City of Burien seeks members to join new Human Services Commission

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On June 5, 2017, the Burien City Council voted to form a Human Services Commission for the City of Burien – Ordinance No. 669 establishes this new advisory body in order to provide advice and recommendations related to human services issues – and they’re looking for members.

The Council also voted to change the City’s human services funding formula from a percentage of the General Fund to a per capita funding method, starting at $6.50 per capita for the 2019–2020 budget.

“We are hoping the Human Services Commission will bring both community-level knowledge and human services expertise to help us identify the needs within our community more robustly than what we’ve been able to do in the past,” said Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta.

Formation of the Commission was one of two recommendations made by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Human Services, which formed to review and assess the City’s process for allocating funding to human services organizations. Committee members included Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta, who chaired the committee, as well as Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, Councilmember Bob Edgar and three City staff, including Interim City Manager Tony Piasecki. The committee met six times during March through May 2017.

The committee reviewed demographics, funding allocation methods, funding criteria, funding amounts from other cities, agency partnerships, and other human services information. They made two recommendations to Council, both of which were adopted during the Jun. 5 meeting.

The Commission will have seven members, five of whom must be Burien residents. Members will serve three-year terms. The duties and responsibilities of the Human Services Commission will include:

  1. Identifying and assessing the human services needs in Burien.
  2. Recommending priorities and approaches to address human services needs within Burien.
  3. Reviewing human services funding requests submitted to the City and make funding allocation recommendations.
  4. Reviewing performance of human services agencies/programs that are funded by the City.
  5. Performing other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

The City is accepting currently accepting applications from people interested in serving on the Commission. Board members and employees of human services agencies that receive City human services funding and City employees are not eligible to serve on the Commission.

Applications can be filled out online here, or by printing the online form and sending it in via regular mail. Applications are due July 31, 2017. Interviews of potential applicants are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 during an open Council meeting, from approximately 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Burien City Hall.

It is anticipated that meetings will be once a month, with no meetings in July and December. There may be additional meetings during the human services funding application process, which occurs every other year.

The staff representative for the Human Services Commission is Lori Fleming, Management Analyst, who can be contacted at [email protected].

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5 Responses to “City of Burien seeks members to join new Human Services Commission”
  1. Taxpayer says:

    Why is Burien CARES promoting doggie daycare services? Is that in their contract with the City? Who is on the board of directors of CARES? Is it fair and reasonable for the City of Burien to use taxpayer dollars to promote a city-funded daycare in competition with privately owned daycares? Who owns or rents the space of the daycare next to the taxpayer funded shelter? Where does the money go? Who is keeping track?

  2. Question Authority says:

    “to help us identity the needs within our community more robustly” I guess the vocal citizens who has been stolen from, harassed, dodged human waste, drug paraphernalia and now don’t visit downtown and haven’t made it clear enough already, a new commission will solve it all finally. How about supporting the enforcement of the law/rules instead and less encouragement that Burien is a welcoming destination for D-bags.

    • Lee Moyer says:

      So Q A,
      here is your chance to join in a rational discussion and have a real effect of what the city does in an area you express much concern about. Of course, you would have to treat the others with some respect and refrain from name calling, endless whining and hiding behind a a phony name.

  3. Carol says:

    How about a commission to identify and ameliorate issues facing the taxpayers, who bank roll all these ‘goodies” ?

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