Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Seattle’s Food Equity Fund Now Accepting Proposals

Community-based organizations working to address food education, access, and security in Seattle are encouraged to apply for the City of Seattle’s Food Equity Fund. This grant program prioritizes projects led by and for communities most affected by limited access to healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, refugees, low-income individuals, families with young children, youth, and elders.

Read more in the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Free ORCA Cards Provided to Seattle Housing Authority Residents: The Transit Pass Program provides Seattle Housing Authority residents with free, unlimited-use ORCA cards to take transit at no cost. The program is available for all residents age 19 and older. Read more about the Transit Pass Program.

Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks Members for Workgroup and Steering Committee: Community-oriented individuals living in Seattle are sought to help create a process that helps community members invest a portion of the City’s budget directly into historically underserved Black communities. Learn more about the open positions and how to apply.

Requests for Proposals Open for Seasonal Concessionaires in Parks: Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals and businesses to submit proposals to offer concessions in select city parks. Proposals are being accepted for both food and non-food concessions. Check out the proposal guidelines and apply by March 2.

Tech Education and Mentorship Fosters Sense of Belonging for BIPOC Youth: Geeking Out Kids of Color is a program that creates decolonized technology education and cultivates space for BIPOC youth in the tech world through afterschool and summer programs in South Seattle and South King County. Hear from participants about their experience in the program.

Help Shape Seattle’s Transportation System: Join the Levy Oversight Committee!: Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking two members to serve on the volunteers committee. Members help monitor spending and revenues, review program and project priorities, and make recommendations on how to spend funds. Learn more about the Levy Oversight Committee and apply by Feb. 9.

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fair Virtual and In-Person Events: This year, the Seattle Home Fair will feature six virtual lectures held in January and February and an in-person event at the Filipino Community Center on February 25. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the events and the topics covered.

In The Community

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Community Partnership Fund Helps Grassroots Improvements to Seattle Neighborhoods

Budding after-school program, Kids and Paper, was formed by Azadeh Eslamy during the pandemic after her daughter began using art as a form of resettling following their family's move back to the U.S. from Lebanon. She got the idea to develop a program to help kids “resettle” after life events ranging from an international move to experiencing housing insecurity. Today, thanks to a grant from the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Kids and Paper offers hot meals, reading lessons, arts and crafts, and other support to children from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Read more in The Seattle Times.


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Living Well Kent Collaborative’s 70-Acre Commitment to Food Access and Affordable Housing

Living Well Kent Collaborative is a community-driven coalition of residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government leaders united to achieve health equity through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change, was recently allotted 70 acres of land from the City of Auburn and Auburn School District. Plans for the 70 acres include community and technology centers, affordable housing, a botanical garden, more land for farming, a food hub, and more. The organization is now tasked with raising funds to begin developing the land.

Read more in South Seattle Emerald.

Share Your Feedback

Help Develop a Vision for the Future of South Delridge: Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development is seeking input from community members in Westwood, Roxhill, Highland Park, Delridge, and White Center to help the City focus investments in the coming years. Learn more about the South Delridge Action Plan and take the survey.

Share Your Thoughts on Permitting Customer Support: Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for public input about permitting services to learn what virtual services are working, what in-person services they feel are missing, and how they can coordinate with other City departments to better serve community needs. Provide feedback on permitting services by taking this short survey.

Reimagine Recreation in Seattle! Share Your Feedback on Programs and Services: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for feedback to improve community experience with recreation facilities including community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers. Learn more about how this information will be used and take the survey.

Be Part of Shaping the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the process of updating the Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state-administered grants. Get more information about the Plan and learn how you can get involved.