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White Center
Neighborhood Action Plan
  Acknowledgements
  This project was made possible through       White center cda
  the generous support of The Boeing Company   The White Center Community Development Association (CDA) was
                                               founded by neighborhood residents on the value of connecting people-
                                               centered and place-based activities to build a strong community.
                                               The White Center CDA’s mission is to promote a vibrant neighborhood
                                               and high quality of life for White Center residents and stakeholders
                                               through the development of leadership opportunities and community-led
                                               neighborhood initiatives.
                                               Our central goal is to create a healthier and more prosperous community
                                               by strengthening families, schools, businesses and the neighborhood
                                               in White Center. These goals are accomplished through programs and
                                               activities in holistic family development, neighborhood revitalization and
                                               community building. Only then will White Center’s neighborhood and its
                                               families thrive as a proud, peaceful and civically engaged community
                                               strengthened by economic and ethnic diversity and served by a vibrant,
                                               safe neighborhood. For more information, visit www.wccda.org.

                                               impact capital
                                               Impact Capital’s mission is to make strategic capital investments in
                                               community-based nonprofit development organizations in ways that
                                               enhance and sustain their ability to positively impact the quality of life
                                               in communities throughout Washington. Support of the White Center
                                               Action Plan was through our Vibrant Communities Initiative, which aims
                                               to make neighborhoods great places to live, work, shop and play.
                                               For more information, visit www.impactcapital.org.

                                               Special thankS
                                               Thank you to all those who made this project a success:
                                               Residents, businesses and community stakeholders of White Center
                                               White Center CDA staff, board and volunteers
                                               Desiree Sideroff: community and economic development consultant
                                               Kathi Wheeler: graphic design, Noise without Sound
                                               David Hell: printing, Graphics Plus, Inc.
                                               Rebecca Bolte: Rebecca Bolte Photography
                                               Annie E. Casey Foundation: Making Connections Initiative
                                                 (for the Community Investments and Results Plans)
                                               University of Washington and King County
This document was published 11/2009              (for the 2007 We Create White Center Neighborhood Action Plan)
“I like the ethnicity and different
atmosphere in White Center.
I have been here for 13 years
and have experienced the
changes. I like how the
neighborhood has cleaned up
over the time.”

	       	 		Derec	Scott,	Owner		
	       				of	Platinum	Cuts	&	Styles
  Contents
I. IntroductIon
Neighborhood Overview	           Page	5
Intro to the Action Plan	        Page	13
Plan Creation	                   Page	15
Partners	                        Page	17


II. strategIes
Strategy 1
Family-Supporting Jobs	          Page	22
Strategy 2
Save & Achieve Goals	            Page	24
Strategy 3
Succeeding in School	            Page	25
Strategy 4
Real-Estate Development	         Page	26
Strategy 5
Parks, Gathering Spaces, Art	    Page	28
Strategy 6
Vibrant Business District	       Page	30
Strategy 7
Health & Wellness	               Page	32
Strategy 8
Resident Leadership & Engagement	 Page	34


III. ImplementatIon matrIx
Matrix for Strategies 1-8	       Page	36



                                            Above:	Photos courtesy of the White Center CDA unless otherwise noted.
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Introduction




  Neighborhood Overview
White Center is a culturally rich and unique
community of approximately 30,000 people located
in unincorporated King County, adjacent to the city
of Seattle and north of the city of Burien, Washington.
Known as one of the most affordable places to live
or own a business in the greater Seattle area, White
Center has become a welcoming gateway for
immigrants and refugees who arrive, settle, raise
families, establish businesses and build social,
cultural and religious institutions.
Home to many immigrants from Southeast Asia,
Central America and Europe, White Center’s cultural
richness is reflected in its multi-cultural festivals,
54 languages spoken in schools and its businesses.
A shopping trip to the downtown business district
could include a stop at a Mexican tortilla factory,
historic pharmacy, Vietnamese restaurant,
Salvadorian bakery, halal meat market or Cambodian
grocery store.
White Center is also home to other community assets
including two recently renovated parks (Steve Cox
Memorial Park and White Center Heights Park);
new elementary schools funded by a voter-approved
bond measure for Highline; other neighborhood
facilities like the King County Parks Log Cabin,
Southwest Boys and Girls Club, Greenbridge Career
Center and Salvation Army; and larger employers
like McLendon Hardware and La Mexicana.




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                                                          5                     1. Bosnia             5. Ethiopia           9. Samoa
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                                                                                2. Cambodia           6. Guatamala          10. Vietnam
                                                                                3. China              7. Mexico
                                                                                4. El Salvador        8. Russia
                        Burien        SeaTac        518         405
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                                                                       “I like White Center because it’s laid back
                                                                       and the people are friendly and cool.”
                                                                       	      						--	Mustafe	Yusut,	White	Center	resident



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Neighborhood demographics
Neighborhood boundaries are personal to each resident        diploma, which is more than double the percentage
and often overlap. For the purposes of this plan, the        of King County as a whole. Sixty percent of children
greater White Center neighborhood includes the larger        at three of the four White Center Schools are eligible
North Highline area with boundaries of 30th Avenue SW        for the Free/Reduced Price lunch program, which is three
to the west, S Henderson to the north, Highway 509 to        times higher than the King County average. Median
the east and SW 128th to the south. The most reliable        household income is $40,000 compared to $53,000 in
source of demographic information for White Center is        King County. Additional demographic information about
the 2000 census. Updated census numbers will not be          White Center is provided below.
available for a few more years.
White Center is one of the most diverse neighborhoods
in King County and has long been a starting point for         populatioN & iNcome
new immigrants. Of the neighborhood’s approximately
30,000 residents, about half are people of color including
                                                              total population                          28,409
residents from Vietnam, Cambodia and Samoa; Latinos
                                                              total households                          10,422
from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador; East
Africans from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea; and Eastern      total Families                            6,937
Europeans from Russia, Bosnia and the Ukraine. The            median household income                  $40,659
concentration of people of color in White Center (45%)        per capita income                        $18,203
is greater than in King County (25%) or Seattle (32%).

One in six people in White Center are below the Federal       2000 households by iNcome
Poverty Level compared to one in thirteen in King
                                                                                              Number   % of Total
County; one in three do not earn family-supportive
wages. Almost 40% of households with children are             less than $15,000               1,747      17%
headed by a single parent, mostly women. Twenty-seven         $15,000 - $24,999               1,424      14%
percent of White Center adults do not have a high school      $25,000 - $34,999               1,219      12%
                                                              $35,000 - $49,999               2,055      20%
                                                              $50,000 - $74,999               2,144      21%
                                                              over $75,000                     765        7%
                                                              total households                10,452


                                                              populatioN by age

                                                              under 19                                   30%
                                                              20-39                                      30%
                                                              40-64                                      30%
                                                              over 65                                    10%

                                                              Source: 2000 Census



                                                             Left:	Photo courtesy of Stefanie Felix

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Single family homes make up the majority of the
housing stock at 59%. White Center homes are generally
less expensive than those in other parts of King County.
The median home price in White Center in 2008 was
$256,500 versus a median home price of $430,000 in
King County. While the real-estate market has slowed
in White Center and in King County as a whole, the
average home price per square foot rose by almost
80% between 2000 and 2006, leading to concerns about
what will happen when the real-estate market recovers.
Rents in White Center/Boulevard Park are slightly
more affordable than in King County as a whole,
but they increased by 39% between 1997 and 2006.
Housing is considered “affordable” when it costs less
than 30% of a household’s entire income. Yet, 45%
of renters and 26% of White Center owners spend
more than this for housing.



   race & ethNicity
                                    Number        % of Total

   White                             15,821        55.70%
   asian                              5,562        19.60%
   some other race                    2,145         7.60%
   black or african american          1,930         6.80%
   two or more races                  1,739         6.10%
   Native hawaiian or
      other pacific islander          663           2.30%
   american indian
      or alaska Native                549           1.90%
   total hispanic population         3,563         12.50%

   Source: 2000 Census




 Map	Left:	White Center Walking Map developed by Feet First
 as a part of the Neighborhoods on Foot Program


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                                                                 the story oF White ceNter
                                                                 White Center was developed in the early 20th century
                                                                 as a streetcar suburb of Seattle. Businesses began to
                                                                 locate along the 16th Ave SW streetcar line that was
                                                                 completed in 1912. Major growth occurred around
                                                                 World Wars I and II as defense industries were established
                                                                 along with housing–both private and government
                                                                 subsidized–for their workers. Businesses grew and thrived,
                                                                 including a boxing ring/skate center and other gathering
                                                                 places. Into the 1960s, housing and schools
                                                                 continued to develop around a thriving commercial
                                                                 district that offered everything a family needed for
                                                                 daily life.
                                                                 The postwar decline in defense industry jobs and
                                                                 the advent of the shopping mall and Westwood Village
                                                                 in 1965 put a great strain on White Center’s small
                                                                 businesses. In the 1970s, worker housing was
                                                                 transformed into housing for low-income families.
                                                                 The predominance of affordable housing made White
                                                                 Center a multi-cultural gateway for new immigrants
                                                                 from Mexico, Southeast Asia, East Africa and many
                                                                 other places.



Top:	16th Avenue SW, White Center in 1958
Bottom:	Historic photo of White Center, date unknown




“When I first got to Washington from California I went
in search for a good place that I could be comfortable
to live in and even though it wouldn’t replace my native
California but actually be part of another chapter
in my life. I still remember when I arrived to White Center
as if it was yesterday (Sep.13.05). I landed on 16th Ave.
I haven’t left. My girls love their schools’ walking distance
and friendly neighbors and friends. Although I might
still get home sick at times missing East L.A. “the hood”
to me, but for my children and their children I have
found a positive new “Neighborhood” for them called
White Center!
	        			         				Claudia	DeLoza,	White	Center	resident


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                                                            neiGhBOrhOOd StrenGthS

                                                            As is indicated in its rich history, White Center has many
                                                            assets upon which to build, including:

                                                            • Multi-cultural community representing long-term
                                                              residents and immigrants from over 30 countries.
                                                            • Substantial civic engagement: In 2008, over 2,000
                                                              White Center residents participated in committees,
                                                              volunteer events and community forums.
                                                            • Strong network of community-based organizations
                                                              (including 51 lead agency partners in this plan) and
                                                              countless other civic, cultural, faith- and socially-based
                                                              organizations.
Partly due to its lack of local governance and disinvest-   • Downtown business district that provides a wide
ment from both the public and private sector, White           range of affordable goods and services offered by
Center infrastructure suffered. New diversity brought         independently-owned small businesses.
interesting challenges for both newcomers and               • A growing arts community that is dedicated
established residents, as adjusting to life in America        to the neighborhood and uses arts to enrich
proved difficult. Residents and other stakeholders were       the lives of residents.
not organized around a common vision to improve             • Strong parent engagement and leadership
their community.                                              in the Highline Public Schools and a
Now, White Center is at the cusp of a neighborhood            commitment to improving the lives and
renaissance. Residents have become civically engaged          educational opportunities for students.
in schools and public safety. Nonprofit organizations       • Extensive network of activities that
have matured in support of community goals. In recent         support strong families, including
years, the neighborhood has experienced significant           multiple generations from youth
attention and renewed investment from private                 through seniors.
and public sectors: King County (White Center               • White Center is one of the most
Enhancement Initiative), Annie E. Casey Foundation            affordable places to live in the greater
(Making Connections Initiative), Gates Foundation/            Seattle/Tacoma area, featuring a
Thrive by Five (White Center Early Learning Initiative)       range of affordable market rates
and King County Housing Authority (renovation                 and permanently affordable
of Greenbridge multi-family housing complexes),               housing options.
to name a few.                                              • Foundation, government and
                                                              corporate funders have actively
This attention comes with opportunities and risks.            co-invested with the White Center
If the neighborhood can come together to advocate             community, demonstrating their
for our needs and priorities, we are well positioned          confidence and support of
to make significant gains and ensure that changes occur       our vision.
in a way that everybody benefits. However, if we do not
communicate our priorities, there is a chance that many
residents could be left out and displaced by the process.
This plan seeks to help communicate community
priorities and advocate for an equitable approach
to change.
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                                                            • Lack of safe connections between areas of interest in
                                                              the neighborhood that also makes it challenging for
                                                              residents to walk, bike or take public transit.
                                                            • Need to strengthen the downtown area to become
                                                              safe and vibrant while ensuring that it meets the
                                                              everyday needs of local residents.
                                                            • Significant health disparities between White
                                                              Center and the rest of King County with White
                                                              Center residents having higher mortality rates and
                                                              a greater likelihood to contract preventable illnesses
                                                              than the rest of the county. This can be attributed to a
                                                              combination of inadequate care (only 35% of residents
                                                              have health insurance through their jobs, according
Above:	Photo courtesy of Stefanie Felix
                                                              to the same 2006 phone survey), poor education and
                                                              lack of healthy foods and avenues for physical activity.
neiGhBOrhOOd challenGeS                                     • Lack of open space. A 2007 UW School of Architec-
Despite its many assets, White Center residents and           ture study reported that approximately half of
organizations face a number of challenges and planning        White Center households did not live within a
issues to overcome in order to fully enable the community     ¼ mile radius of parks.
to thrive.                                                  • Need for coordination and community building to
                                                              ensure that all efforts work together to achieve joint
• Poverty. According to a 2006 phone survey of 800            goals and that residents have many opportunities for
  White Center residents, 42% live below the 200%             leadership and for their voices to be heard.
  federal poverty line, meaning that they do not make
  enough money to pay for housing, groceries, childcare     Building on the White Center community’s many
  and other necessities. The same survey also found that    strengths and overcoming these key challenges are central
  23% of residents do not have any savings and 21%          to this plan’s strategies to improve the neighborhood.
  report not being able to pay their mortgage, rent
  or utilities.
• Threats to the neighborhood character and diversity
  of the community. Without resident influence,
  development pressures could force some residents
  and businesses to leave the community, who would
  otherwise want to stay.
• Threats to affordability of housing and of the goods
  and services provided in the neighborhood. As the
  market improves, there are no guarantees that the
  neighborhood will remain affordable for current
  residents.
• Decline in jobs and need for a range of training
  options that are accessible to non-native English
  speakers and non-traditional workers.
• Insufficient culturally-appropriate financial services
  and education, causing many people to resort to
  predatory lenders and costly payday loans services.

