Council OKs human services campus study

December 20, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 20, 2009

A clearinghouse where people in need can receive food, healthcare and employment is a step closer to reality for Issaquah.

Officials hired nonprofit Family Resource Center, of Redmond, to locate a suitable site for a human services campus, engage in business planning and provide legal assistance. City Council members approved the $35,000 pact in a unanimous vote Dec. 7.

Money from the Talus developer would be used to pay for the study, per the agreement between the developer and the city.

The long-planned pact stalled for months in the Council Services & Operations Committee while Councilwoman Eileen Barber worked to ensure there would be no conflict of interest if Family Resource Center conducted the study. Barber voted for the agreement Dec. 7.

City Council members set a goal to establish a human services campus in Issaquah next year.

Family Resource Center Executive Director Pam Mauk lauded the council for the decision.

“A one-stop human service campus increases access to services,” she said. “Most people, when they need help, they need the help of more than one human service agency.”

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