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Seattle Chinatown International District PDA 

Description

Since 1975, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has been a catalyst and lead advocate for community revitalization, investing over $65 million to increase neighborhood sustainability.  Our programs and services are crucial to the welfare of the Chinatown ID where thirty-six percent of residents live below the poverty line with a median household income of $17,000 (American Community Survey, 2005 - 2009). The majority of our community speaks limited English and has difficulty accessing traditional resources. Our neighborhood suffers from a growing lower-income elder population, deteriorating housing stock, lack of resources and rising neighborhood crime. SCIDpda's goal is to revitalize our neighborhood through activities that preserve its multi-ethnic culture, meet the needs of our community, and help our neighborhood adapt in ways that encourage long-term sustainability.          

SCIDpda is fiscally sponsored by Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Association.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.
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Seattle Chinatown International District PDA
PO Box 3302 
Seattle 
WA
98114-3302 
(206) 624-8929 

Maiko Winkler-Chin 
Executive Director 

Programs

Seattle Chinatown International District PDA Programs

Senior Services
Our culturally-responsive senior programs serve over 650 low-income elders annually. Our services include Legacy House (assisted-living and adult day health services) and Nutrition Services (weekday lunch program). Our services are located in the heart of the Chinatown International District so our elders can remain in their own community and still access the services they need to stay healthy, active, and independent.                  

Development and Management of Affordable Housing and Commercial/Retail Space                
SCIDpda owns and/or manages nine neighborhood properties that include nearly 500 units of affordable housing for over 700 low-income individuals including families and seniors. Our properties also include nearly 200,000 square feet of affordable commercial/retail space that is home to the majority of our neighborhood's community-based service agencies and small immigrant-owned businesses. We have rehabilitated several historic buildings to meet the needs of our community's residents and businesses.             

Community Development                   
IDEA Space, our community development resource center, brings together stakeholders to participate in and lead neighborhood revitalization efforts. In just a few short years, IDEA Space has helped to leverage $1.5 million in investments toward public realm enhancements, neighborhood marketing, community block watches, small business technical assistance, educational workshops and technical assistance on historic preservation and conceptual studies for real estate development projects.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Our effectiveness is measured by our ability to preserve the neighborhood's traditional culture and community while enhancing the neighborhood in ways that support long-term economic growth and sustainability. Our programs use various indicators of effectiveness - for example, our Senior Services division receives high marks through its various regulatory inspections; this year, they received deficiency-free findings from the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Health, and Aging Washington. Property management division uses both "industry standards" on occupancy and rent collection, compares itself to other organizations through Seattle Office of Housing data, and conducts resident surveys to collect baseline data to learn how we can improve.      

General operating support is needed to ensure that we can maintain our current level of service.    

Proven Success     
SCIDpda is well-respected and recognized as a premier development authority. We are successful in convening and leveraging support of local development projects and facilitating communication among local community groups, outside interest groups and property owners.     

Accessibility and Cultural Competency    
SCIDpda provides innovative programs that are culturally relevant, easily accessible and respond to the specific needs of the community.  IDEA Space, our design center, focuses on community engagement, community and real estate development, public safety and small business technical support.   

Collaboration    
SCIDpda is an effective relationship-builder with local family associations, small business owners, community members and other community constituents living and working in the Chinatown International District.

Evaluation


The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a 35-year-old community development corporation with a mission of preserving, promoting and developing the Seattle Chinatown International District (ID).

Proven Success
Since 1975, SCIDpda has directly contributed to and helped facilitate more than $65 million in community investments and increasing affordable housing in the Chinatown ID by 400 percent. Its International District Village Square development includes the neighborhood’s first public library, community center with a gym, childcare center, community health clinic, affordable family-size housing and a senior assisted-living home.

Leadership and Collaboration
SCIDpda is leading an aggressive campaign to revitalize the Chinatown ID and the Little Saigon business districts. It works to stimulate long-term economic growth by providing technical assistance to small businesses, improving public safety, attracting new and diverse businesses, and preserving the multi-ethnic fabric of the business district.

Co-convened the King Street Task Force – a group of neighborhood business/property owners, business professionals, residents, City of Seattle representatives and others to identify creative collaborations and ideas that could help revitalize the local business districts.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
In response to the need for affordable, culturally responsive senior services, it created and manages assisted living and adult day services that are within easy walking distance and provided by multi-lingual staff.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2013 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2011 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2010 $25,000.00support general operating expenses and renovation of Assemby Hall.
10/18/2007 $45,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/22/2005 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.

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