January BLCT Meeting Notes

Build Lake City Together Meeting 1/26/2021

  • Attendance:
    • Ann Fuller, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Chris Leverson, Build Lake City Together
    • Jenn Eaglespeaker, North Helpline
    • Renee Pierce, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Dan Stern, The Fish Store
    • Mark Mendez, Build Lake City Together
    • Dean Allsopp – Debora Juarez’s Office
    • Hayden Bixby – Resident and Business Owner
    • Ibtesam Elmadani, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Nikki Rosling, Rotary Club Northeast Seattle
    • Marty Curry, University of Washington Urban Design and Planning
    • Ben Cober, Victory Heights Community Council
    • Carmen Casillas, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Cindy Martinez, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Lourdes Ruiz, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Donald Moody, Pierre-Ford Family
    • Kelly Brown, North Helpline
    • LEAD Local King County
    • Melanie Neufeld, Seattle Menonite Church and Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness
    • Lela Menan, Refugee Artisan Initiative
    • Annette Heide-Jesen, Kaffeeklatsch
    • Steve Freese, Rotary Club Northeast Seattle
    • Lynda Motsomoto – resident
    • Hyein Yoo, North Seattle Family Resource Center
    • Philip Shack, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance
    • Martha Taylor, Resident of North Seattle
    • Nancy Garrett, Lake City Branch of Seattle Public Library
    • Tina Tudor, Nathan Hale High School
    • Alex Peterson, Coyote North
    • Jude Ewing, Lake City House
    • Osbaldo Hernandez, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
    • Vedrana Durakovic, Lake City Northgate Senior Center
    • Sandy Motzer, Lake City Emergency Communication Hub
    • Tim Motzer, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance
    • Lynda Musselman, Lake City House
    • Kelly McKinney, District 5
    • Jimi Hightower, Lake City Resident
    • Karen Salinas, REACH
    • Nikki, Decent Exposures
    • Melody Garcia, Public Defenders Association
    • Dean, Councilmember Juarez’s Office
    • Sheri Melendez, REACH
    • Manuela, REACH
    • Brenda Frazier, REACH
    • Jenny Frankl, Seattle Public Utilities
  1. BLCT and CHSW did receive funding from the Office of Economic Development. We’re very excited to be able to continue that work.
  2. Fire Relief Fund: We raised a little over $23,000 for the businesses affected by the fire.
    1. Jenn Eaglespeaker launched a campaign across the businesses as well. Her gofundme campaign raised a little over $5,000.
  3. Chris has reached out to Evan Ward from SFD about the ongoing investigation, and he will update us about any response.
  4. The Federal government just passed another round of PPE. Mark has been working with several small businesses to support them in the process
  5. There is be a new mural right next to the BLCT storefront about the history of watchmaking in the city. For those who don’t know, but Seattle used to be called the city of clocks.
  6. Monica wanted everyone to know that the library is now open for curbside pickup 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday 12 noon to 6 pm. There are materials that can be checked out instantly at the door, as well as items can be put on hold by phone or electronically for any item we have in the SPL system.
  7. Molly Burke wanted to report that the shed Seattle Farmers Market (and some other organizations) used for storage was broken into. The police have been notified.
  8. Lake City Farmers Market will be reopening July 1st.
  9. Wells Fargo has given us the funding for 2021 and 2022, upfront. There is currently discussion about whether they will continue our funding after 2022.
  10. REACH presentation:
    1. REACH is not a compliance-based program. REACH works in harm reduction, which is the philosophy of meeting people where they are, working to reduce barriers, and honoring the autonomy of clients.
    2. LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
    3. Outreach: REACH has a team that works in different areas of Seattle, including Lake City. There are three outreach workers in the Northend. They have been going to encampments around the area to build rapport and relationships with the people living there. One of the goals is to assess what is needed here so that the outreach workers can connect with others to more specialized care. Part of the outreach work is the flexibility of adjusting the plans for different individuals.
