Attend a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing 9/28

The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting on September 28 as the final two candidates for the Mayor of Seattle address the issues of homelessness and low-income housing in Seattle. Last year, over 200 parishioners heard from the City’s Director of Homelessness, the Director of Facing Homelessness, and Catholic Community Services’ clients and staff. This year, we have invited the candidates for Mayor of Seattle to participate in a forum so we may hear their views on the growing crisis of homelessness in our

September 28th
6:30 -8:00pm
Cathedral Hall (803 Terry Avenue)

Questions or comments, Patrick Barredo, Director of Outreach and Advocacy, | 206-382-4515


Outdoor Movie in Freeway Park 8/31 8pm

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is a war room!

Join FHIA and your neighbors for an outdoor screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

This brilliant, satirical, provocative black comedy send-up of Cold War doomsday politics features an accidental, inadvertent, pre-emptive nuclear attack and the zany antics of an executive office in disarray. You will laugh, you might cry, there will be popcorn.

Outdoor Movie Night in Freeway Park
8-10pm in the East Plaza
Free and open to the Public
Facebook Event Page

Bring a blanket or chair and a buddy and join us in the East Plaza of Freeway Park (between Cielo and the Convention Center) around dusk to enjoy this timeless classic in the company of your neighbors.

Free popcorn and candy. All are welcome!


8th Ave Tree Walk 8/17 6pm

Join FHIA on a guided tour of the 8th Ave Urban Forest. One of First Hil’s most iconic features is our mature tree canopy, and this tour is a chance to learn more about our stately arboreal neighbors.

Starting outside Town Hall, we’ll walk along 8th Ave, learning about trees, the importance of the urban forests, and what you can do to help grow and enhance it. The walk is approximately 1 mile in length, but relatively flat. Wear comfy shoes and bring a friend!

8th Ave Tree Walk
6-8pm Starting Outside Town Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Facebook Event Page

First Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group July 12th

Please join Seattle University Dept. of Criminal Justice, the Seattle Police Dept. and your neighbors for a discussion regarding crime and safety issues in the First Hill neighborhood on Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 pm at Seattle University in Pigott 102.

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.

About the focus groups:
> Discussions are semi-structured and led by Seattle University Criminal Justice graduate students
> Focus groups typically last about one hour
> Content of the discussion will be collected by a note-taker but no names or identifiers will be collected
> Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the meeting, but are free to leave at any time

For questions regarding the focus groups, please contact Susan Nembhard (Master’s of Criminal Justice student and East Precinct research analyst) at

For questions regarding Seattle University’s partnership with SPD and about any ethical concerns you may have, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott (principal investigator) at or Dr. William Parkin at

First Hill Street Bingo 6/22

Bingo is Back!!!!

Join the First Hill Improvement Association and your neighbors for an evening of Bingo on Terry Ave! We’re taking over the street between Marion and Columbia for an evening of bingo, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, prizes, and laughs with your neighbors!

We’ll be hosting First Hill focused bingo with many chances to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. The game will begin at 6PM, and is very popular so arrive early to get a spot! This event will be free and open to the public, so tell all your friends and family, and bring a neighbor!

The summer series of events in our public realm is funded through a grant from Only In Seattle, and our mission is to build community and enhance the neighborhood through community events.

First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

You’re Invited!

First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

Sound Transit and the First Hill Improvement Association invites you to a community open house to discuss future development on First Hill, located at the northeast corner of Boylston Avenue and East Madison Street. This summer, Sound Transit will reach out to developers to build transit-oriented development (TOD) on this property. TOD usually involves a mix of housing and commercial uses to support the greater neighborhood.

Combining housing and commercial activity will make it easier for people to get around via transit, support local business and contribute to neighborhood growth, making First Hill a better place to live, work and spend time.

We are eager to hear from you. This meeting is an opportunity to share your thoughts on specific elements of the future development to help Sound Transit craft its offering to the development community.

Monday, June 5, 2017

6 – 8 p.m. (presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Silver Cloud Hotel

1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Join us to comment on:

  • Affordable housing
  • Ground-floor space
  • Urban design features

To submit questions or comments to Sound Transit:

Email or call (206) 398-5300.

Mark Your Calendars for the April 11th First Hill Public Meeting

The First Hill Improvement Association will be hosting the neighborhood’s second public meeting of 2017 on

 April 11th, from 6-7:30pm at the Frye Art Museum Auditorium

There’s a lot going on in our neck of the woods, so make sure that you attend!

  • The folks from Lid I-5 will be presenting some of Seattle’s urban design challenges: a lack of public land and neighborhood disconnections caused by Interstate 5.
  • We will hear from SDOT’s Construction Hub Coordinator on how the City is coordinating amongst the 19 projects planned or underway for First Hill to mitigate impacts and keep First Hill moving!
  • First Hill neighbor Helen Goehring will share efforts underway at First Hill Plaza to support people living outside in our community, and how other residential communities can join their efforts.

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is available onsite. Invite your friends and neighbors! Contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at with questions.