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.
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.