Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Celebrate Neighbor Day, Saturday, May 8 by Indulging in Random Acts of Kindness

If there’s one thing we could all use right now it’s more kindness and camaraderie. This means our annual Neighbor Day celebration couldn’t come at a better time! Neighbor Day began in 1995, when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” It has been going strong ever since. And though it may look a bit different this year, the intent is the same – to promote and encourage random and organized acts of kindness.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog. 

Other City News

In-Home Vaccination Launches across King County: Learn about scheduling in-home vaccine appointments and eligibility requirements. (more)

Paycheck Protection Program Application Extended to May 31: Learn about eligibility to apply for forgivable loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. (more)

Health One Unit Extending Service to University District and Ballard: The expanded team will service non-emergency 9-1-1 calls and help those in need of access to services. (more)

Funding Available to Support Community-Driven Mutual Aid Efforts: Learn about this one-time funding opportunity to support hygiene access and waste reduction efforts. (more)

Applications Open for 2021-2022 Community Leadership Institute Fellowship: This six-month fellowship program trains emerging leaders from communities of color for positions in civic engagement, community leadership, or public office. (more)

Enrollment Open for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program: See if you are eligible to receive vouchers for use at participating farmers markets. (more)

Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience-Better Hearing Panel: See presentations from local hearing loss professionals in recognition of National Better Hearing Month. (more)

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Available for Performance Spaces: Financial assistance will help local live event venues recover from losses incurred during the pandemic. (more)

City Extends Childcare Copay Relief for Families through June: New applicants are being accepted for City childcare programs with discounted copays. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply. (more)

In The Community

Queer the Land members at a general membership meeting discussing the book Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown.

Queer-Led Groups Modeling a New Form of Land Access

Across the nation, LBGTQ groups are rethinking land use and land access to focus on a more community centered model. Here in Seattle, Queer the Land is addressing the housing crisis head-on by setting up a land trust to support those left behind by rampant gentrification and displacement. The group centers BIPOC leadership and recently purchased a 12-bedroom house in Beacon Hill as part of a land trust. The house aims to fill a critical housing gap and push back against the displacement and gentrification that has impacted Seattle’s queer and trans people of color.

Read more in Yes! Magazine.

Share Your Feedback

Share Your Ideas for Improvements to Highland Park Elementary School: Learn more about play area improvement opportunities and provide feedback on existing features. (more)

Feedback Wanted for Miller Community Center Artwork: Provide feedback on the design for a new public art project that embraces sustainability. (more)

Community Engagement Survey for U-District Mural Program: Provide ideas and inspiration to artists developing murals in the U-District. (more)

Help Guide Sound Transit Decisions about Transportation Changes: Share your thoughts about what is important to you regarding area transit. (more)