HALA Focus Group Applications Due Feb 26th

posted Feb 15, 2016, 11:02 AM by PRCC Webmaster

Applications are due Friday, February 26, 2016, by 8pm.
Community Focus Groups will be formed March 2016.

The following information is provided in the application form:  

The Community Focus Groups will guide implementation of the Housing 
Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) – the bold action plan put forth 
by Mayor Murray and the City Council to improve housing affordability 
and availability throughout Seattle. We are asking residents from 
neighborhoods across the city to participate as volunteers to inform the 
HALA process. 

A key focus of the Community Focus Groups 
will be land use and zoning changes that could affect 
Community Focus Groups will meet monthly, March through 
December in 2016.
4 or 5 groups will be formed, each comprised of 20 to 40 people.
Group will include representatives of every urban village and 
neighborhood vicinity in the city.
The meetings are intended to bring about constructive dialogue 
about housing programs. 
Meetings will be open for other members of the public to observe and 
comment during a set time on the agenda. 
Meetings may also be recorded or filmed so a broader public 
audience can follow the process using social media or online tools. 
How much time will it take for me to participate? 
Community representatives will be asked to attend about 8 meetings, 
read materials, and respond to emails between meetings. The total time 
commitment will be 5–10 hours per month. Most meetings will occur at 
City Hall in downtown outside of typical business hours. Understanding 
that community members may require assistance with parking and 
transportation in order to participate, the City will offer access to free 
parking and public transit for Community Focus Group members during 
meeting times. Downtown was selected as a central meeting location 
so that representatives from many neighborhoods have access. City 
meeting rooms also facilitate audio and video recordings that can be 
shared with other members of the public. 

How will you select participants?

Application forms will be received until the due date. If more applications 
are received than can be accommodated, a committee of City staff 
from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Office 
of Housing, and the Office of Planning & Community Development will 
convene to select the group of representatives. The main selection 
criterion is intended to create a balanced set of representatives in each 
focus group, as noted on the previous page. Consideration will also 
be given to applicants who are representative of a larger community 
organization, council, or cultural community in their local area.