Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Adjustments to our 2020 budget

Over the past few months, we have all been enduring unprecedented change that is fundamentally altering our City. In response to COVID-19, all City of Seattle departments, including Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, have shifted our work and efforts to support our communities during this crisis. And, we will continue to adapt and do everything we can to ensure that all Seattle residents, particularly our most vulnerable residents, have the resources, information, and support they need to respond to and recover from the impacts of this pandemic. 

As we are all too aware, one of the major impacts of this crisis has been financial. A new budget forecast for 2020 shows a $210 – $300 million dollar shortfall in the City of Seattle’s General Fund. This is the fund through which the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods budget is allocated. As a department, it was clear that we had to make some tough decisions to adjust to this new budget reality.

We examined our budget to find ways that we could make reductions while still maintaining the integrity of our core programs and services and minimizing the impact on our community. In the end, we were able to reduce our 2020 budget by $4,865,000.  

We did so by reducing our grant funding for the year, postponing the new Healthy Food Fund grant program, and shelving new funding that would have allowed us to make capital investments in our P-Patch community gardens.  

We understand that these changes will have direct impacts on you and your community. Please know that our staff continues to work tirelessly to maintain our programs and ensure that your needs, concerns, and ideas are at the forefront of our decision making. 

Go to our blog for more details on our proposed 2020 budget reductions.


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