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  White Center
  Neighborhood Action Plan
                                   The White Center Neighborhood Action Plan is a
                                   roadmap for a partnership of residents, organizations,
                                   businesses and government agencies on how to work
                                   together to make White Center a thriving place that
                                   sustains local businesses and provides places for families
                                   to eat, shop, learn, play, worship and gather.
                                   This Neighborhood Action Plan presents a series
                                   of linked strategies and a set of specific action items to
                                   help realize the community’s vision. The plan also
                                   includes tactics for coordinating efforts to ensure that
                                   implementation is a success, including opportunities
                                   for neighborhood stakeholders to periodically gather,
                                   coordinate activities, reflect on successes and build
                                   leadership. A community-wide vision will be fully
                                   realized only through coordinated efforts of citizens
                                   and local organizations.

                                   an evOlvinG plan: cOmmunity Summit aS the
                                   mechaniSm fOr input and cOOrdinatiOn
                                   The White Center Neighborhood Action Plan is an
                                   evolving document that requires everyone in the
                                   neighborhood to participate. Unlike most plans that
                                   sit on the shelf, it will be used regularly by all partners
                                   and updated every year at the annual White Center
                                   Community Summit. At this time, accomplishments will
                                   be reviewed, new needs discussed, new partners added,
                                   community priorities assessed and new commitments
                                   made for the following year. All of the agencies that
                                   are represented in the plan will participate, and the
                                   community-at-large will be invited to help lead the
                                   process and shape the neighborhood’s future.

Top:	Photo courtesy of Dean Wong
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                                                             the plan iS cOmpriSed
                                                             Of theSe 8 StrateGieS

                                                             1. Prepare and connect residents to family-
                                                                supporting jobs that provide career and
                                                                wage advancement.

                                                             2. Help families save now and in the future
                                                                to achieve their goals.

                                                             3. Provide children and families with resources
                                                                and support to succeed in school.

                                                             4. Develop vacant and underutilized land
                                                                into community-prioritized commercial,
this plaN applies to aNy aNNexatioN sceNario                    retail, arts/cultural uses and mixed-income
Residents in White Center and the larger area of North          housing.
Highline are facing a crucial decision, as they will soon
vote to determine if portions of White Center should         5. Create an attractive, walkable neighbor-
remain in unincorporated King County or be annexed
by the cities of Burien or Seattle. Due to the challenges
                                                                hood with great parks, community gathering
of the resource-strapped King County regional govern-           spaces and public art that is easily
ment and requirements of the Washington State Growth            accessible by bike and public transit.
Management Act, North Highline residents must vote to
determine which city to join. This plan does not advocate    6. Create a vibrant cultural and economic
for one outcome over another. Rather, it conveys a              business district that provides affordable
community-driven vision, strategy and priority actions
                                                                goods and services, employs local
that apply equally to any annexation scenario. The hope
is that the Cities and the County will want to partner and
                                                                entrepreneurs and is supported by active
co-invest with the neighborhood to achieve joint goals          community members.
and ensure that the community’s needs are met.
                                                             7. Improve children and families’ health
                                                                and wellness in homes, schools and the
                                                                neighborhood.

                                                             8. Provide support, training and a range
                                                                of opportunities for all residents of all ages
                                                                to shape the neighborhood’s future.



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  How the Plan
  Was Created
iNtegratioN oF previous plaNs
White Center community members have participated
in many planning processes over the last five years.         the White Center CDA and Trusted Advocates, totaling
Rather than start anew, this plan was developed by           approximately 95 individuals. All this work was initially
combining and prioritizing the projects in the existing      guided by an extensive community outreach process in
plans that already reflect the needs and preferences         2001, led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and King
of residents, businesses and community-based organiza-       County to identify community priorities.
tions. Plans that informed this effort include:
                                                             annual White center cOmmunity Summit:
We create White center
neiGhBOrhOOd actiOn plan:                                    The 2008 Summit included participation by 350 residents
                                                             and 40 partner organizations in a diverse multi-cultural
The plan was completed in June 2007 concluding an            celebration of community. Residents participated in
eight-month community planning process that involved         workshops on a variety of topics including first time
over 350 residents, business owners, experts and govern-     homeownership, annexation, getting to know your
ment officials representing the diverse ethnic, age and      schools and community health. Partners gathered
religious backgrounds of White Center stakeholders.          important input at breakout sessions. For example,
Input was gathered from 32 small groups represent-           through instant e-polling, organizers found that the
ing over 145 individuals and leaders and three public        majority of participants believe diversity is White Center’s
meetings with over 210 attendees. The strategies in the      biggest asset, believe it should be a home for people
Neighborhood Action Plan reflect the vision, goals and       of mixed incomes, don’t use formal childcare for their
priorities that arose in the process.                        children under 5, believe education and training are most
                                                             important to earning more income and get their exercise
cOmmunity inveStment and                                     mostly by walking. The community summits began in
reSultS plan (cirp):                                         2003 and have occurred annually since then, focusing
                                                             on topical areas (early learning, annexation) and, more
The CIRP guided annual investments from the Annie E.         recently, on comprehensive neighborhood priorities.
Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Initiative.            It is intended to be a dynamic forum for identifying
A new CIRP was created each year based on community          community strengths and priorities and for engaging
input. The 2008 CIRP was informed by four workgroups         residents in community building and leadership
comprised of residents, nonprofit organizations, business-   opportunities throughout the year.
es and government entities and by resident leaders with



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prioritizatioN through
stakeholder meetiNgs                                         • Lead Agency has committed to achieving/making
                                                               progress on the Priority Action.
In order for the White Center Neighborhood Action
                                                             • Lead Agency has committed sufficient staff time or
Plan to be effective, it cannot prioritize every project.
                                                               volunteer coordination time to ensure completion of
There is simply too much work for existing staff, partners
                                                               the Priority Action.
and residents to take on. Building from a solid foundation
                                                             • Funding exists or the Lead Agency has committed staff
of community leadership, the work was organized into
                                                               time to securing funding for the Priority Action.
eight strategy areas after every organization currently
                                                             • The Priority Action is an achievable dream: meaningful
engaged in projects related to these objectives
                                                               and reportable progress can be made in 3-5 years.
in White Center was contacted.
                                                             • The Lead Agency supports the value of community-
                                                               driven neighborhood revitalization.
each priOrity actiOn includeS:                               • The Lead Agency recognizes that community residents
 priority      lead    partner     timeframe       Funding     and businesses possess unique knowledge about their
 action       agency   agency    immediate: 1 yr   source      neighborhood and is committed to collaborating with
                                   short: 2 yr
                                 medium: 3-5 yr                them in order to accomplish the Priority Action.
                                    ongoing                  • The Lead Agency agrees to participate in the annual
                                                               Community Summit, including:
• The Priority Action describes the project or tasks.          • Contributing data to the annual report card
• The Lead Agency is responsible for leading a Priority        • Reporting on progress made on Priority Actions
  Action and ensuring that it is completed.                    • Bringing the agency’s networks and constituents to
• The Partner Agencies are equally important to the              Annual Summit.
  execution of Priority Actions and may include one          • There was an emphasis on achieving outcomes rather
  or more individuals, organizations or businesses.            than process– “study” or “explore” were discouraged
• The Timeframe indicates when the project will begin.         Priority Actions.
  Options are: ongoing–for projects that have already
  begun and are continuing to be implemented;                Projects that have been identified as community priorities
  immediate–will start to be implemented within              but did not meet all of the implementation criteria will be
  one year; short–will start to be implemented within        included in future Community Summits for discussion.
  two years; or medium–will start to be implemented
  within 3-5 years.
• The Funding Source lists the sources of funds
  that have been secured to date to complete that
  Priority Action.

hOW priOrity actiOnS and lead aGencieS
Were Selected fOr the plan:

Each action has one Lead Agency, which is either a
stand-alone organization or a collaboration of agencies
with a formal partnership. There is only one Lead Agency
per Priority Action in order to help achieve positive
results, monitor success and ensure accountability.
In conversations with potential partners, the following
guidelines were used to determine which Priority Actions
and Lead Agencies to include in the plan:

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  Neighborhood
  Action Plan Partners
WorkiNg together
Supporting White Center’s families and the neighbor-
hood requires a cooperative approach and multiple
implementing partners. A list of organizations committed
to White Center through this Neighborhood Action Plan
is provided on the next page.
Many more people and organizations are doing great
work in White Center than are listed in this plan.
Some organizations were not ready to be included in this
plan while others were emerging as the plan was being
printed. Every year, during the annual Community
Summit, organizations, residents and businesses will
work together to reprioritize the plan and publish
an update. This process will include opportunities
to identify new lead agencies and resident leaders and
to bring new partners into the collaborative effort.
In the meantime, there are many ways for individuals
and organizations to become engaged and work
together to steer the neighborhood’s future. Everybody’s
participation is encouraged in whatever way is possible.

For more information on the neighborhood plan,
to participate in the annual Community Summit or
to access resources and information on getting involved
in community projects, please contact the White Center
CDA at 206-694-1082 or www.wccda.org.




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lIst of partners
(lead agencIes are lIsted In Black)

34th District Democrats                       Homestead Community Land Trust                   Rotary Club of Seattle
4Culture                                      International District Housing Alliance          Safeco Insurance
Artist Andy Cao                               JP Morgan Chase                                  Salvation Army
Asian Community Leadership Foundation         King County                                      Seattle Housing Authority
Association of Community Organizations        King County Bar Association                      Seattle Jobs Initiative
    for Reform Now                            King County Communities & Housing                Seattle Police Department
Boeing Employees Credit Union                     Pilot Project                                Seattle Vocational Institute
Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington     King County Community Enhancement                Service Employees International Union
Capitol Hill Housing                              Initiative                                   Small Business Development Centers
CARES of Washington                           King County Dept. of Roads & Transportation         (Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way,
Cascade Land Conservancy                      King County Food and Fitness Initiative             Normandy Park, SeaTac, Tukwila)
Census 2010                                   King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce         Solid Ground
Center for Career Alternatives                King County Housing Authority                    South Seattle Community College
Chesterfield Health Services                  King County Metro                                Southwest Boys and Girls Club
Chief Sealth High School                      King County Parks and Recreation                 Southwest Boys and Girls Club
Child Care Resources                          King County Parks Log Cabin                         Leadership Clubs
Chinook Middle School                         King County Sheriff’s Office                     Southwest Youth and Family Services
City of Burien                                King County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Program   Trusted Advocates
City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods   King County Water & Land Resources               Turner Construction
City of Seattle Municipal Court and           King County WorkSource                           Tyee High School
    Seattle City Attorney’s Office            Kiwanis Club                                     United Way of King County
Clean & Safe Committee                        Leadership Development and                       University of Washington Foster
Community Capital Development                     Civic Engagement Academy                        School of Business
Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle        Local musicians and artists                      Washington Association of Hispanic
Community Schools Collaboration               MBEC                                                Chambers of Commerce
Community Work Program–King County            Mount View Elementary                            Washington Bus
Delridge Neighborhoods Development            Mount View, White Center Heights                 Wells Fargo Bank
    Association                                   and Beverly Park Elementary Schools          West Seattle Blog
Denny Middle School                           Multi Service Center                             Westside Baby
Department of Social and Health Services      National Center for Healthy Housing              White Center Arts Alliance
Drama Queen                                   Neighborhood House                               White Center Blog
Early Learning and School Success Workgroup   New Futures                                      White Center CDA
Emergency Feeding Program                     Nin Truong/WKND Studio                           White Center CDA: Construction
Enterprise Seattle                            Non Profit Assistance Center                        Clearinghouse/Got Green
Evergreen High School                         Northwest Harvest                                White Center CDA: Family Connections
Express Credit Union                          Northwest Minority Business Council              White Center Chamber of Commerce
Family Connections Community                  Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance       White Center Early Learning Initiative/Puget
    Partners Workgroup                        One America                                         Sound Educational Services District
Family Economic Success Workgroup             Pacific Associates                               White Center existing produce markets
Feet First                                    Para Los Niños                                   White Center Food Bank
Food Lifeline                                 PASEFIKA                                         White Center For the Arts
Friends of Hicks Lake                         Port Jobs                                        White Center Jubilee Days Committee
Green for All                                 Port of Seattle                                  White Center Log Cabin/King County Parks
Greenbridge Community Council                 PTAC                                             White Center Now Blog
Habitat for Humanity                          Public Health–Seattle King County                White Center residents
Health Workforce Institute                    Puget Sound Educational Services District        White Center small business owners
Highline Community College                    Puget Sound SAGE                                 Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program
Highline Community College Small Business     Rebuilding Together                              Workforce Development Council/Seattle
    Development Center                        Refugee Federation Service Center                   Youth Employment Program
Highline Community College/Start Zone         Refugee Women’s Alliance                         Youngstown
Highline Medical Center                       Renton Technical College                         Youth Leadership Council
Highline Public Schools                       Richard Hugo House                               YWCA
HomeSight

