City Announces $75,000 Summer Opportunity Fund

Summer Opportunity FundApplications are now available for the City of Seattle Summer Opportunity Fund. This fund provides $75,000 for community-based summer projects that support positive activities and opportunities for youth while reducing violence that disproportionately affects communities of color in Seattle. Community organizations, groups, and businesses are encouraged to apply.

To be considered, projects should focus on education, employment, justice, violence prevention, health, or a combination of these topics. Projects should also include opportunities to involve East African and Black/African American young men ages 18-24 living in or attending school in Seattle. The City is looking for community-based ideas and encourages applicants to leverage other resources such as community partnerships, in-kind donations, and existing resources and services.

Funded projects will receive between $5,000 and $15,000, and all programming must run between July 22 and October 31, 2016. The application deadline is Monday, June 20 by noon.

Individual application assistance sessions are available by appointment on:

  • June 2, 11:30 – 5 p.m. at the New Holly Seattle Public Library (7058 32nd Avenue S)
  • June 8, 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center, Teen Room (8825 Rainier Ave S)
  • June 9, 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass-Truth Seattle Public Library (2300 E Yesler Way)

Schedule a 30-minute assistance session by emailing DON_Grants@seattle.gov. Attendance is not mandatory for funding consideration but highly encouraged.

The Summer Opportunity Fund is funded by the Seattle Human Services Department and administered by the Department of Neighborhoods.

For information, guidelines, and the application, please visit our website.

Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Welcome to Belltown Mural

Photo: Sean Davis

Belltown residents and business owners are invited to help plan the upcoming Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk, the second of seven Mayor-led walks happening this year. During these walks, neighbors, police, and City officials walk together to identify physical elements in the neighborhood that make it feel unsafe or poorly maintained. Once the elements are identified, the City and community work together to fix the problems.

The Belltown walk will be held on Tuesday, June 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. If you are interested in volunteering for this team, contact Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator Laura Jenkins at laura.jenkins@seattle.gov or 206.233.5166.

In addition, Belltown community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Belltown Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Thursday, June 23 through Friday, July 8.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app:

Mayor Murray Seeks New Members for Landmark Preservation Board

Before/After Supply Laundry Building SLU

Supply Laundry Building in SLU (designated as Seattle Landmark in September 2005)

Mayor Edward Murray is looking for four new members to serve on the Landmark Preservation Board in the following positions: Historian, Structural Engineer, Finance, and Real Estate.

The 12-member Landmark Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board is composed of two architects; two historians; one structural engineer; one representative each from the fields of urban planning, real estate, and finance; a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serve on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmark Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, June 10. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: Erin.Doherty@seattle.gov
(reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line)

To submit a paper copy, please address: Erin Doherty, Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week is May 21-29

Youth Voice, Youth ChoiceDo you want a say in how to spend $700,000 of Seattle’s City budget? If you’re between the ages of 11 – 25 and live, work, or go to school in Seattle, YOU CAN!

Youth can cast votes for their favorite project ideas during our Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week taking place May 21-29.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a new participatory budgeting initiative of the City of Seattle in which youth ages 11-25 democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. After several months of collecting ideas from community members, and youth volunteers turning those ideas into proposals, we’re readying for the vote which will occur Saturday, May 21 through Sunday, May 29. Youth will cast votes for their favorite projects, ranging from park improvements to youth programs to arts funding.

Make a difference in your community! Cast your vote at an in-person polling site or vote online. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City!

Visit our webpage the week before vote week to see the list of projects and get information on how and where to vote.

If you work with youth in the Seattle area, you can also host an in-person Polling Site of your own to make sure as many youth as possible have a chance to participate in this important vote. Polling Sites can be hosted at an existing meeting, in a community center, or a public place (like outside a transit center or other heavily trafficked area, as long as you have permission from the property owner). You just need to complete our Polling Site Registration Form.

GET OUT THE VOTE! If you’d like to post about Youth Voice, Youth Choice, use the hashtag #YouthVoiceSea.

