Learn more about your neighborhood with our new Neighborhood Snapshots

Whether you’re interested in finding current plans for your neighborhood or learning about its community groups and gathering spaces, our new Neighborhood Snapshots offer a wealth of information about Seattle’s many neighborhoods. These new neighborhood profiles include demographics, current community concerns, and links to neighborhood blogs, community groups, and other resources.

The Neighborhood Snapshots can be found on our Neighborhoods & Districts webpage, which you can always click to from our Community Resource Hub.

We hope this information will be useful to community organizers, advocates, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to get to know their neighborhood better.  If we missed something important about your neighborhood, we hope you’ll either drop us a line at NeighborhoodSnapshot@seattle.gov or call 206.615.0856.

Don’t see your neighborhood? Don’t worry! We are still working on adding more.

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Hey Neighbor: Meet Jenifer Chao

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Hey Neighbor! series introduces you to the people behind the scenes working to build, strengthen, and engage the communities of Seattle.

Meet Jenifer Chao!

Jenifer serves as a Strategic Initiatives Advisor on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Outreach and Engagement team. She joined DON last November and works on citywide projects to embed community engagement throughout all levels of the planning process. Her key projects include Sound Transit 3 and the CID Framework in the Chinatown International District. She previously worked in the non-profit sector before joining the City of Seattle Human Services Department in 2009. Jenifer is from the Mien community, has two children and cares for her elderly parents and brother in-law who live with her. She enjoys spending time with her faith community and seeing her children grow up with their grandparents.


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VIDEO: How to Equitably Engage Your Community

Every voice in your community has purpose and every voice in your community brings value!

Here at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, we understand just how much work is required to do effective and equitable outreach and engagement. It demands a large amount of time, resources, and experimentation. But, all that work pays off when you are able to engage your WHOLE community in an idea, process, or project.

Watch our short video below to get helpful tips on simple actions you can take to build and sustain equitable outreach and engagement into the work of your community group or organization.

For more tips and information, visit the Get Organized Toolbox in our Community Resource Hub!

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Seattle Renters’ Commission issues statement in support of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

Members of the Seattle Renters’ Commission appeared before the Seattle City Council’s Select Committee on Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) yesterday to voice their support of MHA.

They have also issued a statement urging the Seattle City Council to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation.

“This is the first step in a long road to making Seattle affordable for all renters, and as such, we support City Council starting this journey with MHA.”

Read the full statement from the Seattle Renters’ Commission.

The Seattle Renters’ Commission provides information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters. Learn more at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/seattle-renters-commission

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Volunteers needed to advise on development plans for Kaiser Permanente

Here’s your chance to advise the City on the development plans of the Kaiser Permanente campus. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the Kaiser Permanente Standing Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the hospital to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, medical services, or just an interest in their neighborhood’s future are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets in the evenings at the campus four to six times a year. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term. If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Monday, July 30 to: 

Maureen Sheehan

E-mail: Maureen.Sheehan@seattle.gov

Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods; P.O. Box 94649; Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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