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  Introduction



  Vision of the
  Neighborhood
In 2007, the We Create White Center Neighborhood                     3. What types of jobs do you anticipate being available in
Action Plan created the following vision statement:                  White Center and King County? In the future, how are
                                                                     the children and youth of White Center performing in
“In the future, White Center will be a thriving community            schools? What are your hopes and dreams for the health
of ethnically and economically diverse residents, where the          and safety of the community?
small-town character is preserved in the business district, where
the streets and parks are safe to walk in at all times of the day,
where there is a mix of job opportunities, where youth thrive
and live healthy lives, and where White Center is known
for its quality of life, clean and safe environment and
family-friendly atmosphere.”
                                                                     4. What does White Center feel like when walking down
                                                                     its streets? What do our parks and businesses look like?
We need yOur help!                                                   What do the houses look like? 10 years, 20 years and 30
                                                                     years from now, what kind of community spaces, assets
today, iN 2009, hoW Would you
                                                                     and services do you see? What is currently missing?
describe your visioN oF White ceNter?

1. When dreaming about the future of White Center,
what are the first three words that come to mind?



                                                                     5. Imagine the role of residents organizing to improve
                                                                     White Center. What role do we play? Whom do you see
                                                                     living in White Center?
2. What are the strengths you see in White Center’s
future?




                                                                     Above:	Photo courtesy of Stefanie Felix
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                          need mOre rOOm?
                     are yOu an artiSt
                    Or a viSual perSOn?
please Feel Free to Write more, or draW your visioN oF White ceNter beloW.




      Send yOur thOuGhtS

      Please send your thoughts to the White Center Community Development Association at: 1615 SW Cambridge
      Street, Seattle WA 98106, or submit your ideas online at www.wccda.org. Your answers to these questions
      will also be collected at upcoming community events and during volunteer workgroups. Your input will create
      a community vision statement at the Annual Community Summit, to be re-evaluated annually along with the
      work program and used as a tool to ensure that everyone is on course to achieve the community’s goals.



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“White Center is the best
neighborhood in Seattle.
Where else will you find the
kind of diversity we have here?
The cultural diversity, amazing
food and sense of community
is what I like best about
White Center.”
	      												Justin	Cline,
	      	 								Owner	Full	Tilt
	      	 								Ice	Cream	and
	      	 								White	Center
	      	 								resident
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                                                                  strategy 1
                                                                  prepare aNd coNNect resideNts to
                                                                  Family-supportiNg jobs that provide
                                                                  career aNd Wage advaNcemeNt


                                                                  White Center residents are working hard–a 2006 phone
                                                                  survey revealed that 83% of households surveyed had
                                                                  one or more employed adults–yet residents are living
                                                                   in poverty. The same survey found that 42% of residents
                                                                   live below 200% of the poverty line, only 35% of these
                                                                    households had health benefits from employment,
                                                                    and 21% of residents reported that they were unable
                                                                    to pay their mortgage, rent or utilities. White Center
                                                                    residents are in desperate need of a living wage
                                                                     to support their families. We will help hundreds
                                                    of residents get and keep jobs and achieve job advancement and wage
Port Jobs interview preparation class at the    progression. Implementation steps address a range of critical activities
airport, where residents receive resume help,   to support these outcomes.
interview practice and other job skills.
Photos: Courtesy of Port Jobs




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                                                                                       priority actioNs
                                                                                       iNclude:

                                                                                       1.1  Connect residents to jobs and
                                                                                            training in targeted sectors that
                                                                                            provide family-supporting jobs.
                                                                                       1.2 Provide residents with education
                                                                                            and training opportunities at local
                                                                                            Community Colleges to help them
                                                                                            get, keep and advance in their
                                                                                            jobs.
                                                                                       1.3 Provide residents with on-the-job
                                                                                            English as a Second Language
                                                                                            training to help them prepare for
                                                                                            and advance in the workforce.
                                                                                       1.4 Conduct outreach to ensure
                                                                                            eligible residents sign up for
                                                                                            food stamps and help them
                                                                                            access employment and training
We will help residents secure, retain, and advance in their jobs by                         services available to food stamp
targeting strong and emerging local employment sectors, such as healthcare,                 recipients through the Basic Food
                                                                                            Employment and Training (BFET)
construction, and green jobs, all of which provide a range of positions and                 program.
opportunities for advancement and wage progression. Many resources                     1.5 Provide programming and college
are currently available but are not well utilized by White Center residents                 credit classes to enable residents
due to either lack of knowledge by residents or lack of connection from                     to access comprehensive and
                                                                                            integrated employment, training
job providers to job development programs in the community.                                 and asset-building services and
We aim to close this gap and ensure that available resources and training                   support.
are specifically targeted for White Center residents.                                  1.6 Provide information and referrals
                                                                                            to residents for employment,
We will ensure that White Center residents are prepared to succeed                          education and training resources.
and advance in their jobs by providing a range of culturally-appropriate               1.7 Create employment and training
workforce development training and educational opportunities.                               opportunities for residents,
Projects include workforce preparation such as job readiness training                       including youth, through
                                                                                            neighborhood revitalization and
and English as a Second Language classes, vocational training for people                    community-building efforts.
to grow in their existing jobs and education in other skills to help residents         1.8 Advocate expanding Basic Food
advance in the work force.                                                                  Employment and Training (BFET)
                                                                                            program to provide jobs and
For a targeted group of families and individuals, we will provide                           training for low income residents
a comprehensive set of services for the workplace–job preparation, search,                  of color.
training, retention, advancement–alongside financial literacy education,               1.9 Advocate for funders to address
                                                                                            the needs of low income work-
tax preparation assistance and asset-building support to help residents best
                                                                                            ers and strengthen community
secure a promising future. Currently, these efforts are focused on families                 college partnerships with the
and individuals participating in the Basic Food Employment Training                         community to make education
program, Airport Jobs program, YWCA and Neighborhood House.                                 and training more accessible to
                                                                                            low income workers.
We will ensure coordination between these different programs through                   1.10 Lead advocacy efforts calling for
information sharing and expanding networks so that information about jobs                   federal stimulus funds (American
                                                                                            Recovery and Reinvestment Act)
and services is accessible to everyone. As issues arise through this work that              to provide direct benefits to low
require policy solutions, we will engage strategically in policy advocacy to                income communities (i.e. White
ensure the best support for our community.                                                  Center).

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                                                                strategy 2
                                                                help Families save NoW aNd iN the
                                                                Future to achieve their goals


                                                            A strong community is one in which families are able to
                                                            build and maintain assets to benefit multiple generations,
                                                            such as having money in a savings account or owning
                                           a home. Our strategies aim to meet residents where they are and to help
priority actioNs                           them achieve their goals of financial health and stability.
iNclude:
                                           One group of actions focuses on helping families build their savings
                                           and use affordable financial service such as banks and credit unions instead
2.1   Provide residents free tax
      preparation assistance at            of predatory financial institutions. In 2008, the White Center CDA hired
      sites located in White Center.       residents to survey the various fees charged for basic financial services
2.2   Provide residents access             to highlight smarter choices we can make every day with our money. For
      to affordable and culturally         example, there are at least 5 White Center traditional banks and credit
      appropriate financial products
      and services.                        unions that accept the Matricular Consular identification card so residents
2.3   Connect residents to                 can access their services safely instead of using more predatory places.
      homeownership opportunities          Tax preparation services ensure that residents receive as much of the
      such as education and counsel-       Earned Income Tax Credit as possible and maximize their take-home
      ing, homeownership assistance,
                                           income while credit counseling helps to repair credit problems.
      foreclosure prevention and home
      rehabilitation and weatherization.   A second group of actions focuses on providing training and support
2.4   Provide asset-building services      to help residents make better decisions in purchasing and remaining in their
      to White Center/Boulevard Park
      residents.                           homes. From homeownership counseling to foreclosure prevention to home
                                           maintenance and weatherization, a range of partners provide multi-lingual
                                           and culturally appropriate information and resources to ensure that
                                           homeowners are able to stay and thrive in their homes.
                                           In conjunction with Strategy 1, we will connect asset-building services,
                                           such as financial literacy education and tax preparation assistance, to the
                                           comprehensive services available through the Airport Jobs and Basic
                                           Food programs.




                                              Photos: Courtesy of Michael Lane
Strategies
                                                                                       priority actioNs
                                                                                       iNclude:

                                                                                       3.1   Increase both school and
strategy 3                                                                                   community-based early learning
                                                                                             experiences for White Center
provide childreN aNd Families                                                                residents and ensure that they
                                                                                             are family-centered and culturally
With resources aNd support                                                                   appropriate.
                                                                                       3.2   Improve kindergarten through
to succeed iN school                                                                         third grade reading levels at
                                                                                             Mount View, White Center Heights
                                                                                             and Beverly Park schools by
                                                                                             creating programs to improve
White Center’s children are struggling to do well in school. Based on                        reading abilities, student
                                                                                             attendance and health.
data from the 2003-2004 academic year, 50% of children do not have
                                                                                       3.3   Create a formal partnership
preschool experience, and only 26% of kindergarten students score at                         between Highline Public
benchmark on the September DIBELS reading test. By third grade, only                         Schools, Community Schools
51% of students score at the proficient level or higher on the WASL                          Collaboration, White Center
                                                                                             Early Learning Initiative (WCELI)
Reading Test. According to this study, 10% of students were absent 20
                                                                                             and the White Center CDA to
or more days of school in kindergarten through third grade, which reflects                   increase school success for
a need to provide a range of supports to families and young children so                      children in White Center.
they can succeed in school and beyond.                                                 3.4   Engage parents at Mount View,
                                                                                             White Center Heights and
A key indicator for a child’s future success is whether or not they can                      Beverly Park Schools in training,
read at their grade level in third grade. Therefore, we will engage                          volunteer and leadership
                                                                                             opportunities to support child
in a range of strategies to enhance the educational environment and                          learning.
contribute to improved third grade reading scores. We will develop                     3.5   Align after-school programs
a range of culturally appropriate early learning (preschool) and after-school                with school curriculum to provide
programs and integrate them with existing school curriculum to build                         an integrated learning day at
                                                                                             Mount View, White Center Heights
upon what they learn throughout the day. We will also develop a program
                                                                                             and Beverly Park schools.
to help struggling readers in three elementary schools to improve third
                                                                                       3.6   Provide a culturally relevant
grade reading scores. We will work in close partnership with each school’s                   leadership program to enable
administration, teachers and parents to tailor activities to meet the specific               Asian Pacific Islander students
needs of the youth and their families and use our learning from this pilot                   to succeed in the school
                                                                                             environment. (The Cadre
initiative to create programs through the entire Highline Public School                      Leadership Program)
District (Focus School Strategy).                                                      3.7   Enhance social networking
                                                                                             programs for families in Mount
To provide a supportive family environment for school success, we will                       View, White Center Heights
engage parents as leaders in schools to encourage everyone’s commitment                      and Beverly Park Schools to add
to their children’s educational futures and support those parents with                       health, literacy, asset building
                                                                                             and workforce activities.
additional services such as job training and financial education.
                                                                                       3.8   Advocate for policies, resources
By gathering parents together, through parent coffee hours, for example,
                                                                                             and funding that increase early
we can create social networks to help families to personally get involved,                   learning and health resources
share information with others (take it on and pass it on), build community                   for children.
and ultimately organize to influence public policy.




