Human Services Fund

In recognition of the significant need for human services support in our community, the Burien City Council allocates a portion of the General Fund budget to grant funding to organizations delivering direct service in our community. In the spring of every even year, Burien, along with 17 other King County cities, accepts requests for human services funding using one common application. $6.50 per capita is allocated to the Burien Human Services Fund, equaling $345,000 per year. The City will also receive close to $46,000 per year in human services funding from the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant funding. Funds will be dispersed to organizations quarterly over a two-year period.

The Human Services Commission is currently reviewing applications submitted for 2023–2024 funding allocations. They will make recommendations to City Council in the fall.

How Are Organizations Selected for Funding?

Applications are submitted through the Share1 app and reviewed through a competitive process to award funding grants to nonprofit agencies serving Burien residents.

The Human Services Commission, a seven-member advisory board, evaluates the applications for human services funding and advises Council on human services issues. The human services manager helps manage the human services funding process.

Funding Priorities and Goals (Results and Strategies)

The City of Burien has adopted the following results and strategies as priorities for the 2023–2024 cycle. Funding priority will be given to programs that assist Burien community members to:

Have secure, affordable housing.


  1. Connect unhoused residents to emergency, short-, and long-term shelter options.
  2. Provide rental assistance, housing navigation, case management, and placement services to residents threatened by eviction.
  3. Reduce barriers to housing services, for example: flexible application procedures.
  4. Provide services to move residents along the continuum from unhoused to temporary to more permanent housing.

Be safe from violence and healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.


  1. Provide access to high quality, low, or no barrier services that address physical and behavioral health needs with a restorative focus.
  2. Provide services and programs that address system, community, and interpersonal violence in all forms; physical, sexual, and emotional.
  3. Provide safe spaces for residents experiencing violence including children.
  4. Support harm reduction, self-determination, and healthy relationships.
  5. Provide access to medical, dental, and/or food access.

Have living wage jobs.


  1. Offering job training courses and internship opportunities to improve skills in livable wage sectors.
  2. Assist people with applying for jobs by offering technology access, literacy support, and/or system navigation.
  3. Offer affordable childcare.
  4. Provide resources that aid in clearing criminal history and finding living wage jobs.

Be ready for school, experience school success, and have positive connection to their community.


  1. Provide early childhood education.
  2. Provide parent education/support.
  3. Address the needs of at-risk youth, especially those who are in foster care, LGBTQ, BIPOC, homeless, chronically out of school, speak a primary language other than English, or whose families face barriers related to their immigration or refugee status.
  4. Provide opportunities for youth to participate in groups, activities, paid training programs, and job placement.
  5. Support training and livable wages for early childhood education staff.

Feel a sense of community and belonging.


  1. Provide safe spaces for community to gather and promote belonging.
  2. Work with clients and community to determine most helpful community-responsive services.
  3. Work with people in their own environments.
  4. Provide a mechanism for community feedback.
  5. Offer programming that builds inclusion, community connections, and support including belonging events.

2021–2022 Human Services Funding Allocations

The City received 61 applications requesting $831,201. The Human Services Commission recommended 35 organizations receive funding. 

Summary of Year-end Results

Updated July 15, 2022