Council Connection » Seattle City Council Passes ‘Seattle Rescue Plan 2,’ With Investments in Transportation, Seniors, Rental Assistance

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Plan is investing $ 52.2 million in federal funds to continue the city’s COVID recovery

Councilor of Household Chairs Teresa Mosqueda celebrated the successful passage of the Seattle Rescue Plan 2 with an 8-0 unanimous vote that builds on the original Seattle Rescue Plan by adding an additional $ 52.2 million in federal funding to rental support, senior support services and transportation are provided infrastructure.

Chairwoman Mosqueda, Council President M. Lorena González, and Mayor Jenny Durkan worked together on Seattle Rescue Plan 2, along with Councilor Lisa Herbold, who worked on investments in elderly care made up of targeted federal government funds to be spent in specific spending categories.

“As the Delta variant shows, we are not yet out of the woods when it comes to fighting this virus and returning to a new normal. Many Seattle families are still struggling financially and unable to pay their rent, many seniors are still isolated from their loved ones and communities, and our transportation systems are struggling with passenger traffic as more companies postpone their return dates. Although it is targeted federal funds that need to be allocated to specific categories of spending, I know this latest donation of $ 52.2 million will help our city rejuvenate by promoting aid to our hardest-hit communities, ” said Mosqueda.

The law provides funding for:

  • $ 28.7 million in rental assistance will go to community-based organizations, United Way of King County, and the Office of Housing to provide rental support, other housing-related expenses, including internet services, and homelessness prevention services for low-income households.
  • $ 7.8 million for seniors for support services such as transportation, case management, food delivery, caregiver care, and programs to manage the psychological effects of elderly isolation.
  • $ 13.5 million for specific transportation-related projects, including building the Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and funding to make up for lost revenue and support the maintenance and operation of the tram and monorail.
  • $ 2.2 million for McCaw Hallafter McCaw Hall was granted a grant for expenses such as payroll, utilities, payments, and other business expenses such as maintenance costs (predetermined federal government grant, Seattle acts as a run-through).

In June, the council passed the Seattle Rescue Package for $ 128.4 million, which provided $ 49.2 million for homelessness; $ 23.5 million for community and small business recovery; $ 41 million for the good of the community; $ 7 million in community support and programming; and $ 7.6 million to reopen city programs and services.

The city expects additional flexible funding of $ 116 million in May 2022.