Melissa Hellmann

Judge Rules Seattle Is in Compliance with Consent Decree

The news ushers in a two-year monitoring period in which the city can’t slip up.

For Homeless Seattleites, a Reprieve From the Debilitating Burden of Warrants

People lacking a permanent addresses often don’t know when they are supposed to appear in court. And they don’t have the money to pay the fines that follow.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Judge Blocks Eviction Cases Brought Against SeaTac Mobile Homeowners

The order buys the about 200 residents more time, for now.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

The Office of Labor Standards Sets Plan for Implementation of the Hotel Worker Law

It has been more than a year since the law was approved by voters.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr

Local Politicians and Advocates Push for Immigrant Protections

Amid national immigration talks Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Motel 6 for discriminatory policies while advocates asked that Congress act on DACA.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr

Ruling in Seattle Is Likely to Reunite Many Refugee Families

The U.S. District Court decision brings back a process that has helped approximately 2,500 families each year.

Amazon box. Photo by Mike Seyfang, Flickr Creative Commons

Delivery Drivers File Lawsuit Against Amazon for Labor Violations

Two Washington drivers allege that Jungle Trux and Amazon failed to pay overtime or grant them breaks.

Amazon box. Photo by Mike Seyfang, Flickr Creative Commons
Ty Nolan, 65, speaks at Tuesday’s visioning workshop on the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project. Photo by Alex Garland

LGBTQ Seniors Seek Community in Capitol Hill

Community members shared their vision of the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project at Tuesday’s workshop.

Ty Nolan, 65, speaks at Tuesday’s visioning workshop on the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project. Photo by Alex Garland
Groundbreaking for the Filipino Community Village project is slated to begin in 2019. Photo courtesy of the Filipino Community of Seattle.

Plans for New Community Village Give Filipino Seniors Renewed Hope

The city announced more than $100 million in investments for affordable housing units Monday.

Groundbreaking for the Filipino Community Village project is slated to begin in 2019. Photo courtesy of the Filipino Community of Seattle.

Homeless Service Providers Refute City’s Reason for Budget Cuts

SHARE/WHEEL testified at City Hall that they had successfully transitioned clients into permanent housing.

Allan Phillips, the former co-owner of Carleton Avenue Grocery, stands outside of the Georgetown establishment on Wednesday. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

After the City’s Oldest Grocery Store Closes, Customers Look Elsewhere for Food and Community

Georgetown’s Carleton Avenue Grocery closed on October 31, leaving the neighborhood with a deeper dearth of food options.

Allan Phillips, the former co-owner of Carleton Avenue Grocery, stands outside of the Georgetown establishment on Wednesday. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Homelessness Prevention Program Keeps 3,000 Housed

The initiative, which is funded by the Best Starts for Kids levy, is helping stabilize families at risk of homelessness.

Facing Cuts From City, Homeless Service Providers Request a Reprieve

Funding would be cut for at least 300 shelter beds in Seattle, as well as hygiene and support services.

What Has Changed in the Year Since the Passage of Seattle’s Hotel Worker Law?

According to hotel housekeepers on the Westin’s night shift, not much.

Activists and Politicians Rally for Stronger Tenant Protections

During the event, State Representative Nicole Macri announced that she will be introducing legislation to repeal a statewide ban on rent control.

Seattle school bus drivers staged a one-day strike on Wednesday that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Parents Prepare for Future Bus Strikes

A local bus union is protesting inadequate health insurance and retirement plans, but Seattle parents are left scrambling for alternatives.

Seattle school bus drivers staged a one-day strike on Wednesday that affected more than 12,000 students. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Jenny Durkan Sworn in as Mayor of Seattle

The city’s first female mayor in over a century began her first shift on a citywide tour.

The Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity filed an appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner on Monday evening. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Coalition Appeals Zoning Changes

The 26-group coalition filed an appeal against proposed upzoning that aims to increase housing affordability.

The Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity filed an appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner on Monday evening. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Mayor Signs Retirement Savings Plan Into Law

Along with signing the City budget, the mayor also put into motion the nation’s first city-faciliated, privately-administered retirement savings plan.

City Budget Includes Funding for Georgetown-South Park Trail

Tired of feeling like islands, South Park and Georgetown residents pushed the city for greater connectivity between the communities.