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November 2013

Summit spreads word about energy and costs savings

 

The cost of monthly utility bills can create a severe burden for families struggling to make ends meet, and an important goal of HSD's utility assistance programs is to enroll more people who may be eligible for the discounts. The first step in reaching that goal is letting people know that help is available.

Last month's Energy, Utility and Resource Summit at the Garfield Community Center helped spread the word about City of Seattle and community programs to help low-income and vulnerable populations reduce their energy and utility costs and learn about many other beneficial services. The Summit was organized by the Human Services Department's Utility Discount Program (UDP) staff in partnership with Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

In attendance were approximately 140 representatives of a wide range of organizations that serve people in need, including Catholic Community Services, the Crisis Clinic, El Centro de la Raza, Chinese Information and Service Center, United Way of King County, Senior Services, the Alliance for People with Disabilities, and Seattle Public Schools - to name only a few of the many agencies and groups in the room.

They heard presentations about barriers for the city's immigrants and refugees, conversation tips and resources from City Light and SPU, the Office of Housing's Weatherization Program, home repair and information services from Senior Services, the Utility Discount Program, and much more. Taken all together, the benefits and discounts could make a significant difference in the lives of community members.

Here is a link to Seattle Channel coverage of the event. For more information about UDP, please visit this Web site. For more information about the program in Spanish, click on this link to a Univision television interview with UDP staff member Monica Humphrey.

Catherine Lester
Interim Director, Seattle Human Services Department
4C Coalition receives funding for youth mentoring

The Seattle Human Services Department has awarded the 4C Coalition $75,000 as part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Group Mentoring Request for Qualifications (RFQ) funding process. The 4C Coalition will provide group mentoring services at the three SYVPI network sites (southwest, southeast and central Seattle). SYVPI group mentoring will support youth at-risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence in a safe and structured environment. The 4C Coalition is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and mentoring support to vulnerable youth in King County. 

Funding opportunity to support housing for persons with AIDS
In a recently released Request for Investment (RFI), the Seattle Human Services Department is seeking investment proposals from qualified organizations for programs designed to prevent homelessness and support housing stability for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families in King County. Approximately $1.2 million is available for the period of July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015. The deadline for RFI submittals is December 12, 2013. For more information and to view the application, please visit this Web site
Plan to end homelessness for young people

Last month, the Committee to End Homelessness released to the public the Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County. The result of several months of working with community stakeholders, providers, funders and youth and young adults, the comprehensive plan identifies the community's vision to end homelessness among youth and young adults in King County by 2020 and an 18-month implementation strategy to begin delivering on this vision. Staff from the Seattle Human Services Department's Youth & Family Empowerment Division played a pivotal role in shaping the plan, sitting on nearly every committee, including the funders group. Read more about the plan here

Home repair program helps Ms. Wilkins 
Ms. Wilkins and Office of Housing home repair specialist Aziz Rahmani
Major home repairs are expensive, overwhelming and complicated for many people, especially seniors on fixed incomes. Ms. Wilkins had been living without running water and a leaky roof had damaged much of her home when she contacted the Seattle Office of Housing about the Home Repair Loan Program. Qualified residents like Ms. Wilkins can receive no- or low-interest loans thanks to federal and local funding used to assist low-income households with essential home repairs. A home repair specialist assessed what needed to be repaired and walked her through the entire process. 

Ms. Wilkins has rebuilt the room damaged by her leaking roof, installed a new water line, upgraded the electrical system and painted the exterior of her house. As a senior on a fixed income, she will now be able to remain comfortably in the house she has called home for 45 years. For more information, please call 206-684-0458 or visit this Web page.
'Farm to Table' nominated for award
Farm to Table The Farm to Table partnership has been nominated for an annual Sustainability Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle. The program is being recognized with a nomination in the Resource Impact category. Award winners will be announced on January 31, 2014 during a celebration at the Museum of History and Industry. Through the efforts of staff in the Seattle Human Services Department's Aging & Disability Services (ADS) and Youth & Family Empowerment (YFE) divisions, the Farm to Table program connects senior meal sites and Seattle child care programs to local area farms with the goal of providing local, organic produce to some of Seattle's most under-served communities. The program has served 1,250 children and seniors at 50 different meal sites throughout the city. 
Plan on Aging provides valuable data
The Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services, along with sponsoring partners King County and United Way of King County, have completed the 2014-2015 Update to the Area Plan on Aging. This is a biennial update to the 2012-2015 Area Plan on Aging for the King County region. The 140-page document is full of good information, including updated population profile data and a summary of accomplishments. The update also provides information about staffing, budget, plans for the next two years, and new and revised goals and objectives. The update will guide the work of ADS for the next two years.
HSD staff honored by African American women's organization
The Seattle Section, National Council of Negro Women recently recognized 45 outstanding local women, including the Seattle Human Services Department's own Tracy Hilliard (Director of Data Integrity) and Karen Winston (Planning and Development Specialist with Aging & Disability Services). Tracy and Karen were featured in a book of photographs, "Time in Her Hands," in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Seattle Section.
November Coffee Hour features City Librarian

The November Senior Coffee Hour offered by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, features Marcellus Turner, the Seattle City Librarian.

The event is on Thursday, Nov. 21st, 10-11 a.m., in the Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room, in downtown Seattle.

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Life Lines is published monthly by the City of Seattle's Human Service Department. Our mission is to connect people with resources and solutions during times of need so we can all live, learn, work and take part in strong, healthy communities. For more timely or breaking news, visit our blog, Human Interests, or visit our Web site. If you have questions, please e-mail David Takami or call 206-684-0253.

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