There’s a lot of ways to distinguish yourself as a community, and Kent has done just that with it’s consistent support for social service funding. Helping people in need is a hallmark of Kent’s social services that few communities match. I’ve heard people say Kent is a city with a conscience, and when you spend $100,000 a year to support social service funding needs, I’d say we’ve earned that title. Even when funds are tight, Kent still manages to make sure no one gets left behind. Here’s a list of where the social service dollars are being spent in 2007.
The Community Development Department monitors these projects and reviews whether the program goals are met at the end of each year. As you can see, there’s never enough dollars to meet all of Kent’s needs, but it’s a credit to City Council, City staff and the service agencies how much good gets done on very tight budgets.