    4. Manuela is one of the outreach workers in North Seattle. They come to Lake City once or twice a week to look for individuals who have high law enforcement contact and who are historically more impacted by that contact, like Black folks, brown folks, indigenous folks, and LGBTQ folks.
      1. So far they have about 20 folks signed up for the LEAD program. LEAD works to help folks get connected to housing applications, mental health services, whatever they want or need.
    5. Do REACH or LEAD take referrals? For LEAD, there is a community referral link, but because of capacity they are asking that those referrals come through Manuela or Karen. REACH takes referrals through their outreach workers.
      1. Manuela: 206-600-0908 (specifically for unhoused folks with legal involvement)
      2. Once referrals are received, individuals are vetted based off of past criminal history, current needs, and location to try to determine priority and capacity in each area.
  • If an individual is approved for the program, the person who referred them will be notified and the screening and outreach team will do what they can to locate the person.
  1. Do REACH and LEAD have office space in North Seattle? Yes, they have an office space on Aurora and 105th. However, there are no clients in the space during COVID.
  2. What are services/needs that come up that LEAD/REACH has trouble fulfilling? That is: what gaps are there in the services you can provide that we might seek other avenues to address? The housing system is a disaster. When Karen gets a new client, she tells them that there can expect to be housed in about 2 years. It’s not so much that there is a need we can’t fill, it’s that there are systems that we can’t control and those systems do not work for our clients.
  3. Does LEAD work with the Seattle Police Department? Yes, they are happy to work with the police in helpful ways. While police have been harmful to many of their clients, when the police know LEAD’s clients, they are more likely to treat them with respect and politeness.
  1. BLCT would like to ask 3-5 people you know who aren’t usually in these meetings to come up with some community topics for these meetings to keep conversations fresh and open.
    1. Yes: Hayden Bixby, Annette, Jimi Hightower
  2. Jenny Frankl and Phillip Sit with Seattle Public Utilities are here to talk about the Clean City Initiative.
    1. Clean City Initiative
      1. Adding 10 new SPU Litter Routes (including in the Lake City neighborhood)
      2. Coordinated Weekly Cleans with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Increased trash pick-up from encampments and RVs through ex
  1. SPU will add 10 new needle boxes throughout the city. One will be on Denny way, but the 9 other locations have not been determined yet.
  1. Litter Abatement Program
    1. Picking up garbage on streets and sidewalks
    2. Picking up bulky items encountered
  • Will also flag big or recurring problems
  1. Lake City Litter Route (includes Little Brook)
    1. Route includes:
      1. Lake City Way between 120th St and 143rd St
      2. 32nd Ave NE, between 135th and 143rd St
      3. 35th Ave NE between NE 125th St and N 135th St
    2. A typical week on the route: 2 workers, 44 block faces, 2 times per week (Tuesday and Saturday), 10 hours per week. Since October 3st, they have collected 17,040 pounds of trash and debris.
  2. Uplift Northwest: Empowerment through Employment
    1. Leading job provider for men and women experiencing poverty and homelessness in the Greater Seattle area
    2. Belltown nonprofit working to guide people on their path to self-sufficiency
  • This program will provide crews to accomplish a variety of functions, including but not limited to:
    1. Litter abatement
    2. Sidewalk and curb sweeping
    3. Poster removal from poles
    4. Basic weeding of public landscaped areas
    5. Sharps removal
    6. Human and animal waste removal
    7. Removal of overall trash
  1. Other programs in the Clean City Division:
    1. Illegal dumping
    2. Graffiti abatement
  • Litter collection
  1. Community clean up
  2. Public place litter cans
  1. Ways to report issues:
    1. Find it, Fix it app
    2. SPU illegal dumping hotline: (206) 684-7587 Questions:
  2. Questions:
    1. Where is the nearest needle disposal box to Lake City? Needle disposal box definitely needed in the neighborhood.
    2. Jenny Frankl will circle back with Chris about the concern around 27th being included in the litter collection route.

Next meeting – February 18, 2021 – 6pm