Seattle, King County receive record $28 million in federal homeless assistance grants

A record $28 million in federal homeless assistance funds was awarded jointly to the City of Seattle and King County, including over $3.6 million to create new housing opportunities for over 200 people across the region, in addition to renewing critical funding for new and existing homeless housing and services countywide for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the award today, following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement of $1.8 billion awarded nationwide.

“Seattle is working to address our current crisis in homelessness and these resources will help fund our response as we move people from emergency shelters into housing,” said Mayor Ed Murray, co-chair of the Committee to End Homelessness Governing Board. “This also grant helps us leverage additional federal funds to invest in best practices to serve homeless individuals and families.”

“The recent One Night Count highlights the need not only to create more safe shelter and affordable housing, but to keep people from falling into homelessness and to rapidly re-house those who find themselves without a home,” said Executive Constantine. “Thanks to this extraordinary federal support, we can act quickly to move more individuals and families from homelessness to housing.”

The funding awards and new bonus funding come just days after nearly one thousand volunteers across King County counted 3,772 unsheltered people across the County. The annual One Night Count conducted on Jan. 23 found a 21 percent increase over the number counted last year.

New for this federal funding round was approximately $40 million nationally specifically to create housing for chronically homeless persons. In a very competitive process, Seattle-King County was successful in applying for a $3.6 million bonus award, the second largest in the country, to transition over 200 chronically homeless individuals to permanent supportive housing by providing long-term rental assistance and services. The project will focus on people who have histories of the longest shelter use and who are also disabled by one or more significant vulnerabilities. This project is a partnership of Plymouth Housing Group, Catholic Housing Services and DESC – all of whom excel in serving chronically homeless people.

“We are ecstatic to receive funding to house more chronically homeless individuals with permanent supportive housing, an evidence-based approach to ending homelessness,” said Mark Putnam, director of the Committee to End Homelessness. “Our nonprofit providers’ experience with this model is second to none in the country.”

The federal grant also provides support for a new Regional Rapid Re-Housing Project that will assist 50 homeless families countywide to transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The program will offer quick, light-touch services to help families achieve stability, including assistance in finding housing, help with move-in expenses and case management. The program will focus on families who are homeless, either in shelter or on the streets.

The balance of funding awarded to the Seattle/King County Continuum of Care supports 77 community-based projects for a total of 2,176 units of housing: 1,457 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless people with disabilities and 721 units of transitional housing. The total includes funding for two Safe Haven facilities that offer supportive housing for homeless adults with severe mental illness. Also renewed is funding for Continuum of Care planning and the Safe Harbors Homeless Management Information System, which collects data on services provided to homeless people in programs throughout King County.

For more information on the programs and projects funded by the McKinney Continuum of Care grant funds, please call Eileen Denham, City of Seattle McKinney Programs Coordinator, 206-684-0915 or Kate Speltz, King County Housing and Community Development Program, 206-263-9084.

The full list of organizations receiving funds the consolidated application is provided after the jump: [Read more…]

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$470,000 in matching funds offered for technology projects; applications due March 19

Apply now 000024468147XSmallThe City of Seattle invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of the community by matching time and funding.”

The Technology Matching Fund has been in existence since 1997 and this year the City has $470,000 available for matching awards of up to $30,000 each to community groups and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2015.

The funding will be awarded in July to organizations who will improve digital equity by connecting traditionally-underserved populations, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and encourage diverse communities to use technology for civic participation.

Application materials and more information are available at

Two workshops will be held for those interested in applying for the matching funds. The free workshops will provide an overview of the grant program, explain how to apply and detail characteristics of a successful application. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave South, 98144

Thursday, Feb. 12: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St, 98103

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon request by calling 206-233-2751 or emailing by February 6.

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20 years later: How are urban villages performing?

15217953753_a3969ec15e_zOn Wednesday, January 28, former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck will present the results and achievements of the Urban Village strategy, which was first adopted into the Seattle Comprehensive Plan in 1994. Part of the Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Project (SSNAP), Steinbrueck will share what he believes has worked and how we can continue to monitor how well the Comprehensive Plan is working to manage growth in the city.

