Capitol Hill Community Council seeks replacement at-large member
Capitol Hill Community Councilmember Eric Butler recently relocated, leaving his at-large position to be filled. Maybe by you.
“It’s fun being an officer,” said CHCC President George Baken. “We divide responsibilities; it’s not overwhelming. The at-large members do a variety of things, and we have been pretty successful at attracting talented people to work on projects.”
At-large members are responsible for chairing working committees and backing organizing efforts, but, current at-large member Jeffery Cook says that it has more to do with outreach, connecting with the neighborhood, and trying to get the community engaged in what’s happening in their part of the city.
“Find out what the neighborhood’s concerns are, and bring those topics to meetings.”
The council’s hope is that someone will volunteer for the position so that an election can be held in February. Otherwise, they’re willing to adjourn until someone does step up, or until the CHCC’s annual general election in July.
Miller Park Neighbors
Community group Miller Park Neighbors has been busy. Visit their website (www.millerparkneighbors.blogspot.com) and group meetings to hear updates regarding Meany High School renovations, the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway (formerly known as the 23rd Avenue Corridor Greenway), and an upcoming meeting about the building proposal for 1720 East Denny Way. And then some.
County-wide one-night count of unsheltered homeless people on January 24
More than 800 volunteers are expected to participate in a one-night count of King County’s unsheltered homesick.
The count – organized by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, The Committee to End Homelessness, and dozens of local and state nonprofit and government partners – will lead teams of volunteers to count specific areas on Friday, from 2 to 5 a.m., and look for people who are sleeping in doorways, under bridges, or in their cars, etc. Information about people seeking shelter in local hospital emergency rooms and on late-night buses will also be collected.
Then, on February 1, the Coalition will host two free community events to follow up on the results of the count.
“Volunteers and others are invited to go ‘Beyond the One Night Count’ through these lively trainings, which offer simple actions and sample messages that people can send to their elected officials,” said Nicole Macri, the event’s contact.
Last year’s count on January 25, 2013, found 2,736 people surviving outside without shelter (not to mention those not found), while another 2,874 people checked-in to shelters that night, and 3,452 people stayed in transitional housing. What does that mean? At least 9,062 of our neighbors were homeless in King County a year ago. How do the numbers compare in 2014? The total count will be announced at 8:30 a.m. the same day. Then, more information will be available regarding how to get involved and help.
First Hill gets an after-hours clinic
Country Doctor Community Health Centers opened and after-hours clinic that welcomes everyone, regardless of financial circumstances or insurance status.
What happens when you have no health insurance and few resources and it’s after 5 p.m., or Sunday morning and you have a high fever, a sprain or need stitches? Previously, the only options were a visit to an already-full emergency room for a non-emergency need – which results in being bumped to the back of the list, then again – or ignoring the problem. Now there’s another option.
CSCHC’s clinic offers walk-in after-hours access for anyone. Those without insurance are welcome (15 percent of Seattleites are uninsured, and, in the clinic’s immediate catchment area that number is more than 50 percent), and so are the insured who don’t want to wait for a scheduled appointment with a their regular doctor.
How does it work? Those without insurance will be charged on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Patients who are unable to pay the minimum fee will receive the same level of care as someone with private insurance. The clinic’s bilingual staff is experienced treating a diverse population – from the homeless living under the freeway, the family struggling to make ends meet as well as those fortunate enough to have private health insurance but who prefer a clinic with connections in their community.
The clinic is operated by Country Doctor Community Health Centers at Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill campus, located in the Seattle neighborhood with the highest number of low-income and uninsured people although anyone may use the clinic regardless of where they live.
Located at 550 16th Avenue, the clinic is open on weekdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and weekends 12 to 10 p.m. Walk-ins only. For patient-related information: www.cdchc.org.