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                                                          strategy 4
                                                          develop vacaNt aNd uNderutilized
                                                          laNd iNto commuNity-prioritized
                                                          commercial, retail, arts aNd
                                                          cultural uses aNd mixed-iNcome
                                                          housiNg


                                                        In order to have a thriving neighborhood with a great sense
                                                       of community and vibrant streets, it is essential to have
                                                      adequate housing, retail, community and cultural facilities
                                                      in close proximity. White Center’s downtown is filled with
                                                      underutilized and vacant lots that currently detract from
                                       the character and vitality of the neighborhood. However, this also offers
                                       tremendous opportunity to increase housing and retail space adjacent
                                       to existing services, infrastructure and transportation. New interest from
                                       private and non-profit developers to fill in these lots is promising, however,
                                       the design, location and types of uses that are created have the potential
                                       to dramatically weaken the character of our downtown area.

                                       Through the Strength of Place Initiative (SOPI), we will organize
                                       residents, businesses and property owners to ensure that the community
                                       has influence over new development so that it reflects the identity, character
                                       and diversity of the neighborhood. We will work to transform the
                                       White Center business district into a unique urban village by activating
                                       underutilized and vacant lots and encouraging housing and mixed-use
                                       development adjacent to the business district. We will support community
                                       facilities that are accessible and welcoming to all. Our efforts will
                                       additionally encourage projects in White Center to feature high-quality
                                       design and environmentally-friendly principles.




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Strategies
                                                                                                priority actioNs
                                                                                                iNclude:

                                                                                                4.1   Conduct education, outreach
                                                                                                      and advocacy to build support
                                                                                                      and resident ownership of the
                                                                                                      Strength of Place Initiative,
                                                                                                      whose primary purpose is to
                                                                                                      ensure the continued income
                                                                                                      and ethnic diversity in White
                                                                                                      Center over time. Create a
                                                                                                      coalition of resident leaders
                                                                                                      who will provide input on new
                                                                                                      development projects.
                                                                                                4.2   Develop mixed-use, mixed-
Above:	Architectural design of SOPI Village, an affordable family housing project to be
                                                                                                      income and affordable family
developed at 13th Avenue SW & SW 10th Street by non-profit developers.                                housing in vacant and
                                                                                                      underutilized lots in the
Residents believe that White Center should be a place for people of many                              commercial district.
different incomes levels to live. Market rate housing is currently developed                    4.3   Increase the amount of
                                                                                                      permanently affordable rental
by the private sector and makes up one part of the housing mix.                                       apartments, affordable homes
Currently, White Center is also home to affordable housing units.                                     for first-time homebuyers
Some of those units are publically subsidized and some are private                                    and market rate for-sale
                                                                                                      homes in White Center.
but are affordable because they are poorly maintained and have
deteriorating conditions. Many of these units are not big enough
for large and extended White Center families who often live in
extremely crowded conditions. Securing permanently affordable
housing in mixed-income areas will protect families from market
pressures that will change in the next few years. When the economic
market improves, the private sector will take care of one kind
of housing and others will ensure that quality, well-run, long-term
affordable housing is in place so we can remain a true mixed income
community into the future.




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                                                             strategy 5
                                                             create aN attractive, Walkable
                                                             Neighborhood With great parks,
                                                             commuNity gatheriNg spaces aNd
                                                             public art that is easily accessible
                                                             oN Foot, bike or public traNsit


                                            White Center contains very few spaces for safe physical activity.
                                            A 2007 UW School of Architecture study revealed that approximately
  priority actioN                           half of White Center households do not live within a ¼ mile radius
  items iNclude:                            (typical pedestrian walking distance) of a park. While two parks
                                            have been created or renovated in recent years, which was a major
  5.1   Create a pedestrian corridor        accomplishment for the community, additional open space, organized
        on 98th Street to connect
        Greenbridge to the business
                                            physical activities and safe connections to open space are still needed.
        district by constructing a          King County is experiencing a budget crisis which may put all of our
        walkway that is ADA accessible,     parks and open spaces at risk, as the County may not be able to maintain
        incorporating public art and        or provide recreational activities in its parks.
        pedestrian-friendly amenities
        such as lighting. (Cross listed     We will work together to fill this gap by bringing improvements to parks
        with 7.8)
                                            and increase their usage by adding programming in new facilities
  5.2   Site and install public art.
                                            and installing public art. We will provide safe ways for people of all ages
  5.3   Create an attractive series of
        signs and wayfinding elements.      and abilities to connect to neighborhood destinations such as the schools,
  5.4   Create and distribute a             parks and the business
        neighborhood walking map.           district. Our work will
        (Cross listed with 7.10)            prioritize connecting
  5.5   Provide scheduled activities        Greenbridge residents
        to encourage the Greenbridge
        resident walking groups.
                                            with the business district
        (Cross listed with 7.9)             and then to parks and
  5.6   Renovate White Center Heights       schools. By implementing
        Park.                               physical improvements,
  5.7   Ensure community-prioritized        landscaping, wayfinding
        improvements are made to            and public art, we will
        Lakewood Park & Hicks Lake
                                            provide safe, attractive
  5.8   Renovate existing baseball fields
        to multi-use fields (baseball and   and easy pathways
        soccer), renovate tennis courts     throughout the
        and install a memorial at Mel       neighborhood.
        Olson Stadium & Steve Cox
        Memorial Park.



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Above:	Plan to create a pedestrian corridor on 98th Street, linking Greenbridge to the business district


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                                                             strategy 6
                                                             create a vibraNt cultural aNd
                                                             ecoNomic busiNess district that
                                                             provides aFFordable goods aNd
                                                             services For our culturally
                                                             diverse commuNity, employs local
                                                             eNtrepreNeurs aNd is supported
                                                             by active commuNity members



                                           We aim to establish a vital, thriving and self-sustaining business district
                                           that provides jobs, shops, places to gather and cultural amenities.
                                           The business district–the historic “Main Street” of White Center–is not
                                           only the commercial center of the neighborhood but concurrently, its the
                                           cultural heart and strength of place. As such, the conditions in the district
                                           impact the entire neighborhood. If it is healthy, the business district will
                                           be the place for residents to find essential goods and services, especially
                                           those that serve our culturally diverse community, earn their livelihood
                                           as business owners and employees, access cultural resources and build
                                           community amongst neighbors. If it is not healthy, residents will lack
                                           access to essential goods and services and seek opportunities elsewhere.
                                           White Center’s business district has many assets, yet negative perceptions
                                           leave many unaware of the gems it has to offer. To address these issues and
                                           meet community needs, we will undertake a range of activities to maintain
                                           the character and diversity of the neighborhood’s businesses–and its
                                           shoppers–while addressing such issues as vacancies, safety and storefront
                                           conditions. We will build the infrastructure to ensure that the district
                                           will be sustainable, affordable and culturally vibrant into the long term.
                                           These strategies are designed to enable the business district to reach
                                           its potential while retaining the many small, ethnic and immigrant-
                                           owned-and-operated businesses that currently exist in the district and
                                           while retaining the affordable goods and services that can support
                                           low- to moderate-income residents.




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Specific activities will include:
• Promoting and increasing awareness of the business district
  and its businesses while continuing to provide affordable
  goods, services and healthy foods. Events and cultural
  activities will compliment marketing and promotion efforts
  by drawing neighborhood residents, increasing foot traffic
  and introducing residents to the multi-cultural and affordable
  shopping and dining opportunities.
• Helping locally-owned businesses succeed and grow by
  providing support to existing businesses and providing
  information to facilitate filling vacancies with business types
  that are prioritized by the community.
• Changing the perceptions of the business district by improving
  its appearance, addressing safety and cleanliness and installing
  public art created by local artists.
• Provide avenues for residents, merchants, property owners
  and community-based organizations to shape the commercial
  district’s future.




  priority actioNs iNclude:
  6.1   Market the commercial district             providing technical assistance          6.7  Improve building façades in the
        and highlight its unique character         to existing White Center produce             business district by providing
        to increase patronage of local             markets (Fresh Marketplace                   small grants to property owners
        businesses so they stay and                Initiative).                                 to improve storefront appearance,
        thrive in the business district.     6.5   Offer skill-building classes and             signage and/or awnings.
  6.2   Acquire key commercial buildings           one-on-one business counseling          6.8 Maintain a community blog to
        in the business district to create         to help businesses and start-up              promote awareness of the White
        opportunities to preserve small            entrepreneurs improve their                  Center community, businesses
        and independently owned busi-              operations, sales and marketing.             and cultural activities.
        nesses and maintain affordability    6.6   Improve the appearance of the           6.9 Produce and distribute a com-
        of rents and goods for sale.               commercial district and/or create            mercial district newsletter to
  6.3   Provide comprehensive informa-             a safe and shopping-friendly                 promote businesses and events.
        tion to help fill vacancies and            environment through one or more         6.10 Hold events in the business
        attract family-friendly businesses         of the following activities: crime           district to attract people and
        that are prioritized by the commu-         prevention through environmental             promote a positive identity.
        nity and supported by the market.          design training, installing planter
                                                   boxes in the commercial district,       6.11 Increase the presence of arts in
  6.4   Promote downtown White Center                                                           the commercial district and the
        as a destination for fresh and             and/or organizing Spring Clean
                                                   projects in the business district.           use of art as a youth engage-
        healthy food by creating events                                                         ment, education and community
        and awareness campaigns and                                                             building tool, and for economic
                                                                                                development.


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                                                      strategy 7
                                                      improve childreN aNd Families’
                                                      health aNd WellNess iN homes,
                                                      schools, aNd the Neighborhood


                                                      We believe that where you live should not dictate your ability to lead
                                                      a healthy life. However, public health data paints a distressing picture
                                                      of the health of White Center/Boulevard Park residents. White Center’s
                                                      children are less healthy than children in King County as a whole, and
                                                      there are significant disparities between King County and White Center
                                                      residents in most health indicators. White Center faces a number
                                                      of challenges to improve the health of its residents. There is a lack
                                                      of access to affordable medical care and a lack of language capacity
                                                                      and cultural competency in some of that care. Families and
                                                                      children are not eating healthy food or engaging in physical
                                                                      activities, making them more likely to suffer from prevent-
                                                                      able diseases, such as diabetes and childhood obesity.




                                                                         White ceNter/kiNg couNty
                                                                         health comparisoNs
                                                                                                       White Center King County

                                                                         diabetes mortality               25.6%          20.6%
                                                                         diabetes-related mortality       73.5%          62.7%
                                                                         higher adolescent
                                                                           birth rates                    27%            10.9%
                                                                         late or no access
                                                                           to prenatal care               4.8%           2.3%
                                                                         maternal smoking                 9.77%          4.9%
                                                                         preterm births                   10.5%          4.9%
Above:	Photo courtesy of the White Center Food Bank                      adult obesity                    20.1%          17.2%

                                                                         Data source: http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/equity.aspx




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                                                To address these challenges, we will undertake a series of strategies to
                                                increase health care services, provide new opportunities for residents to
                                                engage in physical activities and increase demand for and access to healthy
                                                food. We will improve access to health care services by educating families
                                                about resources that are currently available but are not fully utilized.
                                                In particular, we will focus on outreach to schools through the Family
                                                Connections program and with young adults in after-school activities.
                                                We will develop new opportunities for residents to engage in physical
                                                activity by creating organized activities in parks, schools and public
                                                housing sites. When new physical development occurs in the
                                                neighborhood, we will ensure that new buildings and open space areas
                                                are specifically designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.
                                                Finally, we will create programs to educate residents about healthy eating
                                                choices while increasing the amount of healthy food available in the
                                                community (including culturally-relevant options). These programs
                                                will focus on enhancing and promoting our produce stores, restaurants
                                                and community gardens. We will also connect with the emergency food
                                                system and increase the number of local stores accepting food stamps
                                                and Women, Infant and Children Electronic Benefits Transfer (WIC/EBT)
                                                to ensure that healthy food is affordable and easily available.


  priority actioNs iNclude:

  7.1   Conduct outreach and education        7.5   Reduce asthma triggers and other       7.9  Provide programming to
        to enable families from Mount               health hazards in homes of up to            encourage the Greenbridge
        View, White Center Heights and              75 low-income households in the             resident walking groups.
        Beverly Park elementary schools             Highline School District.                   (Cross listed with 5.5)
        to access underutilized existing      7.6   Provide nutritious and culturally      7.10 Create and distribute a neighbor-
        health resources, such as the               relevant free food and special in-          hood walking map featuring key
        free state health insurance plan.           fant/child supplies to low-income           destinations, public art and the
  7.2   Advocate for policies, resources            residents of White Center.                  business district.
        and funding that increase health      7.7   Provide freshly grown, affordable           (Cross listed with 5.4)
        resources for children.                     produce by maintaining and             7.11 Promote downtown White Center
  7.3   Conduct community health                    managing community garden                   as a destination for fresh and
        education and create programs               plots at White Center Heights               healthy food by creating events
        to increase physical activities at          Park and providing education                and awareness campaigns and
        High Point and Greenbridge com-             and on-site demonstrations at               providing technical assistance
        munities (High Point/Greenbridge            the Food Bank site for Food                 to existing White Center produce
        Community Health project).                  Bank clients.                               markets to meet the needs of
  7.4   Build new environments for            7.8   Create a pedestrian corridor on             local residents.
        obesity reduction by building               98th Street to connect Green-               (Cross listed with 6.4)
        active living and healthy eating            bridge to the business district by     7.12 Prepare and share delicious,
        infrastructure for children in four         constructing a hill-climb walkway           youth-prepared organic foods in
        public housing sites (Greenbridge,          that is ADA accessible, incorpo-            an open and friendly community
        Birch Creek, New Holly and High             rating public art and pedestrian            environment.
        Point).                                     friendly amenities such lighting.
                                                    (Cross listed with 5.1)



