mental Health Awareness Month! We’re grateful to feature stories from young people this week who have been living through a disruptive pandemic and highlight upcoming events and resources to support your mental and emotional health beyond May.  Locally and nationally, young people are…

King County Announces Funding Awards for Two Affordable Housing Projects in Skyway-West Hill

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is pleased to announce awards to develop two new affordable housing projects in the Skyway-West Hill neighborhood (SWH). Following years of community organizing, $5 million was successfully secured in King County’s 2021-22 Biennial Budget in the Housing and Community Development Fund to directly address displacement and…

King County Awards Funding to 11 School Districts to Extend Critical Program Addressing Youth Mental Health

Washington youth are experiencing a mental health crisis. COVID-19 has exacerbated underlying issues felt by young people, including anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. Over the past two months, national experts and senior officials have sounded the alarm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘issued a warning on teen mental health.' The United States…