You can help the South Beacon Hill Resilience Hub by supporting a city budget appropriation to build out the South Beacon Hill Resilience Hub more quickly and more fully than can be accomplished through community fundraising alone.
Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales, who represents Beacon Hill, has proposed a $455,000 appropriation to the Office of Sustainability and Environment (Council Budget Action OSE-003-A-001-2023) that would accelerate electrification of buildings, significantly increase battery storage capacity, purchase emergency supplies and fund more robust design and management services.
Councilmembers Andrew Lewis, Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant are co-sponsoring the amendment, which complements ongoing community fundraising efforts. Resilience Hub partners Bethany United Church of Christ, Green Buildings Now and Spark Northwest have committed to raise $280,000 from individual donors, faith communities, foundation and other sources. Much of that private fundraising has already been accomplished.
Morales did not specify a funding source for the Resilience Hub, but the advisory Green New Deal Oversight Board has recommended that the council appropriate $4 million from JumpStart payroll tax revenues to create climate resilience hubs.
Please let your councilmember or the full council know you support funding for the South Beacon Hill Resilience Hub. You also can sign up to speak at the Select Budget Committee’s public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. The sooner you submit written comment the better.
Thank you for your support!