Don’t Miss the South Seattle Home Fair!

You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Are you planning a remodeling project? Ask us about our permitting process, inspections, and codes requirements. Do you rent, or are you a landlord? Come ask about rental housing rules. We’ll also have information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, weatherization of homes, and much, much more!

Who:
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

When:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
(The Filipino Community Center is ADA accessible.)

Cost:
Free

RSVPs:
RSVP here. RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated.

What:
We’ll have information tables where you can ask an expert your questions and get advice about your project or about available services. We’ll also have three presentations:

  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Earthquake Retrofit (protect your home in case of an earthquake)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Landslide Awareness (learn how to prevent landslides on your property)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Backyard Cottages / Accessory Dwelling Units (what you need to know about planning your project and getting a permit)

 

You’ll have an opportunity to learn about:

  • Affordable housing
  • Building and residential codes
  • Building, electrical, boiler, and mechanical inspections
  • Building permits
  • Community tool library
  • Emergency information
  • Energy rebates
  • Home ownership assistance
  • Land use rules
  • Landslide awareness
  • Metro transit projects
  • RainWise information
  • Rental housing rules
  • Tree protection rules
  • Weatherization of homes

Other City departments and local organizations will also be available to answer questions.

  • HomeSightwill provide information about Prepurchase Education classes, Homeownership Counseling, First mortgage lending for refinance, and purchase and down payment assistance.
  • Homestead Community Land Trust will provide a program description of their Permanent Affordable Housing model, including eligibility guidelines and resources to get started on the homebuyer process. HCLT staff will be able to answer questions about the Community Land Trust model, ways to get involved in permanent affordable housing advocacy, and much more.
  • King County Metro Transit will provide information about their projects and available services.
  • Office of Housing will provide information about their Homewise Weatherization and Home Repair Loan programs. The HomeWise Weatherization Program provides FREE energy efficiency improvements to qualified homes, increasing comfort and saving money. The Home Repair Loan Program provides affordable loans to income-qualified homeowners to address critical health, safety, and structural issues. The program is designed for owner-occupied, single family homes with low- to moderate-income households.
  • RainWise will help you find out if you are eligible to get a rebate from Seattle Public Utilities and King County for up to 100 percent of the cost of installing a rain garden or cistern on your property. RainWise staff will talk about rain gardens and cisterns, discuss the rebate process, and connect you with trained RainWise contractors. This table will have rain garden planting guides, visual tours of rain garden and cistern installations, maintenance guides, contractor contact lists, and information on low-income grants and funding.
  • Rebuilding Together Seattleis a nonprofit that provides free health- and safety-focused home repairs for low income homeowners. They will answer any questions about their program and will have applications and information available at their table.
  • Seattle City Lightwill have information about energy-saving tips, available rebates for your home, and how to buy the right LED bulb and take advantage of in-store instant discounts on LEDs.
  • The Seattle Hubstable will be staffed by Rainer Beach Ready volunteers who will describe how the Emergency Communications Hubs function, where the Rainier Beach Hub is located and have quick tips and multi-language brochures on how to be prepared and communicate during an emergency, as well as information on establishing new hubs in other South Seattle neighborhoods.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will be on-site to provide information and tools for recycling, composting, and reducing waste.
  • The Southeast Seattle Tool Library will present some fascinating facts about the tool collection and the interesting projects the tools have inspired at this community lending library.

 

For more information about the South Seattle Home Fair, contact:

Moon Callison
(206) 615-1486
moon.callison@seattle.gov

 

South Seattle Home Fair

You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 11, 2017, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. This event is your chance to ask questions about your planned remodel and our permitting process, code requirements, and rental housing and tenant assistance program. City staff will also be available to discuss housing, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, landslide awareness, and rain garden information.

Who:
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

When:
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Filipino Community Center
Ballroom & Conference Room #201
5740 ML King Jr Way S
(The Filipino Community Center is ADA accessible.)

Cost:
Free

We will have several staffed information tables in the Ballroom. We will also have three presentations in a conference room on the second floor*:

  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Earthquake Retrofit (protect your home in case of an earthquake)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Landslide Awareness (learn how to prevent landslides on your property)
  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Rental Housing (learn about new rental housing rules)

 

Information tables will include the following topics:

  • Building Code
  • Building Inspections
  • Building Permits
  • Earthquake Retrofits
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Emergency Communication Hubs
  • Emergency Management
  • Energy Rebates
  • Energy-Saving Tips
  • Housing Information
  • Land Use Rules
  • Landslide Awareness
  • Landlord / Tenant Information
  • Raingardens and Cisterns
  • Rental Housing Rules

 

Other City departments will also be available to answer questions.

  • Office of Emergency Management will provide information on how to prepare your home and family for disasters. This will include information on area hazards, basic preparedness guidance, information on unreinforced masonry buildings, and the City’s alert and notification system, Alert Seattle.
  • The Seattle Hubs table will be staffed by Rainer Beach Ready volunteers who will describe how the Emergency Communications Hubs function, where the Rainier Beach Hub is located and have quick tips and multi-language brochures on how to be prepared and communicate during an emergency, as well as information on establishing new hubs in other South Seattle neighborhoods.
  • Office of Housing, a City department focused on affordable housing programs and policies, will have information about free energy efficiency improvements for your home, home repair loans, help in purchasing your first home, or assistance in finding affordable housing.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will discuss their RainWise program. RainWise provides rebates to cover most or all the cost of installing cisterns and rain gardens. To receive a rebate, you must live in an eligible combined sewer overflow basin. Seattle Public Utilities will help you determine if your property qualifies.
  • Seattle City Light will have information about energy-saving tips, available rebates for your home, and how to buy the right LED bulb and take advantage of in-store instant discounts on LEDs.

For more information about the South Seattle Home Fair, contact:

Moon Callison
(206) 615-1486
moon.callison@seattle.gov

 

*There is a lift to help those who need assistance accessing the second floor.

Are YOU Prepared for Landslides?

Wettest October on Record

Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? Or that Seattle just set a record for the most rainfall ever in the month of October? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.

Landslide season is upon us, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Most landslides are caused by water (e.g. rainfall, uncontrolled stormwater) or human activity that increases the weight at the top of the slope or reduces the stability at the bottom of the slope.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI) encourages property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by:

  • Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a safe location
  • Maintaining drainage systems by clearing away leaves and debris
  • Inspecting sloped areas for indications of soil movement and erosion
  • Shutting off irrigation systems and checking it out seasonally
  • Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
  • Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

Visit our website to understand if you’re at risk and how to be prepared. Helpful tools include:

  • Landslide tutorial
  • Interactive GIS Map
  • Landslide Prone Area Map
  • Do’s & Don’ts

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected or endangered by a landslide should also contact Seattle DCI at (206) 615-0808 so that a building inspector can respond and perform an initial assessment of the structure.

To view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides, please visit: http://landslides.usgs.gov/monitoring/seattle/rtd/plot.php.