Partnering for collaboration and shared vision
Our Core Partners are Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle University, for their work the transformation of Yesler Terrace and the surrounding neighborhoods. We also work with community partners in the Chinatown-International District, Little Saigon, the Central Area, Capitol Hill and First Hill. Our collaborative work is generously supported by local and national funders.
Seattle Housing Authority is engaged in a comprehensive redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace community. Located on 30 acres adjacent to Downtown, the Yesler Terrace redevelopment provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an equitable and sustainable urban neighborhood with mixed-income housing, parks, green space, community centers, offices, retail and great transportation options. The redevelopment is being guided by four key values, established in cooperation with community residents. They are social equity, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship/sustainability and one-for-one replacement of low-income housing. Yesler Terrace redevelopment is funded by public-private partnerships which include grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds from the City of Seattle, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and by the Seattle Housing Authority. To learn more visit Seattle Housing Authority‘s website.
Seattle University, an anchor institution in the our area, demonstrates its commitment to a just and humane wold by supporting YCC’s vision for equitable community development in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.
Its Center for Community Engagement works closely with YCC partners to connect the community with students, faculty and campus programs. Thus, much-needed knowledge and energy is dedicated to serving community needs.
The Seattle University Youth Initiative supports improvements in education for children and youth living at Yesler Terrace.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports local small business development.
The mission of the Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association is to honor, preserve, promote and develop the legacy and presence of Black Americans and newly arrived Africans in Seattle’s Central District as a vibrant community and unique urban experience.
The Black Community Impact Alliance (BCIA) is a group of cooperating organizations serving the Black Community in Western Washington. The organization aims to insure that taxpayer-funded initiatives and organizations that receive government money to work in the Black community are actually doing work to better the lives of Black children and families, particularly those with low income and the working poor. BCIA’s scope includes all elements impacting the well-being of the Black Community, such as: heath, education, jobs, housing, technology, safety, art, criminal justice, economic development, and the environment.
Capitol Hill Housing owns and manages 48 affordable housing apartment buildings throughout the City of Seattle. Through its Capitol Hill Eco-District program, CHH advocates for buildings that are affordable, healthy to live in and light on the planet.
Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services are official human service outreach arms of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. The organization is committed to serving those individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism, and to actively joining with others to work for justice. CCS/CHS serves people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, race or economic status.
Centerstone is a Community Action Agency supporting the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle’s Central District with a variety of services for those in poverty. The agency recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary as part of the first generation of community-inspired organizations funded by the Economic Opportunity Act. Over the course of its history, Centerstone has been instrumental in combating poverty throughout Seattle, supporting basic needs and providing education and assistance to the community and beyond. Services such as energy assistance, housing support, food distribution, and financial education are provided for more than 20,000 individuals each year.
Craft3 is a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. Craft3’s Executive Vice President Sue Taoka serves as president of YCC’s board of directors. YCC and Craft3 are exploring ways to assist with economic development in the Yesler Neighborhood and beyond.
Enterprise Community Partners is a nationwide organization that provides financing and expertise for affordable housing and sustainable communities. Its Pacific Northwest office in Seattle focuses on building capacity among nonprofit housing providers and supporting sustainable and transit-oriented development in lower-income communities, including the Yesler neighborhood.
The First Hill Improvement Association is working to make First Hill a great neighborhood for all. The organization’s work includes: advocacy on key issues affecting the neighborhood; providing a forum for discussion; programming community events; tracking and communicating important changes and their impact to the community; and connecting residents, visitors, and employees to create the best and most livable neighborhood possible.
As a non-profit group, Friends of Little Saigon strives for community empowerment through collaboration and innovation. Known as the original hub of the Vietnamese American community in Seattle, Little Saigon has become a place of history, culture, and community. The organization’s goal is to preserving the essence of the Vietnamese American experience.
A leader in growth management and careful urban planning, Futurewise is examines issues of equity, growth, urban design and inclusive public process. Futurewise is providing YCC with technical expertise in urban planning and design, demographic analysis and GIS mapping.
