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Prepare for Winter Weather, and New Emergency Warming Shelter Open

Winter Weather Preparedness
With potential snow in the forecast this week, the City of Seattle reminds you to prepare to handle potential impacts of winter weather. 
  • Residents are encouraged to plan ahead now by signing up for emergency alerts, purchasing groceries and supplies, ahead of time, assembling preparedness kits for their households, and planning for backup resources in the event of a power outage.
  • Remember that you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your neighbors by clearing your own sidewalks.
  • Visit Seattle Public Utilities for tips on how to prevent your water pipes from freezing. 
  • See the city's snow plow map.
Finally, remember to check in on your vulnerable neighbors to make sure everyone can is safe and warm during and after a winter storm.
 
More information on staying safe in winter weather and how to report dangers such as down power lines or fallen trees, visit http://seattle.gov/winterweather
Severe Weather Shelters Opened - Feb. 9 - 15

The City of Seattle has opened severe weather overnight shelter daily from Tuesday, February 9, through the morning of Monday, February 15.

The severe weather shelter schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday 2/9 – Fisher Pavilion – 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM 
  • Wednesday 2/10 – Location To Be Determined* will be announced at a later time 
  • Thursday 2/11 – Fisher Pavilion – 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM 
  • Friday 2/12 – Fisher Pavilion – 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM 
  • Saturday 2/13 – Fisher Pavilion – 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM 
  • Sunday 2/14 – Fisher Pavilion – 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM 

Learn more about available shelter space

Assistance Related to COVID

As of January 18, 2021, all older adults in Washington state over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households are also eligible if they meet certain conditions. Due to limited supply of vaccine, not everyone will be able to access a vaccine right away. Access will improve as the supply chain widens and providers in King County receive more doses.

Learn how to get vaccinated in King County, read more about the expanded vaccination eligibility, and view Public Health's Vaccine Strategy.

Financial Assistance and Resources


Food Distribution
Food Lifeline continues to distribute free food boxes (meat and vegetables) at the Rainier Beach Community Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the last couple of weeks, 900+ boxes were distributed to families in need. This service has been extended to March 2021.
 
Utility Discount Program
The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households. Complete the online enrollment form at this website. The form is in English. For language support, please call (206) 684-0268 to speak to a representative.
 
Child Care Stabilization
Do you know a childcare provider - daycares, caregivers, etc. - who could use some financial assistance? The City of Seattle Child Care Stabilization Grant program opened January 15. Child Care Resources will administer the grant. Communications and application materials related to the grant have been translated to promote language access for diverse child care providers. Maximum grants of $10,000 will be awarded to child care providers and $500 to family, friend, and neighbor providers. Apply here!
 
Child Care Copay Relief
The City of Seattle recently announced that child care copay relief for income-eligible families will be extended through March 2021. The City will cover 50% of the remaining copay costs for all families participating in the Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and scholarship-eligible families participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) child care.

Community Spotlight, featuring TraeAnna Holiday

This Black History Month, Team Teresa thought that instead of featuring a current Black leader in the community, that we would provide them the space to share their own experience as a Black Seattleite. This newsletter we invited TraeAnna Holiday, Media Director for King County Equity Now. Here she is in her own words:
By TraeAnna Holiday

I want to write about the people in my life that fill a true meaning and purpose for me and help me be who I am today. I'm first and foremost uplifted and anchored in the lessons of my parents, Michael Robinson and Tracie Holiday-Robinson, who taught me to be fluid and flexible, and instilled in me the fact that it takes all kinds. I’m steeped in the experiences of my grandmother, Ruth Holiday, who never lets me forget who I am. I’m a leader to my siblings Mikey, Marlon, Traciemichael, Tramaine, and Kimiesha who allow me to be my silliest while also showing them what a leader can be. I’m reassured by my best friends Tiarra, Kayausha, Charlaya, and Kahlana who have grown with me for many years and continue to do so. I stand on the shoulders of Dr. Maxine Mimms, who reminds me often to remember she already paid the way for me, so my pathway is clear and full of purpose. I’m inspired by the work of Nana Kibibi Monie, who has kept her passion for community and the arts at the center of her life. I’m a student of Mrs. Dawn Mason, who keeps me informed and connected in ways that go beyond my own understanding. I’m trusted by Mrs. Patricia Valentine, who engages with me spiritually and does all she can to help me maintain my balance, invoking me to take care of myself every step of the way. I’m blessed by Rev. Harriet Walden, who brings her love and uniting energy into every environment she enters and shows me how to do the same. I’m guided by the grounding of my brother in community, Mr. K. Wyking Garrett, who continues to show me what it means to genuinely lead while being led by our community. I’m honored by the young organizers I work with, Edd, Elijah, Teme, Cashayla, Niecko, Wole, and Toto, who remind me of my own greatness and abilities. I’m energized by the work of my co-host and colleague Omari Salisbury of Converge Media, who always gives his best no matter what, truly staying committed to the cause of providing our community with the news they can relate to and appreciate. I’m amazed by Curtiss Calhoun, and his consistency in always being authentically him, never wavering with the work and energy he brings to it.  I’m rooted by my ancestors, and those who gave their lives to this work of Black liberation. And lastly, I’m empowered by my sons Amiri and Ajani who are my constant through it all; the sincere wind beneath my wings and the reasons why I keep my spiritual practices at the center of my life. They are my guiding light for doing this work, as it’s imperative that I do all I can to enhance their lived experience, and change these disparities that have persisted for far too long. Many people have contributed to this village that built me. I’m elated by those who chose to show me so much love and care. I work daily to make them proud!

