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Dear Neighbor,


This year we are making changes to how we communicate with you and our D6 neighbors in an effort to be as responsive as possible. In this newsletter you will find the links and ways to connect with me and my office.

I meet with D6 residents every week during the day and in the evening so that we can we can meet the needs of your schedule. During last week's D6 Resident meetings our neighbor Maggie asked for a list of ways she can take action today to help address the homelessness crisis. We heard you Maggie, and have included 6 ways (with many options) that you can take action today. 

We have a D6 Assistance form so that we can assist you in resolving issues you are facing in your neighborhood. As well, I am sitting down with the MyBallard blog every month to answer questions submitted by neighbors - take a look at MyBallard to see the last two interviews. 

This month City Council passed two pieces of important legislation. We passed the Energy Code legislation I sponsored, giving Seattle the strongest Energy Code in the country. As well, we passed legislation to provide hazard pay to grocery store workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about both pieces of legislation below. 

At the end of the newsletter I've included resources that may be useful to you. We have information on the Hospitality Worker Grants that are now available, the COVID-19- vaccination plan, and the Seattle Home Fair where you can talk directly to SDCI staff to get answers to your questions.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
 

Best Regards,


--Dan

D6 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!

We Are Here to Assist You

Do you have an issue facing your neighborhood? You can submit a question or concern regarding an abandoned car, garbage, or other issues through either the City’s Customer Service Bureau’s website, or through the Find It, Fix It app. You can learn more about the app and how to download it here. The City prioritizes cleanups based on these reports and it is the best way to have an issue in your neighborhood addressed.

If you live or work in D6 and need additional assistance resolving a specific issue within the City of Seattle, or if you have contacted a City Department and have reached an impasse - please use this form to help me and my office get to work for you. Please include any reference number you have been given in our D6 Assistance form so that we can better track your request. 

Newsletter Archives

Last year we transitioned from writing blog posts to focusing on Newsletters. We covered a wide array of topics from homelessness, to farmer's markets, to budget decisions. If you’ve missed one of my past newsletters, you can check them all out on my website here. 

If you are reading this newsletter because a friend forwarded it to you, you can sign up to receive my newsletter here. 
Monthly Interview with My Ballard

As a part of my revamped communications plan, I will be sitting down with My Ballard every month to answer the questions you have. Here is the most recent Q&A with Meghan. Please submit your questions to My Ballard via their email address: tips@Myballard.com. I look forward to my next interview with Meghan later this month.

Actions You Can Take to Address Homelessness 

As I mentioned above, during office hours last week Maggie asked about how she and her neighbors can do their part to address the homelessness crisis. She asked specifically if we could include actionable ways they can help in our next newsletter. While there are many more ways to get involved, here are 6 ways you can help. Thank you Maggie, for this suggestion!

1) Volunteer: There are so many great nonprofits operating in Seattle that are powered by volunteers like you. Check out the organizations listed below to learn more about some of the available opportunities, for other volunteer opportunities check out United Way’s Volunteer portal here.
  • LIHI’s Urban Rest Stop - Offers restrooms, laundry facilities and showers for homeless individuals at no cost in Ballard.
  • Ballard Food Bank - Brings fresh healthy food and various services to our more vulnerable neighbors.
  • ROOTS - Provides shelter, hygiene, meals, and services for homeless young adults in the University District.
  • Seattle Compassion Services - Supports Homeless individuals in the Leary Triangle.
  • Mary’s Place - Provides shelter and services for homeless women and families.
  • Compass Housing Alliance - Offers essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people.
  • RealChange - Provides jobs, journalism and advocacy focused on the voices of those most impacted in our community.
2) Donate or Lease: You can use  your back yard, extra property, vacant building or empty parking lot to partner with the Block Project, WELD or the City of Seattle
  • The Block Project - A fantastic project partnering homeowners, homeless individuals, architects and community members with the goal of providing integrated, sustainable, supported, affordable and dignified housing to homeless individuals. If you have a small amount of property to spare BLOCK Project will build a beautiful detached dwelling unit for a homeless individual and provide maintenance and case management.  Learn more about becoming a host here.
  • WELD - Offers clean-and-sober housing for formerly incarcerated individuals, case management and job training and placement.  Do you have a currently vacant property, you can temporarily donate it to WELD to offer clean-and-sober housing.
  • The City is working to open additional shelters and tiny house villages but have limited property available. If you have a vacant property or parking lot, and are interested in hosting a tiny house village, shelter or safe parking lot, you can reach out to the City's Homelessness Services and Investments team here: homelessness@seattle.gov
3) Rent Space: You can use Housing Connector to rent to a Person or family in need 
  • Housing Connector - A way for private property owners and managers to lower barriers to housing and provide safe and successful rentals to residents in need of housing. This program works to fill vacant units with individuals looking for housing while providing financial benefits, risk mitigation support to the property owners and ensuring ongoing support to the residents and round-the-clock point of contact if an issue arises.
4) Join a Clean-up: There are weekly cleanups organized by your neighbors throughout District 6 and Seattle
  • Green Seattle Partnerships - A collaboration of the City of Seattle, Forterra, and various community groups hosts a clean-up calendar that residents can use to track resident clean-ups throughout the city.  Get outside and join one of the many clean-ups of the City’s forested parklands.
  • Join one of the bi-weekly Green Lake cleanups organized by We Rise United, learn more and RSVP here: Upcoming Events – We Rise United.
  • Organize friends or family to clean up around your neighborhood.
5) Donate Food & Supplies: If you choose to donate supplies please make sure they are in good condition 6) Donate Goods: If you choose to donate goods please make sure they are in good condition Again, these are just a few of the great organizations in our city working to end homelessness. Be sure to check out these other organizations operating in Seattle to address homelessness:

If I missed an organization helping to address homelessness in D6, please send my office an email so we can share it in the future.

