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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $1,000,000 for the MLK Mixed Use Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center, Low Income Housing Institute in Rainier Valley, Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

"We greatly appreciate Representative Adam Smith's inclusion of our project, it demonstrates a real commitment to addressing the displacement of communities of color and expanding child care resources for immigrants and refugees in our community," said Sharon Lee, Executive Director of Low Income Housing Institute.

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.

Click here for information about other Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Smith.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $350,000 for the Family First Community Center – Health Clinic, HealthPoint in Renton, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

"When former Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin approached HealthPoint with his vision for a community health and wellness center in the historically underserved Cascade/Benson neighborhood, we eagerly agreed to form a partnership,” said Lisa Yohalem, HealthPoint President and CEO. “This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission of strengthening communities by breaking down barriers to care. We are grateful for the support from Congressman Smith for the new Family First Community Center that will serve thousands of low-income families with quality health care services along with recreational and educational opportunities."

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.

Click here for information about other Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Smith.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $673,000 for the Entrepreneurship Incubation Hub: Teaching & Commercial Kitchen for Refugee & Immigrant Community, World Relief Seattle in Kent, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“We are beyond thrilled that World Relief Seattle’s Commercial/Teaching Kitchen has been elevated as one of the 10 CPF projects for Representative Adam Smith’s Office. This project, if funded, will enable hundreds of refugees and immigrants to build economic capacity, start microbusinesses, and bring neighbors of all races and ethnicities together-- over their passion for food!  What can be better than that!  In addition to the Commercial/Teaching Kitchen, we will bolster this project with an Immigrant Entrepreneurship Academy—so that people can be connected to culturally appropriate knowledge, access capital and connect to a network of business people who can add to the success of their business.  This opportunity could provide powerful pathways to economic thriving for the communities we serve, at 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.

Click here for information about other Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Smith.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement on D.C. statehood after the House passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act:

“Washington, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve on juries, and serve our country, yet they are barred from having a vote in Congress. The United States is the only democratic country in the world that denies full democratic rights to citizens because they live in the nation’s capital. D.C.’s robust economy, rich culture, and diverse population operate on a budget that is already larger than twelve states and bring in more federal income tax dollars than twenty-one other states. The over 700,000 American citizens who live in the District of Columbia deserve the same voting and representational rights as citizens from every other state in the Union.

“The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state in the Union and finally give residents meaningful political representation and control over local affairs. I am proud to join Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton in strong support of statehood to correct the injustice citizens who live in our nation’s capital have faced for decades. The passage of this bill in the House is a step forward in realizing the full promise of our democratic system.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act, and H.R. 1573, the Access to Counsel Act:

“The United States should be a place that welcomes and embraces people of all nationalities and religions. By passing the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act, the House is setting a path forward that better reflects America’s values where we do not shut our doors for xenophobic reasons.

“Following President Biden’s executive action to rescind the egregious Muslim ban put forward by President Trump, the NO BAN Act will establish guardrails to prevent future attempts at discriminatory travel bans. I have spoken with countless constituents who were forced to live apart from their loved ones because of the Muslim ban. This is unacceptable and this bill helps ensure we will not have similar needless and cruel policies in the future.

“Following Trump’s Muslim ban, many individuals lawfully entering the U.S. were held by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for secondary inspection for hours and often denied the ability to contact loved ones or lawyers. Just last year we saw this happen in Washington when hundreds of Iranian Americans were held at the U.S.-Canada border for hours. The Access to Counsel Act seeks to ensure that individuals entering the U.S. who are subjected to secondary inspection can rightfully access and communicate with legal counsel, family, and others who can assist with verifying the legal status of their trip.

“The two bills passed today are important steps to address bigoted policies and practices that have caused unnecessary suffering for years.”

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