In 1986 the Bellevue City Council resolved that the city would act to ensure that the basic survival needs of Bellevue residents are met. The city serves as a planner, facilitator and funder for support systems that help people through economic and personal crisis and provide low-and moderate-income persons with opportunities to succeed.
The Human Services Division of the Parks & Community Services Department administers the Human Services Fund.
For residents challenged by the recession, Bellevue offers a listing of local services, including food banks and clothing banks. See Bellevue Cares.
Meeting basic needs
The City of Bellevue defines human services as those provided specifically to individuals and families to meet basic human needs for:
- Finding and retaining gainful employment
- Support in times of personal and family crisis
- Assistance in overcoming family or individual problems
- Help in gaining access to available, appropriate services
Bellevue’s role in human services
Bellevue takes one of the following three roles in human services, depending on the need:
- Planner: assess and anticipate needs and develop appropriate policy and program responses.
- Facilitator: convene and engage others in community problem-solving to develop and improve services.
- Funder: disburse federal Community Development Block Grant and General Fund dollars to support a network of services which respond to community needs.
Bellevue's human service funding is on a two-year cycle, with second-year funding contingent on contract performance and program outcomes. For more information about funding criteria and timelines, please contact grant coordinator Joseph Adriano by e-mail or at 425-452-6165.