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
Increase access to healthy food
Prevent homelessness
Parkview Services »Parkview Services has been in service for over forty years and provides and maintains affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities, as well as offers down payment assistance, financial and homeownership education for first time homebuyers with an ADA or developmental disability.
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Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services »Maple Valley Food Bank services low-income households in the Black Diamond, Covington, Hobart, Maple Valley, Ravensdale area.
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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.
In 2010, 35% of King County students applied for free or reduced-price meals at their school.
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Hungry in Washington
Hungry in Washington presents national data from the most recent USDA report on food insecurity and hunger in America, including food insecurity and hunger prevalence for Washington and the state’s ranking for food insecurity.
Financial and Geographic Barriers to Shopping at Grocery Stores
Those living in poverty often turn to corner markets and gas station mini marts for food.
Ending Family Homelessness in Washington State: An Emerging Approach
In 2010, Building Changes embarked on a journey to develop a roadmap for policy makers, providers and other stakeholders who are seeking to prevent and end homelessness in Washington state. Harnessing the momentum of the federal government and work taking place in our local communities, Building Changes created a policy paper that outlines the key concepts supporting this new approach and puts forth initiatives and policy adjustments at various levels to support new efforts and efforts already under way in our region.
Kids Count Data Center
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center provides more than 100 indicators of child well-being, including economic status, health, safety and risk factors.
On the Urban Farm
Seattle's biggest urban farm is taking root in Rainier Valley.

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