Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Share Your Stories About Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Community History

We're back with another edition of the Seattle Histories Storytelling Project; this time, we're focusing on the LGBTQ+ community. If you have a connection to Seattle's LGBTQ+ community and would like to share your story, please submit a proposal by May 1. Those selected to participate will be compensated and given at least one month to complete their stories.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

First Members of Seattle Social Housing Developer Board Appointed by Council: The Seattle City Council has voted to confirm the first two members of the Seattle Social Housing Developer Board. The new board will oversee the social housing developer to oversee social housing in Seattle. Learn more about the new Social Housing Developer Board members.

Registration for Summer Learning Programs Opening in May: The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning will award funding to sixteen community-based organizations for summer programs to serve nearly 900 students. Learn more about Summer Learning Programs.

Mayor Harrell Advances Innovative Industrial and Maritime Strategy: New legislation will update the City’s industrial lands policy and zoning to create an estimated 35,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes over the next 20 years. Learn more about the new approach to strengthening industrial and maritime lands.

Applications Open for Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program: The 2023 Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program application period is open through May 19. This year, the Program will provide an e-Benefit card valued at $80 (one-time distribution) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmer's markets. Apply for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.

New Initiative, Swim Seattle, Aims to Increase Youth Aquatic Safety: The pilot will begin in 2023 by providing a year of free swim lessons to a cohort of 250 youth and will work to remove barriers to swimming lessons and eradicate disproportionate drownings among youth of color. Learn more about the Swim Seattle initiative.

Want to Help Advance Social Justice in Seattle? Apply for the Human Rights Commission!: The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is recruiting to fill seventeen vacancies on the Seattle Human Rights Commission. The Commission seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds in human rights, law, public policy, advocacy, social services, education, and business. Read more about the Human Rights Commission.

In The Community

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New “Health through Housing” Property in Capitol Hill to Serve QT2BIPOC Residents

A new 35-bed housing facility serving queer, transgender, two-spirit, Black, Indigenous, people of color (QT2BIPOC) is set to open in the fall in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The facility, operated by Lavender Rights Project and Chief Seattle Club, is part of the county's "Health through Housing" initiative which partners with cities to purchase former hotels, buildings, and lots to convert them into apartments offering emergency or permanent supportive housing.

Get the full story on King 5 News.

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Coast Salish Youth Reconnect with Indigenous Lifeways and Lands

Charlie Sneatlum, a leader of the Skagit people, died in 1932 but his words live on to tell the story of Indigenous cultivation practices on a 175-acre swath of prairie – modern-day Coupeville on Whidbey Island - before settlers renamed it and turned it into a pheasant farm. Now the descendants of the first caretakers are bringing ancestral ways, languages, and songs back to Sneatlum Point. About 65 youth from seven tribes camped on the lands this spring for the Qwlho7el (pronounced qwuhth-lot-uhl) Camas Bake, one of several events organized by the Coast Salish Youth Stewardship Corps to reconnect Indigenous youth with the lifeways and lands of their ancestors.

Read more in Crosscut.

Share Your Feedback

Public Feedback Wanted on Initiative Aimed at Ending Traffic-Related Fatalities: Seattle Department of Transportation has recently published a draft review of their Vision Zero initiative to better understand a recent rise in serious injuries and deaths on Seattle streets. Take a short survey to help identify opportunities to reduce traffic-related harm.

Share Your Thoughts on Side Sewer Maintenance Incentives: Seattle Public Utilities is asking for public input about maintenance incentives for side sewers to learn what options the community is most likely to use as the program is developed. Provide feedback on maintenance incentives by taking this short survey.