Rep. Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding requests to the House Committee on Appropriations for consideration in the FY 2022 appropriations bill. In March, Congress passed a government spending package which included over $9 million in funding for these ten projects across Washington's 9th District.
The below requests are listed in alphabetical order by project name.
$600,000 for the African Diaspora Cultural Anchor Village (ADCAV), African Community Housing & Development
The African Diaspora Cultural Anchor Village (ADCAV) will be a mixed-use development to support the African immigrant and refugee community in South King County and the Puget Sound region. The ADCAV will include a learning center for youth and young adults, workforce development center, senior and community gathering space, and outdoor areas with urban gardens and a playground. The second phase of this work will result in desperately needed affordable homeownership units and a small business incubator with ground floor retail.
This request will support African Community Housing & Development in further advancing the ADCAV project, helping address inequities in education, economic development, and social services, and provide long-term affordable housing opportunities to immigrant and refugee communities.
$590,600 for the AiPACE Adult Day Center and Clinic, Aging in PACE Washington (AiPACE)
Beacon Hill, Seattle, WA
The AiPACE Adult Day Center and Clinic will provide services to low-income, nursing-home-eligible API elders through the evidence-based, nationally recognized Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This is the first such program in Washington designed specifically for API elders. The requested funding will help AiPACE continue the development of the project towards an expected open date in 2023.
The “aging reimagined” approach spearheaded by AiPACE is shaping a world where all elders can age with dignity and respect regardless of economic status or race; where families and communities are kept whole; and where all sectors unite to create an effective and sustainable health care system that offers quality of life for all. The AiPACE Adult Day Center and Clinic’s holistic, culturally- and linguistically-relevant services, delivered to meet individualized needs, will help API elders to age in place – in communities already familiar to them – and maintain health and well-being.
$673,000 for the Entrepreneurship Incubation Hub: Teaching & Commercial Kitchen for Refugee & Immigrant Community, World Relief Seattle
This request would help World Relief develop a teaching and commercial kitchen that will be a 1,215 sq. ft. multi-impact community space serving Washington’s King County refugee and immigrant community. This space will be used as an entrepreneurship and small business incubation hub to launch and promote local businesses, particularly food-based businesses, and train refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs through an Entrepreneurship Academy hosted in the space.
The project will promote entrepreneurship and successful small business ownership within historically underserved communities; advance community based economic empowerment through promoting food related businesses and income-generating initiatives; and simultaneously increase food security and sovereignty for refugee and immigrant communities.
$350,000 for the Family First Community Center – Health Clinic, HealthPoint
HealthPoint will bring quality health clinic and wellness programs to the new Family First Community Center (FFCC) in Renton. The full-service primary care clinic will include medical, behavioral health, and dental care. This funding will support capital equipment purchases for the health clinic, expected to open in 2022.
With HealthPoint’s onsite full-service primary care clinic, participants in FFCC programming will benefit from seamless access to health care services whether their point of entry is through sports, recreation, STEM, or other programs taking place at the FFCC. The co-location of the clinic with the FFCC will eliminate many of the transportation and financial barriers to accessing health care currently experienced by low-income families in the Cascade/Benson Hill community.
$766,000 for Health One Expansion, City of Seattle
This project would add capacity to Seattle’s existing Health One program to respond to referrals and nonviolent emergency 911 calls with behavioral health professionals and crisis care management teams. Health One is oriented toward service to vulnerable and under-represented communities and individuals who struggle to access health and social services. Approximately half of clients served are experiencing homelessness; many of the other half reside in supportive or low-income housing.
Another response team would allow Health One to reach an additional 1,000 individuals through referrals each year. The current Health One program, and similar diversion programs for non-violent 911 calls, have demonstrated success in providing more appropriate behavioral and mental health support than traditional 911 response, reducing unnecessary interactions between police and community members, and helping ensure emergency response programs are meeting the needs of the community.
