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
Centerstone »Centerstone helps people help themselves and each other as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency through programs and advocacy.
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Children's Home Society of Washington »Children's Home Society of Washington (CHSW) is the largest statewide children's non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional and innovative services to Washington's children and families.
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Eastside Baby Corner »Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) provides basic necessities for children so that EBC's family-assistance partners (schools, social service agencies, food banks, hospitals) can help families become stable, safe, housed, fed and employed.
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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
Urban Community Farm Feeds Low-income Families and Creates Jobs
Located in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Marra Farm is a model urban community farm. The farm grows organic produce to feed low-income families, provide food for South Park Elementary after-school programs, distribute to a senior citizen lunch program and sell at the University District Farmers Market through an employment program for at-risk youth.
On January 27, 2012, the One Night Count saw 2,594 people living on the streets of King County.
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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.
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.
End Childhood Hunger in Washington: Strategic Plan
This report examines the feasibility and challenges of ending childhood hunger in our state.
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.
Our Housing, Our Community: Addressing Seattle’s Needs
This 2008 report examines the state of housing in the city of Seattle.

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