News Gleams: Gossett Convening Affordable Housing Meeting, South Seattle Home Fair, Hillman’s Artist-in- Residence

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Jordan Alam Named Town Hall artist in residence for Hillman/Columbia City

After a months-long decision process, Town Hall Seattle has chosen Jordan Alam as its neighborhood resident for Hillman/Columbia City.

Alam is a writer, editor, doula, and educator who, according to the Town Hall announcement, grew up at “an intersection of Bangladeshi American, Muslim, queer, and femme identities.”

Her work focuses on social forces such as poverty, racism, and trauma, and finding ways to articulate how those experiences live in people’s bodies and shape the course of their lives. Through her work, Alam says she hopes to urge people to engage with subtle moments of transition and transformation in their own lives, as well as the lives of others.

As part of her residency, she will be tasked with co-curating art and civics-based hyper-local programming in the South Seattle area this spring on behalf of Town Hall Seattle.

Jordan Alam. [photo courtesy of Town Hall Seattle]

Filipino Community Center Hosting South Seattle Home Fair

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) will host the South Seattle Home Fair on February 10 at the Filipino Community Center (5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S). Attendees will be able to gather information about home remodel projects, permitting processes, inspections, codes requirements, and rental housing rules.

The free event will also feature information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, local Metro transit projects, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, and weatherization of homes.

Lasting from 10am to 2pm, the Home Fair will also feature 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)

Interested parties can RSVP here. RSVPs are not required, but strongly encouraged by SDCI.


Gossett Convening Public Meeting on Affordable Housing in King County

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett will host a meeting on affordable housing in King County as part of the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force.

Gossett is inviting residents in the area struggling with affordability, rent increases and home searches to come share their experiences at the gathering, which will take place at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S) on Tuesday, January 30 from 6pm- 8:30pm.

More information on the event can be found here.


Valley Cities Recovery Place Seattle at Beacon Hill Now Open  

Recovery Place Seattle at Beacon Hill opened its doors to clients on December 11, 2017. This facility is the first in King County to offer mental health and substance use treatment and will primarily serve low-income individuals and those who are experiencing homelessness. The opening of this 33,332 square foot facility is a significant step towards addressing the opioid epidemic in King County.

Recovery Place Seattle at Beacon Hill, operated by Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care, opens with 16 detox beds. When fully staffed, it will offer 33 detox beds and 40 intensive inpatient treatment beds. The combination of mental health and substance use treatment will enable staff to better address the underlying causes of clients’ behavioral health issues and provide proper care. The facility will provide an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for police and first responders and will provide another option for clients stepping down from secure detox.

“From the outset, we are going to accept people who have dual diagnoses — we are not going to exclude anyone,” Chief of Inpatient Services, Milena Stott said. “We’ve assembled a great team of professionals, who are eager to demonstrate the success of this approach.”

The clinical staff managing operations at Recovery Place Seattle include Dr. Tawnya Christiansen, Inpatient Medical Director; and Dorothy Routt, Director of Nursing.

The initial detox program can be a three- to five-day process. Following detoxification, patients can move to behavioral health care treatment, where they can stay for up to 28 days. There will be roughly 120 full and part time employees working at the facility when it is operating at full capacity.

The new facility, formerly the Recovery Centers of King County, cost just over $9 million to renovate. It includes patient examination rooms, group therapy rooms, nurse medical stations, an exercise/yoga room, dining room, a lounge and laundry. It is located at 1701 18th Avenue South, with easy access to I-5 and I-90E.


Applications Open For two Seattle Park District-Funded Programs for Community Activities in 2018

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is now accepting applications for two Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2018. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

The Get Moving program funds culturally relevant physical activities in communities where health disparities are prevalent. Funded activities will strengthen the collaboration between SPR and Seattle communities.

The Recreation for All program funds new, innovative and culturally relevant recreation opportunities. Funded programs will take place in City of Seattle community centers, parks and facilities.

The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between SPR and Seattle communities through innovative and sustainable programs. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for up to a maximum amount of $15,000.

Applications can be found here.


Featured image courtesy of King County