Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Celebrate Neighbor Day with Acts of Kindness

It’s that time of year again. Time to roll up your sleeves, chip in, and give back to your community in celebration of Neighbor Day! We invite all Seattle residents to celebrate Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 7 by indulging in random acts of kindness, reaching out to neighbors, making new friends, and expressing thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, businesses, and community groups are all encouraged to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.

Learn more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Mayor Harrell Seeks New Members for Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board: Two members are needed to fill the architect and community historian positions and help review and make recommendations regarding proposed changes within the district. (more)

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program Provides Vouchers for Fresh Produce: Low-income seniors may be eligible to receive farmers market vouchers to help increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Apply by April 29. (more)

Help Shape the Future of Seattle by Participating in the Redistricting Process: The Seattle Redistricting Commission is in the process of redrawing the boundaries of the city’s seven City Council Districts and is inviting community members to review drafts of proposed maps and offer feedback. (more)

Help Advise Utility Rates and Strategic Plans by Joining the Customer Review Panel: Seattle Public Utilities is actively seeking a diverse candidate pool to help inform its work and vision to become a community-centered utility. Apply by May 9. (more)

Racial Equity Analysis Ensures Pedestrian Program Serves All Community Members: The Seattle Department of Transportation is conducting a study to make sure equity is elevated in prioritizing safety and comfort for those who have been historically underserved by public transportation or need additional support. (more)

Funding Opportunities Available for Programs Focused on Digital Equity: Technology Matching Fund Grants brings $620,000 in available funding for community organizations working on projects to increase digital equity. (more)

In The Community

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Duwamish Alive! Coalition Works to Protect and Restore the Duwamish River

Long before white settlers came to the area, there were always stewards of the Duwamish River; people committed to the interconnectedness of humans and the health of the river. Today, a collaborative approach to the river’s health brings numerous organizations together to form the Duwamish Alive! Coalition. The Coalition works with community groups, local businesses, and federal, State, City, and Tribal governments to protect and restore the health and habitat of the Duwamish River and its watershed for both wildlife and communities.

Read the full story in South Seattle Emerald.


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Seattle Launches New-Deal Inspired Income Program for Artists

With so many in-person events blooming this spring, it may seem like the cultural sector returned to pre-pandemic times. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case. In Seattle, the number of jobs in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector is still nearly 25 percent below pre-pandemic levels. In an effort to combat the unemployment and underemployment of creative workers, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is launching ‘Hope Corps,’ a program that will pay local artists living wages to organize projects that bring the community together.

Read full story in Crosscut.

 

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Public Comment Period Open for City Surveillance Ordinance: The City of Seattle is looking for public input on the fifth set of draft Surveillance Impact Reports for currently existing surveillance technologies. (more)

Community Input Sought for Six-Year Park District Budget: Help Seattle Parks and Recreation determine priorities for the Seattle Park District budget through 2028 by participating in this survey. (more)

Provide Feedback on Seattle Transportation Plan: Help Seattle Department of Transportation establish a renewed vision for the future of our streets and public spaces by participating in a public survey. (more)

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