Seattle Goodwill is a nonprofit organization founded in 1923. Goodwill operations include ten job training centers, 24 retail stores and 38 donation sites in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties. Goodwill is working with YCC to expand employment and career opportunities to low-income residents through programs including their Youth Green Corps Program, Youth Year-Round Program and Youth Aerospace Program.
Harborview Medical Center is exploring ways to support economic opportunities for Yesler neighborhood residents as well as supporting initiatives to increase their health and well-being.
ICHS provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services primarily for the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Seattle Region. ICHS has two clinics, one in the Chinatown-International District and another at Othello and MLK in the Rainier Valley. ICHS is working closely with SCIDpda and InterIm to address the upstream social determinants of health and improve community conditions in the YCC area.
International Living Future Institute has pioneered work in community sustainability through their “Living Building” and “Living Community” Challenges. ILFI is applying the Living Community methodology and principles to the First Hill neighborhood, and is working closely with the Seattle Housing Authority. It is advising the Housing Authority on materials choices for new buildings and providing technical assistance to quantify the environmental benefits of dense urban development at Yesler Terrace.
Previously known as Nikkei Concerns, Keiro Northwest provides care for Asian seniors across a full spectrum of health and wellness services. During the last 40 years, demographics, lifestyles and the healthcare system have evolved .Keiro NW is working with YCC on developing entry-level jobs with a career pathway for low-income people into culturally-competent health care delivery.
Founded as a national nonprofit in 1969, NDC has worked for almost 50 years fulfilling its mission to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.
Neighborcare Health is the largest provider of primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services in Seattle for low-income and uninsured families and individuals, seniors on fixed incomes, immigrants, and the homeless. Each year NCH cares for almost 50,000 patients at 24 non-profit medical, dental and school-based clinics. NCH has provided health services for Yesler Terrace residents for many years. Currently NCH has a school-based clinic at Bailey-Gatzert Elementary school and several community health workers helping Yesler Terrace residents find insurance and address other health care needs.
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) is a community clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital located in the Central District at 21st & Yesler. Children from birth through 21 receive care from a team of specially-trained pediatric care providers. OBCC provides medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. OBCC also has a school-based clinic at Garfield High School.
Public Health Seattle & King County is working with community partners to provide guidance and technical assistance on improving healthful living conditions and building healthy communities. Their expertise, data collection and analysis will help provide the evidence base to evaluate our work and identify successful strategies.
Seattle Colleges offer workforce education and training, professional-technical programs, bachelor’s degrees in career areas and transfer degree programs to nearly 50,000 students each year.
SCIDpda is a key provider of housing and community services in their neighborhood. They are partnering with YCC to expand connections among the Collaborative’s neighborhoods and address housing and environmental issues.
Seattle Jobs Initiative offers low-income individuals training that leads to college credentials in growing local industry sectors. The organization creatively aligns support services – intensive college navigation, housing, childcare and transportation – to provide participants the best opportunity to complete their career pathways and to secure and retain well-paying jobs. The objective is to help individuals who live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to acquire the skills they need to advance out of poverty, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local employers for a skilled workforce.
Swedish is a major employer and service provider in the YCC area, with two of its five hospital campuses located here and providing specialty medical care to patients referred from ICHS and NCH. Swedish has joined with YCC to work on improving the upstream social determinants of health along with health care services delivery.
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit workforce grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.
The Central District branch of the YMCA is developing a program of community health workers to work with low-income and under-served residents of the Central Area and beyond. Their goal with this program is to raise awareness and encourage life-style changes to improve chronic health conditions such as diabetes.
Yesler Community Collaborative is grateful for the commitment of our contributing partners. Startup and on-going funding for Yesler Community Collaborative has been provided by Seattle Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Boeing Company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has generously provided a multi-year operating grant to help the Yesler Community Collaborative realize its vision of bringing these communities together for positive change.
Most recently, the Seattle office of Weber Shandwick, a leading global communications and engagement firm, has chosen Yesler Community Collaborative as its Impact Project Partner for 2016. Weber Shandwick is donating $100,000 in staff time and resources to Yesler Community Collaborative (YCC) under the theme of closing the opportunity gap.
For more information about these generous partners, please visit their websites: