Community Leads The Way
We as Beacon Hill Council are focused on building and maintaining a welcoming, diverse and healthy Beacon Hill community neighborhood.
We determine our priorities and positions based on community member issues and concerns, changes in the neighborhood, and changes in laws, policies and programs that affect Beacon Hill as a vulnerable population.
We Engage With Community
Each month we have a community meeting for neighbors to bring up concerns or interests. We listen to and discuss different perspectives on issues. Then we hold our Board meeting so we are can keep the community’s voice in mind when we make decisions. See archived meeting agendas and meeting notes.
We want to make sure that we are not just talking to ourselves. In 2016, we conducted a survey in 6 languages to learn more about the priorities of Beacon Hill residents. We mailed the surveys to every household in Beacon Hill and also launched an online version. We received a 9% return (1,117 responses) from our survey. It was not convenient to return – people had to provide their own envelope, address it and put their own stamp on it.
In short, we learned:
47% households spend >30% of their income on housing
24% rent their homes and 74% own their homes
31% have house holds with 4 members or more
33% lived in Beacon Hill for 5 years or less
Many households speak more than one language
Community opinion on the expansion of the North Beacon Hill Village:
55% supported the expansion, although 70% were not familiar with the idea of an urban village
51% supported the proposed zoning changes to single family areas to put the Mandatory Affordable Housing (MHA) program in place
70% supported development of affordable housing near the light rail station
90% supported adding more small businesses
Community priorities for Beacon Hill:
68% supported multicultural gatherings and cultural programming.
84% supported a safety plan for all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, others
83% supported greater security and safety
80% supported easy access to social and human services for residents
69% are concerned about health Impacts of noise and aircraft emissions