Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

I remember when I was a teenager, many decades ago: I was quiet, liked math, and terrified of public speaking. I was so shy that it was a struggle to even talk on the phone. One of my teachers actually cast me as a rock in the school play, knowing that there was a high probability I would pass out. Those were my teenage years! This is one of the reasons I am in complete awe of our Seattle Youth Commission (SYC) members.

The SYC is one of the 44 boards that serve as an advisory body to the City of Seattle. We see firsthand the talent, skills, and compassion of its members. It is a commission comprised of 15 teenagers, ages 13-19, that address issues of importance to youth.

So, what does that mean "issues of importance to youth?" When I was 13, I recall being focused on free throws, conversational French, and the lyrics to Tony Basil’s “Mickey”...not these teenagers. This year they tackled some hefty issues including homelessness, human trafficking, and teacher recruitment. Ironically, the very issues they were interested in were also the same issues that resonated throughout the city. Compassion is compassion, no matter your age.

These individuals have such an air of confidence. I don’t know if they brought it to the commission or if it was developed during their tenure (most likely a combination of both). In any case, it has been an honor to watch them grow and flourish. If you know someone between the ages of 13-19, please encourage them to apply to the SYC. It’s a unique opportunity to learn with the City of Seattle, as well as teach us a few things.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

City Extends Comment Period on Evaluation of Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability New deadline is August 7. (more)

Neighborhood Matching Fund Announces Final 2017 Workshops for Community Groups Each workshop will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. (more)

Employers Step up with Opportunities for Seattle’s Youth Meet some of this summer’s interns, including Yasmin and Toan who are currently working in the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office. (more)

Seattle Park District Has Three Great Funding Programs for Community Activities All of these programs focus on funding priority populations, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community. (more)

Volunteer at Seattle/King County Clinic Oct. 26 – 29 in KeyArena at Seattle Center Help this giant health clinic offer free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations. The Clinic needs healthcare professionals as well as general support volunteers. (more)

Human Services Department Releases the Homeless Investments Request for Proposal
For the first time in over a decade, the City of Seattle is rebidding $30M in homelessness contracts. City seeks applications from agencies that provide services which support movement toward and access to permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. (more)

How Can Seattle "Grow" More Public Outdoor Space? Come to The Seattle Public Library - Central Branch on July 24 at 6pm to learn from national experts and local leaders about strategies to create more public outdoor space. (more)

City Releases Assessment of First Three Permitted Encampments The report reflects the experiences and results of the Ballard, Interbay and Othello encampments Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016. (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)
  • Future of Transit Service Near Downtown Seattle Waterfront (Learn More)
  • Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation 2040 Questionnaire (Learn More)
  • Columbia City Restricted Parking Zone 29 Proposed Expansion (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project: Phase 2 Open House Join us on July 19 to view the design, ask questions, and share your comments on the City’s plans to improve 23rd Ave S from S Jackson St to Rainier Ave S. (more)

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Now Open The farm stands offer produce picked fresh from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. (more)

Duwamish Head Greenbelt Mitigation and Restoration Work Begins Seattle Parks & Recreation is hosting two Informational Open Houses on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on Parking Changes Coming to Columbia City
Seattle Department of Transportation has released a final plan for parking changes in Columbia City and is inviting your feedback. (more)


  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: July 11, 6pm (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic: July 12, 6pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition Meeting: July 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • West Seattle Summer Fest: July 14-16 (more)
  • Disaster Skills Basic Aid Training: July 19, 6pm (more)
  • Taylor Creek Culvert Replacement Community Design Meeting: July 19, 6pm (more)
  • Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting: July 19, 7pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Arts & Music Festival (BAAMFest): July 22, 11am-7pm (more)
  • Free Auto Leaks Workshop at South Seattle College: July 22, 9am (more)
  • Trees for Neighborhoods Tree & Planting Site Selection Workshop in Rainier Beach: July 26, 7pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting (HPAC): July 26, 7pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project: Phase 2 Open House Join us on July 19 to view the design, ask questions, and share your comments on the City’s plans to improve 23rd Ave S from S Jackson St to Rainier Ave S. (more)

Hing Hay Park Expansion Now Open The community is encouraged to visit and enjoy the new park space located at 423 Maynard Ave. S at the corner of 6th Ave. S and S King St., in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. (more)

Discuss Zoning Modifications for Renovation of the Queen Anne Elementary School Public meeting will be held at Queen Anne Elementary School on Thursday, July 20 at 6pm. (more)

Neighbors Invited to First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk Join us between 5-6pm on July 11 at First Hill Park. The walk will commence at 6pm. (more)

  • First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk: July 11, 5pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Neighborhood Social: July 12, 6pm (more)
  • Art Walk People Streets: July 13, 4-10pm (more)
  • East Precinct Community Picnic: July 15, 1-4pm (more)
  • Arab Festival 2017: July 15-16 (more)
  • DragonFest in Chinatown-International District: July 15-16 (more)
  • Pike People Street: July 15 & 29, 6pm-3am (more)
  • Public Hearing on Land Use Interpretations: July 18, 9:30am (more)
  • 23rd Avenue S Corridor Improvements Project Phase 2 Open House: July 19, 5:30pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee Meeting #2: July 20, 6pm (more)
  • Public Hearing: Incentives for Voluntary Separation from Residential Towers in Downtown Core: July 26, 2pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Seven Gables Theatre and Ballard Blossom Buildings for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on August 16 and make comments regarding the nomination of either building. (more)

Don't Miss the Live in District 5 Event 
Join Councilmember Juarez on July 22 for the Second Annual Live in D5 celebration of arts and culture. (more)

Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Workshop on July 13 in Ballard 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)

  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Community Advisory Committee Meeting: July 11, 6pm (more)
  • Legacy Business Event in U District: July 11, 6:30pm (more)
  • Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project Public Meeting: July 13, 5pm (more)
  • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Meeting: July 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • PinehurstFest: July 15, 2pm (more)
  • Seattle Children's Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: July 18, 5:15pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: July 18, 7pm (more)
  • Live in District 5: July 22, 1pm (more)

Header image: 2016-2017 Seattle Youth Commission members
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