$1,000,000 for the Keiro Site, Africatown Community Land Trust
Central District, Seattle, WA
The Keiro Site will be a mixed-use project that will provide opportunities for affordable rental housing, economic development, and community space in the Central District of Seattle; a historically Black neighborhood that is experiencing intense gentrification and displacement pressures. The Keiro Site is expected to create approximately 300 units of affordable rental housing and will have dedicated space for culturally relevant early childhood education, a critical need in the Central District.
The requested funds for the Keiro Site will help combat growing displacement, increase access to affordable housing and early learning services, and provide economic opportunities for Black-owned businesses.
$850,000 for the Maritime High School (MHS), Highline Public Schools
South King County, WA
The Highline School District, the Port of Seattle, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition DRCC, and the Northwest Maritime Center have collaborated to design and launch a stand-alone Maritime High School (MHS) in South King County. The vision for MHS is to provide a world-class education, within a historically impacted community, that advances the next generation of leaders, innovators, and professionals across maritime related fields.
The maritime industry is a pillar of the state’s economy, yet workforce gaps threaten the sector and the current education and workforce system is woefully underprepared to support a diverse and inclusive workforce. At a time when our region has created more new wealth than many other metropolitan areas in the country, area schools offer few educational career pathways into maritime careers and marginalized communities have limited access to waterfront jobs. This funding will help MHS in its first academic year beginning in the fall of 2021 to establish inclusive programs, policies, and practices to ensure that maritime career opportunities are accessible to all students, focusing on the school’s capacity to recruit, prepare, and empower students who are under-represented in maritime and ocean science careers.
$1,000,000 for the MLK Mixed Use Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center, Low Income Housing Institute
Rainier Valley, Seattle, WA
The MLK Mixed Use Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center (MLK Mixed Use) located just south of the Othello Light Rail Station will provide 152 apartment units for low-income and homeless families and individuals and an early learning center and play area operated by the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). As a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project, MLK Mixed Use will lead to better mobility, reduced car traffic, reduced household spending on transportation, healthier lifestyles, less pollution, higher foot traffic for commercial businesses, and decreased suburban sprawl.
This project will provide much needed affordable housing for low-income and homeless families and individuals in a neighborhood that is experiencing massive displacement and gentrification. The requested funding will help advance the development of MLK Mixed Use to immediately bring people off the streets and into stable housing, prevent many from becoming homeless, and help reduce displacement and gentrification.
$1,000,000 for the Wadajir Residences & Souq, Forterra NW
The Wadajir Residences & Souq is a mixed-use attainable housing and commercial development project that will provide affordable cooperative ownership opportunities in Tukwila. The international market located on the ground floor will provide space for the community to gather, small and micro-businesses to thrive and grow, and community members to access culturally specific goods and services. Above the Souq, Forterra is developing 100 affordable homes for cooperative ownership.
With rising rents and the closure or sale of international markets in Tukwila and SeaTac, the BIPOC immigrant and East-African communities in South King County are facing displacement. Many are not able to make rent, pay for basic services, and are increasingly concerned for their long-term stability. Over 110 immigrant-owned small businesses have closed in the area in just the last three years. The Wadajir Residences & Souq will help combat this by providing 100 units of affordable housing and 60 micro retail units for small businesses. The new businesses will generate quality, family-wage jobs and economic growth for the region and increase economic mobility.
Through a relationship established around shared values of housing affordability and community ownership, Forterra has partnered with the Abu Bakr Islamic Center to develop this project.
$1,000,000 for the Youth Achievement Center, Africatown Community Land Trust
Columbia City, Seattle, WA
The Youth Achievement Center (YAC) is a project being developed by a community-based coalition focused on addressing the various systemic obstacles that Black and Brown youth in South Seattle and King County are facing in their life. It will provide permanent and emergency housing for youth, community services and programming for youth, and space for commercial businesses.
The youth in this area, who are predominantly Black and brown, face systemic inequality that makes them more likely to experience unemployment, criminal detention, violence, and housing instability. The YAC coalition is developing this project in collaboration with the youth in the community who are directly affected by these problems to begin taking steps towards addressing challenges created by historic and multigenerational inequities. Funding for the development of the YAC is an important step to help address these historic injustices.