PubliCalendar: Ending Homelessness Through "Progressive Engagement"

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Kristen Farnam September 9, 2014

For Today

Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Special Meeting

This special meeting has been called to discuss ending family homelessness. The committee will examine the YWCA Late Night Expansion, the Shelter Diversion Pilot, a program that helps families avoid shelters by putting them in housing right away, the Rapid Rehousing Pilot, and an emergency family shelter, Bianca's Place Shelter programs. They are part of the region's "progressive engagement" approach in which specific interventions are used to help the homeless. In this case families are rehoused as soon as possible so that they do not end up on the streets or have to rely on shelters.

The issue will be open to public comment regarding the usefulness of these interventions at the end of the meeting. 

Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Special Meeting, Tue, Sept 9, Noon, Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave, free

For Wednesday

Education's Role in Public Health

With the arrival of September comes the beginning of the school year and the nagging return of flu and cold season. The University of Washington School of Public Health is interested in analyzing the intersection of education and health for children.

The panel includes Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at UW School of Public Health, Maxine Hayes, former state health officer, Gita Krishnaswamy, high school teacher and Kent curriculum coordinator, and state representative Ruth Kagi.

Education’s Role in Public Health, Wed, Sept 10, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Thursday

SR-520 Open House

The City of Seattle and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are holding a public meeting regarding the updated designs for the new Portage Bay Bridge, Montlake lid, and multimodal connections around the corridor. These plans were not finalized at the 2012 Seattle Community Design Process because community members had questions about the original designs. The new renderings will feature options for pedestrian and bicycle paths along the corridor.

Staff will also be able to provide information about the progress of the floating bridge during the meeting. 

SR-520 Open House, Thu, Sept 11, 4:30–7pm, Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun St, free

Advance Notice For September 19

Park(ing) Day

Raising awareness of a walkable and livable city, SDOT has asked citizens to create their own parks that will fit into two parking spaces on an arterial street or one spot on a residential street.  There is no limitation on what can go into each park, but there are a few height restrictions. 

It is fitting that the event lands on the last day of the Seattle Design Festival so that Seattle residents can showcase their design ideas for parks. 

Park(ing) Day, Fri, Sept 19, 9am–3pm, free

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