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Recognizing Black History Month with Local Stories

In celebration of Black History Month, we are hosting a series of profiles and commissioned stories that amplify and honor people and experiences from Seattle’s Black community. 

Check out the stories on the Front Porch Blog

Other City News

Public is Invited to Comment on Site Plan Revisions at Rainier Beach High School: The Seattle School District is requesting site plan revisions in addition to recently completed departures, which are exemptions from specific provisions of the land use code. (more)

Eviction Moratorium Set to End at the End of February: After a final extension of the residential and commercial eviction moratoria, Mayor Bruce Harrell will shift to focusing on targeted relief for those most in need. (more)

King County Launches $1.75 Million in Funding to Increase Accountability in COVID-19 Funding: The Strategic Communications Campaign Program makes funding available to community-based media organizations to promote COVID funding opportunities for those most impacted by racism and the pandemic. (more)

Seattle Disability Commission Seeks New Members: Individuals who live or work in Seattle and are passionate about working with local government officials to improve experiences within disability communities are encouraged to apply. (more)

Financial Aid Scholarships Available for Seattle Parks and Recreation Programs: Scholarships help make programs and activities more accessible to the community and are available for individuals and families regardless of citizenship and immigration status. (more)

Applications Open for the Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster: The roster provides an opportunity for teaching artists and community arts organizations to be vetted and approved to work in Seattle Public Schools. Apply by March 7. (more)

Seattle Fire Department Partners with American Medical Response for Innovative Healthcare Solution: The collaboration will help area residents and visitors quickly reach the most appropriate level of care when calling 911. (more)

Urban Forestry Commission Seeks New Members: Applications are being accepted for three positions on the 13-member commission to develop recommendations for tree canopy care and protection. (more)

In The Community

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Restaurant Owner Provides Free Meals Every Sunday in Little Saigon

Last year, Thanh-Nga “Tanya” Nguyen, owner of vegan Vietnamese restaurant ChuMinh Tofu, launched a mutual aid group to provide free hot meals to anyone who wanted one. The group, dubbed ‘The Eggrolls,’ was dedicated to serving their neighbors in need in Little Saigon every Sunday morning and even provided free meals for frontline healthcare workers when local hospitals were pushed to their capacity. Now, one year later, the group has become a welcome staple in the neighborhood as they continue weekend meal service and other programming.

Read full story in the International Examiner.

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Seattle Green Book App Aims to Keep Black History Alive

As millions of Black Americans left the South as part of the Great Migration, travel was difficult as a lot of places did not welcome Black travelers. The Negro Motorist Green Book, published by Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1967 helped travelers know which establishments and businesses they could safely patronize without the fear of backlash. In March, Black & Tan Hall will launch the Seattle Green Book Tour, an app that explores Black-owned and Black-friendly businesses that operated along Seattle’s Jackson Street Corridor between 1920 and 1960.

Read full story in the South Seattle Emerald.

Share Your Feedback

Community Input Needed for Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan: The Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan Leadership Committee are seeking community feedback to help shape a long term plan for the future of the neighborhood. Survey open until March 5. (more)

Public Comment Period Open for West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Extension: Community input needed on Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as route and station options. Survey open until April 28. (more)

Provide Feedback for Community Needs of Aurora-Licton Springs Neighborhood: Seattle Parks and Recreation is working on a feasibility study to assess the recreation and community gathering space needs of the neighborhood. (more)