Posts categorized under Racial Equity & Social Justice Archives - Office of the Mayor

Mayor Durkan Announces More Than Eight Million in Investments To Support The Duwamish Valley In 2022 Budget Proposal

Community members joined Mayor Durkan and City staff at the Duwamish Waterway Park to announce and celebrate these investments SEATTLE (September 24, 2021) – Today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced more than $8.5 million in proposed 2022 budget investments to support the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown. Investments will center around expanding youth leadership and capacity… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor and Office of Housing Announce 2021 Investments to Date, Forthcoming Investments Focused on BIPOC Homeownership

$19.5 million in local investments will support the creation of 204 affordable homes for renters, 51 affordable homeownership opportunities Office of Housing to release over $5 million this fall in ECI Task Force investments to support homeownership retention and new homeownership development in partnership with BIPOC-led agencies SEATTLE (September 23, 2021) – For the second year in a row, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Office of Housing are announcing multiple mid-year investments to support affordable housing. So far this year, the Office of… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces January 15, 2022 Extension of Eviction Moratorium and Continuation of Additional COVID-Related Protections

SEATTLE (September 21, 2021) – As federal funds for rental assistance continue to be distributed, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that she is extending the moratoriums for residential and commercial evictions through January 15, 2022 through Executive Order 2021-07. The order will also modify additional COVID-related relief measures related to utility assistance. This marks the sixth extension of the eviction moratorium as part of the COVID-19 civil emergency since March 14,… [ Keep reading ]

In Partnership with Washington State, Mayor Durkan Announces $50 Million to Quickly Create New Affordable Housing

165 newly constructed units of affordable housing will serve young adults and individuals experiencing homelessness or at extreme risk of homelessness Mayor Durkan and Seattle Joins HUD’s House America Initiative Launched Today SEATTLE(September 20, 2021) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the first round of joint state and local investments of $50 million to rapidly create new income- and rent-restricted housing in Seattle. The 165 new homes across three new buildings will be ready for tenants this fall and will… [ Keep reading ]

Elevating Black Artists and Recovery With Appointment of Royal Alley-Barnes

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that Royal Alley-Barnes will be appointed to be the Interim Director of ARTS and the first Black woman to hold the position. Director Alley-Barnes will lead ARTS during this critical time in recovery while the next administration seeks a new permanent director. “I am incredibly excited that Royal Alley-Barnes has agreed to serve as the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $9.8 Million to BIPOC- Led Community Organizations Through the Equitable Development Initiative

SEATTLE (September 10, 2021) — Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $9.8 million in awards through the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), the largest annual total since EDI’s first awards in 2017, to support the purchase of additional properties to house BIPOC organizations at risk of displacement. EDI is a central component of the City’s effort to support Seattle’s… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million Equitable Community Initiative Recommendations Signed into Law

Task Force led the city’s largest self-determined, community-led effort to fund strategies to improve outcomes for BIPOC community SEATTLE (August 11, 2021) – Following Seattle City Council’s unanimous vote to lift their proviso, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed into law the recommendations of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force (ECITF), providing $30 million… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Issues Statement Following City Council’s Finance and Housing Committee Approval of the Equitable Communities Task Force Recommendations

ECITF Recommendations will invest $30 million dollars to improve disparate outcomes for communities furthest from equity Seattle (August 3, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement following the passage of $30 million in investments recommended by the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force (ECITF) out of City Council… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Proposal to Create a New Specialized Triage Response to Provide Alternative to Sworn Police Response

New specialized triage response will reduce need for armed police response to non-emergent calls like wellness SPD will also expand successful Community Service Officer program Seattle (July 23, 2021) – Building off of the City’s work to reimagine policing and community safety, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a proposal to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $2 Million Investment in King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective Focused on Addressing Gun Violence in King County Using a Public Health Approach

SEATTLE (July 22, 2021) – Building on recent investments to improve community-led safety and Citywide efforts to reimagine public safety, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the City of Seattle will invest $2 million in the King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective pilot program to address the steep rise in gun violence… [ Keep reading ]