Posts for 'Human Services and Health'

HUNGER FREE COMMUNITY

April 12th, 2012

United Way of King County has boldly announced a goal of making King County a hunger free community.  The City Council applauds this goal, and on March 15, I was a plenary speaker at a Hunger Action Forum convened by United Way, the Seattle Food Council, and the Meals Partnership Coalition to look at strategies […]

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SAFE HOUSING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

March 27th, 2012

In 2010, the City Council identified safe housing for the survivors/victims of domestic violence as a priority issue to work on.  Seattle has a long track record of working to reduce domestic violence, and the Council had identified working on domestic violence issues as one of our priorities for 2010.  In looking at the area […]

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FOOD BANK REOPENS AT SACRED HEART

March 8th, 2012

Last week I had the chance to participate in one more reminder about how generous this community is.  The food bank in the Uptown neighborhood – in the shadow of Seattle Center – had a ceremony to celebrate its successful reopening, after financial woes forced it to close last November. Sacred Heart of Jesus, a […]

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JOBS FOR FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS

November 15th, 2011

People who receive food stamps (now known as the ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP’) usually need training, support and job placement services to move closer to economic self-sufficiency.  There’s a program that focuses on these recipients – the Washington State Basic Food and Employment and Training program – but in 2010 the USDA issued […]

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BRINGING HEALTHY FOOD TO CORNER STORES

September 1st, 2011

Access to fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the key limiting factors preventing people from choosing a more healthy diet.  If you can’t get fresh produce in your neighborhood store, it is really hard to incorporate it into your meals.  Using funding from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant under the American […]

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NUTRITION AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

May 12th, 2011

Evidence is clear that healthy eating and active living make a difference in academic performance.  Unfortunately, our young people are too often caught in the poor nutrition and inactive lifestyle mode that is fueling our obesity epidemic.  Schools are beginning to understand that improving the classroom is not enough — there are important steps to […]

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COUNCIL TO ADDRESS GAPS IN CITY-PROVIDED HOMELESS SERVICES

April 19th, 2011

Over the past two years, homelessness in Seattle has decreased by 15 percent – an extraordinary achievement in the face of this recession, and a testament to the success of the Seattle community’s ‘Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness’.  Of the 1,753 people found outdoors rather than in shelters in the 2011 One-Day Count, many […]

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FAMILIES AND EDUCATION LEVY GOES TO BALLOT

March 31st, 2011

On Monday, March 28, the City Council unanimously approved placing renewal of the Families and Education Levy on the November ballot.  After extensive review and discussion of the recommendations of the citizen committee that developed the new levy proposal, the Council agreed to propose a levy at the level recommended by the advisory group. The […]

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HOUSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

February 28th, 2011

The City Council identified domestic violence as one of our priority issues for 2010.  We acted on that priority in response to the Mayor’s proposed cuts in domestic violence programs in his 2011 budget.  The Council unanimously voted to restore Victim Advocate positions in the Seattle Police Department, and funding for the treatment of indigent […]

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HEALTHY EATING/ACTIVE LIVING GRANTS

February 10th, 2011

Public Health Seattle/King County was one of 44 local governments winning funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Tobacco Prevention and Healthy Eating/Active Living projects.  The funding is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (‘stimulus package’).  The $25.6 million received by Seattle/King County (the third largest award, after Los Angeles and […]

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