"With this funding increase, Seattle can deliver high-impact results on fighting poverty and preventing crime. The Seattle City Council is making a smart investment in the early development of children that will bring substantial cost-savings to their community."
Thomas R. Jenkins Jr., President and CEO of Nurse Family Partnership
"This is a great first step in addressing the many and diverse needs within our Hub Urban Village. Bringing the community center into ADA compliance is so important and will help as we work to create gathering spaces in our neighborhood that are accessible to everyone. The funding to evaluate programming needs is also greatly appreciated and will help us ensure that all our neighborhood populations are being served."
Janet Arkills, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance
"Downtown residents, employers and small business owners appreciate the strong commitment to public safety within this budget. The investments in additional police officers and new human service programs will help make Downtown Seattle safer and more welcoming for everyone."
Jon Scholes, Vice President of Advocacy and Economic Development for the Downtown Seattle Association
"The North Precinct Advisory Council is very pleased that the City Council has accelerated the construction of a new Precinct facility. This will give our officers the long needed new facility and improve their working conditions and service efficiency."
Reudi Risler, President of the North Precinct Advisory Council
"This budget is well balanced: it will bring more riders to existing transit, work toward electrifying our diesel buses, and plan rail in our highest demand corridors. It's a good step to improve commutes and reduce our impact on climate change."
Ben Schiendelman, Seattle Transit Blog
"The added funding for bilingual advocacy to survivors of domestic violence is life-saving and life-changing for residents of Seattle with an impact that will be felt by survivors and their families both during immediate crisis and for generations to come."
Bincy Jacobs, Executive Director of API Chaya
"Thanks to the Council's action, hundreds of women and children escaping from domestic violence or healing from sexual abuse will receive help in their own languages to get the legal protections they need to be safe and economically stable."
Merrill Cousins, Executive Director of King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Â "We applaud the addition of funds to the 2013-14 Seattle budget that supports access to daytime services and nighttime shelter for vulnerable youth and homeless women and men. Day Services provide hot meals and dignified bathrooms and showers for people spending the night in church basements and for many of the nearly 2,000 people sleeping outside across Seattle, each and every night of the year. These programs also serve as centralized outreach centers for veterans, unattached youth, and mentally and physically disabled adults who need healthcare, case management and a connection back to a supportive community. Thank you for caring for our most vulnerable community members."
MJ Kiser, Interim Director of Compass Housing Alliance
"Because the City Council understands that the Outdoor Meal Site is unique in its delivery as well as how vital it is to those who can't access nutritional meals in a more conventional manner, they have taken an important step with this budget. This budget provides some assurances that at least as many meals will be distributed in the future under new contracts in 2013 as were provided in 2012."
Beverly Graham, Director of Operation Sack Lunch
"When winter shelters close in April, women come to the Women's Referral Center and Operation Nightwatch, where they are turned away because all the year-round shelter beds in the city are full. They are left with terrifying choices. They can go back to sleeping in parks during the day so that they can stay up all night to fend for their lives. Or they can accept bus tickets from service providers so they can try to catch some sleep on Metro. Or they can exchange sex for a safe place to sleep. Extending a City-run winter shelter year round is the most humane response to the safety needs of our most vulnerable citizens. No matter how warm the weather is, it is never safe for women to sleep on the streets."
Eileen McComb, Noel House Programs
"The Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition is delighted the City Council recognizes the importance of safe healthy streets to provide connections within local communities. Council's funding prioritizes a network for people who walk and bike. This is a great investment which continues to make our city a thriving vibrant Seattle."
Cathy Tuttle, Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.
"The additional funds will enable social workers at Seattle senior centers to provide much needed services to older adults and their families."
Karen Sisson, West Seattle Senior Center; Lee Harper, Phinney Neighborhood Association; Cecily Kaplan, Greenwood Senior Center; and Kathleen Cromp, Wallingford Community Senior Center