Background on Veterans' Program Services
State Mandated Services
Since the 1950s, the King County Veterans Program has served low-income, homeless, disabled, and at-risk veterans and their families. The Veterans' Program is mandated by Washington State law (RCW 73.08.010) and is funded by King County taxpayers.
The Veterans Program initially focused on meeting the emergency needs of entitled and eligible veterans and their families. In November 2005, the voters of King County approved the Veterans and Human Services Levy, which provides funding to supplement existing services.
Veterans and Human Services Levy 2012-2017
The first Veterans and Human Services Levy was passed by the voters of King County in November 2005 to generate funding to help veterans, military personnel and their families, and other individuals and families in need across the county through a variety of housing and supportive services.
In August 2011, the voters of King County voted overwhelmingly to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy for another six years. The renewal levy preserves the 50:50 split of proceeds, with half of the revenues dedicated to helping veterans, military personnel and their families and the other half dedicated to helping other individuals and families in need.
The levy investment in veterans seeks to break the cycle of homelessness by expanding the countywide capacity to reach, engage, and house the most compromised homeless individuals throughout King County. This has led the Veterans' Program to focus more on case management and personal engagement with trained social workers.
When appropriate, financial supportive services are used as tools to help stabilize the lives of veterans and their family members. The purpose of such support is to assist veterans in need and their families in attaining long-term self sufficiency.
Visit the Veterans and Human Services Levy Web site for more information.
Visit the Veterans Citizen Levy Oversight Board Web site for more information.