Tag: Human Services

Robert Hansen, 1959-2010

May 10th, 2010

Many of us knew Robert Hansen, but many people still don’t know that he passed away at the end of last month.  Robert was one of the most recognized and most-welcome of Real Change vendors around town.  He could be seen either Downtown here near City Hall, usually on the Forth and Cherry corner of […]

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One Night Count

January 29th, 2010

More than 970 volunteers strode streets, scaled hillsides and shone flashlights into dark spaces this morning as part of the annual One Night Count of homeless people in King County. The project counts the number of homeless in the county including those in shelters, but this morning the search was for “unsheltered” people sleeping on […]

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Starting the new year with way too many people on food stamps

January 4th, 2010

The New York Times Sunday edition carried this wake-up piece about the record high number of people using food stamps. The piece notes that the surge has happened under the radar which seems hard given the numbers cited in the article: The public development authority model for coordination of action is interesting and works well […]

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Food bank robbed

November 19th, 2009

Is there a worse blow to your karma than robbing a food bank the week before Thanksgiving? I guess it could be worse if you rob a food bank in the part of Seattle with the lowest incomes. I guess that would be a worse blow to your karma. The Rainier Valley Food Bank had […]

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First week without Patricia

April 21st, 2008

Patricia McInturff, the City’s director of the Human Services Department for the past five years, officially retired last Wednesday. Alan Painter is the interim director and Sara Levin the interim deputy director. They are both fantastic, but Patricia’s expertise, patience, humor will be missed so much. I’m not sure the impact of her departure is […]

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Good news and bad news from the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness update

September 10th, 2007

Last Friday we (the lucky councilmembers on the Council’s Housing, Human Services & Health Committee) received a briefing from Bill Block, the executive director of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, on how we’re doing after two years of working to end homelessness. Not surprisingly, we need to pick up the pace a little if […]

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$21 a week isn’t enough

May 29th, 2007

Thanks to everyone who chimed in with support while I participated in the Food Lifeline Food Stamp Challenge last week. Just for the record, I stayed on budget through Friday night — except for a snack in the afternoon, again. Yes, this was a publicity pitch. I get to go back to living with my […]

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