Congresswoman Jayapal is proud to submit the following community based funding requests for consideration to the Committee on Appropriations as the Committee puts together Federal funding for the 2023 Fiscal Year. NOTE: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project name.
$5,000,000 for the 148th Street Non-Motorized Bridge Project, City of Shoreline
17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133
Funds will be used to construct a new bridge over I-5 for the future Shoreline South/148th Street Station. Construction of the bridge will bring an additional 70 acres of up-zoned land into walking distance from the future Sound Transit Station, improve safety, reduce travel times, and bring climate and economic benefits.
$500,000 for Community Financial Skill-Building, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
13838 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 98168
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo provides legal services and community education and performs advocacy and policy work. This request supports Colectiva Legal del Pueblo’s efforts to increase financial resiliency. Funding will support counseling to increase financial literacy and teach people how to create and grow their own businesses; and educate and support existing BIPOC business owners to file taxes, remain E-Verify eligible, and to build long lasting financial health.
$3,000,000 for the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Improvements, Central Puget Sound Transit Authority
401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Funds will be used to provide safety and security improvements in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel necessary to restore the tunnel and prepare for additional light rail service. Improvements will provide more secure and safe accessibility for transit tunnel users, improving economic development by supporting better access to jobs, activities, and healthcare through high-capacity transit. The Downtown Transit Tunnel is essential to Sound Transit operations. The project will help support a vibrant downtown Seattle.
$1,500,000 for the Equity and Ecosystem Health Through Water Column Observation, Regents of the University of Washington
201 Gerberding Hall, Seattle, WA 98195
This project will support an ecosystem ocean profiling buoy network to help understand climate changes that impact coastal economies, cultures, and communities. Data from this system will help improve the understanding of ecosystem/environment connections to help mitigate the impacts of environmental stressors and enable improved resource management. This will lead to greater economic resiliency through improved understanding of ecosystems. It could also help address the challenges anticipated by sea level rise.
$486,781 for Pathways to Tech, Unloop
900 East Pine, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98122
Unloop operates a coding school for people who are formerly incarcerated. Funding will provide continued education, behavioral training, and vocational training to help young adults returning from incarceration enter thriving wage careers in tech. The project will reduce recidivism and address the economic, educational, and vocational inequities that deny certain community members access to opportunities.
$650,000 for the Refugee Artisan Initiative Capital Improvements, Refugee Artisan Initiative
12337 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) supports immigrant and refugee women by providing artisan skills training in zero waste and small batch manufacturing. Funds will be used for capital improvements, including building envelope upgrades for energy efficiency, accessibility alterations and related equipment, and labor and materials to transform a former woodworking facility into an artisan makerspace for refugee and immigrant women to learn or improve sewing skills and earn income. RAI’s new permanent space will lead to the creation of 100 BIPOC- and women-owned micro businesses and divert over 5,000 pounds of textile waste from landfills each year. It will be a small-batch urban model for sustainable manufacturing that also anchors the Lake City Arts District with cultural events and offerings.
$500,000 for the Restoration of the 1926 Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant, Friends of Mukai
P.O. Box 2603, Vashon, WA 98070
Friends of Mukai supports operations of the Mukai Farm & Garden. Funds will be used to complete restoration of the 1926 Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant. Mukai is the only remaining pre-WWII Japanese farm on the National Register of Historic Places that is open to the public. Revitalization of the Barreling Plant will double opportunities for visitors to learn about historic, cultural, and social justice issues, including the impact of the 1942 internment order on Japanese Americans and the local community.
$5,000,000 for ROOTS Young Adult Shelter Acquisition and Facility Improvements, Roots Young Adult Shelter
4541 19th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter provides shelter and access to essential services for young unhoused adults. The project supports additional renovations to expand on-site programs and services at ROOTS’ new shelter facility in the U District. The project will facilitate on-site services utilizing an “Under One Roof” comprehensive service model, including emergency shelter and meals for up to 45 young adults 365 nights a year; guest-centered, age-specific and goal-oriented case management services for more than 100 young adults; and extended stay shelter for up to 30 young adults separate from the emergency nightly shelter.
