Issaquah human services campus study is due in October

August 24, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2010

City leaders last week outlined ideas for a human services campus — a clearinghouse for charities providing food, healthcare and employment services to the needy.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and other top officials met representatives from the San Francisco-based consultant conducting a city-funded feasibility study on the proposed campus.

In addition to gathering input from Issaquah leaders, the consultant collected demographic information to determine a possible service area for the facility.

Former Councilman John Rittenhouse — a longtime proponent of the campus who left the council in December and then joined the Family Resource Center board of directors — updated council members about the study Aug. 16.

“I’m very confident that you’ll find the end product useful as you deliberate how to make this vision a reality,” he said.

The city and the nonprofit Family Resource Center partnered to study the need for a campus. The council started the process in December by spending $35,000 for the study.

Officials used impact fees paid by the Talus developer to fund the study. Rittenhouse said the study should be completed and delivered to the city by late October.

Family Resource Center is a similar human services campus in Redmond.

The organization released some initial survey results in March. Other nonprofit organizations showed a solid interest in participating in the Issaquah campus; 14 of the 50 organizations contacted indicated interest.

The interested organizations included the nonprofit Elder and Adult Day Health Services, HealthPoint, a network of nonprofit community clinics, and Outdoors for All, a nonprofit that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities.

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