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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $766,000 today for Health One Expansion for the City of Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

"Health One saves lives and helps so many in the community,” said Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “This is an award-winning program that ensures that dedicated and specially trained professionals are available to provide care for our neighbors experiencing non-emergency medical or behavioral health challenges. In recent weeks, the City of Seattle has scaled this program by adding a new unit and service areas. As we continue to deepen investments to expand public safety alternatives like Health One we are freeing up our first responders and allowing them to focus on emergency situations."

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. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden-Harris administration announced that the Department of Defense will halt all projects related to the previous administration’s diversion of Department funds for the border wall, returning all unobligated military construction funds to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies.

“The previous flawed attempt to divert Department of Defense funds for the border wall was an unmitigated disaster that robbed billions of needed dollars from the Department, dollars that supported schools for military children, facilities important to military training and readiness, overseas construction in partner countries, and national guard and reserve equipment accounts.

“By returning the unobligated funds to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies, President Biden is prioritizing our service members and military families, who rely on the military construction projects that were gutted to fund the wall. The Biden-Harris administration is restoring normal order under the federal government’s authorities, after the previous administration abused them under the guise of a national emergency.

“I look forward to working with the Department to fully understand what harm has been done to our existing military construction projects and what can be done to mitigate that harm moving forward.”

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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.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $1,000,000 for the Wadajir Residences & Souq, Forterra NW in Tukwila, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“The souq or International Market at Wadajir will be a powerful incubator for small businesses in the Somali and immigrant communities of Tukwila, Washington,” said Michelle Connor, President and CEO of Forterra. “A commerce anchor for an innovative affordable housing development, the International Market brings 15,000 square feet and 60 spaces to new and existing businesses within a BIPOC community that has long faced continued displacement pressures. This federal investment helps to offer a path for small business owners to move forward through the challenges of the pandemic.”

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.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $600,000 for the African Diaspora Cultural Anchor Village (ADCAV), African Community Housing & Development in Tukwila, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“The African Diaspora Cultural Anchor Village (ADCAV) project is one of the first community development projects led by the broader African immigrant and refugee community in Washington state,” said Hamdi Abdulle, African Community Housing & Development Executive Director. “Centered on community and economic advancement, the ADCAV will provide state-of-the-art facilities and programs in support of education, workforce and small business development, and homeownership opportunities. The time for bold, community-led projects like the ADCAV is now. This critical legacy project will leave an impact on African immigrants and refugees in South King County, as well as the larger Puget Sound region, for generations to come. ADCAV is just the beginning for our community, and we appreciate the support of Congressman Adam Smith and other community leaders."

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.

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

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