$985,000 for Safety, Health, and Hygiene Upgrades at Kerner-Scott House, Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
515 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) provides housing, shelter, health services, and crisis response to thousands of unhoused and formerly unhoused people. Funds would be used to renovate the Kerner-Scott House, one of DESC’s oldest permanent supportive housing buildings and the location of DESC’s only women’s shelter. The project will ensure continued shelter operations that have been shown to demonstrably lower the costs of homelessness for taxpayers by preventing incidents where emergency services are needed.
$3,000,000 for Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion Project, Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101
The Seattle Aquarium is constructing the Ocean Pavilion, a 48,000 square foot building that will expand the Aquarium’s operations and function as a key component of the City of Seattle’s new Overlook Walk and Seattle’s new waterfront. Funds will be used to support construction of the fourth and final phase of this project. The Ocean Pavilion will allow the Aquarium to increase its attendance and educational activities by 40 percent and expand its commitment to marine conservation and community programming that serves all corners of our region, providing critical programs to school-age children and offering a window into the unique marine ecosystem of Puget Sound and the Pacific for all to enjoy and learn from.
$3,600,000 for the Seattle Center Shelter Facilities Sustainable Emergency Power, City of Seattle, Seattle Center Department
City of Seattle, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, 600 4th Avenue, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 94746, Seattle, WA 98124
Funds will be used to replace the existing diesel generator (circa 1968) in the Armory and add new sustainable emergency power for the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Seattle Center serves as a primary emergency sheltering location and a backup for many critical Seattle emergency functions making it essential to the City’s resilience during emergencies. In addition to providing shelter during an emergency, funding will consolidate the City’s backup functions to help ensure that services can be delivered to the community after any disaster.
$1,000,000 for Seattle Opportunity Work Corps, Seattle Jobs Initiative
1200 12th Avenue SW, Suite 160, Seattle, WA 98144-2712
Seattle Jobs Initiative supports people from under-invested communities to build careers. Funds will be used to provide exposure to utility related careers, provide essential job skill training and fair wages, and point participants towards future education and/or career training options in the water sector, targeting BIPOC youth ages 18-25. The project will help lay the foundation for the workforce needed for “green” stormwater facilities.
$20,000,000 for Thunderbird Treatment Center on Vashon Island, Seattle Indian Health Board
611 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Seattle Indian Health Board is a community health center that provides health and human services, specializing in the care of Native people. Funds will be used to support health facility construction and equipment to relocate and expand the Thunderbird Treatment Center, an in-patient behavioral health treatment facility specializing in care to American Indian and Alaska Native people. In addition, the facility will serve BIPOC individuals accessing Medicaid and Medicare, and pregnant and parenting adults. The project will provide access to desperately needed behavioral healthcare and increase culturally attuned in-patient substance use disorder services. In addition, relocation will result in sustained and long-term job creation of a medical and behavioral health related workforce specializing in culturally attuned integrated care.
$4,189,316 for UHeights Community Center Capital Improvements, University Heights Center for the Community Association
5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
University Heights Center (UHeights) is a historic community center that houses a variety of arts and education programs. Funds will be used to upgrade 112-year-old facility and community center. The project will expand early learning/childcare slots from 105 to 175, with 50 percent of new slots allocated to families who qualify for state subsidies. UHeights also houses 11 community organizations that serve the local community. Capital upgrades will help facilitate more than 215,000 annual visits, continue critical human services, and arts and culture programs.
$4,000,000 for the White Center Community Hub Construction, White Center Community Development Association
605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146
The White Center Community Development Association is dedicated to the revitalization of White Center. Funds will be used for new construction of a mixed-use facility that will provide a one-stop location for comprehensive family, youth, small business, and health services located on a shared campus with approximately 80 new affordable homes. The project will provide comprehensive services and support to a neighborhood that is home to one of the most ethnically and income-diverse neighborhoods in the state.