Budget and Funding Sources

HSD contracts with more than 170 community-based human service providers and administers programs to ensure Seattle residents have food and shelter, education and job opportunities, access to health care, opportunities to gain social and economic independence and success, and many more of life's basic necessities. HSD is committed to working with the community to provide appropriate and culturally-relevant services.

HSD's Strategic Plan, "Healthy Communities, Healthy Families" identifies six key results:

  • All youth in Seattle successfully transition to adulthood.
  • All people living in Seattle are able to meet their basic needs.
  • All people living in Seattle are housed.
  • All people living in Seattle experience moderate to optimum health conditions.
  • All people living in Seattle are free from gender-based violence.
  • All older adults experience stable health and are able to age in place.

HSD's work is funded by a variety of revenue sources, including federal, state and inter-local grants, and the City's General Fund. General Fund contributions leverage significant grant revenues to benefit Seattle residents.

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.

For more detailed information, download HSD's Budget Overview prepared by the City Budget Office.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Human Services Department administers the approximately $10 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to various programs that help low- and moderate-income Seattle individuals, families and communities.  The CDBG program is governed by the policies and strategies outlined in Seattle's 2014-2017 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development.  Every year the City of Seattle is required to report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development how we have used the four Consolidated Plan funds. 

For more information or paper copies of the plan, call 206-615-1717, or e-mail blockgrants@seattle.gov.