Welcome to the Community Services Division
Thank you for visiting the Community Services Division's (CSD) home page. We are dedicated to strengthening our communities and helping our region's neediest residents achieve and maintain safer, healthier and more productive lives.
Working closely with developers, local housing authorities, cities, nonprofits, the faith community and others, Housing and Community Development is building or preserving safe and affordable housing, working to prevent or reduce homelessness by creating supportive housing opportunities for people with special needs, and striving to improve the livability of low-income areas through investments in infrastructure improvements and community social services facilities.
In partnership with schools, businesses, local cities and others, the Employment and Education Resources Program (formerly known as the Work Training Program) is providing education and job training services that help low-income and disadvantaged youth and adults get on track toward livable wage jobs and long-term self-sufficiency. Innovative and nationally recognized programs like YouthSource, WorkSource Renton, the Dislocated Worker Program and the King County Jobs Initiative are helping our clients to achieve careers in today's job markets. Partnerships with community based agencies are targeted to help at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth find new direction through school-based case management, drug prevention, counseling, education and employment through our Youth and Family Services Program.
Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can access crisis intervention, referral, counseling, legal advocacy, and housing assistance through local providers funded by our Women's Program. Other community based services provide assistance to help older adults maintain their independence through social activities, transportation, health services, information and referral, and other supports coordinated through the Older Adults Program. For our local veterans, military personnel and their families we offer financial aid, counseling, housing assistance, vocational and employment training and other supports through our Veterans Program. Thanks to the funding from the Veterans and Human Services Levy, we have been able to expand our veteran's services and enhance a range of supportive programs and services to other individuals and families in need.
Whether through direct services or via community-based contracts, in all areas of our business we seek to help our most vulnerable residents and communities achieve a higher quality of life.
Greg Ferland, Division Director