NUHSA Updates

  • 21 Nov 2013 12:13 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The North Urban Human Services Alliance Annual Human Services Awards has been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008.  Each year we encourage agencies, non-profit organizations and community members to acknowledge the work of those who strengthen North King County’s capacity to respond to critical human service needs. This is a celebration of those who inspire!

    This year we're welcoming Lauren McGowan, Associate Director of Ending Homelessness at United Way of King County, as our keynote speaker. Come enjoy some small bites and mingle with leaders and changemakers in North King County!

    Volunteer Local--How volunteering invests in your community.

    December 10, 2013

    Council Chambers, Shoreline City Hall

    5:30-7:00 pm

    Refreshments Provided

    So we can have an accurate count of attendees, please register at:

  • 31 Oct 2013 7:25 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    What's it like to live in poverty? Unless you've been there, it's hard to know. People in poverty have to make tough choices about how they will survive, what they will eat, and where they will live. When you have very little money, the financial decisions you are forced to make are not only difficult, but also life changing. 

    The poverty simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. The simulation moves you to be more sensitive to the feelings and needs of those who are living in the crisis of poverty.

    Poverty Immersion Workshop

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    5:00-8:00 pm

    Seattle University  Champion Ballroom

    Light Meal    Registration Required

    flyer:  Community Poverty Simulation Color Flyer SU Nov 2013.pdf

  • 24 Oct 2013 6:51 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The North Urban Human Service Alliance is sponsoring atraining for front line workers and others interested in helping people without health insurance use the new Washington Insurance Exchange. The event will be Tuesday, November 19th, Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM

    A representative from Public Health Seattle & King County will provide an overview of how the health insurance exchange works, where to enroll and where those who need help can find personalized assistance. Participants will also learn how the Medicaid expansion program will work to provide health insurance coverage. There will be time for questions and answers so bring your concerns.

    According to the American Community Survey estimates, there are more than 12,000 adults between the ages of 19 and 64 in North King County without health insurance. Medical bills are a major stressor for many families and a leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

  • 24 Oct 2013 6:12 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is excited to share a short YouTube video titled Refugees and the Affordable Care Act.  The video is available in the following six languages: Somali, Karen, Nepali, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, and English.  To view the video please visit:  The videos reference the national health insurance marketplace, but they do not cover how to use the Washington State Health Insurance Exchange.

    The video features refugee speakers and narrators discussing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The video also describes the importance of primary care and health insurance and highlights key health literacy words to help orient refugees to the health care system in the United States. 

    Attached please find a launch guide which details ways refugees and service providers can use the video.  The guide includes sample messages you can use to share the video among your own network through social media, emails and newsletters.  

    The video will be a great tool for refugees to learn more about health insurance and the ACA in their native language.  We encourage you to share these videos directly with refugees and throughout your organization’s network.

    Refugee and the ACA Video Launch Guide.pdf

  • 09 Oct 2013 12:20 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Health Insurance Enrollment Events in North King County

    Are you one of the more than 12,000 adults 18-64 in North King County without health insurance? Do you need help enrolling in Washington Healthplanfinder for health insurance coverage beginning on January 1, 2014? If so, attend one of the events listed below. Enrollment continues through March 31, 2014. More information:

    Certified customer-service experts will be available at each event to provide individual help as you compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and, if eligible, gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing, and public programs such as Medicaid. In order to enroll, you will need to know your birth date, social security number, and income. Legal immigrants will need to supply a passport, alien or other immigration numbers.

    Kenmore Library

    6531 NE 181st St.

    Kenmore, WA 98028

    Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Third Place Commons, Upper Level of the Lake Forest Part Town Centre

    17171 Bothell Way NE

    Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    Saturday, October 12, 2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    ·         Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali

    Shoreline Enrollment Events

    Shoreline Community College,

    16101 Greenwood Ave. N

    Shoreline, WA 98133

    ·         October 21, 9AM – 3 PM

    Richmond Beach Library

    19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline WA 98177

    1:00 to 5:00 PM on the following dates

    ·         October 17&26

    ·         November 21&30

    ·         December 12 &21

    Shoreline Library

    342 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

    ·         November 10, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    ·         December 8, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

          ·         December 8, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

  • 18 Sep 2013 6:36 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)
    North Urban Human Services Alliance Annual Human Service Awards

    Do you know a wonderful volunteer or volunteer program you would love to see recognized for their hard work and dedication? 

    North Urban Human Services Alliance is looking to highlight and commend the incredible work accomplished by volunteers and volunteer programs within our North King County community. NUHSA Annual Human Services Awards is the perfect venue to celebrate their dedication and hard work. 

    Who can you nominate?   Individuals or volunteer programs you volunteer with or you know through other avenues.  Consider anyone who has inspired you through his or her dedication to serving others in our North King County community.  

    Please feel free submit more than one nomination!

    We are surrounded by marvelous volunteers.  Help honor their work by nominating them for a NUHSA Human Services Award! Deadline to submit your nomination is November 1st.

    Nomination Form:  NUHSA 2013 Application.pdf    Please fill out and email to or direct mail to NUHSA PO Box 60215, Shoreline, WA 98160

    About the awards:

    NUHSA Annual Human Services Awards has been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008.  Each year we encourage agencies, non-profit organizations and community members to acknowledge the work of those who strive to improve the lives of the residents of North King County.  This is a celebration of those who inspire!

