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Hello Neighbors,

Last week during the full council meeting I was proud to bring forward Resolution 32001 which officially recognizes the Uptown Neighborhood and its corresponding boundaries. For years now this community has been diligently working on cultivating its unique neighborhood identity. Most recently, the city council’s last major update to the Comprehensive Plan established the boundaries of the Uptown Urban Center, which spans the area west of Aurora Avenue North, north of West Denny Way, east of Elliott Avenue West and south of Roy Street. In addition in 2017 the Uptown Arts and Cultural District was created to preserve and build upon the rich and vibrant arts and culture of Uptown.

With the opening of the Climate Pledge Area and continued growth of the neighborhood it’s important for the city and external parties to recognize Uptown for the distinct brand it is. My hope is that this resolution will further efforts to cultivate civic pride for the community. I’d like to thank the Seattle Uptown Alliance and the Uptown Arts and Culture Coalition for their advocacy on behalf of this resolution and other community members that called in to express support.

Vaccination Walk-Ups Now Available for “Good Neighbors”

The City of Seattle will make vaccinations available to older adults on a walk-up basis, meaning that no appointment is needed. All people 60-years-old and older are eligible to walk-in to the Community Vaccination Hubs located in Rainier Beach (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp at 8702 Seward Park Ave S, 98118) or West Seattle (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2801 SW Thistle St, 98126) and get vaccinated without an appointment.

Neither of those sites is in D7. However, to address mobility barriers the City has also launched the “Good Neighbor” program, which allows one person accompanying an older adult to get a walk-up vaccination as well.

Now that everyone over 16 years and older is eligible, and thanks to the heroic work of our frontline workers, I was able to get my first vaccination last weekend. I hope that we will all be vaccinated soon so that we can get back out in our community, enjoying everything District 7 has to offer.

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More Recovery Dollars on the Way

During Tuesday’s Finance & Housing meeting, I was to help pass an $18 million COVID relief package. This legislation captures the remaining Federal CARES Act Funds from 2020 and puts them to work helping our communities while we wait for the funds from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to arrive later this Spring.

We focused on health, food, and families with these funds. Some of the funds will extend the popular Clean City Initiative, a popular program focused on trash, litter, and graffiti removal that I secured funding to start during last year’s budget deliberations. Additionally, there are grants to childcare providers, food aid for families and food banks, and funding to help hard-to-reach people receive vaccinations.

Further Support for Renters and the Utility Discount Program

Earlier this month, the City Council unanimously voted to provide nearly $23 million in rent and utility relief. More than 40,000 people are relying on utility assistance, as bills continue to accrue even while the City has suspended utility disconnects.  If your household needs help making utility payments, consider enrolling in the Utility Discount Program.

Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the City Council took part in this important month of prevention, education and action by passing a proclamation on Monday, April 26 recognizing the more than 7,100 King County residents of all ages who received help from organizations in 2020 that serve sexual assault victims.

For these survivors and families, access to support helps in their healing, and in their ability to heal from a traumatic experience. Because many survivors don’t feel they will be believed or supported if they speak out, only about one in four actually do report.

We can change this — and ensure survivors get the support they need — by ending the silence surrounding sexual assault. We can, as individuals and as a community, equip ourselves to respond in a supportive way when it happens. We can also take steps to change beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about sexual violence to stop it before it occurs. When parents/caregivers start conversations with the young people in their lives about healthy communications, bodily autonomy, respect, and how to practice consent in everyday interactions, they are taking big steps that protect their child.

Help is available for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or needs information. The nonprofit King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) operates a 24-hour Resource Line, at 1-888-99-VOICE, and offers a wealth of resources to help prevent and end sexual violence on its website in both English and Spanish.

Para ayuda en español, llama al 1.425.282.0324 - atención al cliente en el programa Dando Voz - lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.

Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis
Seattle City Council // District 7
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