Seattle Chinatown International District PDA 


Since 1975, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has been a catalyst for community revitalization and lead advocate for neighborhood sustainability within Seattle's Chinatown International District (CID).  Our programs and services are crucial to the welfare of the CID, where nearly 60% of residents live below the poverty line. The majority of our community speaks limited English and has difficulty accessing traditional resources. Our neighborhood suffers from a growing low-income elder population, deteriorating housing stock, and rising neighborhood crime. SCIDpda's goal is to revitalize our neighborhood through programs 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 
(206) 624-8929 

Maiko Winkler-Chin 
Executive Director 


Seattle Chinatown International District PDA Programs

·        Senior Services
Our adult day services and weekday lunch program serve approximately 800 low-income elders a year, and Legacy House, SCIDpda’s assisted living facility, houses approximately 75 of those seniors.  Our senior services provide culturally-responsive support and family-like care to help our seniors stay healthy, active, and independent for as long as possible.

Affordable Housing & Commercial/Retail Space
SCIDpda currently owns and/or manages affordable housing for over 700 low-income residents, including single individuals, families, and seniors.  Our buildings also include approximately 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial/retail space, home to dozens of independent businesses, neighborhood non-profits, and service providers.  We have developed new projects and rehabilitated historic buildings to meet the community’s needs and encourage future growth and long-term neighborhood sustainability.

Economic Development & Community Engagement
Our IDEA Space program promotes the neighborhood’s economic development by providing culturally-responsive assistance to neighborhood businesses and property owners.  We connect community members with resources for marketing, finance, real estate development, public safety, design, and business development to help them adapt to an increasingly competitive market.  IDEA Space also mobilizes residents, business owners, and the wider community to collaborate and take leadership in identifying and meeting neighborhood priorities in order to help shape the neighborhood’s future.  Through hosting community events such as the CID Spring Clean, a project that recruits staff and volunteers to clean and renovate the neighborhood, and the Neighborhood Block Watch, a project that encourages local residents to patrol the neighborhood and raise awareness for public safety, our multilingual staff inform community members about neighborhood improvement projects and planning processes, collect their feedback, and ensure our community’s voice is heard.

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. In 2014, IDEA Space leveraged approximately $1.3 million to support neighborhood projects and efforts around public safety, the built environment, business assistance, and capacity building.  Most recently, IDEA Space launched the CID’s first coworking space, Hing Hay Coworks, intended to cater to local freelancers, entrepreneurs, boutique agencies, and startups.

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 focuses on community engagement, community and real estate development, public safety, and small business technical support.   

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.


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:

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.


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