Seattle was a participant in the Cities of Service Love Your Block program. Through the program, participating cities support the efforts of residents to revitalize their neighborhoods. Cities of Service provided each city with $25,000 and two years of technical assistance and placed two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members in each city hall to build capacity for resident engagement. Learn more about the results of Seattle’s efforts.
Mayor Jenny Durkan
Jenny A. Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the City in nearly a century. She is focused on the housing affordability crisis, helping those experiencing homelessness, providing free college tuition to Seattle’s high school graduates, and pushing reforms and restoring trust in the police department – while also delivering on basic city services. She also is committed to ensuring Seattle continues to lead the innovative economy and create new models for ensuring more security for workers. Prior to becoming mayor, Durkan was a civic leader and nationally-recognized attorney. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history.
What's Happening in Seattle
Love Your Block
Seattle’s service plan provides a framework for leveraging the strengths of citizens to help make Seattle a more equitable, vibrant, and interconnected city. The Love Your Block program is woven into the city's service plan. Through the service plan and Love Your Block, the city operates its Find It Fix It Community Walk and Community Project Grants Programs. The walks are led by the mayor and bring together neighbors, businesses, and city officials to identify physical elements in a neighborhood that make it feel unsafe or contribute to a sense of neglect. After the issues are identified, the city and the citizens work together to fix the problems with the help of Community Action Grants, or mini-grants, from the city.
pounds of garbage collected and removed from 16 lots and public parks by citizen volunteers from 2015 to 2017