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King County has formed a community planning workgroup to support the development of the new King County Equitable Development Initiative (KC EDI)!

For background, in 2021 a coalition of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led organizations urged King County Council to create a countywide equitable development initiative, modeled off the success of the City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative.

An equitable development initiative considers past policy decisions, historic inequities, and current conditions to improve access to opportunities to the most affected communities and allocate resources and investments, such as capacity building and capital funds, to communities at risk from displacement.

In March, the King County Council passed Motion 16062 requesting Executive Constantine to establish a countywide equitable development initiative and provide the Council with the framework, implementation plan, recommendations, and clear next steps with funding options. The community planning workgroup was formed and the initial planning is underway with a framework expected in November 2022.

In August 2023, King County staff in partnership with the community planning workgroup submitted an implementation plan to the King County Council.

Who

Applicant's name

Organization Affiliation

Geographic Representation

Aaron Garcia

White Center Community Development Association

D8, unincorporated

Bishop Steven Sawyer

POCAAN

D8, D2, D5

Cynthia Ramos Orozco

Comunidad Latina de Vashon

D8, unincorporated, rural

Debbie Lacy

Eastside For All

D1, D6

Eliana Horn

Interdependent Law PLLC

D2

Faisal Mohamed

Individual

D5

Fidelie Nawej

Mother Africa

D9, D7

Fin'es Scott

Individual

D2, unincorporated

Hoda Abdullahi

Living Well Kent

D5

Jill Kong

Global to Local

D5

Lindsay Goes Behind

Chief Seattle Club

D8

Maria Guadalupe Ramirez

Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition

D8, unincorporated

Ndidi Opara

Individual

D3

Rebecca Berry

Skyway Coalition

D5, D2, unincorporated

Stephanie Ung

Khmer Community of Seattle King County

D5, D8, unincorporated

Yordanos Teferi

Multicultural Community Coalition

D5, D2

Requirements

Due August 31, 2022

Phase 1 KC EDI Implementation Plan: In collaboration with County staff, develop: an equitable development framework consistent with equitable community-driven development principles; and recommendations and next steps for county and community structure, capacity, and related resources necessary to support an equitable development initiative at King County.

Due June 30, 2023

Phase 2 KC EDI Implementation Plan: In collaboration with County staff: Develop objectives and strategies for preventing residential, economic, and cultural displacement and creating and preserving community stability. Incorporate data of current and predicted future displacement risk and metrics for monitoring and evaluating equitable outcomes. Identify potential partners and funding options and outline a process for outreach and collaboration with community-based organizations and other jurisdictions. Propose next steps, including a timeline, that would be needed to implement the initiative, including legislation; and Recommend the duties and responsibilities of a permanent advisory board to implement the initiative.

Questions?

FOR QUESTIONS:  Please contact Yasmeen Perez, Equitable Development Program Manager, with any questions or requests for accommodations at yaperez@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8636.

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