Commission seeks public input on services

The Federal Way Human Services Commission is holding a public forum tomorrow to gather information about the city’s human services needs.

Commissioners expect that church groups, service groups and Federal Way residents will attend the forum to address the needs they have seen in the community, particularly with the recession, layoffs and state and county budget cuts.

In March, the Human Services Commission will meet to decide where to allocate grant funding based on the human services needs addressed at the forum.

The city human services general fund grants about $400,000 a year for operating expenses. The city gets $500,000 to $600,000 annually in federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants. The majority of those grants go to capital projects.

Amy Guenther, the city’s Human Services Manager, said this is the first human services public forum in the five years she has worked for the city. The commission’s Web site lists some city needs, but it was last updated in 1999, she said.

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