Coronavirus Information

(Updated on 5/13/2020)

UHeights continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely. The safety, health and well-being of our community is our top priority, and with that in mind, we are now officially closed through May 31st. This is in accordance with the guidelines issued by Gov. Inslee for Washington state. Take a look at the phased approach planned for reopening and the risk assesment dashboard.

In this time of social distancing, it is important that we continue to connect with our most vulnerable neighbors. Phone calls, texting, and emailing are not a risk!   Let’s continue to strengthen the social fabric that makes our community center such a vibrant and impactful place. 

What We Are Doing:

Although UHeights is closed to the public except for vital services like daycare, we are doing all we can to remain connected to our community and are actively pivoting our programming and initiatives to continue to be a resource. This includes:

  • Ensuring the building remains clean and safe for our childcare-providing resident organizations to continue to serve 55 little ones, with plans to expand services for another 100 children;

  • Hosting an expanded schedule of Northwest Share’s Free Vegetarian Food Truck, giving out free meals four times a week (Wed & Fri - 6 to 8 pm, Sat - 5:30 to 8 pm, and Sun - 12 to 2 pm);

  • Serving as a site for a Hygiene Station opened up by the City of Seattle on the corner of 50th and the Ave, so that people who are unsheltered can have access to clean running water and restrooms. The station includes two toilets (one is ADA accessible) and a hand washing station;

  • Working with Bloodworks Northwest; due to new regulations, we cannot host a blood drive at UHeights but we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Bloodworks Northwest and go (potential blood donors are exempt from stay-at-home orders in Washington) donate blood to help replenish desperately low blood supplies in our region;

  • Moving online and expanding many of our programs, like Thursdays at 10, Zumba, children's shows with entertainers like Daffy Dave, and adding new programs like Bollywood Dance, Community Poetry class, Kindness Workshops, to help seniors and other community members stay connected and active;

  • Proceeding with the launch of our planned Safe Lot for people living in their cars, which we are concerned will become an increasingly common situation in the coming months; 

  • Rapidly mobilizing to provide rent and utility relief for our resident organizations and small-business hourly renters, many of whom are in danger of permanently closing. 

We are available to answer questions and address any of your concerns, please reach out to us. Stay tuned to this page for info on UHeights policies and updates.

 

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