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                                                               strategy 8
                                                               provide support, traiNiNg aNd
                                                               a coNtiNuum oF opportuNities
                                                               For all resideNts oF all ages
                                                               to participate iN shapiNg our
                                                               Neighborhood’s Future


                                              The heart of our work is to support and nurture community leadership
                                              to shape the neighborhood’s future. According to a 2006 telephone survey,
                                              only 24% of respondents report getting together with neighbors to solve
  priority actioNs                            problems, and only 45% report that they live in a close-knit neighborhood.
  iNclude:                                    We will provide support, training and a range of opportunities for residents
                                              of all ages, incomes and cultures to build community, create social
  8.1   Organize the neighborhood’s di-       networks and shape the future of the community.
        verse and multi-cultural residents
        to lead neighborhood initiatives,
                                              We believe community leadership is a necessary way of pursuing our
        mobilize neighbors to be civically
        engaged and participate in com-       goals in order to achieve better results for families and the neighborhood.
        munity development.                   We facilitate civic engagement and mobilization for programs and policies
  8.2   Increase volunteerism and             to improve the neighborhood and realize our joint community vision.
        resident ownership/leadership         In particular, we will focus on community input in neighborhood
        in activities to improve the neigh-
        borhood; build a base of active       development–physical development of buildings and physical spaces–
        and informed resident volunteers.     including affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open space.
  8.3   Develop and support leadership        To ensure that residents and youth are best equipped to advocate for their
        within the Latino community           neighborhood and their future, a major part of our work will focus on
        (White Center/Boulevard Park,
        Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila) by pro-      leadership development skill building and training. A number of
        viding the tools and knowledge        organizations will work to empower neighborhood youth by providing
        to promote civic engagement           skills training and avenues for young people to organize, express
        and social-change action.
                                              themselves and implement programs to address issues they care about.
  8.4   Organize in immigrant
                                              We will build overall pride and a sense of community in White Center
        communities, growing and sup-
        porting existing and emerging         through events and neighborhood fairs, improving public safety and
        leaders through building skills       helping to connect residents to information on topics important to them,
        and offering opportunities for        such as health, education, employment and energy efficiency.
        collective engagement.
  8.5   Assist neighbors in organizing
        block watch groups.
  8.6   Provide an on-line community
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“I’ve lived here 19 years. White Center
is my home. The people here don’t have
much but we cooperate, look out for one
another, and make the most out
of what we do have.”
	     		        Pamala	Waiau,	
	     		        White	Center	resident
                                                                                                              Building Community Together

strategy 1: prepare aNd coNNect resideNts to Family-supportiNg jobs
that provide career aNd Wage advaNcemeNt
                                                                                                                  timeframe
 priority action                                                     lead agency        partner agency          Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                                  Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                                Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                   Ongoing

 1.1 connect residents to jobs and training
     in targeted sectors that provide family-
     supporting jobs.

 1.1.1 Provide comprehensive employment development and                 Port Jobs       White Center CDA,          Ongoing           Local, state,
       individualized assistance at the Airport Jobs Center.                            Pacific Associates,                           federal and
                                                                                             Highline                               private funding
                                                                                           Community
                                                                                              College,
                                                                                          South Seattle
                                                                                           Community
                                                                                              College,
                                                                                         Port of Seattle,
                                                                                          United Way of
                                                                                           King County,
                                                                                        Airport employers,
                                                                                           King County
                                                                                           Work Source,
                                                                                               YWCA

 1.1.2 Connect residents to jobs in the construction and green      White Center CDA:    Seattle Housing           Ongoing        White Center CDA,
       jobs sectors by providing accessible and culturally            Construction           Authority,                             City of Seattle,
                                                                     Clearinghouse/     Refugee Federation                        American Recovery
       appropriate outreach and recruitment.                           Got Green,         Service Center,                         and Reinvestment
                                                                     Neighborhood             YWCA,                                Act dollars and
                                                                         House           Center for Career                         private funding
                                                                                           Alternatives

 1.1.3 Provide on-the-job English as Second Language training        Neighborhood            Highline             Immediate-         Training costs
       and individualized assistance to existing Highline Medical        House           Medical Center,            Medium        leveraged through
                                                                                              Service                                  Basic Food
       Center workers.                                                                      Employees                                 Employment
                                                                                          International                           Training, Workforce
                                                                                               Union,                               Investment Act,
                                                                                             Highline                                 Opportunity
                                                                                           Community                                   Grant, etc.
                                                                                              College,
                                                                                         Health Workforce
                                                                                             Institute,
                                                                                           Seattle Jobs
                                                                                             Initiative




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                                                                                                             timeframe
  priority action                                                   lead agency        partner agency      Immediate: 1 Yr         Funding
                                                                                                             Short: 2 Yr           source
                                                                                                           Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                              Ongoing

 1.2 provide residents with education and
     training opportunities at local community
     colleges to help them get, keep and
     advance in their jobs.

 1.2.1 Offer English as a Second Language classes according          South Seattle           N/A           Ongoing: quarterly       State and
       to the college quarterly schedule and standard tuition/     Community College                        college schedule      federal funds
       funding.

 1.2.2 Offer classes in early childhood education, business            Highline          Greenbridge,      Ongoing: quarterly       State and
                                                                   Community College        YWCA,           college schedule      federal funds
       information technology, human services and chemical                                Child Care
       dependency.                                                                        Resources

 1.2.3 Offer computer skills, business classes and scholarships        Port Jobs         South Seattle        Ongoing,             Local, state,
                                                                                          Community        dependent upon       federal and private
       for airport workers.                                                                College,            funding               funding
                                                                                           Highline
                                                                                       Community College

 1.3 provide residents with on-the-job english as
     a second language training to help them
     prepare for and advance in the workforce.

 1.3.1 Offer job seekers and underemployed individuals               Neighborhood            Highline          Ongoing             Seattle Jobs
       on-the-job English as a Second Language instruction,              House             Community                                Initiative
       intensive personalized employment assistance for finding                              College,
                                                                                          International
       a job and career-ladder counseling.                                              District Housing
                                                                                            Alliance,
                                                                                         Public Health-
                                                                                          Seattle King
                                                                                             County,
                                                                                        Department of
                                                                                       Social and Health
                                                                                       Services and the
                                                                                       Office of Refugee
                                                                                        and Immigrant
                                                                                           Assistance,
                                                                                              YWCA


 1.3.2 Offer a tailored curriculum called Basic Education Skills     South Seattle           N/A           Ongoing: quarterly       State and
       Training (I-BEST) for non-native English speakers that         Community                             college schedule      federal funds
                                                                       College,
       integrates workforce training/professional certification        Highline
       with English as a Second Language instruction, mentoring       Community
       and individual assistance.                                      College


 1.3.3 Offer English as a Second Language classes at                   Highline          Neighborhood          Ongoing             State funds
       Greenbridge.                                                Community College         House




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                                                                                                   timeframe
 priority action                                      lead agency         partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr    Funding
                                                                                                   Short: 2 Yr      source
                                                                                                 Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                    Ongoing

 1.4 conduct outreach to ensure eligible              Department of         Seattle Jobs            Ongoing         State funds
     residents sign up for food stamps and help      Social and Health        Initiative,
                                                         Services             Port Jobs,
     them access employment and training                                        YWCA,
     services available to food stamp recipients                         Refugee Federation
     through the basic Food employment and                                 Service Center,
                                                                              FareStart,
     training (bFet) program.                                                  CARES
                                                                           of Washington,
                                                                           South Seattle
                                                                             Community
                                                                               College,
                                                                               Highline
                                                                             Community
                                                                               College,
                                                                          Renton Technical
                                                                               College


 1.5 provide programming and college credit               YWCA,              WorkSource,            Ongoing        Annie E. Casey
                                                                             King County                             Foundation,
     classes to enable residents to access             South Seattle
                                                                          Housing Authority,                          State and
                                                        Community
     comprehensive and integrated employment,            College              Port Jobs,                            federal funds
     training and asset-building services and                               Express Credit
     supports.                                                                  Union,
                                                                               Highline
                                                                             Community
                                                                               College,
                                                                             Chesterfield
                                                                          Health Services,
                                                                               Highline
                                                                             Community
                                                                         College/Start Zone,
                                                                              Workforce
                                                                            Development
                                                                           Council/Seattle
                                                                         Youth Employment
                                                                               Program


 1.6 provide information and referrals to              White Center         WorkSource,             Ongoing        Annie E. Casey
                                                     CDA: Construction     Neighborhood                              Foundation,
     residents for employment, education and          Clearinghouse/       House, YWCA,                               State and
     training resources.                                 Got Green       Pacific Associates,                        federal funds
                                                                            King County,
                                                                           South Seattle
                                                                            Community
                                                                               College


 1.7 create employment and training                  White Center CDA      Construction             Ongoing        Annie E. Casey
     opportunities for residents, including youth,                        Clearinghouse/                            Foundation
                                                                             Got Green
     through neighborhood revitalization and
     community-building efforts.




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                                                                                                       timeframe
 priority action                                              lead agency        partner agency      Immediate: 1 Yr       Funding
                                                                                                       Short: 2 Yr         source
                                                                                                     Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                        Ongoing

 1.8 advocate expanding basic Food                          White Center CDA:        Highline           Ongoing          Annie E. Casey
     employment and training (bFet) program                  FES Workgroup         Community                               Foundation,
                                                                                      College,                              State and
     to provide jobs and training for low income                                  Department of                           federal funds
     residents of color.                                                         Social and Health
                                                                                     Services

 1.9 advocate for funders to address the needs             White Center CDA:      Neighborhood          Ongoing          Annie E. Casey
     of low-income workers and strengthen                   Family Economic           House,                              Foundation
                                                           Success Workgroup     Center for Career
     community college partnerships with the                                       Alternatives,
     community to make education and training                                         YWCA,
     more accessible to low-income workers.                                          Highline
                                                                                   Community
                                                                                     College,
                                                                                  South Seattle
                                                                                   Community
                                                                                     College,
                                                                                    Port Jobs


 1.10 lead advocacy efforts calling for federal             White Center CDA: Seattle Vocational       Immediate          Neighbor to
                                                               Construction        Institute,                           Neighbor/Seattle
      stimulus funds (american recovery and                 Clearinghouse/Got Puget Sound SAGE,                           Foundation
      reinvestment act) to provide direct                      Green, Family     Green for All
      benefits to low-income communities                    Economic Success
      (i.e. White center).                                      workgroup




                                            “There are a few things I like most about White Center.
                                            First, I am privileged that I work in an area that I grew up
                                            in (Park Lake Homes). Making a difference in the lives of
                                            others in some way, shape or form, particularly in non-emergency
                                            events, is extremely gratifying. Secondly, I love the diversity
                                            of our community and the rich culture that every group brings.
                                            Being involved with all of the groups, either at the schools,
                                            at community functions and cultural events, I see firsthand
                                            the great interaction and respect everyone in our community
                                            has for each other. Growing up, and now working, in the
                                            White Center Community is like traveling the world; however,
                                            the world has come to White Center!”

                                            	            		               	        	              				Chief	Scott	LaVielle,	
                                            																																		     																			North	Highline	Fire	Dept.




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strategy 2: help Families save For NoW
aNd iNto the Future to achieve their goals
                                                                                                                   timeframe
 priority action                                                     lead agency          partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                                   Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                                 Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                    Ongoing

 2.1 provide residents free tax preparation                            United Way            Airport Jobs,          Ongoing            United Way
     assistance at sites located in White center.                    of King County        PASEFIKA, YWCA                            of King County,
                                                                                                                                     Annie E. Casey
                                                                                                                                       Foundation,
                                                                                                                                    Internal Revenue
                                                                                                                                         Service,
                                                                                                                                      City of Seattle

 2.2 provide residents access to affordable
     and culturally appropriate financial products
     and services.

