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As the City of Seattle Reimagines Public Safety, Mayor Durkan and Fire Chief Scoggins Announce the Launch of Second Health One Unit Extending Service to University District and Ballard

Health One 9-1-1 response team staffed with specially trained firefighter/EMTs and case manager helps people with mental/behavioral health or substance use disorder, and non-emergency medical issues access services Since November 2019 launch 56 percent of those served by Health One were experiencing homelessness SEATTLE (April 13, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins announced today the launch of a second Health One unit to expand regular service of the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council Passage of Nearly $23 Million in COVID-Related Rent and Utility Relief for Seattle Tenants

Seattle (April 12, 2021) – Following the City Council’s 8-0 passage of legislation to provide nearly $23 million in rent and utility relief for Seattle residents. Mayor Jenny A. Durkan provided the following statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis has left far too many out of work as businesses have shuttered leaving families struggling… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Partners with Chief Seattle Club to Open Hotel-Based Shelter in Belltown with Focus on the Indigenous Community

Seattle (April 1, 2021) – The City of Seattle and Chief Seattle Club today celebrated the opening of the Kings Inn–hotel-based shelter program with a focus on serving unhoused American Indian and Alaskan Native people.   Chief Seattle Club will operate the hotel, providing case management, housing navigation, and culturally appropriate services designed to support individuals on their path… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Council Propose $1.5M Investment for Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Including $500,000 toward AiPACE new senior care facility for Asian American elders  Seattle (March 30, 2021) – Together with Council President M. Lorena González and Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan is proposing $1.5 million to support older adults and address the increase in hate crimes and bias aimed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in Seattle. “We must stand together in Seattle, and across our nation, against acts… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Opening Two Temporary Hotel Shelters

More than 200 units to support individuals experiencing homelessness will come online over the next week Seattle (March 24, 2021) – The City of Seattle announced the opening of a temporary hotel shelter as part of the surge of investments first announced by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan on October 1, 2020 and passed by City Council on November… [ Keep reading ]

Draft Plan Captures Community Vision for NE Seattle Neighborhoods Around New Sound Transit Stations

SEATTLE (March 17, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today released a draft station area plan for the neighborhoods surrounding Sound Transit’s future light rail stations at 130th St NE and 148th St NE. “Having a multi-modal city that moves people out of their cars and onto high-quality transit, is key to reducing carbon emissions, as… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Releases Transportation Electrification Blueprint to Curb Climate Pollution and Spur an Electrified Economy 

First of its kind Blueprint lays out six ambitious goals to help Seattle move toward a future where everything that moves people, goods, and services in and around Seattle runs on clean, electric energy SEATTLE (March 17, 2021) – The City of Seattle released a first of its kind, comprehensive City-wide plan that outlines how the City will move toward a clean and equitable transportation system in… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Chief Diaz Respond to the Mass Shootings in Atlanta and Rise in Asian American Hate Crimes

Seattle (March 16, 2021) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Chief of Police Adrian Diaz responded to rising hate crimes towards Asian Americans and the mass shooting in Atlanta that killed multiple Asian American women with the following statement: “The violence in Atlanta was an act of hate. We grieve with Atlanta and for the victims and their families. “We also stand together with… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Preschool Program Expands with 14 New Classrooms and Summer Extension for 2021

Applications Open for Families to Enroll Three- and Four-Year Olds for 2021-2022 School Year SEATTLE (March 16, 2021) – Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that applications for the 2021-2022 Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) are now open, with three new partner agencies and 14 new classrooms opening this fall. The new additions bring the total number of SPP classrooms to 129 (which includes 20 Family Child Care sites), with capacity to serve up to 2,054 preschoolers. Joining the family of SPP providers are Hilltop Children’s Center, Community School of West Seattle, and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Extends COVID-19 Relief Measures, Eviction Moratoriums, and other COVID-19 safety restrictions

Seattle (March 15, 2021) – Following last week’s announcement of $23 million of new rental assistance and the prospect of new rental assistance that will be available to Seattle and King County through the American Rescue Plan, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today the extension of COVID-19 relief measures, including the moratoriums on residential, nonprofit, and small business evictions in the City… [ Keep reading ]