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Dear Neighbor,

I hope you stayed safe and warm through last week’s snow storm. I was glad the City opened several severe weather shelters to support 164 homeless individuals during the storm, but with nearly 4,000 people living unsheltered in Seattle it was nowhere near enough. We need to quickly bring more shelter units on-line to provide relief to people living outside, people living inside, and our local businesses. We can no longer allow suffering on our streets. I continue to advocate for solutions at the scale of the crisis.  

In this week’s newsletter below I will discuss: 

  • My recent ride along with the Seattle Fire Department’s Health One Team
  • Neighborhood Community Council meetings
  • House Bill 1035, which will offer municipalities additional tools for increasing affordable housing
  • An update on the W. Green Lake Way street closure  
  • Volunteer opportunities around Green Lake

Wishing you a happy weekend.  

Best Regards,


--Dan

Health One

I had the honor of riding along with Seattle Fire Department’s (SFD) award winning Health One team. This is a multidisciplinary team made up of firefighters and case managers who respond to non-emergency calls to 911, known as a low-acuity response calls, to get individuals the help they need be it non-emergency medical care, mental health care, shelter, or other social services. This person-centered response gives individuals the care they need, relieves pressure on our police and fire departments, emergency rooms, and saves money.  

The Health One team responds to various calls including altered mental status, alcohol intoxication, behavioral health emergencies, injury, and calls related to vulnerable adults. These calls previously were responded to by SFD ladder trucks and Seattle Police Department (SPD) vehicles, and the supports available were limited to medical treatment, emergency room visits and occasionally a referral to the Crisis Solutions Center. Now Health One can utilize different resources, can help schedule doctors appointments and can connect the individuals to case management. Additionally, those ladder trucks and police vehicles are left available to respond to other types of crises.  

Currently, Health One is largely operating in the Pioneer Square, Downtown, Capitol Hill and Belltown Neighborhoods Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, during the pandemic, however, the unit has been responding to the entire city as needed. I am looking forward to the expansion of Health One this year with the launch of Health Two and Health Three.  

Thank you to Former Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Alyson McLean for securing funding to get this critical program launched. Thank you to Chief Scoggins and Jon Ehrenfeld for being relentless advocates and brilliant stewards of the program. The Health One Program is the exact type of public safety intervention our city needs to invest in. 

Thank you to Theresa, Chris, and Donna for allowing me to ride along and see what you do everyday. 

Community Council Meetings

My office continues to attend neighborhood and community council meetings throughout the district so that we can hear directly from neighbors about what’s on their mind. In recent weeks I joined the Wallingford Community Council meeting and took part in a Ballard District Council panel to discuss homelessness. You can watch the Ballard District Council meeting on their YouTube page.

Next month I will be attending both the Fremont Neighborhood Council and the Green Lake Community Council. I hope to see you there! 

House Bill 1035 

Last week I testified in support of House Bill 1035 which would allow tax exemptions for property owners who set rent at below market value. We need as many tools as possible to guarantee our neighbor’s with critical occupations such as pre-school teachers, healthcare works and seniors to be able to afford housing in Seattle and other communities statewide. 

This bill creates tax exemption for private property owners who allocate 25 percent of their rental units for low-income tenants. This includes accessory dwelling units, and mobile homes occupied by low-income tenants. While I still believe this exemption should be extended to single-family homes rented below market value, this has not been included in this particular bill.  

This bill would allow local jurisdictions to: 

  • Maintain affordability for lower income community members; 
  • Improve housing health and quality for very low-income residents; and 
  • Prevent displacement of long-time community members in areas that are gentrifying near transit investments, high quality schools, and jobs. 

After the eviction moratorium is lifted, local communities will need as many tools as possible to preserve affordable homes in our communities. It is critical that the State support HB 1035 to preserve as many affordable housing as we move into recovery and rent begin to rise. 

Partial Reopening of West Green Lake Way

As early as next week we could see a one-way reopening of the southbound lane of W. Green Lake Way. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in coordination with Seattle Parks and Recreation is drafting an updated Traffic Control Plan that would allow people driving to access the Lower Woodland Park Off-Leash area parking lot as well as the Tennis Court lot. The northbound lane will remain a Keep Moving Street allowing people to continue to walk, bike, and roll safely distanced through the spring. SDOT anticipates that the W. Green Lake Way Keep Moving Street will remain open longer due to the popularity of Green Lake. 

The reopening will allow better access to the dog park and tennis courts for people of all ages and abilities. This issue was brought to my attention by a resident and their faithful service dog. They can't get to the dog park because closest access point to the park is over a quarter mile away with a steep hill to climb. We need to make sure the park is accessible to all ages and abilities, which is why I advocated to SDOT for the roads immediate reopening. Thank you for reporting your concerns and letting me advocate for you. 

This project is also coordinated with the ongoing Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multimodal Improvements Project that is modifying the intersection near the Pitch and Putt at W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N.  You can find updated information on the SDOT’s Stay Healthy Street program here.  

Community Litter Pick Up

Last week, I participated in a clean-up with We Rise United. Along with about 25 other neighbors, we cleaned up Woodland Park and along Aurora Avenue. They make it easy to volunteer -- all you have to do you is show up ready to work at the meeting spot and they will provide the rest: gloves, bags, vests, and pickers. Then, everyone goes together along a pre-planned route to pick up litter. Thank you Gareth and Sabine for having me. Their next clean-up is scheduled for February 21st. Check out We Rise United to learn more.

Office Hours 

Every week I meet with D6 residents to hear about issues impacting you daily. I love talking directly to D6ers, it is often the best part of my week. If you would like to meet with me, please use this form to set up a time. I meet with residents during the day and evening too - I look forward to speaking with you soon!
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