White Center-Promise Summer Celebration-Friday, August 31st, 2012
“Success from cradle to college and career”
(White Center, WA)-Promise Summer Celebration 2012-Come celebrate the implementation phase of the White Center Promise Initiative. Get information about what implementation will look like, enjoy the company of your neighbors and enjoy a great time with free local food and performers.
To register and find out more information please click the following link: Promise Registration. Registration deadline is August 25th, 2012. Register before the deadline to recieve a “Special” parent gift and a book bag for your child.
To volunteer, please register at the following link: Volunteer Registration. You can register online or print out a registration form. Please fax registration forms to 206.658.8344 or drop it off at the CDA office located at 1615 Cambridge St. If you are under 18 please fill out a youth waiver form found at the above link.
Volunteers are needed!! To sign-up as a volunteer, please visit the following link: Volunteer Registration or contact Julie Hubbs, AmeriCorp VISTA Volunteer Manager and Fund Developer at 206.694.1082 x175 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will recieve a complimentary T-shirt, refreshments and food at the event.
Are you a home owner in the White Center area and need some home repairs done? Well, White Center-CDA and Habitat for Humanity have a great solution to help you!! Check out the requirements and please apply.
Capitol Hill Housing Celebrates Grand Opening of Unity Village of White Center
November 2, 2011 (Seattle, WA) - The White Center community is delighted to announce the grand opening of Unity Village, a new construction project featuring 30 units of affordable apartments near the business district, close to public transit, shopping and services. During this challenging economic climate for affordable housing developers, the White Center Community Development Association, Capitol Hill Housing and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association have combined resources through an innovative partnership to develop Unity Village, formerly known as Strength of Place Village.
The celebration will feature a tour of the project and remarks from King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Member Joe McDermott and Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, along with other officials from the State of Washington, King County, White Center, Seattle and Burien.
Located on the corner of SW 100th Street and 13th Avenue SW, the $9.5 million project features 30 new apartments ranging from one-bedrooms to three-bedrooms for low-income families making less than about $55,000 per year. Unity Village boasts many green features, and is green built to the Washington State Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard.
This project is one of just a handful of projects in Washington State that received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Tax Credit Assistance Program funding administered by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. In a time when low-income housing tax credits were scarce, the partnership’s combined strengths made it feasible for the project to secure tax credit equity and a federal award. Capitol Hill Housing is the lead housing developer of Unity Village, the White Center Community Development Association is the local sponsor and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association secured the site in 2008 and provided construction management services for the project. The project is owned by a tax credit Limited Liability Company in which all three non-profit organizations have an ownership stake.
The name “Unity Village” was selected by the White Center community and the tenants of the project as they began meeting to sign leases. According to Aileen Balahadia, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association, “the project’s residents along with its owners collectively recognized unity as a goal of the community and a hallmark of the collaborative nature of the project’s development. This decision, guided authentically by resident voice, is seen a true testament to how this project developed from original vision to grand opening.”
Christopher Persons, Executive Director of Capitol Hill Housing said “it has been an honor and a privilege to work on this unique project in the heart of White Center. The development of Unity Village is a model for collaboration and the development of affordable housing in a community context.”
Funding for this project was provided by Impact Capital, King County, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Tax Credit Assistance Program, the State of Washington, National Equity Fund, Bank of America, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound and the Bill & Melinda Gates Sound Families Initiative in conjunction with the King County Housing Authority.
The event sponsors are Absher Construction and Bank of America.
Unity Village Groundbreaking
Wednesday, November 16th
3pm Tour of the project, including units and grounds
4pm Remarks & Reception
Intersection of 13th Avenue SW & 100th Street in White Center
Please RSVP to: email@example.com or (206) 694-1082 x162
As proud sponsors, the White Center CDA would like to be the first to announce this event, happening right here in White Center, at White Center Heights Elementary. Please see event flyer below for more information. See you there!
Residents are welcomed at the beginning of our event.
Jasmine Brown (center), Strength of Place Village site manager, gives everyone a warm welcome.
Yesterday, Strength of Place Village hosted a site tour for interested and curious community members. Close to 40 residents of the neighborhood took turns walking through the site, with interpretation available in three languages (Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese). This event got some great coverage online - please see the links below.
Participants of the tour were not allowed on site if they wore open-toed shoes (for their safety). Our CDA community builder, Ian Dapiaoen, let a gentlemen borrow his shoes so he can participate on the tour. The man was very thankful to have seen the site, which is projected to be completed mid-September.
Proof that you can get to know someone if you walk in their shoes =)
Above: Timelapse photography of Strength of Place Village, taken between Feb. 1 - July 12 of this year.
STRENGTH OF PLACE VILLAGE
COMMUNITY TOUR - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Wednesday, July 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Strength of Place Village - SW 100th Street and 13th Ave SW in White Center
Childcare and light freshments provided
Interpretation Services provided in Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali
What is STRENGTH OF PLACE VILLAGE Apartments?
Strength of Place Village (SOPV) will be an affordable housing community for individuals and families in White Center. SOPV will be an attractive, green-built and safe community that residents will be proud to call home. SOPV will be comprised of three separate buildings, each a mixture of townhome and flat-style apartments. Each apartment will have its own exterior entrance with either a small patio or deck as you enter. There will be an on-site resident manager as well as abundant play areas for children.
For more information, please contact Jasmine Brown, Strength of Place site manager, at (206) 972-5280.
The Tenants Union of Washington (TU) offers free drop-in tenant counseling services to assist people with questions about landlord-tenant laws and discuss strategies to prevent housing loss. The TU is expanding its services and opening new satellite clinics to reach further into North, Southeast, and West Seattle, as well as increasing its tenant hotline hours. Tenants with questions about their rights can now contact our hotline at (206) 723-0500 from 10am-12:30am Monday through Wednesday.
The Tenants Union is very excited to be partnering with two great agencies -Southwest Youth and Family Services and North Helpline - to launch the new drop-in clinics in Southwest and Northeast Seattle. Beginning in June 2011, Tenant Counselors will be available at these locations to answer questions about tenant’s rights:
West Seattle, 5-7pm every Wednesday (Interpretation Available)
Southwest Youth & Family Services
4555 Delridge Way Southwest
Seattle, WA 98106
Lake City, 5-7pm every Thursday
12736 33rd Ave NE # 100
Seattle, WA 98125
Columbia City, 2-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Tenants Union Office
5425 Rainier Ave S. Suite B, Seattle WA 98118
These services are FREE and open to the public and are on a first-come first-serve basis. Please note that translation services are available in all languages at the West Seattle site only. Please contact Tenants Union staff Kylin Parks (206) 722-6848 x 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.