New VSHSL funding opportunity: Community Strategies to Address Gun Violence

Firearms are the third leading cause of injury-related death in Washington State, killing approximately 625 Washington residents each year between 2009 and 2013. The health of communities will be improved by work seeking to prevent and reduce gun violence as well as work that supports individuals who are impacted by such violence. In King County, gun…

New VSHSL funding opportunity: Remote Access from Rural Food Banks Pilot

Geography, traffic, limited mobility, limited access to transportation, limited resources, and complex or confusing systems can challenge an individual's ability to seek and receive the housing, financial, social, or health services they need to thrive. Food banks are important gathering points in which diverse groups of persons of whom the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) can help are…

Countywide Gender-Based Violence Prevention Pilot: A new VSHSL funding opportunity

Historically King County’s investments for survivors of gender-based violence have focused on crisis and short- to medium-term response for survivors. While these supports are an essential part of the landscape in addressing gender-based violence, they do not address the root causes of violence nor meaningfully help us to build strategies to change the conditions that…

Awards Announcement: Learning from Community Stories – the Impacts of COVID-19

Cross post from Communities of Opportunity originally posted on the BSK Blog Cuidate|Care by Hinojos & Jimenez Art COVID-19 has increased instability and insecurity for communities across King County and exacerbated inequities in health, housing and economic stability. The rates of confirmed cases are highest among Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Black residents. Public Health – Seattle…

New funding for Community Driven Behavioral Health in King County

Nationally, the current health system creates barriers that challenge providers and payers in providing whole person care and improving population health. According to the King County Community Health Needs Assessment 2018/2019, “People of color and low- income residents are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured and having poor health and social outcomes". Many health and…

Student Veteran Child Care Pilot: A new funding opportunity from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

Student veterans stand at a critical juncture in their transitions from military service to civilian life. Because they often come to college and universities later in life, it is not unusual for these student veterans – particularly women student veterans - to have young children who require care while parents attend classes, study or work part…