 


The ABCs of HALA

On Tuesday, April 19, more than 200 people gathered at the Museum of History & Industry for Mayor Murray’s Livability Night Out to learn more about Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), a multi-pronged strategy for addressing the housing affordability crisis in Seattle.

Mayor Ed Murray and directors of city departments talked about housing affordability and what makes Seattle livable, including education, arts, transportation, civil rights, public spaces, and more. City directors outlined how their departments would contribute to the livability agenda.

Our own Kathy Nyland, director of the Department of Neighborhoods, wrote and presented a poem called The ABCs of HALA in honor of the event. We’ve had several requests for copies of the poem so we’ve included the text at the bottom of this article. And, thanks to our colleagues at The Seattle Channel, you can watch the full evening’s presentation in the video below (Kathy Nyland’s presentation beings at the 17:30 mark).

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about HALA or adding your voice to the conversation, attend one of the many Community Focus Groups. Everyone is welcome to attend, listen to conversation, and chime in with public input at appropriate times on the agenda.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 19th. It was an inspiring evening!

 

The ABCs of HALA by Kathy Nyland

This is my ode. And yes, it will rhyme.
But it will be quick and won’t take much time.

H is for HOUSING, the essential need
For all of us no matter color or creed.
It’s true, we must build much more
For all – especially the middle and poor.
We’re looking at much, such as heights and at zones
Conversations we’ll have, ALL with a civil tone.

Make it Affordable, many do say.
So in Seattle more people can stay.
Let’s put a roof over everyone’s head.
20,000 affordable units the Mayor has said.
Tech and the trades; new mixed with old
Onto Seattle’s character, we must hold.

Livability is the L. It’s often given a score
Access to schools, transit, parks and more.
It’s about the capital L, our quality of life
Walking to work and not commuting from Fife.
Live where you work. Work where you live
Live by yourself or perhaps with a relative.

Agenda is HALA’s second A
65 recs to guide our way.
To keep Seattle home it’s what we must do
We love it here, and other people do too.
Let’s not debate growth. Seattle is a city for all.
Let’s not close the door behind us or build a wall.

Please note, I am not here to preach.
DON’s role in this is public outreach.
Events will be planned and to meetings we’ll go.
Questions will be answered and information will flow.
We will listen to what you have to say
And incorporate your comments in a meaningful way.

Seattle is growing and it’s happening now.
We want to grow smart so let’s figure out how.
To create this bold housing policy without hesitation.
We’ll need to build more, reuse, and rely on preservation.
For green space needs how about more trees or a P Patch?
Or maybe you need a fund like our Neighborhood Match?

Department of Neighborhoods is here to assist.
We’re writing down questions and comments; we’re making a list.
We will keep you updated, informed and engaged
With traditional tools and some from the tech age.
Together, we’ll solve the housing crisis, you’ll see.
Because it’s the right thing to do; it’s about equity.

HALA

Seattle City Council Approves Designation For Two Historic Landmarks

Fire Station #5Seattle City Council recently approved landmark designation ordinances for two city of Seattle landmarks. Located in Downtown and South Lake Union, these buildings showcase the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for each of these landmarks, and provided draft ordinances to the City Council. The final step to the process is approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

  • Fire Station No. 5 built in 1963 (address: 925 Alaskan Way). Designer: Robert Durham of Durham, Anderson & Freed
  • Pioneer Sand and Gravel Company Building built in 1927 (address: 901 Harrison St.). Designer: The Austin Company

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city. Visit our webpage for more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks.

Dine Out to Support the Belltown P-Patch

Do you want to enjoy a delicious meal while also supporting community gardening?

Tavolata Dine Out for Belltown P-PatchThen join us April 24-28 at Ethan Stowell’s Belltown restaurant Tavolàta. For five nights, Tavolàta’s chefs will be serving up delicious, P-Patch-inspired vegetable dishes and donating the proceeds to our Belltown P-Patch.

