Hope. Unity. Belonging.
The White Center HUB Project is a place of learning, sharing, and quality homes for working families. A place created by and for White Center, where efforts to create a more resilient community are centered.
We were awarded funding for both our housing and community center aspects of the HUB project! Thank you to the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Patty Murray grants for this opportunity!
We are still looking for grants and donors who want to contribute to this community building. Please email us for more information about how to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Work, The Progress, and More
We begin by acknowledging that we are on the ancestral land stewarded since time immemorial by the Salish peoples of the Duwamish, Cedar, Green, White and Upper Puyallup Rivers. We honor and give thanks that we are able to collectively engage in this conversation in your sacred homelands.
This project was started because of the White Center Neighborhood Advisory Council.
The White Center Community HUB will create a place of “Hope, Unity, and Belonging,” where working families can find affordable housing along with essential services that nurture their stability and create greater opportunity. For a project scope, you can check out either our recorded open house or our summarized timeline.
We are collaborating with RISE Together for this project. For more background about our collaboration with RISE Together, you can find more here.
Community Development Goals
Community members in White Center envision…
SELF DETERMINATION & COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP:
Develop the site in partnership with the people who live and work in White Center and make sure it reflects community priorities.
CENTER OF LEARNING:
Create a hub for education and life-long learning, including opportunities such as work force training, small business incubation, satellite community college classes, youth tutoring, computer labs, alternative education and child care.
QUALITY HOMES FOR WORKING FAMILIES:
Build 86 quality homes affordable to individuals and working families earning between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income – the people that help make White Center work like teachers, janitors, and bus drivers. For example, incomes might range between roughly $32,000 and $64,000 a year for a family of four.
WELCOMING TO ALL:
Provide inclusive, open and diverse services and offer spaces for celebrating all cultures through art, music, traditions and events. Create a place open to all ages and generations.
INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICES:
Behavioral and physical health services integrated through SWYFS’ Counseling Center and HealthPoint’s medical clinic operating in partnership for seamless support of the whole person.
For more in depth project summary, please see our initial draft.
White Center Neighborhood Advisory Council
This council helped during the beginning of the HUB Project.
“White Center cultivates economic and ethnic diversity in our neighborhoods, the health and well being of our entire community, is welcoming to everyone, and is recognized as an exceptional place to live, work, go to school, and raise our families”
“Provide diverse community perspective and input on designing a Family Resource Center and Affordable Housing at the former Public Health building/WC Food Bank site, and identify long term housing needs for White Center”
All White Center community members deserve access to affordable housing, great parks and other open space, family-wage jobs, a thriving, safe business district, effective schools welcoming to all families, and a transportation system that greets them where they live and takes them where they need to go.
All development should enhance our natural capacities through strong resilient neighborhoods, characterized by healthy homes, environmentally-restorative, community-oriented development, clean air, water and land, and promotion of our local economy, its businesses, goods, and services.
Community, ethnically diverse members are the best experts to consult when it comes to our community needs, challenges, and opportunities.
Diverse, Expanding Economy
Thriving local economies must have inclusive pathways to prosperity with a broad variety of opportunities for people of all ages to secure their livelihood here in the community whenever possible.