Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Join us for a Community Conversation

We invite you to join us for our new monthly Community Conversations where we will dive into issues important to you and your communities.

Community Conversations are a completely reimagined version of our previous bi-monthly Community Webinar. The new format embraces more of a talk show style that will allow us to have meaningful conversations with community members, community leaders, and community organizations throughout Seattle.

Join us for our first episode on October 14 at 6pm. Learn more on our blog.


Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants: On October 15, the City of Seattle will launch the $7.94 million Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants, its newest program to help vulnerable residents who have been both financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and purposely excluded by the federal government. (more)

Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Transfer Fire Station 6 and Central Area Senior Center to Community: The City of Seattle is taking another step forward to transfer city properties to Black-led organizations that are playing an essential role in uplifting, supporting and advocating for the Black community. (more)

City of Seattle Announces Free Stay Healthy Block Permits: Stay Healthy Block Permits will support community groups to temporarily close blocks to thru-traffic for increased access to outdoor recreation space and improved mental health. (more)

Black Business Prosperity Grant: In an effort to support and uplift minority owned businesses in King County, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is offering the Black Business Prosperity Grant to provide direct cash assistance to black small business owners impacted by COVID-19. (more)

West Seattle Bridge Update: Get the latest on the City's progress to stabilize the bridge, efforts to address traffic and mobility, and other items related to the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closure. (more)

More Seattle Residents to Receive Monthly Food Benefit: Fresh Bucks will add 1,000 new customers from the program wait list this October, providing a much needed food benefit as families across the city struggle to meet basic needs. (more)

Crossing the Street in Lake City Will Soon Be Much Safer at Several Intersections: Four intersection improvements will improve safety and mobility for people who walk, bike, roll, and drive in Lake City. This includes new crosswalks and crossing signals, new sidewalks, and improved curb ramps to provide better sidewalk connections. (more)

Seattle Parks Opens Seven Learning Hubs for Seattle Students: Free, with Wi-Fi, these spaces are equipped with community center and youth program staff who can help your student get engaged in learning. (more)

Get up to $1,000 through Safe Routes to School Program: Seattle Department of Transportation is offering emergency COVID-19 grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofits, Seattle schools, and school-oriented community organizations. Grants are intended to encourage safer walking, rolling, and biking to and from schools and around the community. (more)

Join the Seattle Design Commission: Mayor Jenny Durkan is recruiting to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Seattle Design Commission – the positions are for an urban planner and an at-large position. Apply by December 2. (more)



South Seattle community farm pursues an alternative vision for agriculture

Nurturing Roots is driven by a different vision for the future of agriculture — one that prioritizes people over profit and seeks to disrupt the commercialization of food with free foraging, community workshops, activist gatherings and the like.

"It's about healing, showing folks the benefits of gardening, talking about the life cycles of foods we eat.." - Nyema Clark

Read the full article at Seattle Refined.


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South Park Home Zone Plan: On October 13, Seattle Department of Transportation will be checking-in with South Park to collect additional feedback on developing a plan for calming traffic and improving pedestrian mobility and neighborhood livability. (more)

Input needed for SW Brandon & SW Findlay Streets Trail Improvements & Wayfinding: Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation invite the Delridge and High Point communities to participate in creating better pedestrian connections in the Delridge neighborhood. (more)

Review Design Options and Share Input on South Park Plaza Project: Each of the four designs offers a play feature, lawn, and different types of gathering spaces. Please participate and let the design team know what is important to you. (more)

Share Feedback on the North Link Connections Mobility Project: King County Metro is seeking a final round of public feedback on concepts for updating bus service to integrate with three new Sound Transit Link Light rail stations in 2021. (more)