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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 ]

Mayor Supports Councilmember Lewis Legislation, City to Add Additional Hotel for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

New Legislation Will Allow for More Opportunities to Continue to Leverage New Federal Funding Part of American Rescue Plan Two New Hotels to Begin Accepting Referrals in March SEATTLE (March 15, 2021) – With new legislation under consideration by City Council and the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the City of Seattle announced it has identified a third hotel for sheltering individuals experiencing… [ Keep reading ]

City Announces $22.7 Million in New Rental and Utility Assistance

Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Will Provide a Surge of Relief to Community-Based Organizations, United Way of King County, and the City to Help Seattle Renters Withstand Ongoing Threats to Housing Stability Newly Signed American Rescue Plan Will Provide Additional Funding for Rental Assistance Seattle (March 12, 2021) – In addition to rental assistance funded through the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Biden yesterday, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted legislation to City Council to provide $22.7 million in Federal rental… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Sound Transit and Port of Seattle Announce $1.75 Million Investment for Construction Diversity Programs and Equity in Workforce Development

SEATTLE (March 2, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a first of its kind partnership today among the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle and Sound Transit to invest $1.75 million to provide long-lasting construction careers for historically underserved communities, with room for upward growth. The investments aim to reduce existing racial disparities in construction and in the larger community through access to family wage jobs,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Expands Vaccination Efforts Creating Multiple Fixed Vaccination Clinics Across City

Rainier Beach and West Seattle COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccination Clinics Now Permanently Open City of Seattle, Swedish, and First & Goal Inc. to Sign Contract to Operate Mass Vaccination Site at Lumen Field Event Center SEATTLE (March 1, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today joined government, health care,… [ Keep reading ]

Black History Month Celebrated Across City of Seattle

Black History Month celebrates many of the remarkable achievements of Black Americans, despite the systemic racism that has been perpetuated for centuries. 2020 was a year that demanded that we do better as a city, state, and country to address systemic racism. Americans increased their awareness of disparities and discrimination experienced by Black Americans in their everyday… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement on Sound Transit Boards Unanimous Vote to Transfer at No Cost to the City of Seattle Rainier Valley Properties to Develop 150 Affordable Homes

Seattle (February 25, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement upon the Sound Transit Board’s unanimous approval to transfer 10 Sound Transit properties at no cost to the City of Seattle. The properties will support development of approximately 150 affordable homes, including homeownership opportunities for families earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, or about $88,000 per year for a family… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Recognizes One Year Since First Identified COVID-19 Case in King County

Seattle (February 25, 2021) – One year ago this Sunday, Public Health – Seattle & King County identified the first case and death COVID-19 in King County. Days later, cases surged across the region and state. With the guidance of Seattle’s world-renowned scientists and academics, state and local public health officials, local nurses, doctors, and health care officials, our region quickly implemented critical public health… [ Keep reading ]

City Provides an Update on More Than 350 New Shelter Beds Coming Online, Including Opening of Hotels, Tiny House Villages, and An Enhanced Shelter for Women

SEATTLE (February 23, 2021) – The City of Seattle provided an update on details of more than 350 new spaces of enhanced shelter programs at hotels, tiny house villages, and a new women’s shelter in addition to the new permanent housing resources for people experiencing homelessness and facing significant barriers to housing. Since 2017, the City has invested significant resources towards 24/7 enhanced shelters and… [ Keep reading ]