Little Saigon Landmark
Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for Friends of Little Saigon.
$4 million was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.
Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.
"The Little Saigon Landmark project will be a major cultural anchor for the Vietnamese community in Washington State," said Quynh Pham, Executive Director of the Friends of Little Saigon. "This project will provide affordable housing to seniors and families, affordable commercial space to small businesses, as well as space for cultural gatherings and events for the community. We are grateful for the partnership and support that Congressman Adam Smith has provided to the Friends of Little Saigon to make this project possible. This demonstrates great his leadership and commitment towards preventing further displacement of communities of color and expanding resources needed to preserve vulnerable neighborhoods like Little Saigon."
“The funding requested for Friends of Little Saigon will enable the development of a social and cultural center in the historic Chinatown-International District, one of Seattle’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. The Little Saigon Landmark will provide affordable housing, small business commercial space, and a community gathering center for mostly Vietnamese families and seniors,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “At a moment when the AAPI community faces increased discrimination, it is critical the federal government invests in the wellbeing of these communities. I am proud to advocate for this funding in a broader effort to uplift the AAPI community.”
The Little Saigon Landmark project will provide affordable housing, affordable commercial space, and a cultural center that is open to the public and is a key community amenity. Little Saigon is recognized as an important part of the historic Chinatown-International District, composed of majority Vietnamese immigrant and refugee family businesses who serve a large population made of low-income families, seniors, and service workers. Over the past ten years, this neighborhood has experienced a high rate of cultural and economic displacement. The current housing inventory in Little Saigon consists of mostly smaller units that poorly match the affordability and household size needs of the neighborhood. In addition, there is a lack of public amenities and services that cater to this cultural population such as community gathering spaces, outdoor green space, and various direct services.
The Little Saigon Landmark project is aimed to serve low-moderate income community members within the AAPI community, as well as provide affordable commercial rents to small businesses. The gathering space, or Vietnamese Cultural Center, will be a social and cultural hub providing programs, resources, and events.