Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Meet Osbaldo Hernandez, our new Community Engagement Coordinator

Osbaldo Hernandez is the newest addition to our Community Outreach and Engagement team, serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator for South and West Seattle. He joined us from Lutheran Community Services NW where he served as Program Manager - developing programs to support homeless families and individuals. He is also co-owner of Frelard Tamales!

Learn more about Osbaldo on our blog.


Celebrate Welcome Week in Seattle’s Parks: From September 17-21, join Seattle Parks and Recreation to celebrate Welcoming America Week with a series of events in downtown parks catered towards showing the world how our community welcomes everyone, including immigrants and refugees. (more)

West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension: Sound Transit staff conducted initial assessments on some suggested alternatives that came from public comment. Review the results and share your feedback. (more)

Help Rename University Street Station: Sound Transit is planning to rename downtown Seattle’s University Street Station, and they are asking for public input. (more)

Funding Opportunities Available for Community Programs: 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)

Volunteer for the Seattle/King County Clinic: Volunteer registration is now open for the February 2020 Clinic and related events. With the help of more than 800 volunteers a day, this clinic aims to provide $2.5M in care to 3,000 patients. (more)

3rd Annual African Community & Organization Leaders’ Summit on September 21: Join this historical and interactive gathering of grassroots leaders, community organizers, and professionals. (more)

Take the Housing Choices Survey: Housing Choices is a new effort by the City of Seattle focused on creating more housing options, in more places, for more people. The City wants to hear your perspective to understand the issues and explore potential responses. (more)

Seattle LGBTQ Commission Seeks Candidates: Join this commission that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City of Seattle departments on issues that affect LGBTQ communities throughout Seattle. Apply by September 27. (more)



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Refuge Outdoor Festival Fosters Healing and Community for People of Color

Refuge began in 2018 and is a three-day camping experience designed for people of color. Through workshops, facilitated conversations, art, and music, the festival celebrates diversity in the outdoors while creating spaces for healing.

Learn more in this article from South Seattle Emerald.



Garden Innovators Connects Youth to Local Food Systems: This program, based out of the South Park neighborhood, is a Seattle Parks and Recreation youth internship program that focuses on analyzing the societal intersections of culture, food, history, health and wellness, and garden science. (more)

Updates for Othello Village, Camp Second Chance, and Georgetown Village: Learn about future plans for these three permitted encampments located on City property in South Seattle. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Crescent Apartments in Columbia City: You are invited to attend the meeting on September 18 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)


  • Seattle City Council District 2 Debate: September 17, 5:30pm (more)
  • Filipino Community Village Groundbreaking Ceremony: September 18, 4pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: September 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Southend Connect LIVE: September 19, 7pm (more)
  • District 1 Community Network Meeting: September 24, 7pm (more)
  • Duwamish Valley Community Resilience Workshop: October 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • Southwest District Council: October 2, 6:30pm (more)
  • Get Free Help Applying for U.S. Citizenship: October 5, 10am (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)

Help Develop the Master Plan for Seattle Central College: The City of Seattle is seeking community members to help develop the new Master Plan for Seattle Central College (SCC) to guide the school’s future development. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Inouye/Aquino House in Yesler Terrace: You are invited to attend the meeting on October 2 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Fairview Avenue N Bridge to be Replaced: On Monday, September 23, Fairview Ave N between South Lake Union and Eastlake will close for approximately 18 months so that crews can rebuild this aging bridge which does not meet current seismic standards. (more)

Join the Discovery Park Advisory Council: The council meets once a month with Seattle Parks and Recreation staff to offer community perspective, advice and consultation on environmental education programs, visitor services and interpretation within Discovery Park. (more)


  • Magnolia Community Council: September 17, 7pm (more)
  • Fortson Square Open House: September 18, 4pm (more)
  • African Community & Organization Leaders' Summit: September 21, 8am (more)
  • NW Indigenous Peoples - Sharing Powwow Ways: September 21, 12pm (more)
  • Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement Open House: September 22, 10am (more)
  • Cultural Place Making at 12th & Yesler: September 24, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle City Council District 3 Debate: September 26, 5pm (more)
  • Meet the Candidates - Seattle City Council District #7 Forum: October 1, 5pm (more)
  • West Edge Neighborhood Association: October 2, 6pm (more)



Help Create a Vision for the 130th/145th Station Area: Join Sound Transit, Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Office of Planning and Community Development for a community workshop on September 28 to create a vision for the 130th/145th Station Area – the area within a 10-minute walk or bike ride of the future light rail stations. (more)

Here’s What’s Happening at 24th Ave NW & NW Market St: Starting Monday, September 16, the north half of the 24th Ave NW and NW Market St intersection will be closed to replace an aging water main and complete paving work. (more)


  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: September 17, 7pm (more)
  • Seattle City Council District 5 Debate: September 21, 12pm (more)
  • Seattle City Council District 6 Debate: September 21, 2pm (more)
  • 130th/145th Station Area Planning Community Workshop: September 28, 9am (more)
  • Live in D5: September 28, 1pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: October 1, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: October 3, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: October 3, 7pm (more)
  • Seattle City Council District 4 Debate: October 5, 12pm (more)