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Mayor Durkan’s Statement on City Council’s Vote to Restore the City Coordinated Team to Address Homelessness Using New Proposed Approach

Seattle(October 26, 2020)–Following this summer’s City Council vote to defund the city employees addressing unmanaged encampments at the Human Services Department,Mayor Jenny A.Durkan issued the following statement upon the City Council’s7-1 vote,restoring funding for the Human Services Department tocoordinatehomelessness outreach.Working together in recent weeks,Councilmember Andrew Lewis,the Mayor’s Officeandservice providersagreed onlegislation–similartopreviously… [ 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) –MayorJenny A.DurkancelebratedtheSound Transitboard’sunanimousvote to authorize the transfer oftensurplus propertiesin Rainier Valleyto the City of Seattle at no cost, for affordable housing development. Approximately 150affordable homeswill be developed for homeownership opportunitiesfor families at or below 80 percent AreaMedianIncome(AMI). “The City of Seattle is making real on deep investments… [ Keep reading ]

Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force Launches to Guide Historic $100 Million Investment In BIPOC Communities

Community leaders will spearhead community-centered process that may include participatory budgeting Seattle(October 14, 2020) – The City of Seattle announcedtodaythe initial membership of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force, which willspearhead a community-led process to develop recommendations for a historic $100 millionnewinvestment in Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Investment of $34 Million to Move More People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness into Housing

One-time Emergency ResourcesProvide a Surge of New Short-term Shelter Plus IncreasedRapid-Rehousing and Diversion Funds Supplementing Nearly 600 New Permanent Supportive Housing Units Coming On-line in 2021   Seattle(October 1)–Mayor JennyA.Durkantodayannouncedher proposaltomove hundredsofpeople living unshelteredinto safer spacesas part of her 2021 budget.By using COVID-related, one-time funds, Mayor Durkan is proposing to open 425 short-term shelter bedsthen surge investment in housing supportprograms like diversionandrapid-rehousing.Next… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Next Steps on City Council’s 2020 Revised Budget Actions

Per Council’s Intent, the City Will Suspend the Work of the Navigation Team Effective Immediately Seattle(September 30, 2020) – Following Council’s decision to defund the Navigation Team and proceed with out of order layoffs at the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced next steps on the City Council’s… [ Keep reading ]

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Mayor Durkan’s 2021 Budget Address: Rebuilding a More Just and Equitable City

Earlier today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan delivered her annual budget address and transmitted her 2021 Proposed Budget to the City Council. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 in our region, the Mayor delivered her annual budget address via pre-recorded video shared online and broadcast to the Seattle Channel. In… [ 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 ]

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 Allocates Over $19 Million in COVID-Related Funding to Rental Assistance and Homeowner Support

Investments Include Launch of New Effort to Provide Homeowner Counseling and Homeowner Stabilization Funds   Thousands of families expected to receive direct financial support  Seattle(September14, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the allocation ofmore than$19 million inCOVID-19 Relieffunding to provide housingassistancefor low-income households economically impacted by COVID-19.As the City continues to distribute rental assistance in 2020, the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Bold Action to Invest in 600 Apartments for Homeless Individuals in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Office of HousingAcceleratesSeattle Housing LevyFunding toSupportProven,Long-term Solution to Homelessness Seattle (August12, 2020) –Tobring more people insideduring apublic health crisis,Mayor Jenny A. Durkanannouncedthat the City of SeattleOffice of Housingis taking bold action toinvest in600newunits ofpermanent supportive housingin six buildings.Thisinitiativecapitalizes onSeattle’s expertisein fundingevidence-basedhousingforpeopleexperiencinghomelessnessand willbringanunprecedentedlevel of housingonlinebythe endof 2021.These new homes will be… [ Keep reading ]