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Mayor Durkan Statement on City Council Draft Budget

Seattle (November 9, 2021) – Mayor Durkan issued the following statement following the Seattle City Council’s initial Budget proposal, which cuts SPD by approximately $11 million including cuts to Community Service Officers, hiring incentives, sworn officers and technology improvements needed to ensure constitutional policing and comply with the federal Consent Decree. The proposal also cuts $14 million from the Equitable Communities Initiative and approximately $28 million from participatory… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan’s Hiring Bonus for 911 Dispatchers Generates 10x Increase in Applications Over Past Five Days

Seattle recognizes 911 dispatchers as critical members of the City’s public safety response Hiring incentives have resulted in 10-fold increase over five-day period for applicants and inquiries for 911 dispatcher positions SEATTLE (Nov. 4) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued on Oct. 29 an emergency order that provides $10k –… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and City Council Announce $2 Million for Small Businesses and Organizations Most Impacted by Vaccine Verification Requirements

Eligible small businesses and organizations will receive an additional up to $1,000 to help enforce King County vaccination verification policy Seattle (November 1, 2021) — Mayor Jenny A. Durkan Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle) announced that the City will be adding $2 million to the Office of Economic Development (OED) Small Business Stabilization Fund (SBSF) to support small businesses and organizations impacted by the new vaccination verification requirement in King… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Uses Executive Authority to Authorize Lateral Hiring Bonuses for Seattle Police Officers and 911 Dispatch

SEATTLE (October 29, 2021) – To help address critical ongoing staffing challenges in 911 Dispatch and the Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan used her executive authority to authorize a hiring bonus to help with the recruitment of experienced officers and staff to the Seattle Police Department… [ Keep reading ]

Following Successful Downtown Seattle Vaccination Clinic Opening, City of Seattle’s West Seattle Clinic Opens on Friday, October 29

SEATTLE (October 26, 2021) – Following the weekend launch of the City’s high-capacity Downtown Vaccination Clinic at the Amazon Meeting Center, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan along with Councilmember Lisa Herbold, and community partners announced the location of the City’s second vaccination clinic at Neighborhood House in the High Point neighborhood, in West Seattle. Beginning on Friday, October 29, eligible vaccinated individuals can receive booster shots of Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccines. Upon federal and state approval of… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle launches $16 million Seattle Relief Fund to help low-income residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

One-time direct cash assistance available to Seattle families, young people, and artists/culture workers Additional $5.8 million distributed to low-income immigrants through Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund SEATTLE(October 25, 2021) – The City of Seattle launched a new Seattle Relief Fund – a $16 million lifeline to help low-income residents who have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes households that were unable to access state unemployment, had no health insurance, didn’t… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Surpasses 94% of Employees Vaccinated with over 99% Submitting Forms

Seattle (October 19, 2021) – More than 94% of City of Seattle employees are now vaccinated with less than 1% declining to submit verification or an exemption request. “Seattle has the lowest cases, hospitalizations, and deaths of every major city while having one of the highest vaccinations rate because we have followed the science… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle and Sound Transit Finalize No-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable Housing Development in Rainier Valley

Rainier Valley Homeownership Initiative will create at least 100 for-sale homes, permanently affordable to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers SEATTLE (October 11) – Today the City of Seattle and Sound Transit will finalize the transfer of ten sites in the Rainier Valley from the transit authority to the Seattle Office of Housing, at no cost to the City, for the development of permanently affordable for-sale… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Proposes $200 Million for Housing as Part of Her 2022 Budget Announcement

City’s Largest Single-Year Housing Investment Investment in Homeownership Opportunities Nearly Doubled, with Focus on Households Led by People of Color SEATTLE (September 27, 2021) – After four consecutive years of record-breaking investments in affordable housing, in her final proposed budget, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan proposed $200 million to support affordable housing investments – a single-year record – including the production, preservation, and rapid acquisition of affordable homes throughout Seattle. This proposal includes a record contribution to create equitable access to new… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces 2022 City Investments in Housing, Homelessness and Public Safety as Part of Final Budget

Budget includes largest ever investment in housing, continuation of key COVID recovery programs  SEATTLE (September 27, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan gave her final budget address today, announcing approximately $200 million in investments in affordable housing, increasing investments in public safety and alternatives, and funding dedicated to building a more equitable Seattle. The total 2022 budget totals over $7.1 billion with $1.6 billion for the general fund that includes additional… [ Keep reading ]