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Plus, what the infrastructure bill means for Seattle and how to support the Duwamish Tribe this Thanksgiving.
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💰 This local nonprofit raised its staff salaries to a minimum of $70k

Plus, what the infrastructure bill means for Seattle and how to support the Duwamish Tribe this Thanksgiving.

By The Evergrey Staff

Hey there, it's Wednesday.

Good news: $8.6 billion is heading to Washington state. Why? Well, under the new federal infrastructure bill that President Biden signed on Tuesday, that amount and billions more in potential grants have been allocated to our state. That breaks down in some key ways:

  • $380 million for the regional light rail system
  • $47.billion for highways and $605 million for bridges
  • $882 million to improve drinking water infrastructure and safety
  • $100 million to expand access to broadband internet to those who don't have it (around 250,000 WA residents)
  • Funds for salmon recovery

...and even more! The effects of those funds might take a while to realize, but in the meantime, you can find us dreaming about how much closer we are to this Seattle Subway vision.

Now, onto some more news of the day.

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What Seattle is talking about

💰 A local nonprofit decided to raise its entire staff's salaries to a minimum of $70,000. Headlines everywhere talk of labor shortages and the "great resignation." But one reporter has pointed out that it's more of a living wage shortage — that people are no longer willing to take low-paying jobs that don't pay a liveable wage. And when Sean Goode, executive director of Choose 180, a youth diversion nonprofit in Burien, learned that some members of his team were working multiple jobs to stay afloat, he decided to do something about it. For some, the raise was a $20k increase. (The Seattle Times)

  • Quotable: As Alana Samuels wrote in Time, “ … what’s really happening is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a health care shortage.”

🦃 You can support the Duwamish Tribe when you order these Thanksgiving meal kits. The ḱʷədiid feasting kits include traditional American Thanksgiving foods like turkey and mashed potatoes as well as Native heritage foods like fry bread stuffing with apples and acorn squash soup. A kit for four costs $129. You can place your order here. (Eater Seattle)

🏞 Speaking of, the Duwamish people got good news last week to the tune of almost a million dollars. The City of Seattle announced it would grant $900,000 to help preserve The Heron's Nest, a site in the West Duwamish Greenbelt that volunteers have been working to preserve from development and repatriate to the Duwamish Tribe. (West Seattle Blog)

📊 Seattle is the 4th most expensive metro city to rent in Washington and 14th most expensive rental market in the country according to this new report from Zumper. The average cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Seattle is a cool $1,750 a month. Meanwhile, rent for a one-bedroom in Bellevue goes for $2,100, making it the most expensive metro city in the state. (Seattle Pi)

🏡 You can live in Charles Osler's Madrona home for $2.2 million. Osler was considered a pillar of Gold Rush-era Seattle and, at one time, owned Merchant's Cafe in Pioneer Square. And in 1927, he commissioned this historic home just a few miles away from downtown Seattle. (Seattle Pi)

🍜 Ba Bar has opened a vegan walk-up window in South Lake Union. Ba Bar Green will serve vegan fare only for takeaways like tofu banh mi and soyrizo instead of chorizo, and you can still get pho and rotisserie duck breast inside the restaurant. (Seattle Met)

Today

🤑 Attend LEAP's Annual Pitch Competition where justice-impacted women compete to become entrepreneurs (Think "Shark Tank" without the bite!) (Online)

📚 Make yourself a snack, pour yourself a drink, and read whatever you feel like reading silently, to yourself, as local musician Paul Matthew Moore plays exquisitely relaxing piano music (Online)

📗 Join in this month's KCTS 9 & Third Place Books book club to discuss "The Summer Book" by Tove Jonsson with local author Kelly Brenner (Online)

Tomorrow

🎤 Watch local R&B star Parisalexa perform at Neumos (Capitol Hill)

🔗 Join Communities of Opportunity and local community leaders at the final 2021 Speaker Series event on the transformative work happening around Seattle (Online)

✊Get tips on how to improve your job by attending our workshop "There is Power in a Union for Professionals" (Online)

👪 Register for part 2 of "Unhoused: The unseen crisis affecting children and families," a community conversation with experts on family homelessness (Online)

🗣Hear from key local journalists as they dive deep into the media coverage of the last election cycle and unpack how news outlets perpetuated narratives and what it means for Seattle’s future (Online)

💗 Please join the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition as we celebrate "20 Years and Beyond--Healing, Protecting, Transforming" (Online)

Friday

🌟 Attend this webinar on how to sharpen your storytelling skills for an upcoming interview (Online)

😆 Settle in for a night of comedy at the Skylark Cafe (West Seattle)

Saturday

🎄 Join us for Julefest: A Nordic Christmas celebration (Ballard)

🕯 Shop Cancelled Plans, a Seattle-based specialty candle shop at Periodic: A Pop-Up Shop from Nov. 20 thru Dec. 31 (South Lake Union)

🌵 Is there winter in the desert? There is in this snow globe stitching workshop (Ballard)

🛍️ Shop from a market full of Pacific Northwest food makers at Urban Craft Uprising's food show (Magnuson Park)

Monday

🚀 Hear from career coaches on how to navigate your job search post-layoff(Online)

⚔️ Put your useless knowledge to good use with HBO Trivia at Optimism Brewing(Capitol Hill)

One last thing… 

Yesterday we asked you to tell us what you're grateful for… and now we're asking again! We want to know what's helped you get through this year, brought a smile to your face, or made you dance a lil’ happy dance. 

Email us your answers at hello@theevergrey.com through Sunday and by this time next week, we'll have a list of your answers to share.

See you tomorrow! 

— The Evergrey Staff

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