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April 2012

Communities Supporting Safe & Stable Housing: Coming Soon! 


Dannette R. SmithSpring has arrived in Seattle and HSD is moving closer to launching the Communities Supporting Safe & Stable Housing investment plan.


You may have heard about the plan in previous newsletters or community meetings. The purpose of the plan is to fundamentally improve our ability to prevent and end homelessness, while maintaining our commitment to providing safe and accessible shelters and supportive services for people who need them. Our strategy is to create a set of priorities and principles and then make certain that our resources support those priorities.


The draft investment plan will be completed by late April or early May and then released for more public feedback. After the plan is finalized, we will make a small amount of 2013 funds available through a competitive Request for Investment (RFI) process. The priorities and principles from the investment plan will help guide the decisions for awarding these funds.


You'll be hearing more details about the investment plan and RFI process in the weeks to come.


Please stay tuned!


Dannette R. Smith
Director, Seattle Human Services Department


Winter shelter open through April
Operation of the winter shelters for homeless adults at City Hall and the Frye Hotel has been extended through the month of April. The winter shelters opened for the season in October 2011 and were slated to close on March 31, 2012. The two shelters will now remain open through April 30, 2012. The City Hall Shelter (4th Ave. and Cherry St.) serves men and women from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The Frye Hotel (3rd Ave. & Yesler Way) serves women only from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Jesse Eller, new Aging & Disability division director
Jesse EllerJesse Eller, the new Division Director for the Human Services Department's Aging & Disability Services (ADS) division, began work at the department on March 28, 2012. He brings more than 20 years of experience in health care administration. Most recently, he served as the Director of Long-Term Care for Yavapai County in Prescott, Arizona. His career has been very diverse in terms of working with children, families, seniors and persons with disabilities. Jesse has taught health care administration at the University of Phoenix and business management at Yavapai Community College. He earned undergraduate degrees in business management and marketing, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Jesse is excited about the opportunity and challenge of working at ADS and the Human Services Department. "I am particularly interested in working with other HSD division directors to continue the strong continuum of services to the community," he says.
Funding opportunity for 'professional development'

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and the Office for Education are seeking investment proposals from agencies/organizations interested in providing direct or contracted professional development services to early learning and school-age care programs, caregivers, and educators. We seek to contract with culturally responsive providers that will ensure the delivery of best and promising professional development practices. Service components include coaching, training, academic coursework, and outreach. The deadline is on May 17, 2012. For more information about the Request for Investment (RFI) and application materials, please go to our Funding Opportunities Web page

Preparing for a disaster
A new disaster preparedness campaign launches on April 9th for Washington State Disaster Preparedness month. The campaign is called "What to Do to Make It Through" and focuses on actions people can take to survive catastrophes. The top three most important actions are: make a plan, build a kit and help each other. The campaign also encourages people to prepare beyond three days. In order to make it through a major catastrophe like the Japan earthquake you'll need to be prepared for at least seven to 10 days.

A new Web site with practical preparedness tips will be available soon, with information in multiple languages, checklists for building a kit, as well as motivational videos of survivors who made it through catastrophic events. Sponsors of the campaign include Mud Bay Pet Supplies, King County, Snohomish County, and Western Washington Offices of Emergency Management.
Students explore polar science
Polar ScienceThrough the sponsorship of the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, 10 Upward Bound and Seattle Youth Employment Program students were able to participate in Polar Science Weekend, a special program of the Pacific Science Center. The programs provided students both access and interaction with scientists, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students from around the world working directly in the field of polar science. Students learned not only about research in general, but they were able to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a field researcher, ask questions first hand, gain a clearer understanding of the impact of changing temperature on climate and the environment.

City/County receive nearly $1M for homeless assistance 

HUD logoThe City of Seattle and King County were awarded $968,902 in new federal funds to support the operating costs for three homeless housing projects in Seattle, bringing the total amount awarded to our region for 2012 federal homeless assistance awards to well over $22 million. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the local McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Awards in March following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement of nationwide awards.

