City of Seattle previews $5.3M social services investments for 2016

Seattle, WA – Today, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) released its 2016 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which provides an overview of HSD’s impending funding opportunities for 2016.   These funding opportunities represent over $5.3 million in investments in nonprofit service providers that serve Seattle’s most vulnerable populations.

“As Seattle’s economy continues to grow, we cannot ignore the vast number of our residents who continue to struggle to meet their most basic and fundamental needs.” said Catherine Lester, Human Services Director. “HSD continues to target investments in social service agencies that work to ensure that all of our neighbors have the opportunity to achieve and maintain economic prosperity. These investments will support local nonprofit organizations that do great work every day on the front lines to serve the most vulnerable in our community.”

The 2016 competitive funding processes announced today include:

  • Medicaid Case Management: Fee for service (January 2016)
  • Youth Mental Health: $627,888 (March 2016)
  • Youth Development: $972,642 (April 2016)
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy: $1,800,000 (June 2016)
  • Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy: $646,000 (June 2016)
  • Domestic Violence Housing and Shelter Services: $1,100,000 (June 2016)
  • Senior Health Promotion: $162,000 (June 2016)

Once finalized, HSD will issue individual, detailed funding request for proposal for each investment area.

HSD continues its effort to institute performance-based investments and uses data steer the department’s resources to nonprofits who demonstrate their ability to serve the community’s most in need.   HSD seeks to ensure the City’s finite resources are being directed to programs that can best leverage the investments for maximum impact on reducing disparities.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $89 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year.  The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.

For more information and a PDF of the 2016 NOFA, visit HSD’s website.