Human Services Dept. Homelessness and Hunger Annual Survey Reports, 1983-2004

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Human Services Dept.
Human Services Dept. Homelessness and Hunger Annual Survey Reports
1983-2004 (inclusive)
0.2 cubic foot
Collection Number
Annual surveys describing homelessness and poverty in Seattle.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

An Office of Human Resources was established in 1971 in the Executive Department to develop, implement, and manage social services for low-income and disadvantaged residents of Seattle. In 1973 it was replaced by the Department of Human Resources. DHR administered family and youth services programs, senior citizen services, community service activities, the Seattle Veterans Action Center, and the Comprehensive Residential Weatherization Program. Federal, state, and local grants comprised two-thirds of the department's operating budget. Passage of the 1986 Low Income Housing Levy increased the City's funding and policy role in housing issues. In 1991, the agency name was changed to the Department of Human Services. A year later, the Department of Housing and Human Services was created, incorporating the City housing programs and Community Development Block Grant administration from the recently abolished Department of Community Development. DHHS programs included aging services, family and youth services, housing and community services, human services, and the City's education office. In 1999, the Office of Housing was established as an independent agency and DHHS was reorganized as the Human Services Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Annual surveys describing homelessness and poverty in Seattle. Topics addressed included demographics of the homeless population, the city's shelter capacity, funding sources, and use of food programs. Surveys were distributed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which then collected the data from participating cities and noted national trends and issues.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Homelessness and Hunger Annual Survey Reports, Record Series 3628-01. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Homelessness--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Hunger--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Housing & Human Services.
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Human Resources.
  • Seattle (Wash.). Human Services Dept..