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Ethiopian village

Ethiopian Community in Seattle

Urban/Mixed Use

Address: 8323 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA, USA
Completion Date: 1970
Funding Sources: City of Seattle Office of Housing, State of Washington Housing Trust Fund, Hudson Housing Capital, Umpqua Bank – construction and permanent lender, Capital Campaign, State of Washington Department of Commerce – Capital Facilities, City of Seattle Equitable Development Initiative
Population Served: Low Income Seniors
Contractor: Walsh Construction
Architect: Environmental Works

Motivated by growing threats to housing affordability and community stability, the Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) partnered with HumanGood Affordable Housing (HGAH) for this affordable housing development. This project preserved the original community center and expanded the space so the Ethiopian community can gather to access programming which includes low-cost meals, exercise classes, speaker engagements, opportunities to socialize and connect, computer literacy and more. This project will allow the Ethiopian community to flourish, elders to age in place, and newly arrived refugees and immigrants to successfully transition to their new home country. The housing and center are open to all members of the community.