Connect Capital: Seattle, WA

The Seattle team centered its work on fostering climate justice, economic opportunity, and thriving in place in South Park, a riverfront neighborhood of approximately 4,800 residents in Seattle that is significantly more diverse and has a significantly lower average income than the city as a whole. Led by the Seattle Public Utility (SPU), and involving other city agencies and a strong resident advocate, the team focused on maximizing the benefits of major SPU capital projects for existing residents. The team developed a proposal, garnered support, and secured a $600,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the South Park Resilience District, a new mechanism for pursuing a climate adaptation approach to neighborhood development that empowers local residents. They also successfully advocated with the city to acquire land for 230 units of affordable housing, advanced plans for a local park expansion and redesign, supported citywide climate adaptation efforts, and fostered collaboration and community involvement in local development efforts.

Transforming investment in communities

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The California Endowment.

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