Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month, we partnered with community organizations Tasveer and UTOPIA to curate a series of individual stories from their communities as well as connected with a few local restaurant owners to chat about their favorite part of owning a business.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

City of Seattle Invests $4.5 Million to Address Student Mental Health Crisis: Seattle students are demanding alternative services in response to growing behavioral health needs as mental health crisis levels rise among youth. Learn more about how the investment aims to bring schools, students, and community organizations together.

Dream, Build, Play Workshop Helps Residents Reimagine a New South Park: Urban planner and artist James Rojas held a workshop in the South Park Neighborhood Center to help residents use various objects to build and describe their hopes for the neighborhood. View examples of what was heard and created at the workshop.

Volunteers Needed to Serve on the City’s Community Surveillance Working Group: The seven-member work group advises the Council and the Mayor’s Office on matters of surveillance technology from a community perspective. Applications are being accepted through June 23, 2023. Apply online at the City of Seattle Boards and Commissions homepage.

City of Seattle Announces $147M in Funding for Affordable Housing: Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City’s 2022 yearly funding awards for affordable housing providers to construct and preserve 1,150 affordable homes in neighborhoods across Seattle. Learn more about this funding and the City’s commitment to affordable housing.

Application Open for the 2023 Hope for Youth Fund: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites youth sports organizations to apply for the funds to help increase access to athletic, recreational, and positive youth development activities. Learn more about the fund and apply by May 31.

New Legislation Expands Metropolitan Improvement District and Advances Downtown Activation Plan: The expansion will support cleaning and beautification initiatives, safety and hospitality services, art installations, events and activations, research and economic development, transportation and commuting services, and security. Read more about the legislation and how it will support Downtown residents, workers, and businesses.

In The Community

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New Chinatown International District Community Safety Coordinator is Ready to Engage

Natalie Hutson started working as Community Safety Coordinator with the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) in March 2023. When people in the neighborhood see safety issues they want addressed, Hutson can serve as a connector to the City and other resources.

Read the full story in the International Examiner.

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Rainier Beach Residents Create ‘Galvanizing Moment’ for the Arts

By the end of this year, dancers with the beloved local studio and social justice organization Northwest Tap Connection should be able to perform on a permanent, 32-foot-wide concrete stage, which will be built as part of a long-awaited redevelopment of Be’er Sheva Park. The stage is just one of multiple community-led efforts that will showcase Indigenous art and history, highlight the vibrant cultural tapestry of the neighborhood, and create more gathering spaces for local youth.

Read more in The Seattle Times.

Share Your Feedback

Community Input Needed for 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the development of the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan by attending one of six in-person events at community centers around the city. Learn more about how to participate.

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.