NEWS GLEAMS: New Fund for Black Homebuyers, Vaccine Booster Trial Seeking Volunteers, and More!

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A roundup of the news and announcements we don’t want to lose in the fast-paced news cycle!

Bursting this week✨

City of Seattle Launches New Data-Rich Racing and Fairness Websites

Looking for demographic information on race, housing and health? Discover the new series of websites launched by the Race and Social Justice Initiative. A sample of rich data available on websites shows that while all Seattle neighborhoods have at least 10% of residents who identify as people of color, Seattle’s southern neighborhoods average almost 70% of people of color.

“The greatest proportion of people of color, particularly those who identify as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), live in Rainier Valley, Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District. Latinos are the predominant group in South Park and Roxhill / Westwood, and black communities are predominant in the areas of Mt. Baker / North Rainier and Rainier Beach.

The Racial actions research The portal was created to “improve access to government data on racial equity, identify the root causes of inequalities and mobilize collaborations between city departments and community groups.”

The research portal is organized around six thematic pages: poverty, racial demography, food insecurity, health disparities, community wealth and housing affordability.

HomeSight Announces New Home Buyers’ Fund Designed For Black First Time Home Buyers

HomeView, a Seattle-based nonprofit community development financial institution and community development company, in partnership with Windermere Real Estate, US Bank and National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), announced the launch of a new product loan program that he says will increase electricity purchases and help close the affordability gap faced by black homebuyers who earn between 80% and 120% of the region’s median income in the Washington State. The Sam Smith “Hi Neighbor” Home Ownership Fund can provide qualifying loans of up to $ 12,000 to add to a mortgage loan to use towards the cost of buying their home.

Named after legendary Washington state lawmaker Sam Smith, who championed passage of the state’s open housing law banning discrimination based on race and religion in 1967, the new fund from HomeSight is hoping to be part of a solution that helps increase black / African American home ownership in the state. from Washington.

According to a NAREB report, Black buyers are more than double as likely to be rejected for mortgages as white buyers. In Seattle, black homeownership rate is 25.8%, compared to 50.9% of white owners.

Further information about the fund is available on the HomeSight website at

King County Council votes on homelessness, metro updates

King County Council on Tuesday, December 7, adopted its implementation plan for its Health through housing program to provide housing for up to 1,600 chronically homeless people, establish an advisory council and guide spending from 2022 to 2028.

“Health Through Housing is a regional approach to homelessness that will purchase facilities with single occupancy units (such as hotels and nursing homes) and transform them into emergency supportive housing and permanent supportive housing. It is funded by a 0.1% sales tax that King County Council passed in 2020 ”, a county press release said.

“In 2021, Health Through Housing spending was spent on the purchase of nine properties in Seattle, Renton, Redmond, Auburn and Federal Way. King County plans to acquire three additional sites… Plan to spend $ 333.7 million for capital funding and site improvements, $ 309.5 million for emergency supportive housing operations and permanent, $ 67.2 million for behavioral health services outside of housing health sites, $ 3.7 million to build the capacity of agencies that represent communities disproportionately facing chronic homelessness , and $ 5.5 million for evaluation and performance measurement.

“With the adoption of this plan, we are taking another step towards implementing a real and proven strategy that will allow hundreds of our neighbors to get off the streets and place them in safe and stable housing.” , said King Claudia Balducci County Council Chair said in a press release. “I appreciate the regional partnerships that will allow us to provide infrastructure throughout King County. Health through housing will change lives and improve our communities.

The Council also adopted the Metro updates which he calls “a revolutionary series of key policy changes that will influence the next 10 years of transit investment in King County … system, one of the largest systems in the United States.”

“This week’s vote is the result of years of hard work and demonstrates King County’s continued leadership in focusing equity and investing where the need is greatest,” said Dave Upthegrove, King County Council Member, main sponsor of the legislation and president of the regional public transport committee. “As our already strong transit system continues to grow, I am very proud to know that these future investments will help reduce inequalities and advance our ambitious climate change goals. “

For more information on Metro Transit updates, check out King County Council’s Press release.

Ongoing booster vaccine trial is looking for vaccinated volunteers

Of UW Medicine: “Researchers are still recruiting study participants who have not yet received a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster. Gritstone’s second-generation COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial tests the safety, tolerability, and immune responses stimulated by different doses of experimental booster vaccines.

“The study is recruiting people vaccinated against COVID-19 who have not yet received a booster vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “

Read the whole Press release for more information on the study and the conditions of participation.

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