Posts categorized under Education & Access to Opportunity Archives - Office of the Mayor

Minimum Compensation Established by Fare Share Wage Ordinance in effect as of January 2021

SEATTLE (January 4, 2021) – On January 1, 2021, the minimum compensation requirements established by Seattle’s Fare Share Wage Ordinance went into effect. This new ordinance ensures all drivers are paid a fair wage, guarantees that drivers are paid for all of their working time, and compensates drivers for work-related expenses and some benefits, and protects drivers from unlawful deductions. Building off legislation passed in November 2019,… [ Keep reading ]

Annual Report Highlights Unprecedented Challenges Facing Seattle

Seattle (December 4, 2020) – Three years ago, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was sworn in as the 56th mayor of Seattle, and first woman mayor to lead the City in nearly a century. As Mayor Durkan marks three years since taking office, the Office of the Mayor has released its third annual report outlining updates on key community… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces $5 Million in New Grants to Support Small Businesses and Workers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Small Business Grants to Focus on Restaurants and Bars; Worker Grants to Focus on Hospitality Industry  City Offering Technical Support for New State Small Business Grants Seattle (December 4, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City Council President M. Lorena González, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and Councilmember Tammy Morales today announced a… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Promise Celebrates Largest Enrollment to Date

Applications Currently Open for Fall 2021; Students Encouraged to Apply SEATTLE (December 3, 2020) — The City of Seattle, Seattle Colleges, and Seattle Public Schools celebrated the largest enrollment in Seattle Promise in the program’s history. To date, 846 Seattle youth are on their way to earning a college degree… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Provides Free Child Care for Eligible Families Through the End of the Year

City Urges Families to Sign Up For High-Quality, Affordable Child Care Through the Child Care Assistance Program SEATTLE (November 20, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that the City of Seattle will provide free child care for income-eligible families for the remainder of 2020. The Department of Education and… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Reminds Residents and Businesses of Resources Available for COVID-19 Relief, Announces $1.7M in funding to support BIPOC Led Organizations Impacted by the Pandemic

SEATTLE (November 18, 2020) –  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the City of Seattle has worked quickly to launch COVID-19 relief programs including rent relief, expanding shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness, grocery vouchers for working families, direct cash assistance for immigrants and refugees, and financial assistance to small businesses. Residents… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $5.65 Million to Community Organizations Through the Equitable Development Initiative

EDI organizations have secured more than $105 million in City-funded dollars since 2017 Mayor signs property transfer to community ownership for Central Area Senior Center, 99-year lease for Fire Station 6 SEATTLE (November 10, 2020) — Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced nearly $6 million in awards through the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), part of the City’s effort to support… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Issues Statement on Results of 2020 Presidential Election

Seattle (November 7, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Senator Kamala Harris winning the 2020 presidential election: Congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. It is so important that the President-elect affirms this is a day to start healing… [ Keep reading ]

With Surging Cases of COVID-19, City of Seattle Announces ‘Rock the Block’ Stay Healthy Blocks to Help Residents Stay Close to Home and Keep Moving on Election Day

SEATTLE (October 30, 2020) – With surging cases of COVID-19, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced new Rock the Block Stay Healthy Blocks to help residents stay close to home and keep moving on Election Day. Rock the Block gives residents the opportunity to open up their… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on Sound Transit’s Unanimous Vote to Transfer Properties to City of Seattle at No Cost for the Development of Approximately 150 Affordable Homes in Rainier Valley

Seattle (October 22, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan celebrated the Sound Transit board’s unanimous vote to authorize the transfer of ten surplus properties in Rainier Valley to the City of Seattle at no cost, for affordable housing development. Approximately 150 affordable homes will be developed for homeownership opportunities for families at or below 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI). “The City of Seattle is making real on deep investments… [ Keep reading ]