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Dow Constantine


National coalition selects King County as one of four sites in U.S. to receive revitalization grant

Summary

Living Cities, a philanthropic organization comprised of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions, selected King County as one of four sites across the United States to receive a $750,000 grant to expand its strategy to revitalize historically underserved neighborhoods.

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King County was awarded funding support from Living Cities, a philanthropic organization comprised of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions, to proceed with local initiatives aimed at improving health and economic opportunities for low-income people and communities in our region.

King County and The Seattle Foundation will use the funds to continue joint coordination of Communities of Opportunity investments in areas currently facing the greatest inequities based on health, housing, and economic data.

"We need every neighborhood in our region to be a place that reinforces a child's progress," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "With our partners at Seattle Foundation, we are creating safer, healthier communities where our children and youth can flourish."

The announcement means that King County advances to the implementation phase of Living Cities' The Integration Initiative (TII). Now in its second round of funding, TII supports civic leaders who are reshaping their communities to increase opportunities for low-income people. King County, along with Albuquerque, N.M., New Orleans and San Francisco, will receive funding in the form of grants and flexible debt for up to three years to implement local efforts. King County previously received a $100,000 transformation grant from Living Cities in 2014 and formed a partnership with Seattle Foundation to launch regional planning efforts.

Earlier this year, Executive Constantine and Seattle Foundation announced more than $1.5 million in investments over the next three years to three community-based partnerships that have demonstrated success in creating opportunities in places that have the greatest inequities. They are: SeaTac and Tukwila, through the nonprofit Global to Local; the Rainier Valley in southeast Seattle through HomeSight; and the White Center/North Highline unincorporated area through the White Center Community Development Association. The experiences of these projects will inform efforts to make policy and systems changes to improve outcomes throughout the county.

In working to create Communities of Opportunity, King County and Seattle Foundation have committed to aligning efforts across sectors to maximize resources and improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes for low-income individuals and communities. Unlike the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to programs, this allows communities to take a leadership role and address the specific needs of neighborhoods.

The Living Cities grant also supports knowledge exchanges, technical assistance, site visits, online collaboration tools and meetings with other TII sites. Communities of Opportunity continues to draw additional partners in funding community wellness and revitalization efforts in SeaTac, Tukwila, southeast Seattle, and White Center, including the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority.


Relevant Links

Communities of Opportunity
The Seattle Foundation
Living Cities


Quotes

We need every neighborhood in our region to be a place that reinforces a child's progress. With our partners at Seattle Foundation, we are creating safer, healthier communities where our children and youth can flourish.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Many cities today are program-rich, but systems poor. TII enables local leaders to align their institutions and funding streams to get better results for low-income people consistently over time, not just until grant funds run out.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities

Communities of Opportunity is a model cross-sector effort that includes the people most affected by inequities in collaborative leadership. This is critical to develop impactful new strategies to end inequities. This Living Cities grant allows us to further our partnership with King County to rewrite the playbook for building strong and equitable communities.

Tony Mestres, president and CEO of Seattle Foundation

For more information

Sherry Hamilton, Department of Community and Human Services, 206-263-9010

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