Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

I grew up in a single-family home with three bedrooms, one bathroom, and four people in less than 1,000 square feet. I suppose some may consider this a “small” house. But I never thought twice about it, because it was home. And it was also a rental. Yes, we were renters. My mom was in her early 70s before she could afford to buy her own house.

That was not long ago. Since then, her house has been a destination for us – and it has been a sense of pride for her. She likely thought she would never have the ability to own a home; after all, she spent the majority of her time raising kids trying to provide everything they (we) needed.

My mom is retired now, and her income limited. While she loves her house, we do talk about options. Where does she want to live? Does she want to stay put? Move into an apartment? A backyard cottage? Plus, there are the conversations about walkability and aging in place.

I bring this up because my mom is who I often think of when we talk about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) and the need for dedicated affordable housing and housing options as we grow. I understand, like so many, the desire for affordable housing. It is an important conversation and a needed one. How do we grow equitably and have a city that is accessible to and for all? Yes, it is about livability, but at the heart of that concept will always be the ability to call Seattle home. And that is why, at DON, we must work hard to inform, educate, and engage, so everyone has the options, opportunities, and the ability to participate.

On that note, I want to thank all those who came out to our MHA Open House in District 4 last night. We had a great turnout and we look forward to continuing the conversation at our upcoming events throughout the city.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Learn More About Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) at Our Citywide Open Houses

Indulge in Random Acts of Kindness on Neighbor Day: February 10

Get the Scoop on Funding for Your Community Projects at Our Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshops

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of University of Washington's Canoe House and Mackenzie Hall


Get Funding for Your Community Programs: The Seattle Parks and Recreation Get Moving and Recreation for All programs fund culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming. Apply by February 16! (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces $1.4 Million to Support Seattle’s Small Businesses: This funding will support small businesses owned by historically disenfranchised communities in Seattle, including immigrants and refugees, people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGTBQ community. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Launches 2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund: Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility or park? Apply for a funding match by March 30! (more)

Free Citizenship Assistance and Immigration Legal Consultations on February 3: Attorneys and experts can help with your citizenship application and provide free legal consultations to answer immigration questions (including end of TPS and DACA). (more)

United Way of King County Free Tax Preparation Service: Households making under $66,000 can have their taxes prepared by a certified tax preparer, and they can get connected to other community resources and public benefits. (more)

Get Paid to Provide Feedback on City Technology Tools: Join Seattle’s new Civic User Testing Group, which aims to involve residents in the creation of technology that’s designed for public use, giving residents a voice and a chance to gain technology experience, while helping developers of this technology make it more effective. (more)

Metro Bus Hubs Online Open House: The City of Seattle is partnering with King County Metro to help keep buses on schedule through new off-street bus facilities. At this online open house, you can learn more about the Metro Bus Hub Program and also weigh in on design features for the first bus hub. (more)

Become a Leader in Restoring the Health of Seattle's Forested Parks: Master Native Plant Stewards are community members who serve as volunteers in the restoration, protection and conservation of native plants and habitats close to their homes. Applications are due February 11. (more)

Apply for the Seattle Youth Employment Program: Youth and young adults 16-24 are eligible to apply for summer internships with City of Seattle departments and other partners. (more)

Host a People Street in Your Neighborhood This Summer: People Streets allow neighborhoods to activate temporary, pedestrian-only streets by closing off certain city blocks to vehicles. Submit your proposal by March 2. (more)

What Is the Sweetened Beverage Tax? Learn more about the new Sweetened Beverage Tax which went into effect in Seattle on January 1. (more)

Seattle’s Urban Forest Needs You: The Urban Forestry Commission is seeking 5 new members: Arborist, Landscape Architect, Environmental Justice Representative, Public Health Representative, and Community/Neighborhood Representative. Apply by February 28.


