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Mayor Durkan Signs 2021 Adopted Budget

Seattle(December 1, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today signed the City’s 2021 Adopted Budget into law. After proposing a 2021 budget in September, the 2021 Adopted Budgetcomes after City Council consideration and the City Budget Office issued an updated economic forecast for 2020 and 2021 that added $57 million… [ Keep reading ]

Building on Successful Free Citywide Test Sites, Mayor Durkan Announces Partnership to Pilot No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Kiosks

In the coming weeks,theCityof Seattle couldadminister 9,000+tests daily Seattle(November 20, 2020)–As COVID-19 cases surge across theregion andstate, SeattleMayor Jenny A. Durkansigned anew Executive Orderandannounced anewpilot andpartnership with Curativeto create additional testingcapacity. Curative, which currently conducts testing in cities like Los Angeles and states including Delaware, will initiallyprovidetwowalk-uptesting kiosks inNorth Seattle… [ 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 morethan $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 Station6 SEATTLE(November 10, 2020) —Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announcednearly$6million 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 ]

Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council’s Vote to Transfer the Central Area Senior Center and Fire Station 6 to Black-led Community Organizations

Seattle (November 2, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan applauded theCity Council’s unanimouspassage ofher proposedlegislationtopermanentlytransfer the Central Area Senior Center(CASC)tocommunity ownershipandestablish a 99-year lease withAfricatownCommunity Land Trust (ACLT) forFire Station 6,two Black-led community organizationsin the Central District.These property transfers build on the September transfer to Byrd Barr Place, anotherBlack-led advocacy… [ 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 newRock the Block Stay Healthy Blocksto 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’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 ]