Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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“Honor & Care” Event Supports and Celebrates Black Childcare Providers

In the fall of 2022, the Seattle affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute, BCDI-Seattle organized an event that served and celebrated Black childcare providers. We recently connected with event organizers to chat about the event and how their Small Sparks award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund helped them serve the community.

Check out all the stories on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

City of Seattle Receives Nearly $400k in Federal Funds to Support High-Speed Internet: The funding will connect Seattle residents to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet. The City’s Digital Equity Program will coordinate multi-lingual outreach efforts by partnering with community-based organizations. Learn more about the Federal Communications Commission funding.

Seattle Preschool Program Educators Celebrate Dual-Language Classroom Accreditation: Twenty-two Seattle Preschool Program classrooms serve 471 students and provide families access to affordable, high-quality preschool in American Sign Language, Amharic, Cantonese, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Somali. Read more about the end of year celebration for the Program’s Dual-Language Initiative.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Future Little Saigon Park: Earlier this month, Seattle Parks and Recreation and community partner Friends of Little Saigon broke ground for the community inspired Little Saigon Landbank Park on a .27-acre site on King Street. Learn more about the new Little Saigon park.

Pioneer Square Habitat Beach is Now Open to Public: The new beach, located between Colman Dock and Pier 48, is easy walking distance from Pioneer Square and the stadiums. It was developed to support marine habitat along the waterfront and provide views of Elliott Bay. See photos from the beach and learn how you can enjoy the new space.

Community Members Invited to Big Day of Play on August 19: This in-person and virtual event celebrates our city’s diversity and encourages neighbors, communities, and families to have fun, build relationships, and be active together. Learn more about the Big Day of Play event.

Join the Puget Sound Explorer Game and Participate in Educational Challenges: A new, free app called Agents of Discovery takes players on a mission to explore, learn and have fun in Seattle parks. The missions are made up of educational challenges that teach players about local history, culture, ecosystems, and safety. Read more about the Agents of Discovery app.

In The Community

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How Much Wealth King County Residents Lost Due to Racist Housing Policies

For decades, people of color and low-income residents have been affected by redlining and racial covenants. A recent study conducted by the consulting firm ECONorthwest estimates that households of color in King County lost between $12 billion and $34 billion due to redlining and other racially discriminatory housing practices since 1950. The study’s estimates reflect not just the amount lost because of a lack of homeownership among people of color, but also money that went toward rent payments that never accrued wealth, and wealth lost because of lower home value appreciations for homes owned by people of color compared with white people. 

Read the full story in The Seattle Times.

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UTOPIA’s Mapu Maia Clinic Opens Doors in Kent to Free Gender-Affirming Care

Mapu Maia Clinic provides free healthcare, both primary and gender-affirming care in one place. This convenience is what sets the facility apart from other organizations in Washington that offer either sexual health, gender-affirming, or primary care services. By deciding to build a free clinic, the United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) is now able to serve a larger part of their community: those who are undocumented, houseless, and/or low-income.

Read the full story in the International Examiner.

Share Your Feedback

Provide Input for Morgan Junction Park Addition: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on what new features you would like to see implemented at the Morgan Junction Park. Take the short survey before July 31.

Public Comment Sought on Transit Development Plan: Sound Transit is seeking public comment on its proposed Transit Development Plan which contains details on the agency's goals, performance measures and targets, planned capital improvements and operating changes for the next six years. View Transit Development Plan.

Community Invited to Review Site Plan for Licton Springs Comfort Station: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to join an online meeting to review the preferred site plan and layout for the rebuild of the Licton Springs Park comfort station/restroom. Join the meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m.