About Us

The Seattle Human Services Department's mission is to connect people with resources and solutions during times of need so we can all learn, work, and take part in strong, healthy communities. Through the lens of racial equity, HSD supports programs, initiatives, and policies that address six key impact areas:

Preparing Youth for Success
Supporting Affordability and Livability 
Addressing Homelessness
Promoting Public Health 
Responding to Gender-Based Violence
Promoting Healthy Aging

We work in close collaboration with the Mayor's Office, the Seattle City Council, King County, United Way of King County, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and other regional partners.

The Human Services Department (HSD) is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net, investing more than $130 million in community-based organizations that support our neighbors and communities and another $23 million in direct services. As the Acting Director of the department, Jason Johnson leads more than 350 staff who make HSD’s role as a grantmaker, planner, and direct service provider possible. In partnership with providers and stakeholders throughout the community, the department strives to effectively steward public dollars by investing in strategies, programs, and services that work for the community, promote innovation in service delivery, and advance racial equity.
•Preparing Youth for Success•Supporting Affordability and Livability •Addressing Homelessness•Promoting Public Health•Responding to Gender-Based Violence•Promoting Healthy Aging
The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has developed a strategy for results-based accountability and addressing disparities to ensure that the most critical human service needs are met.
How City of Seattle is using data to better serve all Seattle residents in seven key priority areas
The 2019 HSD Adopted Budget is $198,255,342 which includes $123,330,239 (62%) City of Seattle General Fund, $49,928,320 (25%) in direct and indirect Federal Grants, $18,500,491 (9%) in State Grants, $6,331,626 (3%) in fees, charges, and interlocal grants and no contributions (0%) from private sources.