City of Seattle Kicks Off Clean City Initiative to Address Illegal Dumping and Excess Litter Across Our City and in Parks

SEATTLE (December 11, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s Clean City Initiative is ramping up, investing more than $3 million in new funding to surge new and existing programs to clean up litter, remove graffiti, and address a backlog of deferred grounds maintenance across the city. Data from Seattle Public Utilities’ Illegal Dumping program shows a 195% increase in the volume of material collected from Quarter 2 to Quarter 3 of 2020.  “The pandemic has left the City with significant… [ Keep reading ]

Joining with Mayors Across the Country, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Urges Support for H.R. 40

Seattle (December 11, 2020) – Joining with Mayors from across the country, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced her strong support for H.R. 40 and urged the House of Representatives to prioritize consideration of this important bill. H.R. 40 was first introduced in 1989 by late Congressman John Conyers as a bill to establish a commission to study and make recommendations for reparations for the institution of slavery and subsequent racial and economic… [ Keep reading ]

3,100 More Seattle Families Will Receive Monthly Fruit and Vegetable Benefit, as City expands food supports during COVID-19 pandemic

Fresh Bucks Customers Receive $40 in Monthly Benefits to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables from Participating Seattle Farmers Markets, Neighborhood Grocers, and Seattle Safeway Stores    SEATTLE (December 10, 2020) – The addition of $1.3 million for Fresh Bucks in the newly approved 2021 City budget, combined with year-end program savings, makes it possible to enroll 3,100 people currently on the Fresh Bucks waitlist to begin receiving vouchers in… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Leads 16 Bipartisan Mayors From Across the Country in a Letter Urging Executive Action from President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to Address the COVID-19 Crisis

SEATTLE (December 10, 2020) – As Congress continues to negotiate a COVID-19 relief bill, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan led a letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris highlighting executive actions needed to help cities address COVID-19 in the initial days of the administration. The proposed actions focus on providing… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Issues Statement on Governor Inslee’s Extension on Statewide Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

SEATTLE (December 8, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued a statement following the announcement of Governor Jay Inslee’s extension on statewide restrictions on social gatherings and businesses. In the last two weeks, King County has had 9,114 residents test positive for COVID-19 including 2,170 new cases in Seattle and nearly 100 new hospitalizations of Seattle residents. Governor Inslee has extended his statewide restrictions social gatherings and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Additional Investments in Affordable Housing for Historic Total of $115 Million in 2020

City investments made in 2020 will support the creation or preservation of over 1,400 rental homes and homeownership opportunities Since December 2017, over $1.7 Billion – including $400 million of City funds – have supported the creation and preservation of 6,200 affordable homes  Seattle (December 8, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A…. [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Provides Over 3,700 Grants Through Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants

City Encourages Residents to Apply for Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund; Application Closes Sunday, December 6 Seattle (December 4, 2020) – The City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) – in partnership with Scholarship Junkies – has provided 3,703 individuals and households with direct cash assistance through its Disaster Relief… [ Keep reading ]

With 450,000 Tests Administered Across Citywide Testing Sites, Curative Testing Kiosks Land in Northgate and Central District

Registration Opens this Evening Adding Capacity for More Than 1,000 Additional Tests a Day  Seattle (December 4, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A Durkan announced today the new Curative COVID-19 testing kiosks will have a soft launch on Saturday, December 5 from noon to 3 p.m., operating thereafter Mondays through Saturdays. The first two Kiosks will serve walk-up clients and are located in Northgate at the south end of the Northgate Community Center and in the Central District east of the Garfield Community Center. Clients… [ Keep reading ]

Annual Report Highlights Unprecedented Challenges Facing Seattle

Seattle (December 4, 2020) – Three years ago, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was sworn in as the 56th mayor of Seattle, and first woman mayor to lead the City in nearly a century. As Mayor Durkan marks three years since taking office, the Office of the Mayor has released its third annual report outlining updates on key community… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces $5 Million in New Grants to Support Small Businesses and Workers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Small Business Grants to Focus on Restaurants and Bars; Worker Grants to Focus on Hospitality Industry  City Offering Technical Support for New State Small Business Grants Seattle (December 4, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City Council President M. Lorena González, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and Councilmember Tammy Morales today announced a… [ Keep reading ]