Councilmember Licata left office on January 1, 2016.
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Posts for 'Human Services and Health'

Health Care Coverage is Here

September 25th, 2013

Do you need to find a health plan that meets your needs and fits your budget? Well, here is a new way for you to find, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage. It’s called Washington Healthplanfinder. Residents of Seattle can get help enrolling at a free event coming up: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m. […]


Changes Coming Under “Obamacare”

July 24th, 2013

There are currently about 16% or (approximately 200,000) King County residents who are uninsured


We Can’t Wait

July 19th, 2013

Surely we can find the political will and the resources to fulfill our promise that these families with children should not have to sleep in cars, in abandoned buildings or outdoors.


Nothing Against Life

July 1st, 2013

There is a suicide every 18 minutes in the United States, one every 30 seconds in the world.


Assistance from the Council for Nickelsville?

May 30th, 2013

For the City to address the health and safety of current residents, address the concerns of neighbors, and support the Food Lifeline project we must work together to find a way to facilitate the relocation of the residents of the Nickelsville encampment.


Somber Recognition of First Anniversary of the Launch of Family Housing Connection

April 25th, 2013

Tonight in King County, children in 215 families will sleep in a car, in a greenbelt, on the streets, in an encampment, or in abandoned building. These children will wait months for their families to be placed in shelter or a hotel. This is unacceptable for a region of our resources.


Operation Sack Lunch Celebration

February 27th, 2013

Today, I attended a celebration of Operation Sack Lunch (OSL) and their work in the community, providing 1,200 hot meals each day to shelters, transitional housing programs, youth day programs, community kitchens, Nickelsville, Real Change vendors, Seattle Municipal Court, and the City of Seattle sanctioned Outdoor Meal Site at 6th and Columbia.  The current Outdoor […]


Single Adult Shelter Task Force Recommends Shift in Shelter Policy

January 23rd, 2013

It is a significant shift in policy considering that, since its inception, the 10 Year Plan has recognized the important role of shelter but has recommended to partner-cities and funders that they focus new investments on housing rather than emergency shelter.


Council Creates a Human Services Budget Package

November 14th, 2012

I’m pleased that the Council created a human services package to enhance care for our community’s most vulnerable members.


2012 Jeanette Williams Award and Paid Sick and Safe Leave

November 1st, 2012

The US is unique among industrialized nations: 135 other countries already have laws in place mandating paid sick days