  • 18 Sep 2013 6:33 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    What is FERPA?

    This seminar will explain what FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is, and what it means to community organizations working with school districts.  We all know that FERPA has something to do with limitations on data sharing by the school district, but what doe it actually mean?
    We will answer the following questions:

    • Do community-based organizations who are working to support student's academic achievement in partnership with the school district have a right to student data?
    • What limitations are there on data sharing?
    • When is data sharing permissible under FERPA?
    • Does HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) also limit data sharing?
    • What about the National School Lunch Act?
    • What happens when there are several community organizations collaborating? Who gets the data?
    We will also look at the process of working with school districts and developing a data sharing agreement or "MOU."


    • Greg Wong, Pacifica Law Group
    • Kevin O'Neill, Assistant General Counsel, Bellevue School District
    • Courtney Cameron, School and Community Partnerships Manager, Seattle Public Schools

    When: November 6, 2013
                9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Where: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue, South, Seattle

    Cost: $50 General Admission. Group discounts available, please email for more information.


  • 12 Sep 2013 6:07 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Health Care Reform for Human Service Agencies

    Clients of human service agencies who do not have health insurance will have the opportunity to purchase insurance coverage starting October 1, as part of the Federal  Affordable Care Act.  A new web portal, Washington Healthplanfinder , operated by the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, will have information on more than 40 approved health plans beginning October 1. In the meantime, consumers can call the state-wide toll-free Call Center, operated by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, at 1 855-923-4633, to find out about plan choices, costs, and eligibility for premium subsidies and tax credits.

    There at least 12,000 people in North King County between the ages of 18 and 64 who do not have health insurance. Human service agencies can play a critical role in assisting eligible clients to obtain health insurance coverage. To learn more go to:

    Health insurance enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and will continue until March 31 2014. Coverage for health insurance begins January 1, 2014. Health plan information with actual rates won’t be posted on the Healthplanfinder until October 1, however, there is a calculator that allows you to obtain a cost estimate for four different plans, “bronze” offering minimal coverage to “platinum”, with all plans required to cover ten essential health benefits.

    If you need personal help signing up for health insurance, specially trained “health navigators” will be available at convenient community locations in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park , Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. For a list of times and locations go to:

    Washington State is using federal and state funding to also expand its Medicaid program to provide access to health insurance for people with incomes between 139% and 400% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $15,028 for an individual and $31,809 for a family of four. Among North King County residents without health insurance, at least a quarter of the uninsured will be eligible for health insurance coverage under the Medicaid expansion. The newly eligible for Medicaid will apply for coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, not DSHS. People eligible for “classic” Medicaid - aged, blind, disabled, foster care children and SSI cash recipients will apply to WA Connection web portal for processing by DSHS under current rules. See Medicaid Expansion 2014 FAQ’s

    Health insurance options for children 0-19 will also expand under the Medicaid Program. For households under 200% of poverty there will be no premium, a $60.00 maximum premium for those at 200-300% of poverty and premium tax subsidy credits that are immediately available to reduce premium amounts for households between 300% -400% of poverty.

    The Affordable Care Act has already made changes to health insurance coverage including allowing young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents health plan, eliminated lifetime limits on most benefits and added preventive services, largely available without co-pays or deductibles. Beginning January 2014, rules will be put into place preventing insurers from denying adults coverage because of pre-existing conditions or chronic conditions (this is already prohibited for children under the age of 19).

    NUHSA will regularly update members on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Stay tuned.

  • 28 Aug 2013 4:44 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Tuesdays, September 10th & 17th, 2013

    (same event repeated at separate locations)

    Time:  6 pm – 9 p.m.


    Dinner Keynote by The Rev. Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch


    9/10/13 à Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 248th St. SE, Kent, WA 

    9/17 /13à Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 


    PLEASE REGISTER!   REGISTRATION is free (except via brownpapertickets)

    Any amount you give to attend this event is Tax-deductible

    Flyer and Registration:  ITFH PW13 registration complete.doc


    For Kent event à (fee)

    For Shoreline event à  http.// (fee)


    Mail-in FREE registrations to:  “ITFH;” send/deliver to:  3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004; Or  For info:


    or Phone Bill Kirlin-Hackett, 425.442.5418 to register or for information.

  • 08 Aug 2013 1:47 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The King County Housing Finance Program has received four applications for funding in North King County that will expand and improve the amount of rental housing for low income people. The projects include an emergency shelter, permanent family housing and permanent housing for people with disabilities.

    Hopelink has applied for funding to completely renovate its ten unit emergency shelter for families located in Kenmore. Alpha Supported Living Services has applied for funds to build 40 units of rental housing in Woodinville aimed at low and moderate income adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Compass Housing Alliance has applied for funds to build 60 units of permanent rental housing for low income families in Shoreline. Parkview services has applied for funding to build 9 units of permanent rental housing in Shoreline and Lynnwood for very low income people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Kelly Rider, Facilitator for the North King County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Work Group, is “very pleased to see so many applications from North King County. We have worked hard to generate more affordable housing opportunities in North King County”.  Rider noted that the lack of affordable housing is a leading cause of homelessness.  Almost half of all residents in rental housing in North King County spend more than 30% of their income for housing, leaving no cushion for emergencies.

    The allocation process this year will be very competitive with almost 30 million in projects submitted and only 8.7 million in funding available. Final decisions on funding will be made in November.


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