Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Alvin Edwards

Hey Neighbor: Meet Alvin Edwards

Our Hey Neighbor! series introduces you to the people behind the scenes working to build, strengthen, and engage the communities of Seattle.

Alvin Edwards has been working at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) for the past 3 years. He is currently serving as a Project Manager in the Neighborhood Matching Fund program. (Watch the Video)


Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Action: The Office of Housing just completed a tally of 2018 MHA payments, and so far MHA has generated $13.28 million for affordable housing in Seattle. (more)

Free Extra Yard Waste in November: Fallen leaves can block storm drains and lead to ponding and localized flooding in your neighborhood. Help prevent this by raking and composting leaves. As an incentive, Seattle Public Utilities is providing free extra yard waste from November 1-30. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Announces 2018 Denny Award Winners: The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most creative, dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreation programs. (more)

Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards: Passionate about design or architecture? Join one of the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. Apply by December 14. (more)

New Commissioners Sought for the Seattle Design Commission: The open positions are licensed architect, transportation planner, and landscape architect. Apply by November 30. (more)

Urban Innovations Speakers Series Returns on December 4: The next installment focuses on how housing choices can support a more equitable Seattle. (more)

The Salmon Return: For the first time in eight years, Chinook salmon have been spotted spawning in a Seattle Public Utilities-restored area of Thornton Creek. (more)

Real Estate Financing for Equitable Development: Through this 3-day class, current and potential applicants of The City's Equitable Development Initiative Funds will gain a deeper understanding of the development process, best practices and the financing tools available for community based real estate development. (more)



The City of Seattle and other local government agencies want your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.



City of Seattle Announces Awards to Nine Duwamish River Neighborhood Projects: These projects will help to increase the sustainability of the neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund clean-up. (more)

Share Your Feedback on Plans for RapidRide H Line: Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro want your input on plans for transforming Route 120 to the new RapidRide H Line and the subsequent redesign of Delridge Way SW. (more)


  • Shop Seattle Gems Pop-Up Festival: November 24, 11am (more)
  • Viaduct Closure Information Session: November 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: November 28, 7pm (more)
  • Family Arts and Craft Fair at Duwamish Longhouse: December 1, 2pm (more)
  • Landlord Training Workshop: December 3, 12pm (more)
  • Southwest District Council: December 5, 6:30pm (more)
  • Viaduct Closure Information Session: December 6, 6:30pm (more)



City of Seattle Breaks Ground on 102 New Affordable Homes in Little Saigon: These homes will serve men and women experiencing long-term homelessness. All residents in the new building will have a housing case manager to help provide services tailored to meet their unique needs. (more)

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Swedish Cherry Hill Campus: We are seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee. This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the hospital. (more)

Standing Advisory Committee of the Kaiser Permanente – Capitol Hill Campus to Meet Monthly: The Standing Advisory Committee’s role is to provide feedback to the City of Seattle and Kaiser Permanente – Capitol Hill Campus on projects planned and under development by the medical center. (more)


  • Viaduct Closure Information Session: November 28, 6:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Pacific University Standing Advisory Committee: November 29, 6:30pm (more)
  • Update to Housing Levy Administrative and Financial Plan: November 30, 10am (more)
  • Community Work Day at Danny Woo Garden: December 1, 10am (more)
  • Capitol Hill Historical Society Community Meeting: December 1, 3:30pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council: December 5, 7:30pm (more)
  • Let There Be Light - Opening Viewing Party: December 7, 6pm (more)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the University of Washington’s Pavilion Pool and Haggett Hall: The public is invited to attend the meeting on December 5 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Completion of the University/Cowen Paving Project: The upgrade work entailed half a mile of repaving; enhanced curb ramps and sidewalk corners; spot sidewalk repair; and drainage improvements. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Shearwater Community Center / Decatur Annex in Wedgwood: The public is invited to attend the meeting on November 21 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)


  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: November 20, 7pm (more)
  • Northwest Hospital Standing Advisory Committee: November 27, 6pm (more)
  • Viaduct Closure Information Session: November 29, 6:30pm (more)
  • Viaduct Closure Information Session: December 5, 6:30pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club Meeting: December 6, 7pm (more)
  • Pathway of Lights at Green Lake Park: December 8, 4:30pm (more)