 2.2.1 Convene agencies providing homeownership support                  Express             Refugee               Immediate       White Center CDA,
       to White Center residents in order to better coordinate        Credit Union:       Women’s Alliance,                              Medina
                                                                     basic banking             YWCA,                                  Foundation,
       services.                                                   services in English,    Neighborhood                                  Boeing,
                                                                     Arabic, Tigrinya         House,                               Boeing Employees
                                                                      and Spanish;          New Futures                              Credit Union,
                                                                      several sites                                                Gates Foundation,
                                                                       in and near                                                 Seattle Foundation
                                                                      White Center

 2.2.2 Train staff of White Center agencies to recruit potential   Boeing Employees       White Center CDA,         Ongoing             Business
       first-time home buyers from White Center to participate       Credit Union            White Center                              operations
                                                                                             Food Bank,
       in HomeSight classes and Homebuyer Club.                                           Southwest Youth &
                                                                                           Family Services,
                                                                                             Association
                                                                                            of Community
                                                                                           Organizations for
                                                                                             Reform Now,
                                                                                                YWCA,
                                                                                             White Center
                                                                                               Chamber
                                                                                            of Commerce




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                                                                                                              timeframe
 priority action                                                   lead agency        partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr       Funding
                                                                                                              Short: 2 Yr         source
                                                                                                            Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                               Ongoing

 2.3 connect residents to homeownership
     opportunities such as education and
     counseling, homeownership assistance,
     foreclosure prevention and home
     rehabilitation and weatherization.




 2.3.1 Convene agencies providing homeownership support            White Center CDA      International          Ongoing         Annie E. Casey
       to White Center residents in order to better coordinate                         District Housing                          Foundation
                                                                                            Alliance,
       services.                                                                         King County,
                                                                                          King County
                                                                                       Housing Alliance,
                                                                                           Habitat for
                                                                                           Humanity,
                                                                                          Homestead
                                                                                          Community
                                                                                           Land Trust,
                                                                                          HomeSight

 2.3.2 Train staff of White Center agencies to recruit potential      HomeSight       White Center CDA,     Immediate -Short      HomeSight
                                                                                       Neighborhood
       first-time home buyers from White Center to participate                             House
       in HomeSight classes and Homebuyer Club.

 2.3.3 Educate residents about permanently affordable                Homestead        White Center CDA:         Ongoing          King County
                                                                   Community Land            Family                            Housing Finance
       homeownership opportunities in White Center by                  Trust             Connections,                              Program,
       providing training and counseling to first time home                              International                           Washington
       buyers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.                                      District Housing                         State Housing
                                                                                           Alliance,                              Trust Fund,
                                                                                      Refugee Federation                        Federal Home
                                                                                        Service Center,                          Loan Bank,
                                                                                          Community                            Washington State
                                                                                            Schools                            Housing Finance
                                                                                         Collaboration
                                                                                                                                 Commission

 2.3.4 Provide one-on-one homeownership counseling to               International       King County            Immediate         King County
                                                                   District Housing   Housing Authority                        Housing Authority,
       White Center residents at Greenbridge.                                                                                      HOPE VI
                                                                       Alliance
                                                                                                                                 federal grant

 2.3.5 Connect White Center residents to homeownership                Habitat for       Solid Ground,           Ongoing        Bank of America,
                                                                      Humanity           International                         The Home Depot
       opportunities through construction of affordable units                          District housing                          Foundation
       and counseling to those eligible to live in the units.                              Alliance,
                                                                                        Multi Service
                                                                                            Center,
                                                                                      Rebuilding Together




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                                                                                                           timeframe
  priority action                                               lead agency        partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                           Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                         Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                            Ongoing

 2.4 provide asset-building services to White
     center/boulevard park residents.
 2.4.1 Offer financial education to residents.                   YWCA Career          WorkSource,           Ongoing          Annie E. Casey
                                                                   Center             King County                             Foundation
                                                                                    Housing Authority,
                                                                                        Port Jobs,
                                                                                     Express Credit
                                                                                          Union,
                                                                                         Highline
                                                                                       Community
                                                                                         College,
                                                                                   Chesterfield Health
                                                                                        Services,
                                                                                         Highline
                                                                                       Community
                                                                                   College-Start Zone

 2.4.2 Provide financial management and banking education         White Center           BECU              Immediate         Annie E. Casey
                                                               CDA: Construction                                              Foundation
       during Green Jobs training for residents.
                                                               Clearinghouse/Got
                                                                      Green

 2.4.3 Provide credit repair workshops to help Greenbridge       International                             Immediate         King County
                                                                District Housing                                           Housing Authority,
       residents expand their financial savings.                                                                            HOPE VI federal
                                                                    Alliance
                                                                                                                                grant

 2.4.4 Provide free tax preparation and asset-building             Port Jobs       White Center CDA,        Ongoing           Local, state,
                                                                                   Pacific Associates,                     federal and private
       coaching in conjunction with comprehensive employment
                                                                                        Highline                                funding
       development services at the Airport Jobs Center.                               Community
                                                                                         College,
                                                                                     South Seattle
                                                                                      Community
                                                                                         College,
                                                                                    Port of Seattle,
                                                                                       United Way,
                                                                                   Airport employers,
                                                                                      King County
                                                                                      WorkSource,
                                                                                          YWCA


 2.4.5 Provide financial literacy, financial education and         Express               YWCA,              Ongoing,       White Center CDA,
                                                                 Credit Union        Neighborhood         contingent on          Medina
       counseling workshops.
                                                                                        House,               funding          Foundation,
                                                                                         BECU,                                   Boeing,
                                                                                   White Center CDA,                       Boeing Employees
                                                                                     White Center                            Credit Union,
                                                                                      Food Bank,                                  Gates
                                                                                   Southwest Youth &                       Seattle Foundation
                                                                                    Family Services,
                                                                                     White Center
                                                                                      Chamber of
                                                                                      Commerce




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“First of all, White Center was less
populated, now we have different
communities with different ethnicities and
different cultures. We have a new second
library at Greenbridge, different community
centers like the new community center
at Greenbridge located at the intersection
of 8th Avenue and Roxbury Street.”

																									Nafisa	Abdulle,	
																									White	Center	resident
                                                                                                  Building Community Together

strategy 3: provide childreN aNd Families
With resources aNd support to succeed iN school
                                                                                                      timeframe
 priority action                                       lead agency           partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr    Funding
                                                                                                      Short: 2 Yr      source
                                                                                                    Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                       Ongoing

 3.1 increase both school- and community-based       White Center Early      White Center CDA,         Ongoing           Various
     early-learning experiences for White center     Learning Initiative/      Highline Public
                                                        Puget Sound               Schools,
     residents and ensure that they are family          Educational            Early Learning
     centered and culturally appropriate.             Services District          and School
                                                                            Success Workgroup
                                                                            including: Para Los
                                                                              Niños, PASEFIKA,
                                                                              Southwest Youth
                                                                            & Family Services,
                                                                              Public Health of
                                                                                Seattle King
                                                                             County, Child Care
                                                                                 Resources,
                                                                                 local early
                                                                             learning providers


 3.2 improve kindergarten through third              Mount View, White       Highline Public          Immediate       Annie E. Casey
                                                       Center Heights           Schools,                               Foundation
     grade reading levels at mount view, White        and Beverly Park        Community
     center heights and beverly park schools         Elementary School          Schools
     by creating programs to improve reading                                 Collaboration,
     abilities, student attendance and health.                              White Center CDA



 3.3 create a formal partnership between             White Center CDA        Highline Public          Immediate       Annie E. Casey
                                                                                Schools,                               Foundation
     highline public schools, community schools                                Community
     collaboration, White center early learning                                  Schools
     initiative (Wceli) and the White center                                  Collaboration,
     cda to increase school success for                                     White Center Early
                                                                            Learning Initiative
     children in White center.

 3.4 engage parents at mount view, White center      White Center CDA/      Mount View, White         Immediate       Annie E. Casey
                                                     Family Connections      Center Heights,                           Foundation
     heights and beverly park schools in training,                            Beverly Park,
     volunteer and leadership opportunities to                                  parents,
     support child learning.                                                   Community
                                                                                Schools
                                                                             Collaboration,
                                                                              One America,
                                                                               Community
                                                                                Partners


                                                                                                      Immediate       Annie E. Casey
 3.5 align after-school programs with school            Mount View,           Community
                                                                                                                       Foundation
                                                        White Center             Schools
     curriculum to provide an integrated learning       Heights and          Collaboration,
     day at mount view, White center heights and        Beverly Park        White Center CDA,
     beverly park schools.                              Elementary           Highline Public
                                                          Schools                Schools


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                                                                                              timeframe
 priority action                                 lead agency          partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr    Funding
                                                                                              Short: 2 Yr      source
                                                                                            Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                               Ongoing

 3.6 provide culturally relevant leadership         PASEFIKA          Highline School         Immediate         PASEFIKA
                                                                     District (Evergreen                      Highline Public
     program to enable asian pacific islander                        High School, Tyee                           Schools
     students to succeed in the school                               High School and
     environment (the cadre leadership                                Chinook Middle
     program).                                                             School)



 3.7 enhance social networking programs         White Center CDA/
                                                                        Highline Public
                                                                                              Immediate       Annie E. Casey
                                                                           Schools,
     for families in mount view, White center   Family Connections       Community                             Foundation
     heights and beverly park schools to add                               Schools
     health, literacy, asset-building and                               Collaboration,
     workforce activities.                                           Family Connections
                                                                     Community Partner
                                                                      workgroup; Mount
                                                                      View, Beverly Park,
                                                                         White Center
                                                                        Heights, Public
                                                                       Health of Seattle
                                                                     King County, Family
                                                                     Economic Success
                                                                         workgroups

                                                White Center CDA:       White Center          Immediate       Annie E. Casey
 3.8 advocate for policies, resources and       Early Learning and     Early Learning                          Foundation
     funding that increase early learning and    School Success        Initiative, Child
     health resources for children.                 Workgroup         Care Resources,
                                                                        Public Health
                                                                       of Seattle King
                                                                      County, parents,
                                                                         Community
                                                                           Schools
                                                                        Collaboration,
                                                                      Highline Public
                                                                           Schools,
                                                                     Mount View, White
                                                                      Center Heights,
                                                                     Beverly Park, work
                                                                       group partners




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strategy 4: develop vacaNt aNd uNderutilized laNd
iNto commuNity-prioritized commercial, retail,
arts aNd cultural uses aNd mixed-iNcome housiNg
                                                                                                                    timeframe
    priority action                                                    lead agency          partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                                    Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                                  Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                     Ongoing

    4.1 strength of place initiative (sopi)                          White Center CDA         Mission-driven,         Short          Annie E. Casey
                                                                                            community-minded                          Foundation
                                                                                               developers
    4.1.1 Conduct education, outreach and advocacy to build
          support and resident ownership of SOPI, whose primary
          purpose is to ensure the continued income and ethnic
          diversity in White Center over time.

    4.1.2 Create a coalition of resident leaders who will provide
          input on new development projects.

    4.2 develop mixed-use, mixed-income and
        affordable family housing in vacant and
        underutilized lots in the commercial district.

    4.2.1 Strength of Place Village, 30 units of affordable family   Capitol Hill Housing       Delridge              Short           Impact Capital,
                                                                                             Neighborhoods                              King County
          rental housing at 13th Avenue SW & SW 100th Street                                  Development                                Housing &
                                                                                              Association,                              Community
                                                                                            White Center CDA                           Development
                                                                                                                                    Program, WA State
                                                                                                                                    Housing Trust Fund


    4.2.2 Pappas Village, 60 units of mixed-income family housing         Delridge          White Center CDA         Medium          WA State Rapid
          and 10,000 square feet of community commercial               Neighborhoods                                                 Response Fund
          space at 14th Avenue SW & SW 107th Street                     Development
                                                                         Association




“We grew up in White Center.
This is our home. Every block radius
we know somebody. You can throw
someone’s name and we know him.
We call it the hood. I love White Center.”

	          						--	Billy	Yin,	White	Center	resident




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                                                                                                   timeframe
 priority action                                         lead agency         partner agency      Immediate: 1 Yr       Funding
                                                                                                   Short: 2 Yr         source
                                                                                                 Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                    Ongoing

 4.3 increase the amount of permanently
     affordable rental apartments, affordable
     homes for first-time homebuyers and market
     rate for-sale homes in White center.