Seattle Domestic Employer Survey

Do you employ a nanny, house cleaner, caregiver, or gardener in your home? If so, Hand in Hand wants to hear from you! Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network is a nonprofit organization that supports people who work with nannies, house cleaners and caregivers in their homes to understand and shape policies that affect their lives and the lives of domestic workers. We believe that fair and safe working conditions for domestic workers benefit workers and employers alike.

Hand is Hand is conducting a 14 question survey to learn more about your experience and opinions on domestic work in Seattle, as someone who has employed a house cleaner, nanny, home care worker or gardener over the last year. Your responses will help inform the common practices and challenges of Seattle domestic worker employers, particularly under COVID. Thank you for participating!

Take the Survey
For more information, visit Hand in Hand on the web

This Week in Labor History: Seattle Strike 102 Years Ago

102 years ago, from February 6th through February 11th of 1919, tens of thousands of Seattle workers went on strike demanding higher pay and better working conditions. The General Strike came on the heels of the end of World War I and the wage suppression that paralleled war efforts.  These workers were fighting for the very same basics workers fight for today: to put food on their tables, a roof over their heads, respect on the job, and a chance to provide opportunity for their families.  Workers across industries peacefully demonstrated, withholding labor for a chance at something better.  And, as history repeats itself, armed forces were called in to break the strike and restore the economic functions of the city. 

Leading up to, during, and after, the General Strike, people of color, and in particular Black workers were frequently excluded from unions and were used as tools for advancement by White led labor unions.  Still, hundreds of Black workers went out on strike demanding better.  It is important to recognize this fact as we continue to have work in implementing equity within labor policies, unions, and labor leadership. 

We also continue to see the same patterns repeat themselves.  Recently, my office passed a hazard pay measure for grocery store workers, who are experiencing high-COVID 19 rates on the front lines of the pandemic.  Almost immediately, employers filed a lawsuit. 

I'll continue to stand with you as we build stronger, equitable, policies lifting up Seattle workers. Happy Anniversary of the General Strike!

Receiving the Ruth Kagi Award

Two weeks ago, I had the honor of receiving the Ruth Kagi Award for Early Learning Advocacy from Childcare Resources, for our work advancing direct cash assistance to childcare providers during the pandemic.  Prior to the pandemic, Seattle families faced long waitlists, expensive childcare, and sometimes would have to drive for long periods of time to get to childcare.  The coronavirus has exacerbated the childcare crisis and the inequities that go along with it.  With many childcare providers facing closures, many Seattle families, and womxn, leaving the workforce to focus on childcare and educations support, and kiddos receiving sporadic early education, we are not ready to equitable return-to-work post pandemic.  Without significant federal funding and workplace policies supporting Seattle families, our economic recovery will be slower and inequitable.  I'm honored to receive an award for our collective work during JumpStart Seattle in centering families, small businesses, and children in our economic recovery.  

The award is a hand-painted, sea creature rocking chair with a plaque-engraved quote that reads “Children are welcome in all spaces,” A reminder that children are the heart and future of our communities.

About Child Care Resources
Since 1990, Child Care Resources has been working with families, caregivers, early learning professionals, and community partners to ensure that every child has a great start in school and in life. We are a trusted resource for families seeking child care across Washington State, helping more than 18,000 families each year explore their early learning options and make informed decisions. Through coaching and professional development, we help more than 2,300 child care professionals annually in King and Pierce Counties develop and improve the quality of their care for all children.

A special thank you to TraeAnna Holiday and a larger thank you to community that inspires the work I do every day. You lift up the needs of Seattleites and I am happy to work together in ensuring those needs are met, together.
In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
#BlackLivesMatter

Seattle City Council Councilmember, Position 8
teresa.mosqueda@seattle.gov
206-684-8806
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