Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Earlier this month, a milestone passed in a rather quiet manner. June 2 marked my second year as Director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. I remember thinking to myself in mid-May that the date was approaching but then, suddenly, we were somehow well into June. Though I did not mark the occasion with a special event, it was a reminder to pause and take stock.
The last two years have gone by quickly. One reason for that may be that we have been busy. And I say ‘we’ because it takes a team. Looking at what we have accomplished over the last two years, I am so grateful for this team. Some have been with the department for years, others have recently joined; several took a leap of faith, and each one has made an impact.

I invite you to read more about these accomplishments on our blog. We have been busy making our mission more equitable. Here’s to continuing that momentum. Thank you for being part of it.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Mayor Announces Fair Chance Housing Policy Mayor Ed Murray sent legislation to Council last week aiming to increase racial equity in housing to ensure everyone has access to opportunity. (more)

Utility Discount Program Expansion This expansion will allow an estimated 3,000 seniors to now be eligible to receive utility discounts. (more)

Public Hearing for Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Mandatory Affordable Housing: June 29, 5:30pm The public will have the opportunity to learn more about DEIS alternatives, ask questions, and provide public comment at this open house. (more)

Mayor Seeks Community Member for At-Large Position on Landmarks Preservation Board This 12-member board makes recommendations to Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties. Apply by July 7. (more)

Free Summer Meals for Kids & Teens Beginning Wednesday June 28, kids and teens from 1 to 18 can receive free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks thanks to a summer meal program that picks up where school lunches leave off. (more)

July 4th Naturalization Ceremony 
Seattle Center will play host to the swearing in of over 500 candidates from more than 80 countries as new citizens of the United States of America. (more)

Public Input Sought for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Business Plan SPU and the Seattle City Council are asking for more public input into an updated business plan to guide the utility’s service goals, investments, and recommended rates for the next six years. (more)

Requests for Proposals Available for Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants and Refugees Up to $1.45 million will be awarded to one or more agencies for legal representation and up to $100,000 will be awarded to one or more agencies for community navigation services. (more)

Up to $2,000 rebate for Oil Heated Homes Seattle recently launched an Oil Furnace Replacement Program to encourage homeowners to replace their oil furnace with an energy-efficient heat pump. (more)


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

  • Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Learn More)
  • 2018 Seattle Stairway Survey (Learn More)
  • Proposed Updates to the Design Review Program (Learn More)
  • King County Metro Connections - SR520 (Learn More)
  • WA State Dept of Transportation Website Survey (Learn More)

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Parking Changes Coming to Columbia City Learn about the Seattle Department of Transportation plan for changes to street parking in the neighborhood and attend a public hearing on July 10. (more)

Historic Georgetown Steam Plant Powers Graphic Novel Call for Artists Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, is looking for an artist/artist team to create a fictionalized graphic novel about the historic Georgetown Steam Plant. (more)

West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Review the route and share your feedback via an online survey. (more)

Environmental Education Volunteer Open House Become an Environmental Learning Unit volunteer and help teach Seattleites about the plants, the animals and the parks in our communities. Open House at Camp Long on August 3. (more)


  • Disaster Skills Workshop: June 27, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: June 28, 7pm (more)
  • Somali Independence Festival: July 1, 1pm (more)
  • Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Boulevard: July 2, 9 & 16, 10am-6pm (more)
  • Columbia City Restricted Parking Zone 29 Public Hearing: July 10, 6pm (more)
  • Light Search and Rescue Training: July 10, 6pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: July 11, 6pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: July 12, 6pm (more)
  • West Seattle Summer Fest: July 14-15, 10am, July 16, 11am (more)
  • Urban Ag Bike Tour 2017: July 15, 3pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Canton Alley Makeover Construction to reactivate Canton Alley in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District was recently completed. (more)

Proposed Changes to Metro Routes 3 & 4 Share your thoughts on King County Metro's proposal to move routes 3 and 4 from James Street to Yesler Way. (more)

REMINDER: Pike People Street Returns this Summer Every Saturday in July and August, designated blocks in the Pike/Pine neighborhood will become pedestrian-only streets from 6pm - 3am. (more)

Neighbors Invited to Help Plan First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk The First Hill walk will be held on Tuesday, July 11 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Environmental Education Volunteer Open House Become an Environmental Learning Unit volunteer and help teach Seattleites about the plants, the animals and the parks in our communities. Open House at Discovery Park on August 3. (more)

  • RainWise Workshop: June 27, 6pm (more)
  • First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk Planning: June 27, 6:30pm (more)
  • ACT Now - Community Brainstorm at Optimism Brewing: June 27, 7pm (more)
  • Career Masters-Toastmasters: June 29 & July 6, 12pm (more)
  • Pike Place MarketFront Grand Opening: June 29, 2pm (more)
  • Transit Rider Celebration: June 29, 5:30pm (more)
  • First Hill Outdoor Reading Party: July 6, 6pm (more)
  • Protect Your Pet - Vaccination & License Clinic: July 15, 10am (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Lake City Community Conversation: Neighborhood Planning Project This June 28th Community Conversation will outline the draft plan, which was developed over the past year through a process that engaged over 500 Lake City residents. (more)

Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Little Brook Find It, Fix It Community Walk 
The Little Brook walk will be held on Monday, August 14 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Safe Routes to School Project Construction Begins June 27 for John Rogers Elementary 
This work is scheduled to last through early September 2017 while crews build new sidewalks, curb ramps, and roadway shoulder improvements as part of the project. (more)

Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Workshops Seattle Department of Transportation wants to hear from you as they continue design of the Missing Link. Share your needs and tell them how you use the corridor. (more)

  • Public Hearing on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles: June 27, 6pm (more)
  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Committee Advisory Committee Meeting: June 27, 6pm (more)
  • Lake City Future First Community Conversation: June 28, 6:30pm (more)
  • Sand Point Solid Ground Block Party: June 29, 4pm (more)
  • Lake City North Precinct Advisory Committee Meeting: July 5, 7pm (more)
  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Community Advisory Committee: July 11, 6pm (more)

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