Skyway Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center

Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for the Low Income Housing Institute.

$750,000 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.

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"The Low-Income Housing Institute and Childhaven greatly appreciate Congressman Adam Smith’s leadership in prioritizing affordable housing and early learning in Skyway.  Systemic racism and years of disinvestment has negatively impacted Skyway. And now, rapidly rising housing costs threaten the diversity and vibrancy of the community. Affordable rental housing is urgently needed in Skyway to buffer against displacement. And, mixed-use housing and early learning meets two identified community priorities and will contribute to the emerging ecosystem of equitable, community driven development in Skyway." - Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute and Jon Gould, Community Impact and Government Relations Officer, Childhaven

“The Skyway Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center will go a long way to address two important issues facing communities here in Washington and around the country: affordable housing and child care. The availability of both affordable housing units and child care centers has decreased sharply over the years, and this is especially true for low-income communities and communities of color,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “The requested funding will enable the Low Income Housing Institute, in partnership with Childhaven, to develop over 40 affordable housing units and a child care center that will act as a stabilizing force in a neighborhood experiencing increasing displacement.”

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The Skyway Affordable Housing and Early Learning Center is a mixed-use rental project to be developed by a partnership between the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Childhaven. The project is envisioned as a 43 unit, five-story building with four classrooms and child care in the first floor commercial space.
 
Skyway has one of the largest populations of African Americans and other people of color in King County. Historic residents of the community are facing displacement as housing costs have risen tremendously. The neighborhood has suffered from a lack of permanent affordable housing and affordable child care. In unincorporated areas like Skyway, LIHI and Childhaven have a unique opportunity to combine their expertise and resources to provide much needed housing and services in a part of King County that has been underserved. This project will increase access to affordable housing and child care and actively combat displacement that continues to threaten the community, especially low-income individuals and communities of color.

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