Communities of Opportunity invests $3.1 million in new efforts
Grants to six partnerships will decrease displacement, increase civic engagement and strengthen health and connections across King County
March 28, 2018
Communities of Opportunity – a partnership between King County, Seattle Foundation and community partners – is expanding efforts to help neighborhoods and cultural communities build partnerships that contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents.
Communities of Opportunity (COO) will provide $3.1 million to six efforts that increase the collective power of residents to improve health and well-being outcomes in their communities, contributing to a thriving region.
To address deep inequities in King County, where race, income and ZIP code are key predictors of residents’ life expectancy and health outcomes, these new partnerships are designed to support community leaders and residents to advocate and lead efforts that improve health, housing and economic opportunity in communities that have been marginalized.
These investments will expand work that supports the urban Native community, transgender and nonconforming communities throughout King County, the Latinx community on Vashon Island, and rapidly changing communities in Kent, Seattle’s Central District, and rural Snoqualmie Valley.
These latest awards build on a recent round of investments to 50 nonprofit organizations working to improve outcomes across our region, as well as the work of three initial partnerships in Rainier Valley, White Center and SeaTac/Tukwila.
Geographic and cultural community partnerships receiving COO grants are:
Africatown: Replanting Roots, Rebuilding Community is bringing organizations together in the heart of Seattle’s African American community to strengthen the community’s sense of place in the face of displacement and gentrification. The project will focus on shaping existing and planned affordable rental housing and commercial development efforts to preserve and restore community connections and economic opportunities for the African American/African diaspora community in King County.
Communidad Latina de Vashon Organizamos is working to enhance community connections and mobilize Latinx residents on Vashon Island to activate their leadership in community decisions and advance greater health and well-being. Partners include Latino-based organizations in Seattle that will share their expertise in civic engagement with the Vashon Latino community.
Kent Community Development Collaborative is an effort of community-based organizations working to ensure everyone can participate and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhood and greater community. The partnership will convene community forums focused on creating affordable, safe housing for Kent residents, as well as opportunities for living-wage jobs and access to healthy, affordable foods.
Seattle Urban Native Nonprofits (SUNN) is a leadership roundtable that aims to unite the efforts of Native-led organizations to advocate for policies and positive changes that will improve health and well-being. The partners include the Potlatch Fund, Seattle Indian Health Board, Na’ah Illahee Fund, Chief Seattle Club and NAWDIM, who all have a long history of engaging in the needs of urban Native families through a unique cultural lens.
Snoqualmie Valley Supportive Community for All will strengthen community connections by building an inclusive coalition of service providers and key community stakeholders around a shared vision of coordinating human services across the Snoqualmie Valley.
The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition will address the economic barriers transgender and gender-nonconforming communities and LGBTQ people of color experience as a result of transphobia, homophobia and racism. The Coalition will build leadership development programs and engage area employers to develop model employment policies.
Communities of Opportunity is a network of residents, communities, decision-makers, and funders who believe every community can be a healthy, thriving community—and that equity and racial justice are both necessary and achievable.
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