Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Kristian Alcaide, smiling

Hey Neighbor: Meet Kristian Alcaide

Kristian serves as a Strategic Advisor on our Outreach and Engagement team. Since January, she has been working on community outreach and engagement for the Neighborhood Street Fund program. She is passionate about bringing underrepresented groups into the transportation planning process. When Kristian is not working, you can find her hiking, camping and biking in the Pacific Northwest.

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1,500 Seattle Housing Authority Building Residents Begin Receiving Free ORCA Cards: Eligible tenants must be 19-64 years old, live in a Seattle Housing Authority property in a certain transit district, and earn less than 30% of the Area Median Income. (more)

Proposals for Environmental Equity Projects Now Being Accepted: Organizations and community groups committed to improving Seattle’s natural resources and advancing environmental equity are welcome to apply for up to $75,000. (more)

Get Prepared for Wildfire Smoke: Annual preparations for wildfire smoke impacts can help Puget Sound residents mitigate the effect of wildfire smoke on their health and daily routines. Learn what the City of Seattle is doing and get tips. (more)

Ensuring Construction Site Access: Seattle Department of Transportation teamed up with Rooted in Rights to create a video on the importance of maintaining a safe space for people to travel through construction sites. (more)

Summer of Safety: Seattle Parks and Recreation will offer this free program that provides structured activities and a safe space for young people not connected to other supervised programs over the summer. The program is geared towards serving diverse groups of tweens and teens from low-income families. (more)

Free Summer Meal Program for Youth Starts July 1st: From July 1 through August 23, 2019, free meals will be served at approximately 125 programs across 115 sites around Seattle. (more)



Tanya Woo holding bouquet of flowers and speaking in front of the new Louisa Hotel

Historic Louisa Hotel brings new housing and retail to Chinatown International District

"For the first time in 50 years, the Louisa Hotel will be home to residents who aren’t birds or spirits. Newly renovated and rebuilt after a fire burned through half the building in 2013, the Louisa will provide 84 units of housing priced for those making between $35,000 and $85,000 dollars per year."

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Applications Open for Duwamish River Opportunity Fund: Proposals to the fund should address such topics as job training, economic development, access to healthy food, affordable housing strategies, environmental development or restoration, or major community development activities that will have long-term impacts on Duwamish River neighborhoods. (more)

Electrical Reliability Work Planned in Beacon Hill: The project will replace aging electrical infrastructure and upgrade the existing electrical system. The electrical upgrades will reduce unplanned power outages. (more)

Give Feedback on Proposed RapidRide H Line and Changes to Delridge Way SW: Seattle Department of Transportation is sharing the new street design with the community and looking for more feedback and engagement. (more)

FREE Youth Summer Sports Camps in South Seattle: Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering several free youth summer sports camps, including volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer. (more)


  • Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Workshop: June 26, 5pm (more)
  • High 5 Rainier Beach: June 27, 8:15am (more)
  • Citizenship Clinic: June 29, 10am (more)
  • Arts Resource Fair at Othello Playground: June 30, 10am (more)
  • Southwest District Council: July 3, 6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Community Service Day: July 6, 10am (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: July 9, 7pm (more)



Mayor Signs Legislation Advancing Vision of an Affordable, Livable Community for Fort Lawton: Legislation authorizes acquisition of 34 acres of public land and development of 238 affordable housing units, including opportunities for homeownership. (more)

Learn About New Concierge Station and Restroom at Hing Hay Park: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to visit their booth at Dragon Fest 2019 at Hing Hay Park on Saturday, June 29 to learn about the future Hing Hay Park Concierge Station and Single Use Restroom project. (more)


  • Seattle Pacific University Standing Advisory Committee: June 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • U-Pick Lavender Sale at Interbay P-Patch: June 29 & 30, 10am (more)
  • Hing Hay Park Restroom Project - Learning Opportunity: June 29, 11am (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: July 3, 6pm (more)
  • Miller Community Center Open House: July 10, 4pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: July 10, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: July 10, 6:30pm (more)



Share Your Input on the Future of the Ballard Bridge: A recently launched planning study explores feasible rehabilitation & replacement options & provides a comparison of associated costs & critical metrics, including community priorities. (more)

NE 43rd St Improvements Project Update: After considering community input, Seattle Department of Transportation has selected the design concept to move forward. (more)


  • Giving Garden Work Party Benefiting Ballard Food Bank: June 25, 5pm (more)
  • 13th Anniversary of Northgate Community Center: June 28, 5pm (more)
  • Care for a Neighborhood Greenspace in Licton Springs: June 29, 9am (more)
  • Wedgwood Landbanked Site Park Development Open House: June 29, 10am (more)
  • Giving Garden Work Party Benefiting Ballard Food Bank: July 2, 5pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: July 2, 7pm (more)
  • Meadowbrook Community Meeting: July 9, 7pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: July 10, 7pm (more)