Mayor Durkan Statement on New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in Washington State

Seattle (March 4, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued a statement following Governor Inslee’s announcement today highlighting the projected timeline for vaccinations that employees who work in congregate settings – including grocery store workers, transit workers, teachers and childcare workers – will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination beginning on March 22. “In just over one year since the… [ 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 Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Seattle (February 27, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement after the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives: “President Biden and House Democrats are leading an important relief package that recognizes the deepening needs of our residents and businesses. An unprecedented pandemic… [ Keep reading ]

With 3,000 First Doses and 2,000 Second Doses of the Vaccine, City of Seattle Pilots Temporary Vaccination Clinics in Rainier Beach and West Seattle

City Received Delayed Shipment of Vaccine Due to Storm, Temporary Doubling in Doses Allows Seattle Fire Department to Pilot Sites Rainier Beach and West Seattle to Become Fixed, Permanent Sites When Supply Increases and Steadies Seattle (February 25, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the City of Seattle’s plan for… [ 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 ]

One Year Later: Seattle Continues to Have Lowest COVID-19 Cases of All Major Cities

On February 28, 2020, Public Health – Seattle & King County identified the first death of COVID-19. This past year changed everything for all of us: Masks, testing, isolation. Losing loved ones. Small business owners struggling every day to survive. Workers facing lost wages and jobs, and unable to pay… [ 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 ]