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New Crime Stoppers App

Reporting crime tips is now even easier. PC Tips is a free smartphone app you can use to submit anonymous tips about crimes. You can also use it on a PC or tablet. For more information, go to CrimeStoppers.com

You can also submit anonymous tips by phone by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.

If you have crime or safety related information that may be deemed useful in your community, submit a tip. You may even be eligible for a reward.

Prevention Works in Seattle (WINS)

Prevention Works in Seattle (WINS) is a northeast Seattle community coalition formed in 2006 to put programs and strategies into place that, when consistently implemented, are proven to reduce drug and alcohol use rates. Its mission is to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse, and associated problems through education, advocacy, and networking with students, families, and the community.

Its website, http://www.preventionworksinseattle.org, has more information, including parental tips, resources, calendar of events, and its blog.

The coalition meets the second Tuesday, every-other month, 8-9:30 a.m. at Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE. The next meeting is in July.

Funds Available for Night Out

If your street plans to participate in Night Out on August 1, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event!

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding for projects that promote community engagement and are led by the community. Community groups can request up to $5,000 to pay for Night Out activities. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in its web-based application system at least 48 hours prior to June 21 to apply.

They highly encourage community groups to contact their staff to learn about the variety of Night Out projects the Fund can support, such as sport tournaments, block parties, cultural gatherings, and pop-up markets. For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/neighborhood-matching-fund/how-to-apply or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit seattle.gov/police/community-policing/night-out.

Save the Date for Pinehurstfest – July 15, 2-5 PM

Summer Food Service Program for Kids

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will offer the Summer Food Service Program, a free summer meal program for any child 18 and younger. The Summer Food Service Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), helps ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

 

Site Name

Address

Dates of Operation

Days of Operation

Meal Service Type

And Time(s)

Contact Name and

Phone Number

Bitterlake Community Center

13035 Linden Ave. N.

June 26 – Sept 1

Fridays and Saturdays

Supper

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Richard By

206-684-7524

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center

10517 35th Ave NE.

June 26 – Sept 1

Fridays and Saturdays

Supper

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cindy Sandino-Chang

206-684-7523

For questions or more information about SPR’s Summer Food Service Program, please contact Stephanie Berry at 206-386-0024, or Stephanie.Berry@seattle.gov.

 

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

As her signature in the top left corner of the drawing states, this was made by Ava and she is 7 years old. She drew it at last year’s Pinehurstfest. There is something about this that feels calm and balanced, isn’t there? Maybe the blue wavy lines…. Thank you, Ava, for this beautiful scene! This art will be in the park kiosk all of June. The pocket park is on the corner of NE 117th & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email nancy@pinehurstseattle.org. 

2017 Music in the Lake City Mini Park

Here’s the schedule for this year:

Pinehurst Pets – Spirit

What a great name for this young cat – Spirit! Here he is gardening in the springtime.

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to nancy@pinehurstseattle.org.

AmeriCorps Position Open

Know someone who would like to work in the neighborhood? Check out this 10.5 month community-building position:

Lake City Community Conversation on Homelessness

Lake City Community Conversation on Homelessness

Held May 24, 2017

This was an hour-long panel discussion. The panelists were various people who are involved in serving the homeless in Seattle, and two of them in Lake City, a couple from Seattle Police, and one formerly homeless person who is a long-time resident of Lake City.

The average number of homeless over 9 years who were counted in the annual night count in Lake City is 60. That includes sheltered and unsheltered. In the latest count, there were 87, with about 87 of them in shelters. Lake City has hardly any homeless families and children. Not only has homelessness increased, the homeless are more visible in Lake City, mostly because of development. They are less able to tuck themselves away in greenspaces.

The increase in rents correlates with increase in homelessness. Over 80% of homeless around here are from Seattle or King County.

The Seattle Director of Homelessness advised us to ask local politicians in the upcoming campaign season these three questions:

1 – What do they think should be done about the crisis of affordable housing? Seattle is 30,000 units short of the subsidized housing that is needed.

2 – Seattle’s budget for homelessness is $50 million a year. What is your plan for this budget?

3 – What should we do about the people on the street right now, pending longer-term solutions?

Panelists responded to the moderator’s question, ‘What is missing in Lake City that would help the homeless problem?’

– Provide permanent year-round shelters instead of the rotating ones that are open only five months of the year

– Fund recuperative care, to help homeless people discharged from the hospital get the after-care they need, such as from surgery, or for a broken leg.

– Provide more meals

– Not all people want to be in shelters. Provide 24 hour drop-in centers for showers, etc. God’s L’il Acre is only open for a few hours a day.

– Expand the police’s LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) It’s  a pre-booking diversion pilot program developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes.  It allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution.

Asked to tell us how the Lake City community can support homeless people, panelists said

– Get community groups to band together and work with City agencies such as Department of Neighborhoods

– Advocate for the homeless, such as asking the mayor and city council members to do more and fund more.

– Volunteer to be a helper, what is called a ‘companioning person’. Many homeless want to get services and homes, but don’t have the wherewithal to go through the bureaucracy. Having a one-on-one mentor to help fill out paperwork, make and go to appointments with social services, increases likelihood of good outcome. The formerly homeless panelist said it took him seven years to get an apartment, and it was largely because someone who cared helped him do it.

– Go to some of the local churches and other venues that serve meals to homeless. Help in the kitchen, or just talk to the customers. Lamb of God serves meals on Sunday nights.

– Get involved in the Lake City Task Force on Homelessness. It meets at the Mennonite church on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

– Mobilize your church, book club, hiking club, or whatever, to do something to help

– Vote for candidates who care about this issue.

– Donate money