East District Neighborhood Service Center Records, 1995-2011

Overview of the Collection

East District Neighborhood Service Center Records
1995-2011 (inclusive)
1.2 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Records documenting the East District Neighborhood Service Center.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Neighborhoods was created in 1991 by consolidating staff from the Executive Department's Citizens Service Bureau and Office of Neighborhoods, the Community Service Centers of the Department of Human Resources, and the Neighborhood Assistance Division of the Department of Community Development. The Office of Urban Conservation, the City's historic preservation agency, was added in 1992. The following year, the department added a community development function by taking over projects in the Central Area, Southeast Seattle, and the Port of Seattle. In 1999, the Neighborhood Planning Office was abolished and its continuing functions were assumed by the Department of Neighborhoods. The Department's mission is to bring local government closer to the citizens by maintaining a responsive presence in Seattle neighborhoods, by responding to citizen concerns and complaints, and providing a communications link for neighborhoods on City issues that will have an impact on them. The department operates the Neighborhood Service Centers (Little City Halls), administers the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program, staffs the Landmarks Preservation Board, and manages the P-Patch program.

Content DescriptionReturn 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.

The East District Neighborhood Service Center Records include correspondence, reports, clippings, notes, meeting minutes, maps, brochures, and other materials. Records document East Neighborhood community issues and concerns. Noteworthy topics include the Alcohol Impact Area; homelessness; crime reduction; neighborhood safety; neighborhood improvement; and community events. Areas covered include Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madison Park, Madison Valley and Pioneer Square.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], East District Neighborhood Service Center Records, Record Series 5752-12. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Capitol Hill Urban Center Village Design Guidelines Draft 2003
1 2 An Inventory of the Social Services Network on Capitol Hill & First Hill 1993
1 3 The Road Ahead: Interviews, Writing, Poetry, Artwork, and More 2001
1 4 East District Council Materials 1 of 2 2010
1 5 East District Council Materials 2 of 2 2010
1 6 Transit Oriented Development 2010
1 7 East Precinct Crime Prevention 2007-2010
1 8 Bias Crimes and Incidents in Seattle, 2000-2005 2000-2005
1 9 Alcohol Impact Area 2000-2006
1 10 Alcohol Impact Area Expansion 2003
1 11 Neighborhood Matching Fund Data System 2003
2 1 East District Community Projects 1 of 2 2008-2010
2 2 East District Community Projects 2 of 2 2003-2010
2 3 Pike/Pine Neighborhood Plan Draft 1998
2 4 NMF Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2010
2 5 Friends of Ernest Hemmingway Society 2008-2010
2 6 Neighborhood Matching Fund Projects Misc 2008-2010
2 7 Neighborhood Gardens 2010
2 8 Three Wings & Love our Lakes Projects Review 2010
2 9 Madison Park: Love our Lake Association 2010
2 10 Misc. Large Neighborhood Matching Fund Projects 2010
2 11 Race & Social Justice Fund Awards 2003-2009
2 12 Small Sparks Papers 2010
2 13 Neighborhood Projects Fund NSF-CRF 2010
2 14 First Hill Improvement Association 2007-2010
2 15 Pike/Pine Urban Village 2009
2 16 City Neighborhood Council 2008-2010
2 17 Capital Hill Chamber of Commerce 2009
3 1 Capital Hill Community Council 2010
3 2 Yesler Terrace Redevelopment 2009-2010
3 3 Madison Park/Valley 2007-2010
3 4 South Team Meeting Notes 2007-2010
3 5 Seattle Special Events Committee 2010
3 6 Seattle Nightlife Initiative 2010
3 7 Holding Patterns Workshop 2010
3 8 Neighborhood Plan Initiative Report 2005
3 9 Viable Futures Toolkit 2006
3 10 Natural Drainage System Project 2004
3 11 Small Sparks Fund Projects 2006
3 12 Neighborhood Plan Implementation, East Sector 2007
3 13 Capitol Hill Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Council Correspondence 2006
3 14 Capitol Hill Stewardship Council Papers 1 of 2 2003-2004
3 15 Capitol Hill Stewardship Council Papers 2 of 2 2006
3 16 East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition 2003-2004
3 17 Capitol Hill Times 2003
3 18 Capitol Hill Safety Concerns 1995-2001
3 19 Capitol Hill Neighborhood Service Center Walk-in Log 2010
3 20 First Hill/Capitol Hill/Central Area Social Services 2010

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Drug abuse and crime--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Homelessness--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Capitol Hill Community Council (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Neighborhood Crime Control Council (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Neighborhoods
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Neighborhoods, Historic Preservation Division