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Background about the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy

In November 2005,

King County voters passed the first Veterans and Human Services Levy to generate funding for a wide range of programs to assist: veterans, military servicemembers (and their families) and individuals and families in need.

In August 2011,

King County voters overwhelmingly supported a six-year renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy (expired December 31, 2017).  The VHSL Service Improvement Plan guided the implementation of the levy from 2005 - 2017.

In November 2017,

King County voters approved the renewal and expansion of the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). The current levy is guided by the VSHSL Transition Plan in the first year (2018) and by the Implementation Plan for the remaining five years (2019-2023). King County staff from the Department of Community and Human Services are leading the process to implement the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy throughout 2018.

In August 2023,

The six-year Veterans, Seniors & Human Services levy renewal builds on previous funding and ensures a wide range of programming and resources for veterans, military service members, and their families, as well as individuals and families in need. Executive Constantine delivered a renewal proposal this February. If approved by the King County Council by May, the proposal will go to the voters for approval in August 2023.

How the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services levy is meeting its goal and serving the public

Impact on peoples' lives

Eight levy-funded outreach programs have helped over 3,000 veterans and other vulnerable individuals find the help they need each year.

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Permanent housing

Each year since 2012, the levy has helped almost 88 percent of the people in levy-funded housing programs either maintain their housing or enter permanent housing.

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Reducing costs

Since 2012 an average of 780 people were stabilized in programs each year reducing their emergency medical and criminal justice involvement.

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Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9105

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Fax: 206-296-5260

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