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

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021

The City of Seattle recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial. Our city is built on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people and is named after Chief Si’ahl (also known as Chief… [ 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 ]

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 ]