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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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Due to Unhealthy Air Quality, Emergency Smoke Shelter to Remain Open Until Tuesday Morning; Beaches, Boat Ramps, Parks, and Playfields Remain Closed Through Monday

City of Seattle COVID-19 Testing Sites to Temporarily Close Monday, September 14 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 somehazardous levelswith… [ Keep reading ]

During Dual Crises of COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke, City and County Partner to Open New Healthy Air Center in SoDo for People Experiencing Homelessness

Seattle Parks, Boat Ramps, Fields, and Beaches Will Be Closed Through Sunday City of Seattle Will Keep Four COVID-19 Test Sites Open Unless Air Quality Reaches Hazardous Levels SEATTLE (September 11, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the opening of a new… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces up to $11.6 Million in Funding for Homeless Service Providers to Help Cover COVID-19 Costs in 2020

The City of Seattle expects to invest nearly $150 million in 2020 to support people experiencing homelessness during pandemic Seattle(September9, 2020) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announcedup to$11.6 millionin funding for shelter, day-centers, and permanentsupportivehousing to help pay for costs incurred during the initial phases oftheCOVID-19 response and to maintain higher-level services… [ Keep reading ]