“We have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Tavolàta on this fundraiser for the past three years,” says Eryka Anson, volunteer leader for the Belltown P-Patch. “Ethan Stowell Restaurants are committed to the neighborhoods they serve and Tavolàta is no different! The Belltown P-Patch is a rare piece of green space in the heart of Belltown and fundraisers like this one help to keep it a beautiful place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”

The funds raised from Tavolàta will help support the Belltown P-Patch’s efforts to repair a solar fountain and rebuild a community garden bed impacted by nearby construction.

And, the culinary dishes dreamed up by Tavolàta’s chefs should make this the most delicious donation you’ve ever made. This year’s lineup includes:

Young Asparagus farm egg, Parmesan, lemon.
Nettle Soup housemade ricotta, carrot purée.
3 Corner Leeks pea tendril, apple, golden raisin purée.
Potato Gnocchi carrot, snap pea, chive.

So, grab your friends and family, attend Tavolàta April 24-28, enjoy one of the above dishes, and delight in the knowledge that proceeds from your night out will strengthen the Belltown P-Patch.


Dine Out for Belltown P-Patch
Dates: April 24-28, 2016
Location: Tavolàta – 2323 Second Ave in Belltown

Join the Mayor’s Education Summit!

Mayor's Education SummitThe Mayor’s Education Summit Community Conversation series took place all over the city to collect ideas from students, parents, and advocates about how the City of Seattle can help improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle. The last Community Conversation is at the end of April. And then you are invited to the Mayor’s Education Summit where you’ll hear a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process.

The Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school. “Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in addressing the opportunity gap is the persistent disparities in our public schools,” said Mayor Murray. “This is not just the responsibility of the Seattle school district. All of us have a responsibility to support the success of these students. These children are our children and we must not fail them.”

The last time the City convened an Education Summit was in 1990, when then Mayor Norm Rice established a deeper partnership between the City, Seattle Public Schools and education advocates. City residents came together to propose a new support for students and educators, the Families & Education Levy.

The Mayor’s Education Summit will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122).

Space is limited. Please RSVP today!

Volunteers Needed!

We are also seeking volunteers to help out with the Mayor’s Education Summit to be held at Garfield Community Center on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Volunteers will be needed largely for shifts between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on April 30, as well as a few hours for setup on the Friday evening prior. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this online Volunteer Sign-up Form, and we will contact you with additional information.

For more information about volunteering at the Summit, please contact Stacey Jehlik (stacey.jehlik@seattle.gov or 206.684.8266).

Save the Date! Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week Begins in May

Youth Voice, Youth Choice meetingWhat would you do with $700,000 of Seattle’s City budget? Youth get to make that decision by participating in Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week, May 21-29.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a new participatory budgeting initiative from the City of Seattle in which youth ages 11-25 democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. After several months of collecting ideas from community members, and youth volunteers turning those ideas into proposals, we’re readying for the vote which will occur May 21-29. Youth will cast their vote for their favorite projects which range from park improvements to youth programs to arts funding.

If you live, work, or go to school in Seattle, are between the ages of 11-25, and want to make a difference in your community, cast your vote at an in-person polling site or vote online. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City! Visit our webpage for more details on how to vote or to hold a polling site of your own.

 

Join Us for Livability Night Out at MOHAI!

LIVABILITY_INVITE_300x250_2You are invited to join Mayor Ed Murray and his team to learn and talk about what makes Seattle livable. Livability Night Out will be Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave N).

The evening will begin with an open house where you’ll have a chance to discuss policies and proposals directly with City staff. After your questions get answered, you can enjoy Seattle’s history by visiting the rest of the museum. Then beginning at 7:15 p.m., Mayor Murray and Department Directors will present a lively update on how they see the vision of a vibrant Seattle coming through the programs they lead. The evening will finish with a Q & A with the Mayor.

Visit seattle.gov/HALA for more information on the event, as well as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.