The Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) is forging the path for community-led affordable housing.
We're urging Seattle City Council members to approve at least $4 million in the city's supplemental budget to fund our East African Community and Affordable Housing Center in Southeast Seattle.
Seattle is facing a growing housing crisis that is particularly acute for refugee and immigrant families -- many have become homeless. Young families are being pushed out of Southeast Seattle neighborhoods, losing ties to local schools and community supports. Our elders want to live independently, but to do so they need to be close to linguistically and culturally accessible services.
That's why our project -- a new, expanded community center with three floors of affordable housing above it -- is so critically needed.
Once our project is funded, we can move ahead and create a community center and affordable housing that will serve generations to come!