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Health and Social Services

Health and Social Services

The Seattle Housing Authority recognizes that meeting basic health and other needs beyond housing is important to quality of life. SHA partners with service providers to support individuals living in SHA housing or with an SHA Housing Choice Voucher by providing access to health care, aging services and activities that contribute to well being. 

Often these providers have the staff and resources needed to address tenants' needs right in the community where they live. When tenants' needs are more extensive these organizations can help guide tenants to other programs.

Community health care

Community-based health care, designed to help tenants successfully live and age in SHA communities, is provided by Neighborcare Health.

The agency coordinates basic health care such as immunization and foot care, and supports more thorough medical planning and follow through.

Currently nursing services are available at these SHA locations:

  • Bell Tower
  • Green Lake Plaza
  • Ross Manor

Tenants who live at one of the above buildings and want to access a nurse should check the social service office for on-site nursing hours. Or, to access a nurse directly, they can contact Lisa Skow at lisas@neighborcare.org

In three communities, Community Health Workers assist residents in navigating the health care system and getting connected with primary care. They take an interest in care plans and help ensure insurance coverage.  The workers, who are residents of the community themselves, also facilitate activities such as health screenings, gardening, walks and nutrition activities.Community Health Workers are active in these communities.

  • Yesler
  • Meridian
  • High Point

For more information about the Community Health Worker program, contact info@neighborcare.org or call 206.461.6935.

The Community Health Worker program is made possible through a partnership between SHA and Neigborcare Health. 

Mental health

Specialized mental health case management services for elderly and non-elderly SHA tenants with disabilities is provided by Full Life Care.

The agency works to address crisis, promote stability,  enhance quality of life and avoid homelessness and institutionalization.

For more information, tenants should contact the social service office in their building or Timothy Stephens at timothys@fulllifecare.org.

Case management

The City of Seattle's Aging and Disability Services provides case management services to elderly and disabled tenants living in SHA housing (LIPH, SSHP). The program seeks to enhance quality of life, promote stability and avoid homelessness. Case managers provides outreach, consultation, crisis intervention, information and referral, and other supportive activities including counseling, medication, and/or cultural consultation to approximately 1,600 residents annually. Residents living in SHA buildings can access this resource by contacting the case manager assigned to their building directly. Case managers work out of the social service office in each building. 

Clutter control

Case management services, including mental health and counseling services for SHA residents who experience issues with bedbugs and clutter and who may have challenges maintaining their dwelling unit, is provided by Full Life Care.

For more information, contact Timothy Stephens at timothys@fulllifecare.org.

Special technology training

Two technology centers that serve elderly or people with disabilities are provided by Full Life Care (FLC). Find more information.

Community gardening

Partnering with the City of Seattle, SHA provides community gardening opportunities at High Point, Yesler Terrace, Rainier Vista and NewHolly. Learn more.

 

 

In addition, there are many organizations outside of SHA that can help. 211 - Washington Information Network is the best place to learn about resources available in Seattle and King County. See our Resources pages for more information.

Please note that types of services, qualifications, and availability changes often. The best source of current information about each of these programs is through the program itself.