Human Services Catherine Lester, Director
Mission: 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.
The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) lives out its mission, as one of the largest contributors to Seattle's safety net. HSD is responsible for providing $89 million in contracts to more than 170 community-based human service providers that support the city's most vulnerable each year. Through the lens of equity, HSD supports programs, initiatives, and policies that address six key platforms:
Preparing Youth for Success
Supporting Affordability and Livability
Promoting Public Health
Responding to Gender-Based Violence
Promoting Healthy Aging
This department maintains close partnerships with community partners, the public, and non-profit service providers to understand and address current and emerging human service needs, and to invest in the creation of a comprehensive and integrated regional human service system.