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City Allocates Nearly $4 Million in CARES Act Funds to Rental Assistance Programs

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Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the allocation of nearly $4 million in federal CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding to provide rent support. The allocation of funds is the latest in a series of measures by the City aimed at keeping Seattle residents impacted by COVID-19 from losing their housing . The City will provide equitable access to rent assistance resources through community-based organizations with strong connections to diverse communities.

The Mayor has implemented a series of initiatives to help keep families, working, fed and in their homes throughout the pandemic:

Extending the eviction moratorium through June 4, to align with Governor Inslee’s proclamation 20-19.1. This extension impacts residents, small businesses, and non-profits to provide relief for working people;

Deferring utility payments for customers impacted by COVID-19;

Providing 6,250 Seattle families and 1,800 workers with $800 in grocery vouchers; and
Opening emergency child care classrooms to help hundreds of kids of essential workers.
Creating  temporary restaurant loading zones, to facilitate  curbside pickup at restaurants; 
Announcing a  small business relief package  that  included deferred business taxes and  a  $2.5M stabilization fund; 

Creating a new  Arts Recovery Package  to provide immediate financial relief to artists and cultural organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19; 

Providing  rent relief  to tenants of City-owned facilities; 
Partnering with United Way of King County and King County to invest $5 million in rental assistance to help families stay in their homes; and

Launching the  #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map  to help residents find small businesses open for takeout and delivery in their neighborhood. 

The City has also created a comprehensive resource page for residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.


These 5 mistakes could worsen the coronavirus outbreak

Every person can do their part to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. But, in times of uncertainty, it’s easy to make mistakes.

The biggest problem is if you spread the virus to other people, especially those with compromised immune systems. “If you are infected and come into contact with other people, you put those people at risk,” said Dr. Stanley Deresinski, a clinical professor of infectious diseases at Stanford Medicine. “That’s basically what it revolves around.”

Here are five blunders that could exacerbate the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.


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Guidance on the Coronavirus

Guidance on the Coronavirus

Below are helpful tips, resources, and updated information from the CDC about the coronavirus.

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Please note that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spay or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
**The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to prevent themselves from respiratory diseases. Facemasks should be worn by people showing symptoms, health care workers, and people taking care of someone in close proximities (i.e. home care or health care facilities).

– Stay home except to get medical care.

– Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

– Call ahead before visiting the doctor.

– Wear a facemask.

– Cover your coughs and sneezes.

– Clean your hands often.

– Avoid sharing personal items.

– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily.

**Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.

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CDC – Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. The community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

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Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting our

Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th!!!

The job fair is for all LGBTQ Youth (ages 13-24) and Allies who want to find a job with LGBTQ-friendly employers like Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Starbucks, Seattle Humane Society, Northwest Youth Corps, and many more!

What: Fifth Annual Youth LGBTQ+ and Allies Job Fair on April 4th!!!
When: April 4th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Miller Community Center,
Who: YOU! LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24 and allies! Bring your family and friends, too!

Join us for…
Free ice cream from Molly Moon’s (hurry before they run out!)
Free food from a local food truck (to be announced soon!)
Performances from local drag queen, Kylie Mooncakes!
Free and confidential HIV screening from Gay City!
Free LGBTQ Worker’s Rights workshop after the job fair from 3:00 – 4:30pm from LGBTQ Allyship!

Check out the flyer attached to this email! For more information and updates, RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Thank you! Hope to see you all on April 4th!

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Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave N, Box #30
Seattle, WA 98109-5102
206-684-4575 Office
206-684-9274 Fax

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Powerful Teen Girls Voices: Employment opportunity called Care4U!

Powerful Voices has an employment opportunity called Care4U! This is a paid opportunity to explore topics about how mental health affects those who identify as girls of color and to create an activity for Powerful Voice’s Revolutionary Self Care Day. More information and the application are attached to this email.

The application deadline is February 24th so start filling it out soon!!

Hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine! ☀️

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Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave N, Box #30
Seattle, WA 98109-5102
206-684-4575 Office
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King County Housing Authority Section 8 OPEN: Apply Feb 12 to Feb 25.

King County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its Section 8 waiting list in February. Applications will open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25.

Applications are free and can be accessed online at

‘Winning’ applications will be randomly chosen by a computer system after the application period closes; the chances of being selected are the same, regardless of when an application is submitted within the allotted time frame. For information on eligibility and the application process, visit

KCHA provides rental housing and assistance to more than 55,000 people.
Application Information HERE

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Seattle police plans hiring campaign amid plan to beef up downtown presence

The Seattle Police Department plans to launch another recruiting campaign in the coming weeks amid a plan to ramp up their downtown presence after a shooting in downtown and several other high profile crimes.

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do… you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We look forward to seeing you at the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! The day will begin at 8:30 AM at Garfield High School with an Opportunity Fair and Workshops, developed to inspire us to affect change in ourselves and our community.

Our Rally Program starting at 11 AM, includes speakers, music, and dance that celebrates our unique diaspora of culture and community, and shines a light on the creativity of those living in our own backyard.

Our March to City Hall at 12:30, demands that our politicians and civic leaders use their 20/20 vision to see us and to make change in our city. Finally, we thank all who attended with a Community Meal, back at Garfield High School (buses back to Garfield will be available for all who attend the rally).

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: MLK March Jewish Solidarity gathering. MONDAY Jan 20, 2020!!

MLK March Jewish Solidarity gathering. TOMORROW Monday, January 20!

Additional attendees are still welcome to RSVP here:

Schedule of events:

12:10 PM – Meet at Garfield

12:30-1:00 PM – March from Garfield to City Hall

1:00-2:00 PM – Program at City Hall

The Facebook event can be found HERE.

This delegation is proudly co-sponsored by ADL’s Pacific Northwest Region and partners Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Congregation Kol Ami, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Faith Action Network, Herzl-Ner Tamid, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, JConnect Seattle, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Kavana Cooperative, the Stroum Jewish Community Center, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, and Temple B’nai Torah.