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Dow Constantine


Thirty-eight senior centers countywide will have more accessible facilities and expanded programs with a $3.5 million investment by King County

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King County is preparing for the region’s growing senior population by stabilizing senior centers countywide with investments totaling nearly $3.5 million to enhance facilities, improve outreach and accessibility for underserved or isolated seniors, and support program enhancements, all thanks to funding from the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.

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Executive Dow Constantine today announced nearly $3.5 million in funding for 38 organizations serving older adults throughout King County. The one-time investments will help senior centers, community centers, and organizations serving older adults expand programs to reach more local seniors, make their facilities safer and more accessible, and purchase equipment and appliances.

It is the first round of new investments funded by the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. The levy, renewed by voters in 2017, includes new funding specifically for older adults and their caregivers.

“The people of King County trusted us to invest in programs and services that will improve the quality of life for seniors, and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Executive Constantine. “Senior centers do more than connect people with resources – they keep people connected to one another. That is why our first major investment by the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy will help nearly 40 senior centers located throughout our region.” 

By 2040, more than a quarter of King County’s population will be seniors. Healthy lifestyles and social engagement are keys to living long and living well.

Senior-serving organizations countywide applied for one-time facility improvements or repairs, training, equipment, digital infrastructure, disability renovations, and enhancements of current programs.

The funding will stabilize senior services for the future, build capacity, and increase access and inclusion. Among the improvements are hearing loops, which make it possible for seniors who are hard of hearing to more easily participate in activities, targeted outreach and engagement to increase attendance, and minor capital projects and repairs.

Several of the investments will improve access to services for non- or limited-English speaking seniors and their caregivers to build community connections and reduce isolation. The funding also will help senior centers and programs that serve older residents in unincorporated communities.

“Some of the most vulnerable in our community are often our most overlooked,” said King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, who is Chair of the Regional Policy Committee. “In past years, services for our seniors have too often been pushed aside. However, with the implementation of the VSHSL, our seniors will finally receive priority as we are dedicated to investing $3.5 million in senior centers and community centers serving older adults.”

“We all benefit by being part of a community, to get support from others when needed,” said King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who is Chair of the Housing, Health and Human Services Committee. “Senior centers offer such places for many of our older citizens, especially in providing opportunities for social interaction. There was a clear need for increased funding to senior centers and community organizations serving seniors across King County and I am thrilled to see their important work being supported in this new and exciting way.”

“Older adults in Kenmore and across King County built the prosperous region that we enjoy today," Mayor David Baker, City of Kenmore and a member of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. "Our region’s continued vitality depends upon our ability to keep our seniors involved in the communities they built. These investments are an essential first step in honoring that obligation."

