Social infrastructure in the redeveloped Yesler Terrace is vital to the health and success of the neighborhood. With its partner organizations, Seattle Housing seeks to further Social Equity and Economic Opportunities at Yesler Terrace by expanding resources most critical to the quality of life of residents.
Many new opportunities and resources have already become available to residents as a result of the Choice Neighborhood funding Seattle Housing has received. These opportunities and resources all fall within three main categories (education, economic opportunity, and health) and are ongoing and available to all Yesler residents.
Through a partnership with Seattle University and other education partners, there is now a pipeline of educational supports for family and students. These include:
- A Parent-Child Home Visit program operated by Neighborhood House which serves families with children 19 to 29 months old.
- A Youth Tutoring program operated by Catholic Community Services in the Yesler community center where 80 elementary to high students receive tutoring services annually.
- College preparation and academic services for middle school and high school students, provided by the College Success Foundation.
- Summer academic enrichment programs for students in all grades.
- Individual support to families and students who want help developing an education plan for their students based on goals established by parents and students.
To learn more about these opportunities and how to participate, contact SHA Education Engagement Specialist Saadia Hamid at 206-724-2078.
Seattle Housing’s Yesler Terrace Economic Opportunity staff assist residents in developing self-sufficiency plans, preparing for work, and getting placed into jobs. Over the last year, 21 Yesler Terrace residents have been placed into jobs with the assistance of these staff. On average, jobs accessed through this program pay an average hourly wage of $11.33. Employment partners in this program have included Harborview, Swedish Medical Centers, and Seattle University. In addition, through a partnership with Seattle Central Community College, an integrated ESL-Jobs Skills class is being taught in the Yesler neighborhood for residents who are interested in obtaining jobs in a medical field.
Yesler residents who are interested in receiving help preparing for work and obtaining a job should contact Seattle Housing’s Economic Opportunity Coordinator Ron Jenkins at 206-465-8186.
Seattle Housing’s major partners in the local health industry are Neighborcare Health and Harborview Medical Center. Seattle Housing is seeking to ensure that residents have access to quality, affordable health care.
Here are some opportunities and resources available to Yesler Terrace residents as of Fall 2013:
Bailey Gatzert Health Clinic: Thanks to support from the City of Seattle Family and Education Levy, Neighborcare Health opened a health clinic at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. This clinic provides services to students and adults and opened in September 2013.
Community Health Educators: Choice Neighborhoods funding has been provided to Neighborcare Health to hire two multilingual health educators who will work with Yesler residents to make sure they are connected to appropriate healthcare providers and to provide guidance in terms of how to pay for healthcare costs. The educators will begin this work in early 2014 which allows coordination with the launch of the Affordable Care Act.
Enrollment in Expanded Medicaid Program and Health Exchange: Under the Affordable Care Act, Washington State is greatly expanding the resources for healthcare for people earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level. This includes an expansion of the Medicaid program so that it will now serve people annually earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which equates to $15,856 for a single person or up to $32,499 for a family of four. Neighborcare Health has hired health navigators whose main job is to help people understand what they qualify for in terms of new resources and how to enroll. Enrollment in these programs began October 2013.
To learn more about these resources and how to access them, contact Neighborcare Health Executive Director Mark Secord at 206-548-3050.