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"Drug Market Initiative in Columbia City"—The Seattle Times
"New city budget putting some neighborhood services at risk"—Central District News
"Increased GOTS Funding Helps More Folks"—Central District News
Seattle’s "Drug Market Initiative"—Central District News
Seattle Neighborhood Group supports many projects in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods. We work with many different community groups to sponsor community resource fairs, celebrations, clean-ups, youth events, and crime prevention training and outreach to neighbors and businesses throughout the area. Our goal is to help connect those living and working in the area to each other, and to increase safety in the neighborhoods by connecting people to their local community police.
Current SNG Projects in this neighborhood
SNG partners with Othello Park Alliance and Seattle Parks & Recreation to host the Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival at Othello Park; located one block east of the Othello Park Central Link Station on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The Festival features live music, food, and fun for all ages; plus a surprise guest – Stanley the camel!
Last year, SNG collaborated with the Dakota Associates, Senior Housing Assistance Group and Salaam Urban Village Association to organize the first Rainier Court Block Celebration and Resource Fair for the residents of The Dakota and Courtland Place. The event helped increase community spirit and connected residents to community services and public safety education. This year, SNG looks forward to working with our partners to coordinate another successful block celebration; in addition to crafting a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) report for The Dakota to increase its safety and apartment security programs.
With support from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Housing Authority, SNG and the residents of South Short Court Apartments and Villa Park Homes will host a Back to School Night Out Celebration for youth and families in late September. The event will provide attendees with school supplies, crime prevention tools, and access to social and commercial services in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.
Early this year, SNG collaborated with Seattle Police Department, the King County’s Prosecutor’s Office, the Seattle City Attorney Office and the community to develop and implement the first Drug Market Initiative (DMI) for the South Seattle Community of Columbia City. The DMI is an innovative strategy designed to reduce or eliminate overt street drug dealing in Seattle’s residential neighborhoods, and was well received by Columbia City business owners and residents. During the “community call-in,” SNG connected low risk sellers to resources in the community and encouraged them to positively change their lives.
Throughout the year, SNG works with partner agencies in Southeast, Southwest and Central Seattle to support the Mayor's anti-violence initiative focused on youth. The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative gathers the resources of three neighborhoods to achieve two goals: a fifty percent reduction in juvenile violent crime referrals in the three neighborhoods, and a fifty percent reduction in suspensions/expulsions due to violent incidents in five selected middle schools. SYVPI director Mariko Lockhart works closely with SE Network Coordinator Heidi Henderson-Lewis to coordinate the effort with participation from local communities, non-profits, and schools.
Other upcoming SNG projects:
National Crime Night Out at King Plaza
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: South West Corner of ML King Way South and South Myrtle Street
Partners: Seattle Police Department, South Seattle residents and business owners
Back to School Bash
Saturday August 20, 2011 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Rainier Beach Beer Sheva Park – 8650 55th Ave South
Partners: Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club
Vietnamese Resource Fair
Friday September 9, 2011 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall – 7054 32nd Ave South
Partners: Seattle Housing Authority, Vietnamese Friendship Association, Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute
If you would like to know about current public safety and community building events in this area, please join our email list for South Seattle!
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Resources for Residents
Many resources are available to Southeast Seattle residents, visitors, and business owners to keep neighborhoods safe and strong. Here are some of our favorites:
- Information about using the 9-1-1 system. When you see a crime in progress, or when you see suspicious activity, it is important to dial 9-1-1.
- Connect with your Community Police Team: call (206) 684-4370 for chronic, on-going problems that have not been resolved by calling 9-1-1.
- Information about your Seattle Police Department Precinct and community contacts
- Seattle Police Crime Prevention.
- Report Graffiti using this online form, or call (206) 684-7587.
- Report Abandoned Vehicles using this online form, or call (206) 684-8763.
- Report a Streetlight problem using this form, or call (206) 684-7056.
- How to Report Ongoing Drug Activity using 9-1-1 and your community police team.
- Seattle City Attorney's Community Liaison program Call (206) 684-4375 to contact the Attorney Liaison in the South Precinct.
SNG brings many resources aside from our staff expertise in organizing groups and events:
- Our Community Education Team works in immigrant, low-income, and senior communities to educate on personal safety, using 9-1-1, identity theft, and fraud.
- CPTED site surveys for changing the physical safety of an area.
- Take Action Workshops for working with nuisance properties in your neighborhood.
- Landlord Workshops to help area landlords develop and maintain crime free property in our neighborhoods
Asian Counseling & Referral Service
Boys & Girls Club of King County
Columbia City Business Association
Consejo Counseling & Referral
Detective Cookie’s Chess Club
Horn of Africa Services
Othello Park Alliance
Rainier Beach Empowerment Coalition
Rainier Beach Merchants Association
Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Salaam Urban Village Association
Seattle Department of Neighborhood
Senior Housing Assistance Group
Seattle Housing Authority
Seattle Human Services Department
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Seattle Police Department
Southeast Effective Development
The 2100 Building
Totem Star Records
Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute
Vietnamese Friendship Association
If you are looking for information about activities and organizations in the Southeast Seattle area, and cannot find it on our website, or our partner links, please contact us via email, or by phone at (206) 323-9666.