Friday, September 9, 2016

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Mayor announces Pathways Home initiative

This week Mayor Ed Murray announced the Pathways Home initiative, which focuses on moving people into permanent housing, will transform our current human services and homelessness response system into one that has a greater impact for those living unsheltered by investing in service providers and programs that have demonstrated success and by better connecting with those in need by meeting them where they are and offering housing and services. Strategic investments in successful programs and more individualized processes will help build more capacity in our shelter system and move more people out of homelessness. The initiative was informed by reports by Barbara Poppe and Focus Strategies that give the City a comprehensive understanding of the current state of our homeless system and a set of recommended actions for achieving real system transformation.

"We can no longer wait to take action, so today, we are changing course. These reports represent both a dramatic challenge to our City, and an urgent call to action. Our focus must be on achieving better outcomes, and taking action that makes a visible and significant reduction in the number of people sleeping outside, and Pathways Home is our way to achieve this essential goal. Pathways Home is a robust, actionable plan that our Human Services Department will begin implementing immediately." Read Mayor Ed Murray's full statement on Pathways Home here.


City receives $45 million grant for Lander Street Bridge project

Mayor Ed Murray joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in applauding the approval of $45 million in federal grant funds for the City's South Lander Street Bridge Project. The Lander Street Bridge project is the largest FASTLANE Grant award in Washington state.

South Lander Street is an essential east-west corridor serving Port of Seattle freight, commuters, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as King County Metro buses. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) project seeks to construct a long sought after bridge on South Lander Street over the railroad tracks between First and Fourth Avenues South in Seattle's SODO district to improve traffic operations, freight mobility, and safety.

The new bridge will provide safe connections for 1,400 pedestrians daily, primarily traversing between the SODO light rail station and area employers. The project will break ground in early 2018, pending receipt of remaining funding.


Mayor joins preschool students to kick off first day of school

Mayor Ed Murray joined preschool students at Arbor Heights Elementary to kick off the first day of school. After a successful first year of the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) that served 280 students in 15 classrooms, Mayor Murray introduced enhancements to the program so the City can serve more students. This year, SPP will serve approximately 600 students in 32 classrooms. By year four, more than 1,600 students will be served by SPP, dramatically improving long-term learning outcomes for students throughout Seattle. 

Learn more about the Seattle Preschool Program here.


Mayor, Council award grants for community-based projects

Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council awarded seven Seattle organizations $650,741 to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards are part of the City's Neighborhood Matching Fund, which have helped thousands of community organizations complete projects that make a positive difference in our neighborhoods and community.

2016 Large Projects Fund Awards

• Mini Mart City Park: Renovate a former gas station into a pocket park, arts center and community gathering place in Georgetown. City award: $100,000. Community match: $265,010.

• SouthEast Effective Development: Build a professional broadcast studio for Rainier Valley Radio, a community production space and other spaces to serve as a digital communications hub. City award: $100,000. Community match: $294,018.

• Beacon Food Forest: Phase II construction to include an outdoor educational space, additional P-Patch plots, a tool shed and other improvements. City award: $99,960. Community match: $211,793.

• OneAmerica: Engage residents of Chinatown International District in digital storytelling through classes that teach English language and digital literacy skills. City award: $90,781. Community match: $47,345.

• 206 Zulu: Produce up to eight free public events while enabling Central District arts organizations free access to historic Washington Hall. City award: $60,000. Community match: $19,300.

• The Friends of First Place Scholars: Make facility improvements and plan for future repairs at the First Place School. City award: $100,000. Community match: $110,450.

• Lake Union Neighbors: Accomplish Phase I construction of an open space plaza in street right-of-way and complete a pedestrian corridor. City award: $100,000. Community match: $100,300.

As part of the the Neighborhood Matching Fund, which provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations, the Large Projects Fund awards up to $100,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. 


Weekend events

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San Gennaro Festival: Celebrating Italian Americans in the northwest. Event hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. S Angelo St will be closed between Ellis Ave S and 13th Ave S from 7 a.m. on Friday through 10 p.m. on Sunday. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.


SODO Flea Market: Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part of Occidental Ave will be closed between S Forest St and S Hanford St from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. About 700 people are expected to attend.

Seattle Children's Health Fair: Block party where kids and adults can learn about science and research. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terry Ave will be closed between Stewart St and Virginia St from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. About 1,500 people are expected to attend.

Van Haven: Car show for van enthusiasts. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 12th Ave S will be closed between Vale St and S Bailey St between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. About 550 people are expected to attend.

Washington Huskies vs. Idaho Vandals, 2 p.m. at Husky Stadium. About 70,000 people are expected to attend. Go Dawgs!

Chinatown International District Night Market: A variety of food, handmade local goods, live bands and an all-ages dance party. Event hours are 4 p.m. to midnight. S King St will be closed between 5th Ave S and 7th Ave S from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.  6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S will also be closed between S Jackson St and S Weller St. About 7,500 people are expected to attend.


Seattle Design Festival Block Party: Includes design demonstrations, workshops, exhibits and more. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Occidental Park. About 900 people are expected to attend.


Women of Wonder 10K & 5K: Event hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. W Green Lake Drive N and East Green Lake Drive N will be closed between 9:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 1,500 people are expected to attend.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.  About a 60,000 people are expected to attend. Go Hawks!

Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Community Crosswalk at Boren & Howell The crosswalk groundbreaking will include a cleansing ceremony, the story behind the crosswalk, and an opportunity for people to ask questions of the organizers. Light snacks and coffee will be provided.


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