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Update for March 2017

The Imagine Lake City Together neighborhood planning project is moving forward with the input and assistance of many Lake City community members.

Started last summer, the project is being facilitated by a partnership between Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, with funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.  The grant supports the creation of a plan to help improve the quality of life for children, families and individuals of Seattle’s Lake City.

The Imagine Lake City Together leadership team thanks all the individuals and organizations who are helping us on the project.  Volunteers have knocked on doors, surveyed residents, and assessed conditions of every commercial and residential parcel in the survey block. As part of the Steering Committee, more than 25 residents and business owners, community and civic leaders have brought their expertise to the table in areas such as parks, social services, transportation, children and youth programming, senior services, education, public safety, and more.

We also wish to thank more than 150 Lake City residents who have already given us their input by putting their time and thought into completing resident surveys or by participating in focus groups. We’ve been talking with seniors, youth, business owners, residents, immigrant and refugees. We are looking at the answers from every survey and group to determine the most important challenges and opportunities for the near and distant future for our community.  If you have received a survey in the mail, or if one of our surveyors knocks on your door, you still have time to for your voice to be heard.

Susan Edwards of the Imagine Lake City Together leadership team has tons of surveys to review. We are accepting surveys through March 24.

The Imagine Lake City Together Leadership Team will soon be working on the first draft of the plan based on this input as well as previous community planning efforts. We will again be asking for the community’s help to review the draft and its priorities and work together to make Lake City an even better place to live, learn, work and play.

 

Imagine Lake City Together

Moves Forward

We wanted to take the opportunity to ring in the New Year with an update on the progress of the Imagine Lake City Together project. As you may remember, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance received a $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant supports the creation of a strategy that will help improve the quality of life for children and families in Seattle’s Lake City. We now call this project Imagine Lake City Together.

While Lake City has experienced a great deal of planning efforts in the past, many of us that are close to this project and past work believe that the Imagine Lake City Together project is particularly special. It has truly been the inclusive and robust effort that our community deserves and one that can produce the kind of plan that will not merely be shelved and forgotten about. The final product will include past planning efforts as well as the activities driven by this grant, with a plan to intentionally achieve the community’s priorities.

What’s happened so far?

  • The Steering Committee, a diverse and representative group of community and civic leaders, local residents and business owners has met three times to offer their insights and expertise.  Many have also volunteered on our survey, focus groups and other efforts. We thank you for your support.
  •  With the help of many of your neighbors and local organizations we are in the process of completing the resident satisfaction survey. We have received approximately 100 completed responses.
  • Volunteers have worked hard to conduct a parcel analysis providing a visual assessment of our built environment of all the parcels both residential and commercial in the catchment areaidentified in the grant.
  • We are in the midst of conducting several focus groups including businesses, youth and seniors with work being done to conduct groups with service providers and individuals experiencing homelessness from our community. If you would like to join a focus group, please call 206-387-4505 or email LakeCity@chs-wa.org.
  • Two local residents who completed our resident satisfaction survey were chosen in a random drawing and received $100 gift cards. Investing in your community bears rewards!

We expect that preliminary reports from the Imagine Lake City Together project will soon be available. We will begin sharing with the community our emerging trends and results in the near future.

visit Imagine Lake City Together Page  to follow the process.

To volunteer or for more information about the survey, please contact us at LakeCity@chs-wa.org or (206) 387-4505.

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Link to “City Living” Article – Lake City Wins $100,000 Wells Fargo Planning Grant

Press Release for Planning Grant

Lake City partners announce $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant

Project supported by Wells Fargo Foundation

 SEATTLE—June 14, 2016—Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW), Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance have received a $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant supports the creation of a strategy that will help improve the quality of life for children and families in Seattle’s Lake City.

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The grant will be announced at a special presentation for the Lake City Neighborhood Project with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and CHSW/President Sharon Osborne at 5 p.m. June 16 at the Lake City Neighborhood Farmers Market, Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast in Seattle. The comprehensive revitalization plan will cover community needs ranging from affordable housing, social services, green spaces, economic development and social cohesion. The planning process will take place over the next year.

The Lake City neighborhood is one of six communities nationwide that Wells Fargo has chosen to participate in its National Neighborhood Grants Program pilot. The program, which is modeled after a regional Neighborhood Grants Program in the mid-Atlantic region hinges on increasing resident engagement in the neighborhood revitalization process and ensuring community voices are represented.

“Wells Fargo is thrilled to invest in the revitalization of Lake City through our Neighborhood Grants program,” said Patrick Yalung, Washington region president for Wells Fargo. “This program is all about igniting community change from within. We are privileged to work with Children’s Home Society of Washington and the residents of Lake City to move their community vision forward.”

“Children’s Home Society of Washington is proud to work alongside the Wells Fargo Foundation and our partners, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, to build a thriving community for our families and children in Lake City,” said Sharon Osborne, president/CEO of CHSW. “This grant provides the pivotal resources to build a long-term roadmap that will help advance the goals of the Lake City community.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to expand on the good work that has been done in Lake City and for the resources the grant provides to further connect, collaborate and build relationships in our growing community,” said Chris Leverson, director of Lake City Future First. “Through partnership and collaboration with the Children’s Home Society of Washington, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and the broader community, Lake City Future First is honored to be a part of this effort to build community vision.”

“Lake City Neighborhood Alliance is proud and excited to partner with the Children’s Home Society of Washington and Lake City Future First,” said Sandy Motzer, board chair of Lake City Neighborhood Alliance. “As a senior partner, our extensive community network will be crucial to engaging underrepresented constituents so that our community voice is inclusive as we identify and advance goals and priorities.”

For more information about CHSW, visit www.childrenshomesociety.org. For more information about Lake City Future First, visit http://lakecityfuturefirst.org. For more information about Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, visit http://lcna-seattle.org.

Children’s Home Society of Washington is the oldest and largest statewide nonprofit children’s organization—serving nearly 30,000 children and their families. Its mission is to develop healthy children, create strong families, build engaged communities, and speak and advocate for children.

 Lake City Future First is a group of residents, business owners, and organizations working together to create a sustainable organization, engage businesses, and develop a strategic plan through a common vision.

 Lake City Neighborhood Alliance is as an advocacy organization of more than 25 member groups representing neighborhood, business, faith, school, special-issue, and service-provider groups throughout Lake City.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

To learn more about the National Neighborhood Grants Program, please visit National Neighborhood Grants Pilot Program.