Seattle Chinatown International District PDA Programs
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.
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.
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.
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.