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

  • Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • King County Metro Bus Hubs (Learn More)
  • Sound Transit Express Fare Change (Learn More)

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

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Open Houses: Attend one of Sound Transit's in-person open houses in February or access their online open house 24/7 beginning February 12. (more)

Loyal Heights Play Area Renovations: Seattle Parks and Recreation is installing new play equipment and improving accessibility at the Loyal Heights play area. Share your feedback on this project at a public meeting on February 12 or via online survey. (more)

Off-Leash Area Improvements Coming to Woodland Park: Seattle Parks and Recreation is building a new small-and-shy dog area. Construction will begin February 12 and last two weeks. (more)

Share Your Input on the Greenwood Park Addition: Seattle Parks and Recreation is expanding Greenwood Park! Attend a public meeting on February 13 to review design elements and provide input on what you would like to see in the expanded site. (more)


  • Coffee & A LIFT: January 31, 10am (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Phinney Ridge: January 31, 6pm (more)
  • Night with Neighbors with Teresa Mosqueda: January 31, 5:30pm (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop in NE Seattle: February 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • Dive in D5: February 9, 6-8pm (more)
  • Neighbor Day Fire Station Open Houses: February 10, 11am-1pm (more)
  • Community Sweet Hearts Potluck at Evans Pool: February 10, 12-2:30pm (more)
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association Village Volunteer Recruitment Happy Hour: February 10, 3-5pm (more)
  • Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability Requirements : February 12, 6pm (more)
  • Greenwood Park Addition Public Meeting: February 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: February 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • D5 Community Network - Conversation with Debora Juarez: February 13, 7pm (more)
  • Ballard Light Rail Open House: February 15, 6:30pm (more)

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Attend the South Seattle Home Fair on February 10: This is your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and get info on the City's permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much more. (more)

West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Open Houses:
Attend one of Sound Transit's in-person open houses in February or access their online open house 24/7 beginning February 12. (more)

UW Air Pollution Study Seeks Community Partners:
The University of Washington seeks to partner with childcare organizations in South Seattle with the goal of collecting neighborhood-level air pollution data. (more)

Give Your Input on Design of New Park in West Seattle Junction:
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input at an open house on February 1. (more)

Off-Leash Area Improvements Coming to Genesee Park:
Seattle Parks and Recreation is building a new small-and-shy dog area. Construction will begin February 5 and last one week. (more)

  • West Seattle JuNO Meeting: January 31, 6:30pm (more)
  • Civic Saturday at Hillman City Collaboratory: February 3, 10:30am (more)
  • Southwest District Council Meeting: February 7, 6:30pm (more)
  • South Seattle Home Fair: February 10, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Neighbor Day Fire Station Open Houses: February 10, 11am-1pm (more)
  • Seed Exchange: February 10, 12-4pm (more)
  • Neighbor Day Fun at High Point Library: February 10, 1-5pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: February 15, 6:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
East and West Police Precinct Boundary Adjustments: On January 24, Seattle Police Department deployed a new beat map that adjusted existing boundaries in the West Precinct and East Precinct. This geographical change will provide better tracking of patterns of crime, improve communication and coordination between the Chinatown-International District and the City of Seattle, and reunite the historical neighborhood. (more)

City Light to Pilot LED Fixtures in Pioneer Square: City Light is testing fixtures on 2nd Avenue South between S. Washington and S. Jackson streets. Starting February 12, customers can provide feedback on the pilot LED fixtures through an online survey. (more)

Share Your Input on the David Rodgers Play Area Renovation: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review design concepts and play equipment options at the final meeting for the David Rodgers Park play area renovation on February 7. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the SR 520 Montlake Phase Noise Variance Application: Washington State Department of Transportation has resubmitted an application for Montlake Phase noise variance; public comment period open through February 20. (more)

  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Volunteer Appreciation Party: February 2, 5:30pm (more)
  • Speakeasy: What is Community? February 3, 2:30pm (more)
  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: February 6, 5:30pm (more)
  • David Rodgers Play Area Renovation Meeting: February 7, 5:30pm (more)
  • A Central Vision - Film Showing and Discussion: February 7, 6pm (more)
  • People's Geography of Seattle: February 7, 6:30pm (more)
  • Neighbor Day Fire Station Open Houses: February 10, 11am-1pm (more)
  • Cascade Neighbor Day: February 10, 12-4pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Tool Library's Repair Café: February 10, 1-4pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Montlake: February 15, 6pm (more)
  • State of Africatown 2018: February 17, 10am-1pm (more)

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