As part of a Human Services Advisory Committee strategic plan recently passed unanimously by the Snoqualmie City Council, the city is transitioning to a two-year funding cycle for local human services organizations. Historically the small city – which doesn’t have a department of social and human services – allocates 1% of its general fund budget to local nonprofits that provide these services to area residents.
Along with transitioning to this new, two-year funding model, the City Council also approved an increase in the human service funding to nonprofits that serve Snoqualmie Valley children, seniors, individuals, and families in need.
According to a news release, the City will allocate $225,327 in 2019 and $232,287 in 2020 to organizations that provide aid for food, shelter, clothing, counseling and safety throughout the community. In 2018 that funding was $169,000.
Councilmember James Mayhew said via email, “The additional funding for 2019 was provided by shifting some [biennium] requested budget enhancements to 2020, and the funding for 2020 was provided by reducing the requested budget amount for unspecified (expenditures referred to as “contingency expenditures”) in the budget proposal.”
“The State Legislature gives a very focused mandate to Washington cities, requiring that we attend to the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “Given that Snoqualmie does not have a department of social and health services, we are very pleased to have many strong local partners that can assist the City in more effectively meeting this mandate.”
The following organizations will receive funding in 2019-2020:
- Eastside Baby Corner
- Friends of Youth
- Mamma’s Hands
- Mt. Si Senior Center
- Si View Community Foundation
- Snoqualmie Valley Community Network
- Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank
- Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services
- Sno-Valley Indoor Playground
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- SV Alliance Church for CarePoint Clinic
- The Trail Youth
- Two Rivers School