InterIm CDA is a comprehensive community development corporation in the business of promoting, advocating, and revitalizing the Chinatown/International District and other Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Puget Sound area for the benefit of low-and moderate-income residents and community business owners.
WHO WE ARE
We are a nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. InterIm CDA provides multi-lingual, culturally competent housing-related and community building services to Asian, Pacific Islander, and immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle.
WHAT WE DOWe provide direct housing services and build and renovate affordable and mixed-use development housing projects. We help lead neighborhood planning initiatives, and promote community-building and leadership development activities. We also manage the Danny Woo International District Community Garden and several community parking lots in the neighborhood. Our programs include: • Affordable housing development. InterIm CDA owns five properties, totaling 252 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. • Housing stability and homelessness prevention. 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 (C/ID) 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. • The Danny Woo Community Garden and Children’s Garden. 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. • W.I.L.D., leadership development for youth and elders. 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 community-based youth and elder advocates to focus on environmental and social justice issues. • Advocacy that is responsive to our community’s needs 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.