Initiatives

The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) is dedicated to ensuring all children and youth transition successfully into adulthood. HSD’s Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division supports positive youth and family development through strategic investments in community safety, youth employment opportunities, mentoring and educational supports, affordable living, family support, food and nutrition, and behavioral and mental health programs.
The City of Seattle in partnership with the Mayor’s office and community partners, provides services and programs that help keep our city affordable and livable. The goal of this platform is to ensure Seattle remains an inclusive and accommodating city for all residents. All programs, initiatives, and services aim to ensure that all people living in Seattle can meet their basic needs.
The City’s Human Services Department (HSD) is investing over $50 million this year in services to assist single adults, youth, families, domestic violence survivors, seniors and veterans currently at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The City of Seattle invests in services that provide emergency shelter beds, motel vouchers, food and meals services, day centers that provide showers, laundry, and a safe place to rest, as well as programs that help persons experiencing homelessness find jobs and permanent housing, and proactive programs that help individuals and families avoid eviction. HSD also funds programs that specifically serve school children and young adults experiencing homelessness.
The Human Services Department invests over $12.6 million annually to Public Health in Seattle & King County, to improve our communities, eliminate health inequities and maximize the lifespan of all Seattle residents. These investments are intended to ensure all residents have access to preventative care, primary care, specialty care, urgent care, mental health services, and substance abuse disorder services. The goal of the available programs and services is that all people living in Seattle experience moderate to optimum health conditions.
The City of Seattle is committed to ending gender-based violence. The Seattle Human Services Department - Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) strives to support individuals, families, and communities to obtain safety and stability. Annually, MODVSA invests approximately $7 million in prevention, intervention, systems enhancement, and offender accountability programing. The Office also works in partnership with communities, non-profits, and government agencies to enhance the City of Seattle’s response to gender-based violence.
Seattle has adopted the Age-Friendly Communities framework---developed by the World Health Organization to address the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. In efforts to ensure all older adults experience stable health and can age in place, the Human Services Department invests $39.8 million in a combination of direct services and in funding in agencies that serve our older adults. Program and service investments are managed by the Aging and Disability Services division that support older individuals, those living with a disability, and their families.
Emergency Services