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Name City Amount Investments
Asian Counseling and Referral Service Senior Center Seattle $120,000 This funding will support ACRS in forming partnerships with local senior nutrition programs, enhancing computer hardware, adding operating hours, and enhancing current programming.
Auburn Senior Activity Center Auburn $105,000 This funding will support a hearing loop system and a new power chair to increase accessibility, senior social work, a new facility floor, and senior fitness programming.
Ballard NW Senior Center Seattle $78,000 This funding will support increased outreach, help to maintain a social worker, fund repairs for a senior transportation vehicle, and fund new IT systems.
Black Diamond Community Center Black Diamond $60,000 This funding will support roof repair for the center, new IT and kitchen equipment, a new heater, and support the senior transportation program.
City of Burien Senior Program Burien $105,000 This funding will support a hearing loop system, an ADA-compliant door, and a senior inclusion survey.
Central Area Senior Center Seattle $75,000 This funding will support outreach to seniors experiencing homelessness, new computers, and secure an architect’s services to improve their facility.
Chinese Information & Service Center Seattle $69,000 This funding will support a partnership with SCIDpda, a housing stability collaboration with SHA, and senior depression reduction programming.
Des Moines Normandy Park Des Moines $37,000 This funding will support a hearing loop system, facility repairs, and improvements to a senior resource library.
El Centro de la Raza Seattle $74,000 This funding will support additional senior outreach, new computers and computer training, and new kitchen equipment for their senior programs.
Enumclaw Senior Center Enumclaw $84,000 This funding will support increased outreach, senior language classes, a new sound system, an update to senior center policies and procedures, and a new dishwasher.
Federal Way Community Center Auburn $130,000 This funding will support enhanced outreach and partnership with Latino/a seniors, new kitchen equipment, and floor and facility repairs.
Greenwood Senior Center Seattle $85,000 This funding will support a new ADA-compliant door, social work, new IT systems, increased outreach, and new kitchen equipment.
Greater Maple Valley Maple Valley $74,000 This funding will support increased outreach, new IT systems, new kitchen equipment, a senior exercise program, facility maintenance, and air conditioning for seniors.
International Drop-In Center Seattle $71,000 This funding will support increased outreach, employee capacity building, and upgrades to the facility and kitchen.
Issaquah Senior Center Issaquah $85,000 Issaquah’s application includes funding for an outreach worker to improve attendance and inclusion, new computer hardware to improve data systems, and capital and maintenance funds to fix windows and purchase kitchen equipment.
Kirkland Pete Kirk Community Center Kirkland $20,000 This funding will support senior housing stability services, new signage, and new IT systems.
Lake City Seniors Seattle $72,000 This funding will support a volunteer coordinator, enhanced outreach to African and Latino communities, and new kitchen equipment.
Mt. Si Senior Center North Bend $85,000 Mt. Si’s application includes funding for caregiver workshops, center staff training, maintenance to HVAC systems, doors, and paints; and new dvds to enhance programming
North East Seattle Together (NEST) Seattle $75,000 King County will fund scholarships for low income seniors to access NEST services, home visits, educational, recreational, and exercise activities.
Northshore Senior Center Bothell $116,000 This funding will support Northshore in enhancements that include increasing evening staff support for seniors, updating their website, increasing outreaching and senior transportation, and replacing carpeting and a sound system.
Pacific Asian Empowerment Program Seattle $75,000 This funding will support senior nutrition services.
Pacific Senior Center Pacific $65,000 This funding will support ADA-compliant bathrooms, new IT systems, a hearing loop system, and staff capacity building.
Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank Seattle $27,000 This funding will support new program development to increase attendance and inclusion and new kitchen equipment.
Redmond Senior Center Redmond $10,000 Redmond’s application includes funds to purchase a new freezer for the center’s senior nutrition services.
Renton Senior Activity Center Renton $75,000 This funding will support a hearing loop system, an inclusion needs assessment, and improved refreshment facilities.
SeaTac Senior Program SeaTac $46,000 This funding will support a new ADA-compliant door, senior housing stability services, a partnership with a Samoan senior meal program, and capital improvements.
Shoreline LFP Senior Center Shoreline $75,000 This funding will support additional social worker services, new IT systems, and program development to increase inclusion.
Sno-Valley Senior Center Carnation $75,000 Sno-Valley’s application includes funds to conduct a local seniors needs assessment, staff training, equity training, and new doors.
Sound Generations Seattle $76,000 This funding will support new volunteer training materials, outreach to Latino and ESL senior communities, new kitchen equipment, and new IT hardware.
South Park Senior Center Seattle $100,000 This funding will support a partnership to serve Cambodian meals to Cambodian seniors, replacement of the facility’s floor to improve safety and avoid falls, and new IT systems.
Southeast Seattle Senior Foundation-Brighton Village Seattle $58,000 This funding will support meal programs, materials translations, and case management services.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center Seattle $90,000 This funding will support increased outreach, ADA compliance for the facility, new computer hardware, social worker services, and fall prevention programming.
Tukwila Community Center Tukwila $65,000 This funding will support new facility doors and an inclusion needs assessment.
Ukranian Community Center of Washington Seattle $56,000 This funding will support access to meals and a mental health counselor.
UIATF Native Elders Program at Labateyah Youth Home Seattle $80,000 This funding will support a new wheelchair lift, outreach, senior housing stability services, IT hardware, and senior transportation vehicle repair.
Vashon-Maury Senior Center Vashon $84,000 This funding will support new IT systems, senior volunteer transportation services, in-home aide training for seniors, and an inclusion assessment survey.
Wallingford Community Senior Center Seattle $115,000 This funding will support restroom repairs, social worker support, IT systems, increased outreach, and staff training.
West Seattle Senior Center Seattle $84,000 This funding will support bookkeeper services, a renovation of Maggie’s Café, a website update, and a senior inclusion survey.

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The people of King County trusted us to invest in programs and services that will improve the quality of life for seniors, and that is exactly what we are doing. Senior centers do more than connect people with resources – they keep people connected to one another. That is why our first major investment by the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy will help nearly 40 senior centers located throughout our region.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Some of the most vulnerable in our community are often our most overlooked. In past years, services for our seniors have too often been pushed aside. However, with the implementation of the VSHSL, our seniors will finally receive priority as we are dedicated to investing $3.5 million in senior centers and community centers serving older adults.

Pete von Reichbauer, King County Councilmember

We all benefit by being part of a community, to get support from others when needed. Senior centers offer such places for many of our older citizens, especially in providing opportunities for social interaction. There was a clear need for increased funding to senior centers and community organizations serving seniors across King County and I am thrilled to see their important work being supported in this new and exciting way.

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Councilmember

Older adults in Kenmore and across King County built the prosperous region that we enjoy today. Our region’s continued vitality depends upon our ability to keep our seniors involved in the communities they built. These investments are an essential first step in honoring that obligation.

David Baker, Kenmore Mayor

For more information, contact:

Chad Lewis, Executive Office, 206-263-1250


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