It’s been 20 years since the City adopted the 1994 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan’s hallmark, the “urban village strategy,” aimed to guide growth and City investment to designated urban centers and villages. The Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project (SSNAP) is a study that measures results and achievements of the urban village strategy. Hear about the findings and conclusions that will inform Seattle 2035, the process to update the plan for the 120,000 more people and 115,000 more jobs expected over the next 20 years.

Measuring the Success of Seattle’s Urban Village Strategy

When: Wednesday, January 28
Where: City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave. (Enter on 5th Ave.)
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Open House), 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Program)
RSVP here

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Mayor Murray raises the 12th Man flag at City Hall

Mayor Murray was joined by Councilmember Jean Godden and several enthusiastic Seahawks fans and City employees at Seattle City Hall today to raise the 12th Man flag on the public plaza. Murray predicted a big Super Bowl win for the Hawks thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team, coach Pete Carroll, and a notoriously loud contingent of fans that will do their best to be heard all the way to Arizona on Sunday! #gohawks!

Full video of the event is available on Seattle Channel’s website.

12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015

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Murray praises Councilmember Rasmussen’s public service

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement after Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced his intention not to run for reelection:

Rasmussen 2014“Councilmember Rasmussen has been deeply engaged in public life as long as I can remember. As an advocate for seniors, human services, parks and innovative transportation solutions, Tom demonstrates active and effective leadership for our City. He was instrumental in our successful campaign last year to expand bus transit – for which I’m very grateful.

I am especially thankful for his partnership in our effort to secure civil rights and marriage equality for the LGBT community. Seattle is losing a major champion on the council, but we know his community activism will find new outlets as he writes his next chapter.”

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Murray comments on discussions with NBA, NHL

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement after meeting this week with the commissioners of both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League:

“On Monday in New York City, on my way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I met for the first time with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver regarding the status of an NBA team returning to Seattle. While Commissioner Silver said Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise with our NBA championship heritage and enthusiastic fan base, the league has no plans to expand at this time. The city will continue to do our part to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle.

While in New York, I also met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the future of NHL hockey in Seattle. We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise. We will continue to work toward that shared vision.”

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Murray lauds Councilmember Licata

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today issued the following statement after Councilmember Nick Licata announced his intention not to run for reelection:

Licata2014_thumb“Councilmember Licata has been a stalwart advocate for those who are too often shut out of the public process – the single working mom, the homeless veteran, the struggling artist. He has used his political savvy to support social justice across our community. After decades of committed public service to the people of Seattle, we owe him a huge debt. His voice will be sorely missed on the City Council.”

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Murray applauds priority hire, car share passage

Today, Mayor Murray issued the following statements on legislation passed by the Seattle City Council:

Mayor Murray on priority hire:

“I salute the entire City Council and the leadership of Committee Chair Sally Clark as our city adopts strong priority hire legislation based on my proposal from last September. This win is an important piece in our shared agenda to make Seattle more affordable and equitable for all communities. When we invest in our community centers, streets and city buildings, we must also invest in the people of our community. This ordinance not only helps someone land a family-wage job, it also opens the door to training and support that can launch a construction career. This partnership benefited from much work from faith leaders, trade unions, community advocates, contractors, apprenticeship programs and others who envision a more prosperous Seattle for all.”

Mayor Murray on expanded car sharing:

“I applaud our City Council for unanimously passing my office’s proposed expansion of car sharing permits in Seattle. This is another step in making Seattle a more livable and interconnected city for those who don’t own vehicles.  This legislation also provides important resources for us to assess the benefits and impacts of car sharing in Seattle. I especially would like to thank Transportation Chair Councilmember Tom Rasmussen for his work on this issue.”

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Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service


Following the annual Garfield High School Martin Luther King, Jr. rally, Mayor Murray, Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, and Mayor’s office staffers participated in the National Day of Service. The Mayor’s office joined the Nature Consortium, students from the University of Washington, and current Miss Seattle Taryn Smith to plant native trees and spread mulch to help restore the West Duwamish greenbelt.

You can find ways to participate in today’s National Day of Service and beyond by visiting

More photos from today’s event:

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Mayor Murray: The determination of the Seahawks is truly inspiring.

imageMayor Ed Murray released the following statement following the NFC Championship Game:


Super Bowl here we come! That was the greatest football game ever played in Seattle. The determination of the Seahawks is truly inspiring. Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for another incredible season. Not only do we have the best team in the NFL, we truly have the best — and loudest– fans in the NFL.

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