As part of the lead-up to the announcement of his full 2013-14 budget proposal next week, this morning Mayor Mike McGinn detailed funding he'd like to see for Seattle human services, including expanding a City of Seattle program providing child care to low- and moderate-income families and increasing assistance to homeless families with kids.
The budgetary sneak-peek comes after last week's announcement of public safety funding McGinn has included in his proposed budget, along with $5 million for the expansion of rail in the city.
"Our children deserve a high-quality, nurturing environment to learn and prepare for success," McGinn proclaimed today in a press release distributed to the local media. "This new funding will also help more adults find and keep a good job."
More details from the press release:
McGinn's budget will help 75 children receive child care through the City's Child Care Assistance Program, serving low and moderate income families. The City provides a voucher covering between 25 percent and 70 percent of the cost of care, and families can choose from more than 129 licensed family child care centers and homes. Families have to live in Seattle, have a job or be enrolled in job training, and meet income requirements. The $500,000 in new funding will reduce the waiting list for this program by 23 percent.
The proposed budget includes $980,000 in funding to expand services to help homeless families with children find stable housing. These services will help families that are waiting to enter shelter by providing them with stabilization and wrap around case management services as well as emergency vouchers for up to 80 families that have just become homeless. The City will also increase its outreach and services to families living in their cars.
Also of note, McGinn's budget proposal will include funding for inflation-related increases in the contracts Seattle keeps with community service providers delivering services on behalf of the City - the first time such an increase has been included in a city budget since 2009, according to the press release. Specifically for contracts the city pays via its general fund, the inflationary increase is expected to cost $2.7 million over the next two years.
McGinn will release the full details of his 2013-14 budget proposal Monday.