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.

We do this 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 many, many other regional partners.

Through the lens of racial equity, HSD supports programs, initiatives, and policies that address six key impact areas:

  1. Preparing Youth for Success
  2. Supporting Affordability and Livability 
  3. Addressing Homelessness
  4. Promoting Public Health 
  5. Responding to Gender-Based Violence
  6. Promoting Healthy Aging
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.
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
HSD's work is funded by a variety of revenue sources, including federal, state and inter-local grants, as well as the City's General Fund. General Fund contributions leverage significant grant revenues to benefit Seattle residents. As a result, external grants represent 37.4% of HSD’s revenue, while the General Fund represents 58.2% in the 2020 proposed budget. In addition, $5.15 million of HSD’s revenue comes from the newly created Sweetened Beverage Tax Fund, representing roughly 2.3% of the department’s total budget in 2020. Approximately 1.5% of HSD’s 2020 budget is supported by Short Term Rental tax revenues, and the remaining 0.7% of HSD’s budget will come from the Unrestricted Cumulative Reserve Fund.