March Meeting: Find It, Fix It Walk Report and Standing Committee Sessions

Dear Neighbor,

As you look at HPAC’s new executive committee, you will see some new faces, and find familiar ones, too!

I am delighted to serve as the new chair for the Highland Park Action Committee and look forward to working with you to encourage positive change in our neighborhood.

As an LGBT person of color and child of an immigrant, it makes me proud to live in a neighborhood with such wonderful cultural, economic, and ideological diversity and strong community ties as Highland Park. I believe that these qualities are assets, and should be leveraged to effect a more equitable, just, and environmentally conscious neighborhood.

Please be sure to join us for our March meeting next Wednesday. You will find our March 28 agenda below. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our community open house on April 25! Be sure to RSVP so that we can save a plate for you.

If you have any questions or comments, I can always be reached at hpacchair@gmail.com. I hope to meet you soon!

Sincerely,


Charlie Omana
2018 Chair, HPAC

MARCH 28, 2018 HPAC Meeting

Greetings! Be sure to join us next Wednesday for our March HPAC meeting!

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

The March agenda is as follows:

7:00 Community Announcements

HPIC
Other

7:05 HPAC Executive Committee Updates

A.) New Executive Committee Introductions

B.) Discuss HPAC Letter (HPACMyersWayEncampment 2018) and Meeting concerning Camp Second Chance and Myers Way Parcels

C.) Meeting with Mayor’s Office

7:10 Find It, Fix It Walk Report Read-Through

We will go through each page of the Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update report issued by the city for Highland Park in October 2017. Be prepared to discuss.

Please access the report here:
Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walks: Post-Walk Update Report

8:10 Standing Committee Breakout Session: Neighborhood Infrastructure and Neighborhood Engagement

After many attempts at previous meetings, we WILL be breaking out into committees this meeting. Pick your poison below:

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure– This committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

2) Neighborhood Engagement – This committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

NEXT MEETING

openhsePlease be sure to join us for our April 25, 2018 HPAC Community Open House! Food and drink will be provided.

Come learn about HPAC, share your thought and comments about what is needed in the neighborhood, and most of all, share some food in the great company of your neighbors. All are welcome, including kids. We will have low key format. Let’s kick off spring together!

To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, please be sure to RSVP at the following link by April 13, 2018: RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/wntQ9uiiUq2D2qXH2

TAKE ACTION!

Comment on Camp Second Chance permit renewal

The City of Seattle is seeking community input concerning the permitting of Camp Second Chance for another year on the Myers Way Parcels. City policy presently allows sanctioned encampments to remain at a location up to two years. However, as reported on the West Seattle Blog, the camp has already been at the site for a year and (almost) 9 months. The city eventually sanctioned and provided funding for the camp in February of 2017.

A public meeting seeking comments was held by the city on Tuesday, March 20, but you can still submit comments until Thursday, April 5, 2018!

To do so, simply email your comments to homelessness@seattle.gov (with Myers Way in the subject line) or call 206-727-8496 by April 5th.

Apply to serve on the Seattle Renter’s Commission

The Seattle Renter’s Commission is seeking applicants to serve as community commissioners on its 15-member panel. Applicants living in diverse rental-housing types are encouraged to apply.

The Seattle Renter’s Commission was established by the Seattle City Council in 2017. The volunteer commission is composed of a diverse group of renters across Seattle who advise, inform, and counsel the mayor, city council, and other city departments on issues concerning and affecting renters. Interested parties can apply using an online application by Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

Mailed applications can be requested by contacting Maureen Sheehan at (206) 684-0302, or can be picked up at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd floor, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Citywide Open Houses: Learn more about MHA and other City services that promote equity
District 1 Open House: May 9, 6-8pm at Louisa Boren K-8

Seattle City Council has formed a Committee of the Whole (which means all Councilmembers participate) for MHA and will be holding committee meetings and public hearings over the next 6 months. All events are open to the public and provide time for public comment. See City Council’s Committee of the Whole for MHA page Get in touch with City Council and share your suggestions for Mandatory Housing Affordability:
citywideMHA@seattle.gov

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