Safe Harbors Records, 2001-2009

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Human Services Dept.
Safe Harbors Records
2001-2009 (inclusive)
0.8 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Records related to development and use of the Safe Harbors homeless management information system.
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

Safe Harbors was an information system designed to collect data about people served by emergency shelters and transitional housing programs in order to learn more about Seattle's homeless populations. The goal was to use that information to help prevent homelessness and assist those needing help with housing and support. The records cover the development of the system, guides for use, and evaluations and enhancements.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Safe Harbors Records, Record Series 3628-03. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Design / Launch 2001-2003
1 2 Safe Harbors Executive Committee 2000-2001
1 3 Safe Harbors Executive Committee 2002-2003
1 4 Safe Harbors Executive Committee 2003
1 5 Safe Harbors Executive Committee 2004
1 6 Safe Harbors Executive Committee 2004
1 7 Safe Harbors Advisory Committee 2001-2002
1 8 Safe Harbors Advisory Committee 2002
1 9 Safe Harbors Advisory Committee 2003
1 10 Safe Harbors Advisory Committee 2004
1 11 Software Evaluations 2003
2 1 Governing Documents 2005
2 2 Combined Outcomes 2005
2 3 Project Status / Updates 2005-2006
2 4 Instructions and Follow-up 2006
2 5 Safe Harbors Users' Group 2006-2007
2 6 HMIS Replacement 2007-2008
2 7 Safe Harbors Phase II Integrated Project Plan 2008
2 8 Phase II 2008
2 9 Phase II 2008
2 10 Reporting Gap Analysis 2008
2 11 User Interface Review 2008

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

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