Central Neighborhood Service Center Records, 1977-2011  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Neighborhoods
Title
Central Neighborhood Service Center Records
Dates
1977-2011 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.6 cubic feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
5752-09
Summary
Records documenting the activities of the Central Neighborhood Service Center.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle has a network of Neighborhood Service Centers located throughout the city to provide citizens with information about Seattle services and programs. The customer service representatives assist more than 225,000 residents each year to obtain pet licences, pay City Light and Combined Utility bills, pay traffic tickets, apply for U.S. passports, and find information about city jobs. District coordinators are involved in neighborhood planning processes, serve as staff to the neighborhood district councils, and provide a wide range of information services to the community.

Seven Community Service Centers were established in 1973 under the direction of the Citizens Service Bureau to provide decentralized local government services to Seattle’s neighborhoods. The program was inspired by Boston’s successful “Little City Halls” concept, but budget constraints made it impossible to create as comprehensive a system. The original sites of the community centers were in the neighborhoods served by the Model City Program.

In 1974, the service center program was transferred to the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Under DHR, the service centers continued to provide decentralized City services, but also expanded into community-based social service delivery. In 1978, four of the centers were designated collection centers where citizens could pay utility bills and resolve billing issues. In addition, senior services, voter registration, animal licensing, and low income energy program assistance were instituted at the centers. During the 1980s and 1990s, the various service centers offered neighborhood legal clinics, IRS tax assistance, health and nutrition services, and a wide variety of other services.

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) was created in 1991 and jurisdiction over community service centers was transferred from DHR. The Community Service Center Division was created within DON; in 1992 the division name was changed to the Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC) Division. In 1999, the Neighborhood Matching Fund and P-Patch Programs were merged with the NSC to create the Community Building Division. From the 1990s through 2010, the NSC program included staff in thirteen centers, including seven collection centers. Budget cuts forced the closing of six service centers in early 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Central Neighborhood Service Center Records document the activities of service center staff, primarily Central Neighborhood Service Center Manager and Central Community Council Director Ted Divina. Records include meeting minutes and reports, correspondence, newsletters and newspaper clippings. The records document community issues and citizen concerns including crime prevention; land use planning and development; I-90 construction in to the neighborhood; the mayor's neighborhood evaluations; housing; block watch programs; Latino, Asian American, and African American communities; and area history. The Central Neighborhood area covers the neighborhoods of Madrona, Squire Park, Judkins Park, Central District, Leschi, Madison Valley, and Yesler Terrace.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Central Neighborhood Service Center Records, Record Series 5752-09. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

5752-09:  Central Neighborhood Service Center Records , 1977-2011Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
12th Ave Urban Village
1992-1998
1/2
Archives
1995-1997
1/3
Budget
2004-2007
1/4
CASA Latina
2004-2008
1/5
Central Area
1998-2008
1/6
Central Area Chamber of Commerce
2002-2008
1/7
Central Area Cultural Arts Commission
2003
1/8
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
1992-1994
1/9
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
1995
1/10
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
1995
1/11
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2000-2001
1/12
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
1998-1999
1/13
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2000-2002
1/14
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2001
1/15
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2001
1/16
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2001
2/1
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2004-2006
2/2
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2006
2/3
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2009
2/4
Central Area Neighborhood District Council
2010
2/5
Central Neighborhood Service Center
1988-1989
2/6
Central Neighborhood Service Center
1990-1991
2/7
Central Neighborhood Service Center
1991-1992
2/8
Community Development-Emergency Shelter/Community Groups
-
2/9
Community Development
1985-1986
2/10
Community Service Center-Individual and Group Lists
1978
2/11
Commercial Land Use
2006-2007
2/12
Crime Prevention
2007-2008
2/13
Dearborn Street Coalition
2007
2/14
Department of Housing and Human Services
1993
2/15
Department Policies and Information
1993-2003
2/16
Engineering Department Projects
1989-1993
2/17
Filipino American Newsletter- FaceNews
1991-1996
2/18
Good Neighbor Agreements
2007
3/1
Judkins Park Community Council
2000-2005
3/2
Judkins Rejected I-90
1984-1993
3/3
Judkins Rejected Community
2007
3/4
Judkins Rejected Community
1977-1983
3/5
Judkins Rejected Community
1984-1986
3/6
Judkins Rejected Community
1990-1991
3/7
Judkins Rejected Community
1991-1992
3/8
Judkins Rejected Community
1988
3/9
Judkins Rejected Community
1989
3/10
Judkins Rejected Task Force and Argonaut
1985-1986
3/11
Leschi
2007-2008
3/12
Letters of Appreciation
1980-1989
3/13
Letters of Appreciation-Ted Divina
1993-1996
3/14
Madison Valley
2007-2008
3/15
Madrona
2008
3/16
Mayor's
1985-1993
3/17
Mayoral Briefings
2002-2003
3/18
Neighborhood Issues
2004
4/1
Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Information
2007-2008
4/2
Neighborhood Plan Implementation and Priority Report 2004
2004
4/3
Neighborhood Plan Implementation and Priority Report 2004
2002-2005
4/4
Neighborhood Plan Implementation and Priority Report 2004
2002-2004
4/5
Neighborhood District Coordinator- Neighborhood Plan
2004
4/6
Neighborhood Plan Implementation and Priority Report 2006
2006
4/7
Neighborhood Plan Implementation and Priority Report 2006
2006
4/8
Neighborhood Walking Tour
2006
4/9
Personnel
1985
4/10
Public Safety
2000-2003
4/11
Plum Tree Park Community Council
1988-1989
4/12
Report on Racial Integration/Expulsion
2005
4/13
Small Sparks And Neighborhood Outreach Project Information
2005-2006
4/14
Squire Park
2007-2008
4/15
Squire Park Community Council
1986-1991
4/16
Street Fund Project Information
2007-2008
4/17
Workplan 2006
2005-2006
4/18
Yesler Terrace Community Council
1980-1987

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Citizens’ associations--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Community development, Urban --Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Interstate 90
  • Neighborhood government--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Divina, Ted
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Neighborhoods
  • Central Area Community Council (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Central District (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)