Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Reimagine Seattle: Allison Masangkay

Local DJ, scholar, and social justice advocate, Allison Masangkay discusses living with misophonia – a type of synesthesia between sounds and emotions – and the exhaustion that stems from coping with white silence in Seattle. This submission is part of the Reimagine Seattle storytelling project that invites community members to reflect on their experiences in the city and their hopes for the future of Seattle.

Read full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Proposals Sought for BIPOC Generational Wealth Research and Analysis: Consultants will help provide research, analysis, and expertise to guide municipal strategies that address intergenerational wealth gaps and historic underinvestment in BIPOC communities. (more)

Mayor Harrell Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board: Four volunteers are needed to serve on the 10-member board to help review alterations, construction, and street improvements in the neighborhood. (more)

City Renter Protections Extend Beyond Evictions Moratorium: With the eviction moratorium ending this month, learn about other tenant protections and support available to renters throughout the city. (more)

Request for Proposals Open for Equitable Development Initiative: Community-based organizations working on anti-displacement efforts in high displacement risk neighborhoods are encouraged to apply for funds to support capacity building, property acquisition, and capital expenses. (more)

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Helps Low-Income Households with Internet Costs: ACP provides a subsidy of up to $30 per month for internet service to eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Enrollment is now open. (more)

Grants Available for Organizations Providing Youth Sports and Development Activities: Funding is available through Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Hope for Youth fund to help increase access to athletic and positive development activities for youth ages 11-19. Apply by March 31. (more)

Safe Start Permits for Expanded Dining and Retail Options Extended to 2023: Seattle residents express overall support for allowing local businesses to utilize public space on streets and sidewalks for dining and shopping purposes. (more)

Community Feedback Helps Shapes Future Safety of Green Lake Loop: Upcoming improvements to the Green Lake Outer Loops will provide a better-connected path for safer, more comfortable travel options for pedestrians. (more)

In The Community

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Call for Submissions! Celebrating the Women in Our Community

All too often, we wait to celebrate the women in our community posthumously. In honor of Women’s History Month, the South Seattle Emerald is collecting stories from the community to document women’s history now. If you are interested in honoring an important woman in your life, visit their website to submit a form describing how they inspired, influenced, or transformed you. Stories will be published every Monday in March.

Learn more or submit a story at South Seattle Emerald

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International Community Health Services CEO, Teresita Batayola Reflects on Career

After 18 years of leading International Community Health Services (ICHS), the state’s largest Asian American and Pacific Islander healthcare non-profit, CEO Teresita Batayola feels ready to hand the organization to a successor. Batayola moved to Seattle from the Philippines in 1969. Though it was no straight path, her journey toward ICHS began in her youth when she helped interview Filipino elders living in hotel rooms. Her public service career includes stints in local and federal government, but it was the friendships with community activists and leaders that helped her land in leadership at ICHS. She is set to retire as CEO in December 2022.

Read full story in the International Examiner

Share Your Feedback

Community Participation Needed for Lake City Floodplain Park Site: Join the first of three online planning workshops on March 3 to learn more about the project and share ideas and feedback on future park designs. (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)

Community Input Needed for Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan: The Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan Leadership Committee is 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)

Final Community Design Input Needed for North Rainier Landbank Site: Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking participation in the survey “Fabric of Community” to provide feedback on textile patterns to be incorporated into the park design. (more)