 4.3.1 Greenbridge at 8th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury     King County             None              Short          Seattle City Light,
       & SW 100th Streets                                Housing Authority                                            Federal Home
                                                                                                                      Loan Bank of
                                                                                                                     Seattle, Federal
                                                                                                                    Home Loan Bank
                                                                                                                    of San Francisco,
                                                                                                                   King County Dept.
                                                                                                                        of Housing
                                                                                                                      & Community
                                                                                                                      Development,
                                                                                                                   WA State Housing
                                                                                                                        Trust Fund,
                                                                                                                   US Department of
                                                                                                                   Housing and Urban
                                                                                                                      Development,
                                                                                                                         HOPE VI,
                                                                                                                     Apollo Housing,
                                                                                                                      Capital MMA
                                                                                                                      Financial, LLC


 4.3.2 Park Lake Homes II at 4th Avenue SW between         King County             None             Medium           Federal HOPE VI
       SW 108th Street & SW 116th Street                 Housing Authority



 4.3.3 White Center Workshop at 206 SW 112th Street       King County’s            TBD              Medium         King County Dept.
                                                           Sustainable                                               of Housing &
                                                          Communities                                                 Community
                                                            & Housing                                                Development
                                                           Pilot Project


 4.3.4 Affordable homes for first-time homebuyers at        Habitat for         HomeSight            Short -              TBD
                                                            Humanity          & International     (Greenbridge)
       Greenbridge & Park Lake Homes II
                                                                              District Housing
                                                                               Alliance, King
                                                                              County Housing     Medium – Park
                                                                                  Authority      Lake Homes II




 4.3.5 Market rate for-sale housing at Greenbridge &       King County         Mission-driven,      Medium                TBD
       Park Lake Homes II                                Housing Authority   community-minded
                                                                                developers




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strategy 5: create aN attractive, Walkable Neighborhood With great parks,
commuNity gatheriNg spaces aNd public art that is easily accessible by
WalkiNg, bike aNd public traNsit
                                                                                                                timeframe
 priority action                                                  lead agency         partner agency          Immediate: 1 Yr        Funding
                                                                                                                Short: 2 Yr          source
                                                                                                              Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                 Ongoing

 5.1 create a pedestrian corridor on sW 98th                      King County Dept.   4Culture, Feet First,      Immediate         Federal American
     street to connect greenbridge to the                             of Roads &          King County                                Recovery and
                                                                    Transportation        Community                                Reinvestment Act,
     business district by constructing a walkway                                         Enhancement                                    Federal
     that is ada accessible, incorporating public                                        Initiative, King                           Transportation
     art and pedestrian-friendly amenities such                                        County Parks &                                Enhancement
                                                                                       Recreation, King                             Program Grant
     as lighting. (Cross listed with 7.8)                                             County Metro, King
                                                                                       County Sheriff’s
                                                                                      Office, King County
                                                                                         Water & Land
                                                                                       Resources, King
                                                                                       County Housing
                                                                                       Authority, White
                                                                                          Center CDA


 5.2 site and install public art.


 5.2.1 Pillow Field at SW 98th Street walkway: create an art          4Culture          Artist- Andy Cao          Immediate          King County
       installation, plantings and ADA-accessible walking paths                                                                    1% for Art, King
                                                                                                                                   County Water &
       into the business district.                                                                                                 Land Resources


 5.2.2 Design and install public art at the YWCA Greenbridge           YWCA           Nin Truong/WKND         Immediate-–install        YWCA
                                                                                      Studio, Southwest         by Nov. 2009
       Career Development Center.                                                     Boys & Girls Club,
                                                                                           residents


 5.3 create an attractive series of signs and                     White Center CDA            TBD                   Short              WA Arts
                                                                                                                                     Commission
     wayfinding elements.


 5.4 create and distribute a neighborhood                             Feet First             None                Immediate           Seattle-King
                                                                                                                                    County Public
     walking map. (Cross listed with 7.10)                                                                                             Health


 5.5 provide scheduled activities to encourage                     Neighborhood          King County             Immediate          Federal ROSS
     the greenbridge resident walking groups.                          House           Housing Authority
     (Cross listed with 7.9)




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                                                                                                            timeframe
  priority action                                                    lead agency     partner agency       Immediate: 1 Yr     Funding
                                                                                                            Short: 2 Yr       source
                                                                                                          Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                             Ongoing

 5.6 renovate White center heights park.                         King County Parks     Cascade Land         Immediate           WA State
                                                                   & Recreation        Conservancy,                          Department of
                                                                                      Highline Public                          Commerce,
                                                                                      Schools, White                           Community
                                                                                      Center Heights                          Development
                                                                                     Elementary, White                       Programs Unit,
                                                                                        Center CDA                          Capital Programs

                                                                 King County Parks    Friends of Hicks
 5.7 ensure community-prioritized improvements                     & Recreation      Lake, White Center
                                                                                                            Immediate         King County
     are made to lakewood park & hicks lake.                                                CDA


                                                                 King County Parks          TBD               Short               TBD
 5.8 renovate existing baseball fields to multi-use                & Recreation
     fields (baseball and soccer), renovate tennis
     courts and install a memorial at mel olson
     stadium & steve cox memorial park.




Above:	Newly renovated baseball stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park




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strategy 6: create a vibraNt cultural aNd ecoNomic busiNess district
that provides aFFordable goods aNd services For our culturally
diverse commuNity, employs local eNtrepreNeurs, aNd is supported
by active commuNity members
                                                                                                  timeframe
 priority action                                        lead agency        partner agency       Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                  Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                   Ongoing

 6.1 market the commercial district and highlight      White Center CDA         None               Ongoing         Seattle Office
     its unique character to increase patronage                                                                     of Economic
                                                                                                                   Development,
     of local businesses so they stay and thrive                                                                   Annie E. Casey
     in the business district.                                                                                      Foundation


                                                       White Center CDA     Mission-driven,        Medium                TBD
 6.2 acquire key commercial buildings in the                              community-minded
     business district to create opportunities                             non-profit or pri-
     to preserve small and independently owned                              vate developers
     businesses and maintain affordability of
     rents and goods for sale.

                                                       White Center CDA
 6.3 provide comprehensive information to                                   White Center          Immediate        Impact Capital
                                                                          Chamber of Com-
     help fill vacancies and attract family-friendly                      merce, community-
     businesses that are prioritized by the                                 minded White
     community and supported by the market.                                Center property
                                                                          owners and com-
                                                                           mercial & retail
                                                                               brokers


                                                                                                                        Seattle
 6.4 promote downtown White center as a                White Center CDA      White Center           Short
                                                                                                                     Foundation,
                                                                           existing produce
     destination for fresh and healthy food by                                  markets                              University of
     creating events and awareness campaigns                                                                         Washington
     and providing technical assistance to                                                                          Foster School
                                                                                                                     of Business,
     existing White center produce markets                                                                          Kellogg/King
     (Fresh marketplace initiative).                                                                              County Food and
     (Cross listed with 7.11)                                                                                     Fitness Initiative,
                                                                                                                  JP Morgan Chase




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                                                                                                             timeframe
 priority action                                                 lead agency         partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr     Funding
                                                                                                             Short: 2 Yr       source
                                                                                                           Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                              Ongoing

 6.5 offer skill-building classes and one-on-one
     business counseling to help businesses
     and start-up entrepreneurs improve their
     operations, sales and marketing.

 6.5.1 Provide one-on-one assistance to businesses in the          University of    White Center CDA,        Immediate       JP Morgan Chase
       commercial district.                                     Washington Foster Community Capital
                                                                School of Business     Development,
                                                                                    Enterprise Seattle,
                                                                                    JP Morgan Chase,
                                                                                      King County Bar
                                                                                    Association, King
                                                                                     County Hispanic
                                                                                        Chamber of
                                                                                   Commerce, MBEC,
                                                                                        NW Minority
                                                                                    Business Council,
                                                                                    PTAC, Rotary Club
                                                                                    of Seattle, Safeco
                                                                                     Insurance, Turner
                                                                                    Construction, WA
                                                                                       Association of
                                                                                   Hispanic Chambers
                                                                                   of Commerce, Wells
                                                                                    Fargo Bank, White
                                                                                   Center Chamber of
                                                                                         Commerce


                                                                    Highline           Port of Seattle,       Ongoing         Southwest King
 6.5.2 Provide counseling, research and peer sessions to                                                                     County Economic
                                                                Community College    King County, Cities
       business owners and entrepreneurs.                        Small Business        of Burien, Des                          Development
                                                                  Development         Moines, Federal                            Initiative,
                                                                     Center           Way, Normandy                             U.S. Small
                                                                                     Park, SeaTac and                           Business
                                                                                         Tukwila, WA                          Administration
                                                                                      Small Business
                                                                                        Development
                                                                                           Centers

                                                                    Highline          Several commu-          Ongoing           U.S. Small
 6.5.3 Provide classes and assistance to neighborhood           Community College    nity organizations,                        Business
       residents interested in starting a business (StartZone                         including White                         Administration
       Microenterprise Program).                                                         Center CDA


 6.6 improve the appearance of the commercial                     Clean & Safe         White Center           Medium          Annie E. Casey
     district and create a safe and shopping-                      Committee           Chamber of                            Foundation, King
                                                                                       Commerce,                              County Historic
     friendly environment through one or                                             White Center CDA,                         Preservation
     more of the following activities: crime                                           King County                               Program,
     prevention through environmental design                                          Sheriff’s Office                         University of
     training, installing planter boxes in the                                                                               Washington Dept.
     commercial district and/or organizing                                                                                    of Architecture
     spring clean projects in the business
     district.

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                                                                                                                     timeframe
 priority action                                                       lead agency           partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr       Funding
                                                                                                                     Short: 2 Yr         source
                                                                                                                   Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                      Ongoing

 6.6.1 Clean the commercial district on an on-going basis,               King County           Clean & Safe           Ongoing           King County
                                                                        Sheriff’s Office     Committee, White
       including removing trash and shopping carts and painting                              Center businesses,
                                                                       Community Work
       out graffiti.                                                   Program via King      White Center CDA,
                                                                        County’s Dept.         White Center
                                                                          of Facility           Chamber of
                                                                        & Maintenance           Commerce


 6.6.2 Clean and maintain the White Center business area within          City of Seattle,      City of Seattle      Immediate –        City of Seattle
       the City of Seattle boundaries by removing litter and           Seattle Municipal      Dept. of Neigh-      Medium (through
                                                                              Court,          borhoods, White        Dec. 2012)
       graffiti, maintaining traffic circles and planters on public                             Center CDA
                                                                          Seattle City
       property and removing invasive plants.                          Attorney’s Office,
                                                                      Associated Council
                                                                        for the Accused


 6.7 improve building façades in the business                         White Center CDA        Small business                         JP Morgan Chase
                                                                                                 owners                 Short
     district by providing small grants to property
     owners to improve storefront appearance,
     signage and/or awnings.

 6.8 maintain a community blog to promote                             White Center Blog,     West Seattle blog        Ongoing              In-kind
                                                                      White Center Now
     awareness of the White center community,                               Blog
     businesses, destinations and cultural
     activities.

 6.9 produce and distribute a commercial                                 White Center          White Center           Ongoing              In-kind
                                                                         Chamber of           businesses and
     district newsletter to promote businesses                            Commerce               sponsors
     and events.

 6.10 hold events in the business district to attract
      people and promote a positive identity.
 6.10.1 White Center Jubilee Days: Summer Festival for families          White Center          White Center            Annual             Multiple
        and children.                                                    Jubilee Days         businesses and                            WC business
                                                                          Committee              sponsors                               sponsorships

 6.10.2 Cambodian New Year: A celebration to promote cultural            Cambodian           White Center CDA          Annual        White Center CDA
                                                                      Cultural Alliance of    and sponsors                            and sponsors
        understanding and awareness of the Khmer culture.                Washington

 6.10.3 Monthly “Every Third Saturday Arts Event” in the business        White Center          White Center            Monthly           WC donors:
        district, featuring music, film and live performances.            for the Arts         Jubilee Days                             Carniceria “El
                                                                                                Committee                            Paisano,” Castillos,
                                                                                                                                      Decoraciones ELY,
                                                                                                                                           Del Rio
                                                                                                                                         Distribution,
                                                                                                                                        Tienda Latina
                                                                                                                                     “El Quetzal,” O’Neill
                                                                                                                                        & Associates,
                                                                                                                                      RTS Incorporated
                                                                                                                                     Income Tax Service



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                                                                                                                   timeframe
  priority action                                                         lead agency        partner agency      Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                                   Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                                 Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                    Ongoing

 6.10.4 Rat City Rummage Sale: A local artists craft sale.                 White Center        Local artists        Monthly               4Culture
                                                                            for the Arts

 6.10.5 Summer Music Nights.                                               White Center     Selected musicians       Annual         4Culture, others
                                                                           Arts Alliance     and local artists

 6.10.6 Provide space to advertise White Center businesses                 White Center           None              Ongoing        Membership dues
        at the White Center Chamber Office located at                      Chamber of                                              from White Center
        Steve Cox Memorial Park.                                            Commerce                                                  businesses


 6.11 increase the presence of arts in the
      commercial district and the use of art as a
      youth engagement, education and community-
      building tool, and for economic development.

 6.11.1 Develop an educational and cultural arts program,                  White Center         Evergreen          Immediate
        including classes, camps and gathering space, for low-              for the Arts       High School,
        and median-income youths and adults in White Center.                                  Neighborhood
                                                                                                  House


 6.11.2 Maintain and expand community art gallery space in the             White Center        White Center          Short                4Culture
                                                                            for the Arts         artists
        business district featuring local artists and provision of
        low-cost studio space for local artists.


