Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

A couple stands in their community garden, smiling.

Interbay P-Patch Provides Community Connection and Year-Round Produce for Gardeners Vasant and Sharda

Community gardeners Vasant and Sharda Katdare have been thankful for the opportunity to safely socialize with friends and neighbors at the Interbay P-Patch throughout the pandemic. In addition to meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and volunteering in the Giving Garden food bank garden beds, the couple uses their community garden plots to grow culturally relevant food, preserve produce for use throughout the year, and spend time with their grandchildren.

Read the full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Request for Proposals Open for Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing: The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is seeking proposals from organizations and coalitions to build capacity that supports alternatives to and addresses the harm created by the carceral state. (more)

Funding Available to Help Parents and Children Ages 0-3: The Prenatal-to-Three Community Grant Program will invest $1.45 million in equitable birth outcomes and increased early childhood development services for Black, Indigenous, people of color, refugee and immigrant families. (more)

Safe Routes to School Program Supports Projects Focused on Safety for Kids: Mini grants are available throughout the year for small projects to help increase safety measures for children to walk, roll, or bike to school. (more)

The Get Engaged Program Extends Application Deadline to End of September: This partnership with Seattle YMCA places young adults, ages 18-29, on the City of Seattle’s public boards and commissions. (more)

Celebrating the Color and Joy Local Artists Bring to Seattle: The Department of Transportation takes a look at some public art projects that bring color and vibrancy to our City. (more)

Childcare Recognition Payment Applications to Open Sept. 20: Licensed home and center-based childcare programs can apply for a one-time child care recognition payment on behalf of eligible employees. (more)

In The Community

An artist dressed in a multipattern dress and headwrap stands in front of her work at the Jackson Apartments complex in the Central District..

A Wave of Black Art Rises in Seattle’s Central District 

As new development proliferates in the historically Black neighborhood, local artists are creating work with a message: ‘We were here, and we are still here, and we will be here.’  Thanks to years of advocacy by neighborhood groups like the Historic Central Area Arts & Culture District and Africatown, much of the new development in the Central District boasts a trove of site-specific, semipublic art commissions by local Black artists, meant to honor the neighborhood’s history and cultural vibrancy. 

Read the full story in Crosscut.

Share Your Feedback

Provide Input for a Permanent Design for the Alki Point Keep Moving Street Project: Let the Department of Transportation know how you currently use Alki Point, what's working and what's not, and how you would like to see the area function in the future. (more)

Community Feedback Needed on Funding Support for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness: Two surveys seek adults and youth input to help inform how funding can better support those in our community experiencing homelessness. (more)

Input Needed to Help Improve Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles: Help the City of Seattle and King County improve on-demand, wheelchair accessible, for-hire transportation services. (more)