Our Programs Include
InterIm CDA owns five properties, totaling 296 units. The properties range from mixed-use developments, to historic renovations, to new construction family affordable housing. Each year about 730 individuals have permanent stable housing in our properties.
Our housing services program helps reduce homelessness by providing stabilization services to immigrant, refugee, and limited English proficient (LEP) people in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) and greater Puget Sound region. Multilingual staff members help clients address cultural barriers to keeping their housing in times of crisis. About 1,500 individuals each year have stable housing because of our direct housing services and the case management support we provide.
Each year about 70 elderly gardeners (mostly Asian immigrants), have a safe place to exercise, socialize and grow nutritious, culturally-appropriate foods. Additionally, through the Children’s Garden, every summer about 40-50 young children and youth gain an experiential education that teaches them about environmental stewardship. InterIm CDA’s Danny Woo Community Garden.
Leadership development is important not only in fostering young leaders, but also in nurturing intergenerational connections. The Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) program provides leadership development opportunities that build a strong foundation for youth from immigrant and refugee families to focus on environmental and social justice issues that impact the CID.
We are advocates for our community and neighborhood through policy development and neighborhood planning. We work on planning efforts and projects to ensure that neighborhood growth and development is balanced with the needs of the API and other immigrant/refugee communities. Our Healthy Communities Program has defined the unique challenges to mental and physical well-being we face in the CID and identifies strategies and actions that will bring our community closer to its vision of a healthier, safer, and more livable CID.
Since 1969, we have worked on projects to improve our community’s food systems, social and economic services, public art, parks, and streetscape projects. We also work within the API community to register voters, provide interpretation for election-related events and activities, and ensure all of our voices are heard.