 6.11.3 Establish a White Center Writers’ Program focused                  White Center       Richard Hugo         Immediate              In-kind
                                                                           Arts Alliance      House, Denny
        on all writing formats for all ages with special emphasis                             Middle School,
        on native tongue and development of an archival library                              Chief Sealth High
        to house all writing.                                                                     School


 6.11.4 Develop an exhibit and performance space for community             White Center       Drama Queen            Short                  TBD
        artists to showcase their work.                                    Arts Alliance




                                          “What I like best about White Center is the huge variety of ethnic foods
                                          available! White Center can satisfy anyone’s hunger and palate (but won’t
                                          put a dent in your wallet). This diverse community is not only vibrant with
                                          its peoples but also with the aromas of tasty treats from around the world.
                                          Where else can you walk two blocks and encounter 5-6 ethnically different
                                          restaurants and grocery stores? So the next time your stomach is calling
                                          to you, come on to White Center and discover what it has to offer.
                                          Whether you are feeling cautious or adventurous, you can be
                                          certain to find something to fill you up.”
                                          	         		               																																	Bao	Nguyen,	White	Center	resident

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strategy 7: improve childreN aNd Families’ health aNd WellNess
iN homes, schools aNd the Neighborhood
                                                                                                   timeframe
 priority action                                      lead agency         partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                   Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                 Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                    Ongoing

 7.1 conduct outreach and education to enable       White Center CDA/         Highline             Immediate        Annie E. Casey
     families from mount view, White center         Family Connections     Public Schools,                           Foundation
                                                                             Community
     heights and beverly park elementary schools                              Schools
     to access underutilized existing health                                Collaboration,
     resources, such as the free state health                              other resource
                                                                              providers
     insurance plan.

 7.2 advocate for policies, resources and funding   White Center CDA/       White Center           Immediate        Annie E. Casey
                                                    Early Learning and     Early Learning                            Foundation
     that increase health resources for children.    School Success        Initiative, Child
                                                        Workgroup         Care Resources,
                                                                           Public Health-
                                                                             Seattle King
                                                                          County, parents,
                                                                             Community
                                                                               Schools
                                                                            Collaboration,
                                                                           Highline Public
                                                                          Schools, Mount
                                                                         View, White Center
                                                                          Heights, Beverly
                                                                          Park, work group
                                                                               partners


 7.3 conduct community health education               Neighborhood        Seattle Children’s       Immediate       National Institute
     and create programs to increase physical             House            Hospital, Public       (2008-2013)          of Health
                                                                         Health-Seattle King
     activities at high point and greenbridge                              County, Seattle
     communities (high point/greenbridge                                  Housing Authority,
     community health project).                                             King County
                                                                          Housing Authority


 7.4 build new environments for obesity reduction     King County         Seattle Housing          Immediate         Robert Wood
     by building active-living and healthy-eating   Housing Authority        Authority,           (Dec. 2008-          Johnson
                                                                           Public Health-          Nov. 2012)         Foundation
     infrastructures for children in four public                            Seattle King
     housing sites (greenbridge, birch creek,                                 County
     New holly and high point).

 7.5 reduce asthma triggers and other health          King County         Highline School          Immediate         HUD, partner
     hazards in homes of up to 75 low-income        Housing Authority      District, Public       (May 2009-          agencies
                                                                           Health-Seattle         May 2012)
     households in the highline school district.                         King County, Puget
                                                                         Sound Educational
                                                                          Services District,
                                                                           Neighborhood
                                                                          House, National
                                                                         Center for Healthy
                                                                              Housing




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                                                                                                     timeframe
 priority action                                        lead agency         partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr       Funding
                                                                                                     Short: 2 Yr         source
                                                                                                   Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                      Ongoing

 7.6 provide nutritious and culturally relevant free     White Center        Westside Baby,           Ongoing             Various
     food and special infant/child supplies to            Food Bank        Women, Infant and
                                                                            Children nutrition
     low-income residents of White center.                                   program, Food
                                                                           Lifeline, Northwest
                                                                             Harvest, Emer-
                                                                              gency Feeding
                                                                             Program, Public
                                                                           Health-Seattle King
                                                                           County, numerous
                                                                             volunteers and
                                                                           community groups


 7.7 provide freshly grown, affordable produce           White Center      White Center CDA,          Ongoing        White Center CDA,
                                                          Food Bank          King County,                                 others
     by maintaining and managing community                                    Community
     garden plots at White center heights park                                Harvest of
     and providing education and on-site                                   Southwest Seattle
     demonstrations at the Food bank site for
     Food bank clients.

 7.8 create a pedestrian corridor on sW 98th           King County Dept.   4Culture, Feet First,     Immediate        Federal American
                                                           of Roads &          King County                              Recovery and
     street to connect greenbridge to the                                      Community                              Reinvestment Act,
                                                         Transportation
     business district by constructing a walkway                              Enhancement                            Federal Transporta-
     that is ada accessible, incorporating public                             Initiative, King                       tion Enhancement
     art and pedestrian-friendly amenities such                             County Parks &                              Program Grant
                                                                            Recreation, King
     as lighting. (Cross listed with 5.1)                                  County Metro, King
                                                                            County Sheriff’s
                                                                           Office, King County
                                                                              Water & Land
                                                                            Resources, King
                                                                            County Housing
                                                                            Authority, White
                                                                               Center CDA


 7.9 provide programming to encourage the               Neighborhood          King County            Immediate         Federal ROSS
     greenbridge resident walking groups.                   House           Housing Authority
     (Cross listed with 5.5)

 7.10 create and distribute a neighborhood                 Feet First         White Center           Immediate          Seattle-King
                                                                            CDA, King County                           County Public
      walking map featuring key destinations,                               Food and Fitness                              Health
      public art and the business district.                                     Initiative
      (Cross listed with 5.4)




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                                                                                                                timeframe
  priority action                                                   lead agency        partner agency         Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                                Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                              Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                 Ongoing

 7.11 promote downtown White center as a                           White Center CDA       White Center            Short              Seattle
      destination for fresh and healthy food by                                         existing produce                          Foundation,
                                                                                             markets                              University of
      creating events and awareness campaigns                                                                                     Washington
      and providing technical assistance to                                                                                      Foster School
      existing White center produce markets                                                                                       of Business,
                                                                                                                                 Kellogg/King
      to meet the needs of local residents.                                                                                      County Food
      (Cross listed with 6.4)                                                                                                     and Fitness


 7.12 prepare and share delicious, youth-prepared
      organic foods in an open and friendly
      community environment.

 7.12.1 Teach youth about food preparation along with leadership     Youngstown        White Center CDA,        Immediate         Kellogg/King
                                                                    with youth from    Delridge Neighbor-                         County Food
        training.                                                                                                                 and Fitness
                                                                     White Center       hoods Develop-
                                                                     and Delridge      ment Association,
                                                                                          King County
                                                                                       Food and Fitness
                                                                                            Initiative


 7.12.2 Provide foods from the White Center Food Bank along           “Burnt Toast”    White Center CDA         Immediate         King County,
                                                                     youth at White                                             White Center CDA
        with basic cooking skills training to residents.
                                                                   Center Log Cabin/
                                                                   King County Parks




Above:	Photo courtesy of the White Center Food Bank
Right:	Photo by Dean Wong

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strategy 8: provide support, traiNiNg, aNd a coNtiNuum
oF opportuNities For all resideNts oF all ages to participate
iN shapiNg our Neighborhood’s Future.
                                                                                                                timeframe
 priority action                                                    lead agency          partner agency       Immediate: 1 Yr     Funding
                                                                                                                Short: 2 Yr       source
                                                                                                              Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                                 Ongoing

 8.1 organize the neighborhood’s diverse and
     multi-cultural residents to lead neighborhood
     initiatives, mobilize neighbors to be
     civically engaged and participate in
     community development.

 8.1.1 Base building, resident leadership and capacity building    White Center CDA         King County          Ongoing        Annie E. Casey
       and community mobilization.                                                        Housing Alliance,                      Foundation,
                                                                                               YWCA,                               Boeing
                                                                                            Neighborhood
                                                                                            House, Boys
                                                                                           and Girls Club,
                                                                                            Greenbridge
                                                                                             Community
                                                                                        Council, Southwest
                                                                                           Youth & Family
                                                                                         Services, Delridge
                                                                                           Neighborhoods
                                                                                            Development
                                                                                            Association,
                                                                                           Census 2010,
                                                                                        One America, 34th
                                                                                        District Democrats,
                                                                                        Refugee Federation
                                                                                           Service Center,
                                                                                         Trusted Advocates,
                                                                                            Greenbridge
                                                                                           Families, Youth
                                                                                        Leadership Council,
                                                                                              Non Profit
                                                                                         Assistance Center

 8.1.2 Offer skill mastering and resistance training to increase     Southwest Boys     White Center CDA,       Immediate-      Southwest Boys
       self-esteem and community relationships, give back to         and Girls Club/     Washington Bus,          Medium         and Girls Club
                                                                    Leadership Clubs    Kiwanis Club, King
       the community and raise the youth voice.                    (Smart Girls & Key   County Parks Log
                                                                         Stone)               Cabin



 8.1.3 Lead programs to help residents in the White Center         Trusted Advocates      Highline Public       Immediate-      Annie E. Casey
       and Burien area to be effective leaders and advocates                              Schools, White          Medium         Foundation
                                                                                           Center CDA
       by building knowledge and self-confidence in the
       multicultural community.


 8.1.4 Conduct a leadership program at Evergreen High School          Community         White Center CDA,         Short           Community
       for students to gain skills in leadership networking,           Schools                Asian                                Schools
       teamwork and encourage civic engagement through               Collaboration        Community                              Collaboration
                                                                                           Leadership
       a community project.                                                               Foundation



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                                                                                                    timeframe
  priority action                                     lead agency           partner agency        Immediate: 1 Yr      Funding
                                                                                                    Short: 2 Yr        source
                                                                                                  Medium: 3-5 Yr
                                                                                                     Ongoing

 8.2 increase volunteerism and resident              White Center CDA          Residents            Immediate-       Annie E. Casey
     ownership/leadership in activities to improve                                                    Medium          Foundation
     the neighborhood; build a base of active
     and informed resident volunteers.

 8.3 develop and support leadership within the           Leadership          Para Los Niños,        Immediate-         United Way,
     latino community (White center/boulevard        Development and          City of Burien,         Medium         Seattle’s People
                                                     Civic Engagement       White Center CDA                        Fund, Leadership
     park, burien, seatac, tukwila) by providing          Academy                                                    Conference and
     the tools and knowledge to promote civic                                                                           Civic Life
     engagement and social change action.                                                                            Vocational Fund


 8.4 organize in immigrant communities, grow-           One America         White Center CDA        Immediate            Boeing
     ing and supporting existing and emerging
     leaders through building skills and offering
     opportunities for collective engagement.

 8.5 assist neighbors in organizing block               King County              None                Ongoing            In-kind King
     watch groups.                                    Sherriff’s Office’s                                            County Sheriffs
                                                     Volunteer Program                                                Office and City
                                                      (unincorporated                                               of Seattle: Seattle
                                                        King County)                                                Police Department
                                                       Seattle Police
                                                     Department (north
                                                        of Roxbury)


 8.6 provide an on-line community calendar           White Center CDA            None                Ongoing        White Center CDA
     for the neighborhood.




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Pictured	on	the	back	cover:

“The thing I like best about White Center
is the opportunity to promote a comfortable
yet dynamic environment that fosters a sense
of community among a diverse customer base.”

														                Geoffrey	“Mac”	McElroy,	
													                 Owner	of	the	Triangle	Pub	




“I like that I feel known (here in White Center).
I think people can feel known here. I think people
need to feel known, and I think that happens here.
The people at the latte stand know what I drink,
even the new kid. The people at Viva Mexico know
me and are familiar with me, even though we have
never visited each other’s homes. When I walk into
the restaurant, they actually treat me as if we are
sharing a meal together. Even the ladies that are
at the checkout stand in McLendons smile at me,
because though they don’t know my name, they
know that I come into the store once or twice every
couple months. I know it’s a huge assumption that
I am making that ‘people need to feel known’ but
when at your core you know that you are known by           packed into that statement. There is a common
someone or by a community, it’s food for the soul.         experience, and it creates a bond. It’s the
I believe that.                                            camaraderie formed in struggling together.
                                                           It’s the loyalty of people I grew up with who no longer
White center feels very much like a small town             live here, to little kids that I talk to in the after-school
in an urban context.                                       program...they/we all know that White Center isn’t
                                                           perfect, but we love it...maybe because of its
Something else that I like almost equally as much          imperfections. You know, that Underdog thing.
is people are loyal to each other and loyal to White
Center. It’s the feeling that White Center has my          GK Chesterton says, ‘Men did not love Rome
back. When someone says, “I am from White Center,”         because she was great; Rome was great
people from White Center know exactly what is              because men loved her. ’”

                                                           																			Pat	Thompson,	White	Center	resident




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