Community breaks ground on Liberty Bank Building

Community members celebrated the Juneteeth holiday on June 19 by breaking ground on the new Liberty Bank Building at 24th Avenue and East Union Street. The re-development of Liberty Bank will help preserve affordability in the neighborhood by bringing 115...

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New pocket park planned for 12th and Jackson

A few years from now, the intersection of 12th and Jackson at the heart of Little Saigon will look and feel completely different.  Many of the one- and two-story retail buildings with parking lots in front will give way...

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Futurewise names YCC as its 2017 “Community Champion”

Doris Koo introduces YCC partners at the Futurewise breakfast: (L to R) Michael Seiwerath, Capitol Hill Housing; Maiko Winkler-Chin, Seattle Chinatown International Dist. PDA; Andrew Lofton, Seattle Housing Authority; Evelyn Allen, Black Community Impact Alliance;...

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YCC partners participate in PARK(ING) DAY+

Yesler Community Collaborative partners are joining forces to create four temporary park locations as part of PARK(ING) DAY + 2016. This annual Seattle event temporarily turns on-street parking spots into pop-up public spaces. Participating organizations include...

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Vision for a greener First Hill community

At a recent Yesler Community Collaborative gathering, Brad Liljequist presented the findings from a year-long research project to create a vision of a Living Community for the First Hill neighborhood. Liljequist is Net Zero Energy Director at International Living...

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Andréa Akita joins YCC team

Andréa Akita has joined our consultant team to provide additional support, along with Ellen Kissman, to Yesler Community Collaborative’s issue area cohort groups. “We are very pleased to have Andréa as part of the Yesler Community Collaborative team. She brings...

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Housing cohort tackles preservation, affordability

Yesler Community Collaborative’s Housing Cohort has brought together people in leadership from key organizations working to develop and preserve affordable housing in the neighborhoods including and surrounding Yesler Terrace. Member organizations include Capitol Hill...

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Yesler Youth lead the way to Green Healthy Living

How do you instill values and support a community to move towards healthier living that promotes a more sustainable environment? That is the challenge faced by the Yesler Terrace community and Seattle Housing Authority managers as the worn out housing …

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Job shadowing produces job readiness

Marian Ahmed bursts into the room with a broad smile on her face, exuding strength and confidence. This 46-year old woman speaks frankly about her difficult journey as a refugee from Somalia to the United States, with a clear sense …

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BUILD Health Challenge hosts community meetings

InterIm Community Development Association is leading health action planning for the International District, funded by the BUILD Health Challenge. This grant-funded project is facilitating a new partnership among InterIm, Public Health | Seattle and King County  and...

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HALA report offers wide range of recommendations

The final recommendations put forward by Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) contain several strategies that can readily be put into place in the Yesler Community Collaborative neighborhoods. “The neighborhoods within the greater...

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Industrial sewing class launches at Yesler Terrace

In a sunny conference room at the Jesse Epstein Opportunity Center, seven women gather around and watch closely as Deborah Vandermar demonstrates at a sewing machine. This is the first Industrial Sewing class in the three-month term, so the focus …

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Kebero Court adds 103 new homes for low-income families

On Friday, June 5, nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the completion of Kebero Court, the first new low-income housing at Yesler Terrace in 75 years. Sunny Kebero Court open space Built by the Seattle Housing Authority, Kebero Court will...

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YCC Idea Exchange explores community engagement

What does it take to meaningfully and effectively involve the members of a community in decisions that affect them? This was at the heart of a discussion involving a dozen or so people from Seattle nonprofits and institutions as they …

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Come out to the 23rd / Union-Jackson MHA Rezone public hearing on Monday June 26 (6pm) at Garfield High School. Let your voice be heard! #Ownourgrowth #Cityforthemany ...

Public Hearing on 23rd & Union-Jackson Rezone

June 26, 2017, 5:45pm - June 26, 2017, 8:45pm

Garfield High School Garfield High School Commons/Lunch Room 400 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 Childcare will be provided. Sign-up for testimony will begin at 5:30 p.m. TALKING POINTS: Neighborhood-specific talking points that look at implementation of the MHA rezone as well as additional City actions needed to support Central District vision: drive.google.com/file/d/0B61afY1KlHsMTWJYTndXR2dHd0E/view?usp=sharing General MHA talking points: drive.google.com/file/d/0B61afY1KlHsMUnRUYzh5bTN0ZFE/view?usp=sharing Background: The Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee is currently considering proposed rezones for the 23rd Ave. nodes of Union, Cherry, and Jackson in the Central District, the center of Seattle's African American community and home to long-time residents and youth, businesses, and a vibrant cultural district. Due to redlining beginning in the 1930s and discriminatory lending and insurance practices, the Central Area was essentially the only place in Seattle where black families could live and put down roots—at one point home to 70 percent of the city's black population. Now, displacement is a major issue in the neighborhood, and the percentage of black residents in the Central District has gone from over 70% in the 1970s to just 20% today. The 23rd & Union-Jackson rezone is part of the 23rd Ave. Action Plan initiated in 2013, aimed at developing a shared vision to address displacement and create a heathier, more equitable neighborhood, focusing investments in the heart of the African American community. The rezone would implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in the area—requiring all new commercial and residential development to contribute to affordable housing by either building income and rent-restricted homes on site, or paying a fee that the Seattle Office of Housing will use to build affordable homes nearby—and is crucial to achieving important local affordable housing and ownership projects that are underway, such as Africatown Community Land Trust's innovative plans for the Midtown Center site. Because the Central District is designated as having a high risk of displacement, new development in the area would be subject to the highest level of MHA requirements. Read more about MHA's tiered approach here: www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/HALA/MHA_Zoning_Proposals_Summary_10-17-2016_FINAL.pdf If you have questions or would like testimony support, feel free to email erin@seattleforeveryone.org Read more about the Mandatory Housing Affordability proposal for 23rd & Union-Jackson here: seattle.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=5179674&GUID=4EBCD63A-747D-495C-87FD-D35883466C56

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Congratulations to our partners Africatown-Central District, Black Community Impact Alliance, Centerstone and Capitol Hill Housing for the historic groundbreaking of the future Liberty Bank Building. The outpouring of support from the community was amazing! ...

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