Durkan’s $ 100 Million Black Lives Matter Promise: Equity Task Force Recommendations, Call for Proposals for $ 30 Million in Land and Real Estate Expenses
A promise made at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle last year, Mayor Jenny Durkan The pledge to spend $ 100 million to tackle inequality in the city goes forward with new recommendations and a new call for proposals for $ 30 million in land and property acquisitions to help tackle trips in the city.
The pledge made last year as Durkan tried to tackle the unrest and protests following the police assassination of George floyd is a complicated four-part mix of new programs and already existing initiatives totaling $ 100 million.
“We face many challenges in the coming recovery, but as we continue to rebuild better, hope looms on the horizon for the city’s communities,” Durkan said in an announcement on recent progress. achieved on the goal of $ 100 million.
Durkan’s $ 100 million commitment in four parts:
1) The first part, participatory budgeting, could end up being the biggest new investment in the suit, putting a spending set of $ 30 million under budget. Civil rights office to shape a community-based social and service plan.
2) But the mayor’s office has another $ 30 million component of the pledge shaped by its 26-member Equitable Communities Initiative task force that could come up with real spending plans sooner. The task force, the second major component of the $ 100 million pledge, presented a set of key recommendations last week that the mayor’s office said will shape a new ordinance. the municipal Council will then shape the final legislation.
Recommendations of the ECI working group:
- Create opportunities through small business support – to provide business development and technical assistance. Develop diversity and culture
- Competent educators and educational opportunities – to provide cultural education for BIPOC youth, programs for former incarcerated and establish an innovation fund for equity education.
- Access Affordable Housing, Land Acquisition, and Generational Wealth – to establish a Home Buyer’s Rental Program, a Learning Pipeline Program, and Support Generational Wealth.
- Increase positive health outcomes – increase access to food and environmental justice, foster inclusive and culturally appropriate health care, and strengthen / enhance the development of the healthcare provider workforce colored
3) The third component of $ 30 million is the restored Strategic Investment Fund for Land and Property Acquisition spending program “to respond to disproportionate displacement pressures affecting Black, Indigenous and Colored communities.” The Durkan administration had previously cut the fund before it is restored by the council.
The city has now launched its call for proposals for the program with a maximum of $ 5 million per scholarship. The fund will support site acquisition projects, including “affordable housing, affordable commercial spaces, open public spaces, cultural spaces and daycare centers”.
“The sites must be located in neighborhoods at high risk of displacement and close to investments in public transport and existing or planned parks”, the announcement bed.
4) The final $ 10 million of the $ 100 million pledge will focus on public safety, according to Durkan’s office.
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