Additionally, a great way to address homelessness is to better understand the root causes of homelessness and the Housing First model to end homelessness. The root causes of homelessness help us understand both why someone has become homeless, how to better support individuals who are currently homeless and how to prevent more people from becoming homeless. Housing First is a nationally recognized approach to ending homelessness, which prioritizes providing permanent supportive housing to individuals experiencing homelessness. Housing First recognizes that individuals need their basic needs of shelter and food met prior to being required to address other issues in their lives such as getting a job, receiving mental health or substance abuse treatment. Housing First is what leads to success and reduces homelessness - this is why I often say we need to provide, “four walls and a door that residents can lock” because this stability is what leads to people accessing Medically Assisted Treatment and mental health resources – here is an article about a UW study demonstrating compelling findings about how this works.

Seattle Now Has the Strongest Energy Code in the Nation!

This week the City Council passed two bills that I sponsored to adopt new Construction and Energy Codes. This comes at the end of a three-year process to establish new local, state, and national standards for construction.

Despite the City’s efforts in recent years, the most recent greenhouse gas inventory showed Seattle’s carbon emissions rising, with building emissions rising by 8.3% between 2016 and 2018. The new Energy Code we adopted will eliminate most carbon emissions resulting from new construction. Compared with doing nothing, these changes will reduce emissions from buildings by at least 12% by 2050. There is more to do, and this is an important step.

The most significant change is a prohibition on fossil fuel or electric resistance space heating in new multifamily and commercial developments. Fossil fuel-powered water heating will also be prohibited in multifamily and hotel construction starting next year. Thanks to Councilmember Mosqueda’s amendment that I supported, the space heating requirements will take effect sooner, on June 1st, 2021 rather than in 2022.

We must recognize the impact this transition will have on the lives of many, such as pipefitters, and we need to ensure a just transition protecting family wage jobs and union apprenticeships as we address the climate crisis. As part of this update, I am continuing to amend requirements for the inspection of natural gas infrastructure and heat pumps, decommissioning of existing natural gas lines to prevent another Greenwood explosion, as well as increasing seismic safety requirements for natural gas lines in existing buildings.

Grocery Store Worker Hazard Pay

Grocery workers have spent the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines ensuring we all have the food and essentials we need; all the while grocery stores were recording record profits. Last week the Council passed legislation mandating grocery store workers receive an additional $4 per hour hazard pay for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council will revisit this topic in the coming months to make sure it is still necessary. I was proud to vote for this important legislation to provide grocery store workers with the compensation they deserve.

When you are shopping remember to give grocery store workers 6 feet of space and please be kind – these folks are working hard for our community and it is not the employee’s fault if the store is out of toilet paper or bananas.

Hospitality Worker Grant Applications
Now Open!

Grant funding through the Hospitality Worker Emergency Relief Fund is now available to low-income Seattle workers in bars, restaurants, hotels and motels impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Council passed the funding to support low-income hospitality workers who live and work in Seattle, as part of CB 119977, which also expanded relief to small restaurants. Hospitality workers have until Feb. 15 to apply for grants at Seattle Hospitality Worker Emergency Relief Fund (wellspringfs.org)

 

COVID-19 Vaccines- Phase 1B-1

Washington State Department of Health has moved Washington to Phase 1B-1 of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. This means that adults over 65 and adults over 50 who cannot live independently, or who can live independently but live with a young child, are eligible to get vaccinated.

Our road to recovery and in-person activities start with vaccinations and prioritizing the most vulnerable residents. Visit the State’s Phase Finder online tool to determine your vaccine eligibility and follow the instructions at the end: FindYourPhaseWA.org. You can also receive assistance by phone by calling the Washington State Assistance Hotline at 1 (800) 525-0127.

For now, vaccine supply is limited and prioritized for those at most risk of hospitalization and death. Please remember to mask up, stay socially distant, and get tested if you have any symptoms or may have been exposed. Increased testing is available city wide, visit Seattle’s COVID-19 testing website to learn more.

Seattle Home Fair is this Weekend

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is hosting their second Seattle Home Fair of the year on February 6th. This year they’re going virtual with a series of presentations and Q&A sessions. This free event is a great opportunity for Seattle residents to talk to SDCI staff and get answers to questions about a wide range of topics, including rental housing rules, getting a permit, inspection requirements, code requirements, landslide prevention, earthquake retrofits, tree regulations, and more!
 
Tomorrow: February 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Find out more details at https://buildingconnections.seattle.gov/2020/12/31/join-us-for-our-seattle-home-fairs/.
If you need assistance, please reach out to my office:
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