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SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) announced today that restaurants in Washington state will be able to apply for direct relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund beginning Monday, May 3, at 9:00 AM PT. Applicants can register on the U.S. Small Business Administration application portal here.

“Independent restaurants in Washington’s ninth district are the cornerstones of our community and local economy,” said Rep. Smith. “I am proud that we passed direct relief for them and the people they employ as part of the American Rescue Plan. The recovery of our restaurant and hospitality businesses are both an important key to a full recovery and it’s crucial we continue to support them so we can soon gather again safely with friends and family.”

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created by the American Rescue Plan that Rep. Smith helped pass last month. The law incorporated key provisions from the RESTAURANTS Act, which Rep. Smith also co-sponsored in the previous Congress.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide restaurants and other eligible businesses with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business. The relief does not have to be repaid, provided that the funds are put toward eligible uses by March 11, 2023.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal can be accessed at https://restaurants.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login/. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha). Entities that work with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the portal.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted Community Project Funding requests to the House Committee on Appropriations for consideration in the FY 2022 appropriations bill. Each Representative may request funding for up to ten projects in their community for fiscal year 2022.

“I am proud to submit requests for these ten critical projects in Washington’s Ninth District that will help address growing inequities in our communities,” said Rep. Smith. “As Congress works to pass appropriations bills, it is vital that we direct more federal dollars to underserved communities and marginalized populations. The proposed projects will help address challenges facing communities across the region in affordable housing, health care, education, youth development and services, small businesses and economic opportunity, senior services, and mental health. I am deeply appreciative of all of the organizations, local governments, and community leaders who submitted excellent projects for consideration that would make our communities more equitable and prosperous.”

You can learn more about the projects listed in alphabetical order by project name here:

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 $590,600 for the AiPACE Adult Day Center and Clinic, Aging in PACE Washington (AiPACE) in Beacon Hill, Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

"We are incredibly grateful for Congressman Adam Smith's ongoing support to ensure that vulnerable communities have equitable access to quality health care,” said Teresita Batayola, AiPACE Board President. “Funding for AiPACE will enable Asian and Pacific Islander frail elders to age in place with culturally appropriate healthcare and wraparound services, while giving support and peace of mind to family caregivers."

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.

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 $1,000,000 for the Youth Achievement Center (YAC), Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) in Columbia City, Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“These funds, if awarded, will go toward the development of a first of its kind Youth Achievement Center that will provide immediate services and intervention to the youth of South Seattle and King County. Many of these young people face many insurmountable challenges that can be alleviated if there is early intervention in their lives. YAC hopes to achieve that goal by creating over 90 units of permanently affordable housing, along with wrap around services to assist and provide a safety net for this vulnerable population, allowing them better short- and long-term outcomes. Our partners are excited as well, as this is the first step in the culmination of a long-held dream to create this center by our coalition.” – Youth Achievement Center, Africatown Community Land Trust

“The Youth Achievement Center came out of lots of young people coming together through organizations like Creative Justice and Community Passageways and telling us what they most need in South Seattle is housing and services for young people,” said Councilmember Girmay Zahilay. “Seeing the energy and advocacy of the youth from my community inspired me to give my full support to the YAC as a King County Councilmember.”

“We started a program called the Youth Consortium,” said Dominique Davis. “We started with about 25 young people from the community, all from different backgrounds, from the city; some were facing criminal charges, some were not, some were in school, some had dropped out of school. We did a canvassing of the streets and the young people came back and said, “We need a place for young people to live, to get services, somewhere to get help with education,” so we partnered with Creative Justice, Africatown Community Land Trust, and Councilmember Zahilay to develop the Youth Achievement Center.”

“We are in the midst of an uprising that is forcing us as a nation to face even more deeply the ways in which our systems and institutions very intentionally marginalize and disenfranchise black, indigenous and youth of color,” said Nikkita Oliver. “Times such as these highlight the need for projects like the Youth Achievement Center: spaces birthed out of the genius and lived experiences of youth of color.”

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.

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 $1,000,000 for the Keiro Site, Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) in the Central District of Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“Africatown Community Land Trust is pleased that Keiro will be selected as one of the projects that may be awarded funding through this congressional process. Immediately upon receiving these funds ACLT will be able to provide 150 beds to homeless and unsheltered individuals. We hope that many of the homeless residents that are housed at Keiro temporarily will become permanent residents when we open our doors. These residents will be supported by wraparound services. At the time of completion, Keiro will provide 285 units of permanently affordable rental housing that is much needed in Seattle – a city that is suffering the dual crises of a lack of affordable housing and homelessness.”

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.

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

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