Housing & Human Services
- Kent is recognized as a leader in South King County in the human services arena.
- The City has been funding nonprofit human service agencies to provide services to its residents since 1974.
- In 1989 the City took a major step by allocating one (1) percent of its general fund revenue to fund human services.
- This nearly doubled the amount of funding in the first year.
- In addition, the City has consistently allocated the maximum allowable of its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to human services.
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Announcements and Information
Accessible Services “Riding With Your Wheelchair” Video
A new video, “Riding with Your Wheelchair “is now complete and up on YouTube!
Social Security Helps the Homeless
The Safety net for Aged, Blind, Disabled People with Limited Income and Resources
Spouses Have a Significant Benefit
Help us help you!
City of Kent citizens are asked to participate in a community survey to help identify community needs and priorities. Housing and Human Services staff are conducting the assessment process to help update our Human Services Master Plan and Consolidated Plan. The 6 Year Master Plan guides planning and funding priorities in the Kent community. The Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development provides a framework for implementing housing, human services, and community development activities.
Your participation will help us gain a better understanding of health and human services needs in our area and to identify any areas and services which are not currently provided or are under-provided. Your responses will serve as a guide for the next several years in ensuring services are available to help address the continuum of health and human service needs of our residents.
Community residents are asked to complete the survey by clicking the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HumanServicesinKent
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
CITY OF KENT RELEASES 2014 CDBG Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
As a prerequisite for receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the City of Kent developed a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for the period of 2013 – 2017. Each year the City executes specific actions to implement the Strategies and Objectives of the Consolidated Plan; actions are outlined in the Annual Action Plan. The purpose of this report, which is called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), is to inform the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the community of the activities and accomplishments derived from the investment of CDBG and other resources for the 2014 program year, which covers the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
The public is invited to comment on the CAPER. Click on the link below for the Public Notice for information on how to provide public comment.
Public Hearing Notice
Directions to the Public Hearing
CDBG Activity Summary 2014
CDBG Financial Summary 2014
Human Services Commission
The City of Kent Human Services Commission was established by the City Council in 1986. The Commission provides the focal point for addressing human service needs in Kent. The Commission not only serves as the formal mechanism for review of human service issues and funding applications, but also takes an active part in promoting community awareness and education on human service issues.
2013-2014 Funded agencies
2013-2018 Human Services Master Plan
The City of Kent Human Services Commission and the Housing and Human Services staff have developed a proposed 6 Year Human Services Plan to guide planning and funding as well as the evaluation of services in the Kent community.
Housing & Human Services Master Plan (PDF, 1.7MB)
The City of Kent Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development provides a framework for implementing housing, human services and community development activities from 2013-2017. This is the third five-year update to the Consolidated Plan prepared by the City of Kent since it qualified for Community Development Block Grant funds as a direct recipient in 2003.
PURPOSE OF THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN
The Plan assists the City by:
- Serving as a planning document that the City prepares in partnership with its citizens, community organizations, businesses and other stakeholders
- Describing the City’s strategic plan for implementing the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
- Measuring performance and tracking goals
- Assessing the resources, needs, economic and living conditions, demographics, homelessness, housing costs, etc., of the City of Kent
- Reporting on specific items required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a requirement for receiving CDBG funds
2013-2017 Consolidated Plan DRAFT
Notice of Public Hearing
Directions to Public Hearing
2012 CDBG CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
As a prerequisite for receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the City of Kent (hereinafter referred to as the City) developed a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for the period of 2008 – 2012. Each year the City executes specific actions to implement the Strategies and Objectives of the Consolidated Plan; actions are outlined in the Annual Action Plan. The purpose of this report, which is called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), is to inform the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the community of the activities and accomplishments derived from the investment of CDBG and other resources for the 2012 program year, which covers the period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
2012 CAPER DRAFT
Notice of Public Hearing
Directions to Public Hearing
2014 CDBG Annual Action Plan
2014 Annual Action Plan DRAFT
2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, Including 2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan
In accordance with 24 CFR 91.105, notice is hereby given that the City of Kent will hold a public hearing on October 16, 2014 to receive comments regarding the City’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. Comments will be received by the Kent Human Services Commission.
The Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development is a report which informs the community, stakeholders and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) how the City of Kent (hereinafter referred to as “the City”) will invest its Community Development Block Grant from 2015-2019. The report also identifies the objectives and strategies that will guide the City’s investment. Objectives and strategies are fueled by the City’s overarching goal to build a healthy community.
The 2015 Annual Action Plan, which is included in the Consolidated Plan, outlines the City’s proposed use of 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds awarded to the City by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
Hearing details and a Consolidated Plan draft can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Directions to the Hearing
2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development-Draft
KENT CULTURAL DIVERSITY INITIATIVE GROUP (KC-DIG)
KC-DIG Sponsors Kent’s First Refugee Employment Summit
On October 8, 2013, 83 people representing business and community partners gathered on the Kent Campus of Green River Community College in Washington for the area’s first ever Refugee Employment Summit, which was sponsored by the Kent Cultural Diversity Initiative Group (KC-DIG). The event was open to representatives from businesses that hire or are interested in hiring Kent residents. Summit planners included a collaboration of City of Kent staff, nonprofit employment specialists, public organizations and refugee leaders, including KC-DIG stakeholders. The Summit was made possible by funding provided by the City of Kent and The Seattle Foundation, Neighbor to Neighbor Small Grants Fund. Additional information on the Summit can be found in these reports:
Refugee Employment Summit Summary and Report
Employment Conversations with Refugee Communities
Resources and Reports
Human Services Resource Brochure (PDF 793 KB)
Have you been discriminated against in housing? The law protects you from discrimination in renting or purchasing a house, apartment, mobile home; etc., based on your: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, parental/familial status, participation in the Section 8 program, sexual orientation, disability or use of a service or assistive animal by an individual with a disability.
Download "Fair Housing - It's Your Right" (PDF; 52 KB)
The City of Kent encourages all Contractors to apply for the City of Kent Home Repair Program Small Works Roster. The City of Kent Home Repair Program contracts for home repair services to be provided to Kent home owners receiving Home Repair services.