FOLLOWUP: Urban Homestead Foundation building momentum; three events ahead

(Sketch of vision for potential “Dakota Homestead”)

Major milestone for the Urban Homestead Foundation, community volunteers pursuing a dream for the former City Light substation on Genesee Hill. And you have three chances in the next eight days to stop by, find out more, and have fun, starting tomorrow morning.

First, the milestone: Katie Stemp from the UHF says the organization has finally been granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status “after a year of working on the application and waiting to hear from the IRS! Now we are qualified to apply for several more grants than before! It’s a big step and we are very excited!”

Now, the backstory, since we haven’t mentioned the UHF in a while (here’s what we wrote about it last year) – it’s a community effort that first needs to raise money to buy the vacant city-owned land across from Genesee Hill Elementary, a former Seattle City Light substation, to turn it “into a valuable community asset for West Seattle and beyond.”

Next, the events

Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and March 7th, you’ll see a coffee cart at the site, where you’re invited to enjoy a cup of coffee (donated by Admiral Bird tomorrow, C & P Coffee Company [WSB sponsor] on March 7th) and find out more about getting involved with the project, including “a sneak peek at the future and hopeful home of the Dakota Homestead – a place for the community to gather, learn, play and grow together!” Look for the canopy at the corner of SW Dakota and 50th SW. Coffee’s free; donations will be accepted.

And next Sunday – March 5th – the Urban Homestead Foundation is hosting a Block Party on SW Dakota between 49th and 50th SW, 2-3:30 pm, “bringing neighbors together to celebrate the potential of what this vacant piece of land could be for our community. All are welcome! We’ve gotten a street permit along Dakota and we’re working on getting donated food and beer.”

Aside from events, the UHF team is working not only to seek grants but also to “connect with people from the area who are interested in helping fund or connect funders to the project, who are excited about positively impacting thousands of students through workshops that teach life skills (kitchen skills, growing food, finance, etiquette, etc.) and the opportunity to create a model, organic food garden for the community that all can enjoy. When we, as a community of invested adults, are able to influence youth in a positive way that builds self-confidence and resiliency, it changes the path their lives take and impacts the people they come into contact with. The ripple effect of helping youth is exponential and we want to bring that positive guidance into their lives.”

If you can’t make it to any of the events, connect with the UHF via its website.

5 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Urban Homestead Foundation building momentum; three events ahead"

  • Tamsen Spengler February 28, 2017 (9:17 pm)

    Congratulations and good luck with your fund raisers. I’ll stop by for sure. This is a needed resource for our community 

  • Joni C February 28, 2017 (9:48 pm)

    I can’t attend the events but I’m interested in donating.  Is there an online way to donate? I’m assuming all financial donations would be welcome!

    • WSB February 28, 2017 (10:05 pm)

      There’s a donation button on their website, which is linked in a couple spots in the story. Here’s the direct link to the donation page:

    • Katie Stemp February 28, 2017 (10:28 pm)

      Thank you Joni! Yes, all donations are very welcome and can be done online at our website or by check made out to Urban Homestead Foundation and sent to us at PO Box 16424, Seattle, Wa 98116. Donations are fully tax deductible! Thanks for joining this community effort!

  • Question March 1, 2017 (7:10 am)

    I guess I’m a little confused why one would want to grow food and have children in an area that was sprayed heavily with DDT. DDT has been proven to be a cancer causing carcinogen and Seattle city light sprayed all of their power substations including this one with it for MANY years. 

    I don’t have a problem with the plan but I am not sure people realize what is in that soil. And hey if you trust that Seattle city light that they “cleaned it up” and the soil is fine more power to you. I certainly wouldn’t. 

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