Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Census Employees to Begin Walking Seattle Neighborhoods

The United States Census Bureau announced that “Neighborhood Address Canvassing” will officially take place August 4 - October 18. Census employees will knock on doors and ask a few short questions to verify the address and any additional living spaces on the property for inclusion in the 2020 Census.

Learn how to identify them and know your rights! (more)


Housing Choices Initiative Aimed at Expanding Options: The City has launched a new initiative focused on expanding market-rate housing options, in more places, for more people. Get more information and share your perspective. (more)

Neighborhood Street Fund 2019-2021 Recipients Announced: The top-voted projects per City Council District were evaluated and the final selection has been made by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee. (more)

City Announces Year-Round Youth Employment Program: This program will support 200 youth and young adults in growing as community leaders and preparing for future work and career opportunities. (more)

Get Funding for Your Community Programs and Activities: The Seattle Park District has three great funding programs focused on funding priority populations, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community. (more)

King County Metro Wants to Hear From You: King County Metro is working with community leaders from the county to develop a Mobility Framework that will guide their budget and investments over the next decade and they want your feedback. (more)

Seattle Preschool Program Accepting Applications for the Fall: If you have a 3-or 4-year old who is ready for preschool, the Seattle Preschool Program has openings in select locations throughout the city. (more)

City of Seattle Invests $320,000 to Improve Digital Literacy, Access to Technology: Technology Matching Fund grants were awarded to 11 projects that will reach an estimated 3,000 residents, increasing their access to technology and digital skills training. (more)

Jourdan Keith is the City’s Next Civic Poet: Keith is a poet, essayist, playwright, naturalist, and activist. The Civic Poet program celebrates Seattle’s rich literary community, while investing in the future of literary arts through community engagement. (more)

Nearly $300 Million in Public Benefits from Sale of Mercer Mega Block: Mayor Durkan has announced plans for transformational investments in housing, homelessness, family-wage jobs, a new community center, and transportation safety through the sale of underutilized City-owned properties along Mercer Street. (more)



African-American man standing outside in the Central District neighborhood

On the Brink

a film by Jeff Shulman and Steven Fong

This new documentary explores the toll of gentrification on African-Americans in Seattle's Central District neighborhood.

Learn more and find a screening at the On the Brink website.



Help Prioritize the Next Phase of Development Around Rainier Valley Light Rail Station: Sound Transit and the Seattle Office of Housing want to hear your priorities for the next chapter of development near the Mount Baker, Columbia City and Othello Link light rail stations. (more)

Name a New Park in the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for two new parks in the Wedgwood and Genesee-Schmitz neighborhoods. (more)

Sound Transit Wants Your Input: Share your thoughts about projects that would make connecting to Sound Transit more convenient, including in Seattle at the upcoming Judkins Park Station and through High Priority Sidewalks and Walkways in South Seattle. (more)

Seattle Fire Hosts Fire Education, Safety Activities on Aug. 24: Summer is winding down, but there is plenty of time for fun and learning this Saturday as the Seattle Fire Department hosts its SEATTLE FIRE DAY. There will be tours, educational tables and activities from 10am - 1pm at the Stan Sayres Memorial Park. (more)


  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Georgetown: August 20, 6pm (more)
  • Restorative Justice Practices from a Grassroots Perspective Lunch and Learn: August 21, 12pm (more)
  • Only in Seattle - Commercial Block Watch and Summer Social: August 22, 1:30pm (more)
  • Stop the Bleed-Detenga el Sangrado: August 28, 6:30pm (more)
  • Southwest District Council: September 4, 6:30pm (more)



Join the International Special Review District Board: You are invited to apply for an open position on this board which reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements, and makes recommendations for all properties within the International Special Review District. (more)

Help Develop the Master Plan for Seattle Pacific University (SPU): You can serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee to help develop the new Master Plan for Seattle Pacific University that will guide the school’s future development.  (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of 100 Roy Street Apartments: You're invited to attend the September 4 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on Renovation Project at Madrona Park: You're invited to participate in a survey for the Madrona Park beach play area renovation project. Your input will be incorporated into design features and presented at an Aug. 28 Open House. (more)


  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Miller Park: August 20, 6pm (more)
  • Micro-Community Policing Focus Group - Capitol Hill: August 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Central District Beginners Tree Walk: August 24, 10am (more)
  • Coe Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee: August 28, 6pm (more)
  • Disability Meet & Greet: City Council Candidates: August 29, 5pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: September 4, 6pm (more)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Licton Springs Park: You're invited to attend the September 4 meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Name a New Park in the Wedgwood Neighborhood: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for two new parks in the Wedgwood and Genesee-Schmitz neighborhoods. (more)


  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: August 20, 7pm (more)
  • Thornton Creek Bridges Study Drop-in Session: August 20, 5:30pm (more)
  • Thornton Creek Bridges Study Drop-in Session: August 21, 8:30am (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: September 3, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: September 5, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: September 5, 7pm (more)