Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy Advisory Board
Seeking new board members!
King County established a new King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Advisory Board in September 2018. King County Ordinance 18792 amends the King County Code to create the Board.
The VSHSL Advisory Board’s purpose is to oversee the distribution of VSHSL proceeds and to advise the County on matters that uniquely affect each of the the VSHSL’s priority populations. The board will consist of 30 members organized in three 10-member committees. Each committee represents a VSHSL priority population.
In addition to meeting requirements specific to each committee, members of the VSHSL Advisory Board must reside within King County. Elected officials are ineligible for board membership while they hold office.
For more information on roles, structure, and application details, please contact Nikka Lemons.
VSHSL Advisory Board Committees
The members of the VSHSL Advisory Board’s Veterans Committee also constitute the King County’s state-required Veterans Advisory Board. All members of the committee must be veterans as defined in RCW 73.08.005(5). A majority of the committee’s members must be members from nationally recognized veterans service organizations.
- Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for veterans
- Advise the County on matters and policies affecting veterans, servicemembers and their families
- Serve as King County's RCW 73.08 Veterans Advisory Board
The Seniors Committee is comprised of seniors, caregivers of seniors or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving seniors or their caregivers. A majority of the committee’s members must be 55 or older.
- Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for seniors
- Advise the County on matters and policies affecting seniors, caregivers and healthy aging
The Vulnerable Populations Committee is comprised of individuals who are members of a vulnerable population or other community members with relevant expertise or experience serving vulnerable populations. King County Ordinance 18555 defines vulnerable populations as persons or communities that are susceptible to reduced health, housing, financial or social stability outcomes because of current experience of or historical exposure to trauma, violence, poverty, isolation, bias, racism, stigma, discrimination, disability or chronic illness.
- Oversee the 1/3 VSHSL funding for vulnerable populations
- Advise the County on matters and policies affecting vulnerable populations
Board members will serve 3-year terms, with the exception of seven members from each committee who shall be appointed to initial terms of two years.
When will the VSHSL Advisory Board begin?
The Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy Advisory Board is now seeking dedicated King County residents to serve as members. The Board will hold its first meeting in early 2019.
The King County Executive appoints board members. As the table below depicts, the King County Council, the City of Seattle, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services, and the Sound Cities Association nominate board members for Executive appointment.
- Please contact the nominating entities to begin the nomination process.
|Veterans Committee||Seniors Committee||Vulnerable Populations Committee|
|King County Executive||2||2|
|King County Council District 1||1||1|
|King County Council District 2||1||1|
|King County Council District 3||1||1|
|King County Council District 4||1||1|
|King County Council District 5||1||1|
|King County Council District 6||1||1|
|King County Council District 7||1||1|
|King County Council District 8||1||1|
|King County Council District 9||1||1|
|City of Seattle||1||1||1|
|Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services||2|
|Sound Cities Association||1||1||1|
The VSHSL Advisory Board replaces the former Veterans and Human Services Levy’s Regional Human Services Citizen Oversight Board and Veterans Citizen Oversight Board. Those boards have provided valuable guidance and oversight since the inception of the former Veterans and Human Services Levy. Read the 2017 VHSL Annual Report to learn more.