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Basic Needs 

Basic Needs: Serving Food 

From affordable housing to nutritious food, basic needs are essential to the well-being of all residents—and the community at large.

 

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Increase affordable housing
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Increase access to healthy food
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Prevent homelessness
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Columbia Legal Services »CLS uses advocacy tools including policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to address the root causes of poverty and create lasting, systemic change.
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Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets »PSKS changes the community's perception of street involved individuals by creating an inclusive, non discriminatory, and educating environment, promoting self advocacy and unity.
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Downtown Emergency Service Center »DESC opened its doors 30 years ago as an emergency shelter; someplace for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders, mental illness, and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for a night.
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Recent Foundation Activities
Benefit for Low-income Shoppers Extended at Seattle Farmers Markets
Seattle will extend its Fresh Bucks program that helps food-stamp recipients afford fruits and vegetables at the city’s farmers markets through the end of the year instead of ending it Oct. 31 as originally planned.
Success Story
Seattle's First Housing Project for Homeless Adults Living with Chronic Alcohol Addiction
Downtown Emergency Service Center operates Seattle’s first housing project, 1811 Eastlake, for homeless adults living with chronic alcohol addiction. The organization provides much-needed on-site healthcare services, case management and other supportive services. This project saved taxpayers an estimated $4 million during its first year of operation through reduced jail time, emergency healthcare and crisis treatment services.
Between 2007-2009 an average of 14% of Washington households struggled with hunger.
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Social and Health Indicators Across King County
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
"One Night Count" Shows More People Lack Basic Shelter
3,117 men, women and children had no shelter in King County last night, an increase over those found without shelter last year. During the 2013 Count, volunteers found 2,736 people surviving outside without shelter.
Our Housing, Our Community: Addressing Seattle’s Needs
This 2008 report examines the state of housing in the city of Seattle.
End Childhood Hunger in Washington: Strategic Plan
This report examines the feasibility and challenges of ending childhood hunger in our state.
State of Homelessness in America 2013
This is the third report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) in an annual series of investigations into how U.S. economic conditions are affecting homelessness.

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