Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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A Conversation with Vietnamese Community Liaison, Tammy Dang

We recently connected with our Community Liaison, Tammy Dang, to chat about how the pandemic has impacted the Vietnamese community and the ways she has used technology to continue bringing her community together. Community Liaisons are embedded community leaders that bring deep expertise on their communities' needs and concerns and help build bridges between City government and community interests.

Read the full interview on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Check Out 2022 City Projects Focused on Race and Equity: The City Race and Equity Actions webpage contains short- and long-term projects to advance racial equity in the community and in City workplaces. (more

Make Your Mark! Join a City of Seattle Advisory Commission: The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is seeking new members for positions on multiple commissions to work to improve experiences within underserved communities in Seattle. (more)

Free ORCA Cards Provided to Food Service Workers in Southeast Seattle: The Seattle Department of Transportation has worked to distribute free transit passes to up to 900 people in Rainier Beach and Othello through the ORCA Recovery Program. (more)

Utility Discounts Available for Income Eligible Customers: Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities is offering short- and long-term payment plans, as well as Emergency Assistance and a Utility Discount Program to help customers catch up and stay current on their utility bills. (more)

Check Out Free Events Happening in Parks Across the City: Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of free events in parks this summer for the whole family, including dance classes, plays, and cultural celebrations. (more)

Help Shape Seattle’s Recycling, Compost, and Waste Services by Joining the Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Seattle Public Utilities is recruiting new Solid Waste Advisory Committee members to provide recommendations, feedback, and share community insights around recycling, compost, garbage, and waste prevention. Apply by June 24. (more)

In The Community

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Urban Natives Look to Have a Neighborhood to Call Their Own in Seattle

Cultural hubs like Africatown and the Chinatown International District celebrate and support historically oppressed groups. But despite carrying the namesake of Chief Si'ahl, the hereditary chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish people, Seattle does not have anything similar for its urban Native population. Na'ah Illahee Fund has partnered with an Inupiaq researcher to help determine the future of an Indigenous neighborhood.

Read the full story in Crosscut.


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Seattle Foundation Shakes up Philanthropy to Invest in Groups Led by People of Color

Through its new Fund for Inclusive Recovery, Seattle Foundation is giving out $12.6 million in grants to BIPOC-run community organizations. The funding will provide 21 groups with a 3-year, $600,000 grant and will remove many burdensome application and reporting requirements that can often be a barrier to getting grant funding.

Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

Share Your Feedback

Public Invited to Comment on Zoning Modifications at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 School: The Seattle School District is requesting modifications from City zoning regulations to change image message board signage in front of the Delridge school. Submit comments by June 24. (more)

Learn More About Redistricting and Provide Feedback at Public Forums: The Seattle Redistricting Commission is examining how to redraw the boundaries of Seattle’s seven City Council Districts and is seeking community input. (more)