Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Join us for IMPACT 2020: Part II

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. City of Seattle department directors want to hear directly from Seattle’s African-American community and answer any questions you may have around COVID-19’s impact on your community. Join us for a virtual community conversation on Saturday, May 9 at 10am.

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Visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Resource Page: This page contains information and links for City programs and services that may be helpful for residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (more)

Your Voice, Your Choice Participatory Budgeting Program Suspended for 2020: With the challenges of uncertain economic conditions this year and next, the Your Voice, Your Choice Participatory Budgeting Program is suspended for 2020. (more)

Recent Council Legislation Makes Temporary Process Changes to Major Institutions and Schools: The legislation suspends all Major Institution Advisory Committee meetings for 60 days and makes temporary school departure process changes by allowing experienced City staff to continue review processes, and it enlists community participation by replacing in-person meetings with electronic outreach for at least 180 days. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Re-Opens Accessible Parking at Four Regional Parks: Accessible parking for people with Disabled Parking Permits will be made available at Lincoln Park, Seward Park, Green Lake Park, and Magnuson Park. (more)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self Employed & Small Business Owners: If you are a self-employed worker or do not have a long enough work history to qualify for regular state unemployment insurance, you may now be eligible for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the CARES Act. (more)

Give Input on Location for New Green Lake Community Center and Pool: Seattle Parks and Recreation is in the early planning phase for the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool replacement project and needs community input on the future location of the facility. Share your thoughts by May 22. (more)

Mayor Durkan Extends Moratorium on Residential, Nonprofit, and Small Business Evictions Until June 4: While the moratorium is in place in Seattle, property owners may not issue notices of termination or otherwise initiate an eviction action with the courts unless there is an imminent threat to the health and safety of the community. (more)

West Seattle Bridge Interagency Task Force Prepares Unified Response: Seattle Department of Transportation prepared a comprehensive emergency response plan in case there is ever an indication that people in the area surrounding the high-rise section of the bridge are at risk. (more)

Eleven More Miles of Stay Healthy Streets: The City of Seattle is opening 11 more miles of Stay Healthy Streets to allow for safe social distancing while walking, rolling, running, skating, and biking! New neighborhoods include Lake City, Aurora Licton Springs, Ballard, and Delridge/Highland Park. (more)

City of Seattle Launches Mobile Assessment Teams to Test City’s Most Vulnerable: Two Mobile Assessment Teams have been created and deployed to test our most vulnerable, primarily focusing on senior and long-term care establishments at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis. (more)

City’s Emergency Child Care Expands, Serving More Children and Helping More Essential Workers: Program is now open to essential City personnel and employees of organizations doing priority level one work as defined by the Mayor’s office of Essential Operations Management, families experiencing homelessness, and workers identified as essential under Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. (more)