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Mayor Durkan Issues Executive Order to Extend City of Seattle COVID-19 Closures and Relief Policies

Nonprofit, Residential, and Small Business Eviction Moratoriums Extended Through August 1, 2020 SEATTLE (June 18, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued an Executive Order to extend the City of Seattle’s COVID-19 closure and relief policies. This Executive Order follows King County’s application to be in Phase Two of the… [ Keep reading ]

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A Transformative, Consequential Event in Our City, Region, and State

Since January, the City and region began preparing for COVID-19 in our region. I have recently talked with Seattle’s world-renowned scientists and academics, been briefed by our state and local public health officials, listened to input of our local nurses, doctors and health care officials, and read the latest research… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Surpasses 200,000th COVID-19 Test

Rainier Beach testing site moving to Atlantic City Boat Ramp beginning Monday, September 28  Seattle (September 24, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the City of Seattle has administered more than 200,000 COVID-19 tests across four Citywide testing sites. Seattle opened the City’s first two testing sites in Aurora and SoDo in June and added two additional walk-up sites in West Seattle and Rainier Beach in August. These four sites have a combined capacity… [ Keep reading ]

Ahead of $100 Million Investment in 2021 Budget for BIPOC Communities, Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Transfer Fire Station 6 and Central Area Senior Center to Community

Displacement risk monitoring data will guide future community wealth building efforts   Seattle (September 23, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted legislation to the Seattle City Council to establish a 99-year lease with Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) for Fire Station 6 and to permanently transfer the Central Area Senior Center (CASC) to community ownership. Earlier this week, the City Council approved the transfer of ownership of the former Fire Station 23 to Byrd Barr Place,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Expands Emergency Grocery Vouchers to an Additional 3500 Households

City Has Directed Nearly $26 Million to Support Grocery Benefits as Part of COVID-19 Response SEATTLE(September 22, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has committed an additional $9 million from the City’s rainy day fund to expand the number of households receiving emergency grocery vouchers. Launched in March, Seattle’s emergency… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle enrolls thousands in Utility Discount Program to reduce utility bill burden since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic

Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities committed to ensuring eligible residents able to participate in program SEATTLE(September 21, 2020)– Asof the end of August, the City of Seattle has now enrolled11,825 new householdsinto the Utility Discount Program (UDP) in 2020, including 8,173through the fast-track application process launched in Marchto… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan announces Free Stay Healthy Block Permits, adding to the recent success of Stay Healthy and Keep Moving Streets

Community groups can temporarily close blocks to thru-traffic for increased access to outdoor recreation space and improved mental health. SEATTLE (Sept. 21, 2020) – The City of Seattle announced today that it will be expanding upon the successful Stay Healthy and Keep Moving Streets by announcing new free Stay Healthy Block Permits. The free Stay Healthy Block permit will allow community organizations and non-profits to take the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Extends Rent Relief for City Tenants Through End of Year

SEATTLE (September 18, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the City of Seattle will extend its rent relief efforts for City tenants through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. The City’s rent relief measures provide rent deferral for for-profit tenants… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Issues Statement on New York Times Report That Attorney General William Barr Asked Prosecutors to Investigate Her

Seattle(September 16, 2020) – Former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released the following statement after aNew York Times reportthat Attorney General William Barr asked prosecutors to explore charges against the Mayor. “Today’s report is chilling and the latest abuse of power from the Trump administration…. [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Seattle City Council Release Internet for All Gap Analysis Report with Action Plan to Increase Access to Internet and Close the Digital Divide

SEATTLE (September 16, 2020) – Following up on the Internet for All Initiative announced earlier this summer, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Seattle City Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Pedersen and Debora Juarez announced the release of the initial Internet for All Report and Action Plan. Building off of the information… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Unveils Pre-Approved Plans for Backyard Cottages Which Lowers Fees and Permitting Time

City launches ADUniverse website features step-by-step instructions for homeowners, accessible in dozens of languages Seattle(September15,2020) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today, the launchofa newwebsitecalledADUniversethatfeaturesbackyard cottage designs that have beengrantedpre-approvedCitypermits. The website includesa step-by-step guide toaddingan accessory dwelling unit (ADU)onapropertyand new data about theimplementationof thisincreasinglypopular housing option. After signing into law… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Wildfire Smoke Update: Beaches, Boat Ramps, Parks, and Playfields Remain Closed Through Wednesday

City of Seattle COVID-19 Testing Sites Plan to Reopen Tuesday, September 15 Seattle(September 14, 2020) – The City of Seattle is continuing to work with partners across the region to monitor and respond to the dual health crises of COVID-19 and wildfire smoke. The City is currently experiencing some ‘very… [ Keep reading ]