Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Four teens pressing apples for cider in a park

Young BIPOC Community Members Envision Food Security Solutions

Over the summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Urban Food Systems partnered with the Seattle Public Library to co-create BLOOM (Beginning Leadership for Organizing and Orchard Management), a food and racial justice fellowship designed to create space for young adults to imagine solutions to food security challenges occurring during the pandemic.

Learn more on the Front Porch Blog,


'Resilience District' to be Created with Award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Learn about how grant funding will help community partners in the Duwamish Valley improve health, increase community resilience, and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (more)

Clean City Initiative to Address Illegal Dumping and Excess Litter: Funding will be applied to new and existing programs for litter, graffiti removal, and grounds maintenance across the city. (more)

Safe Routes to School Emergency COVID-19 Response Grants Still Available: Applications are available for projects that aim to increase safe walking and biking to school. (more)

Monthly Food Benefit Expanded to Support More Families Impact by Pandemic: Learn about additional funding for the Fresh Bucks program to broaden customer access to fresh produce. (more)

Toiletry Donation Drive for Seattle Community Center Hygiene Program: Find out where you can donate toiletry items to expand hygiene services throughout the city. (more)

Cultural Space Agency Charter to Create First Public Development Authority in Nearly 40 Years: Learn how this first-of-its-kind real estate development company will help ensure an equitable pandemic recovery. (more)

Creative Advantage All Access Arts Streaming Workshops: Four family-friendly arts education workshops featured through December with teaching artists from local organizations. (more)

Funding for Homelessness Outreach and Provider Ecosystem (HOPE) Team Included in 2021 Budget: This new team will be the City’s coordinating body for its response to homelessness in partnership with the contracted outreach providers and City departments. (more)

Additional Investments in Affordable Housing Bring Total to $115 Million in 2020: City investments made this year will support the creation or preservation of over 1,400 affordable homes. (more)

Field Space Open for Free Drop-In Use at 11 Seattle Parks: Learn more about this pilot program providing community members field space for free drop-in activity. (more)

Community Feedback for Bitter Lake Play Area Renovation: Take a short survey to provide input for new design proposals. (more)



A volunteer loads meal deliver bags to be delivered from Asian Counseling and Referral Services

Asian Counseling and Referral Services Provides Meal Deliveries with 'Well-Wish Cards' for Isolated Residents

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Seattle, Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) has developed a system that provides 2,200 meals and 2,100 grocery bags to seniors and other vulnerable residents each week. Beyond just food, staff and volunteers take time to include handwritten cards with stickers, doodles, poems, and encouragement to bring hope at a time when so many feel hopeless. 

Read the full article in The Seattle Times.