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
2014 CDBG Consolidated Annual Performance
and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
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. Click on the links to download the CAPER and accompanying reports.
CDBG Activity Summary Report-2014
CDBG Financial Summary Report-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)
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 consists of human service provider
agencies, public sector organizations, businesses, and community members that
specialize in providing services and resources to refugee communities residing
in Kent. It is an opportunity for continuing education, networking,
collaboration, and understanding and sharing across cultures. KC-DIG also
sponsors or collaborates with others for gatherings and workshops such as the
Refugee Employment Summit, Seattle Foundation Give BIG workshop, and the Mother
Africa Cultural Gathering/Community Report Event. Meetings are the second
Tuesday of the month in Kent from 9-11 A.M.KC-DIG consists of human service provider agencies, public sector organizations, businesses, and community members that specialize in providing services and resources to refugee communities residing in Kent. It is an opportunity for continuing education, networking, collaboration, and understanding and sharing across cultures. KC-DIG also sponsors or collaborates with others for gatherings and workshops such as the Refugee Employment Summit, Seattle Foundation Give BIG workshop, and the Mother Africa Cultural Gathering/Community Report Event. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month in Kent from 9-11 A.M. (Unless otherwise announced)
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
the interest of building a healthy community, the mission of Courage360 is to
assist low-income individuals to gain the skills, the knowledge, and the
courage to be self-supporting.
At Courage360, formerly known as Washington Women’s
Employment and Education, we believe that with the proper training, education,
and support, freedom from poverty can become a reality. We are dedicated to
strengthening the career and life skills of low-income individuals so they can achieve
financial independence. Our programs provide training and education in
workplace behavior, computer programs, financial literacy, and most
importantly, courage. By focusing on building our clients’ self-esteem along
with their skills, we help our clients discover their own courage and use it to
make a 360º change in their lives. Since 1982, Courage360 has provided over
18,000 clients in the Kent and Tacoma area with the skills and confidence to
reach financial independence.
You can learn more about Courage360 here.
You can support Courage360 by making a donation here.
Mission statement: Open Doors for Multicultural
Families is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to ensuring that
families who have family members with developmental disabilities and special
health care needs have equal access to culturally and linguistically
appropriate information, resources and services. We promote culturally
competent services through community collaboration, training and partnerships.
Organization description: ODFM is a multilingual
community family service organization, located in South King County, serving
individuals with disabilities and their limited English proficiency families
with majority is from low income, refugee, immigrant, communities of colors. Our
services and programs aim to eliminate the culture and language barriers for
these families in order for them to meaningfully engage in their children's
education and life, better parent their children with disabilities, and
supporting them transitioning to adulthood, either advancing to college, or
getting a job, so they may live a quality life.
Learn more and get connected here!
Special Moments mission is to create special events that will afford children & teens that are homeless, in foster care or vulnerable,the opportunity to experience a moment so special that ignites a sense of Joy, Pride & Hope. Creating these special moments we hope to impact the lives of these children & create a more positive outlook on life and their futures.
Special Moments organization believes that every child deserves to experience a moment so special that it allows them to let down their guard and forget about their circumstances which prohibits them from being childlike or just enjoying the moment. A child, regardless of their economic or social status should be able to experience a moment so incredible that it creates a joyful & lasting memory. Our programs are meant to impact and balance the lives of these children emotionally as well as to create a more positive outlook on life and their futures. Special Moments, transforming memories one child at a time.
Ways to contact and learn more about Special Moments: http://www/facebook.com/SpecialMoments4kids or website www.specialmoments4kids.org also located on Seattle Foundations web page.
Ways to Donate: http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/pages/SpecialMoments.aspx or mail check or money orders payable to:
14102 SE 278th street
Kent, WA 98042
Special Moments is
always looking for generous donors to help us in continuing to provide special
events that give an emotional balance to these kids lives. We are also
looking for people who have a passion for children that will serve as a board
member. If interested in serving on Special Moments Board please send
a resume to info@specialMoments4kids.org and we will
reach out to you with further instructions. Thank you and lets continue
to 'Transform memories one child at a time'.
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.