The new money is in addition to $21.8 million in renewal grants received by Seattle and King County from HUD that were announced in December 2011. Funding was also provided for the Safe Harbors Homeless Management Information System, which collects data on services provided to homeless people in programs throughout King County and is critical to successful grant applications to HUD. The three projects receiving federal funding are:
*    Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) Aurora Supportive Housing - $473,253.
*    Plymouth Housing Group (PHG) Williams Apartments - $473,254. Cascade neighborhood.
*    Archdiocesan Housing Authority (AHA) Ozanam House
For more information, click here.  

HSD kicks off annual fiscal assessment
On March 28, the Human Services Department (HSD) hosted a first-ever orientation/information session for 27 agencies selected for a Comprehensive Fiscal Review and Assessment in 2012. About 35 people representing 16 of the selected agencies learned about HSD's monitoring efforts, what the comprehensive review entails and what tools are used by HSD to conduct the review. HSD's Fiscal Audit Specialist Efren Agmata will conduct a thorough on-site review of each agency's fiscal and organizational health. Agencies selected for 2012 were chosen based on criteria that included receiving federal funding through HSD of $250,000 or more; not having received a fiscal review in the last three to four years; prior audit findings; or other issues. In early April, HSD launched the July 2012 contracts season. Approximately 70 contracts will be developed and executed by July 1, 2012. The July 2012 contracts process will emphasize increased coordination and partnership among HSD's contracts, finance, other staff, and partner agencies.
Long-term care is topic of April 19 Coffee Hour  
Patricia HunterJoin us for a conversation with Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Patricia Hunter at the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Senior Coffee Hour.

This month's Coffee Hour will be held on Thursday, April 19, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Central Building, 810 3rd Ave., 1st floor. Ms. Hunter will discuss advocating for people in long-term care facilities.
HSD seeking sites for free summer food program
SFSPThe Human Services Department's (HSD's) Summer Food Service Program is seeking sites to serve as many children as possible this summer. The program runs from Monday, June 25, 2012 to Friday, August 24, providing free breakfasts, lunches and snacks for children and youth ages 1 through 18. The meals are served to children at approved sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. If you know of any potential sites, please refer them to this link.
Community Development Block Grant amendments  
The Community Development Block Grant Administration Office will soon be forwarding to the City Council amendments to the 2012 Update to the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. This plan governs the use of certain federal funds, including the Community Development Block Grant and the Emergency Solutions Grant. The amendments detail the changes in HSD's allocation of these funds based on the actual amounts of money we will be receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (The original 2012 Update was developed using estimates of the 2012 allocations.) Please contact the CDBG Manager, Michael Look, at 206-615-1717 or if you would like details of the amendment. A public hearing before the City Council's Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee is tentatively scheduled for April 25.
City Hall photo exhibit features homeless families
Child and dad"Looking into Light," on view at City Hall through April 27, documents the experience of family homelessness in America. The National Center on Family Homelessness and its Campaign to End Child Homelessness present this unique exhibition of 50 photos from its archive of more than 20,000 images. The exhibition is touring the United States through 2013 and is sponsored locally by Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness. Looking into Light also includes photos by local photographer Dan Lamont, whose images tell the often-overlooked stories of homeless families in suburban and rural areas in Washington state.
Hazard mitigation funding available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a new round of competitive grant available. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds physical projects that can be shown to mitigate or reduce the damaging effects of natural disasters. Eligible private nonprofits can apply for up to $1 million in funding for cost-effective projects such as seismic retrofits and flood elevations. A 25% in-kind or cash match is required. Organizations throughout the state can apply through the State of Washington Military Department. Applications are not due until September, but in order to apply, a Letter of Intent must be submitted to the State by 5 pm, April 20th.For general information about the HMGP, visit this Web site. For help determining if you have an eligible type of project, please call Erika Lund, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5089. 

Challenges in caregiving is topic of June 4 conference

A caregiver training conference will be offered on June 4, 2012 at the Tukwila Community Center. The event is hosted by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Long Term Care along with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference is designed to provide current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The conference is intended for:
*    Family caregivers  

*    Home care workers and adult day services staff
*    Adult family home, boarding home or assisted living staff
*    Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited. For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544. 

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