Unity Village Grand Opening Celebration

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King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses the crowd at the grand opening of Unity Village of White Center

About 100 people braved a cold, rainy November afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Unity Village of White Center. The completion of this affordable housing complex in the heart of the White Center community provides a safe and affordable home for 30 families of limited means.  Seeking to transform a troubled neighborhood corner, the White Center Community Development Association invited Capitol Hill Housing into White Center to be the lead developer for the project. This innovative partnership between Capitol Hill Housing, the White Center CDA, and the Delridge Neighborhoods Association represents a model for collaboration and the development of affordable housing in a community context.

The grand opening celebration at Unity Village featured a tour of the project, local food and music, and remarks from King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Member Joe McDermott, and Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, along with other officials from the State of Washington, King County, White Center, Seattle, and Burien. King County Executive Constantine applauded the combined efforts that went into the project while highlighting how Unity Village fills a vital need for affordable housing and makes an investment in the future through environmentally-focused development.

Leaders from the three organizations that spearheaded the Unity Village project took center stage and remarked on the significance of its grand opening. Highlighting the spirit of the Unity Village project and echoing Capitol Hill Housing’s mission, Christopher Persons stated that, “everybody deserves beautiful, decent housing that’s affordable and that’s what this project is about.” Jasmine Brown, the site manager at Unity Village, and Jamesina Jamison, a resident of Unity Village, both spoke about the importance of home as a concept and a concrete experience and how they found a home in their new Unity Village apartments. The Lead Developer behind the Unity Village project, Kate Gill de la Garza, concluded the afternoon’s programming by reflecting on the project from start to finish and thanking the many individuals and organizations involved in its completion.

Congratulations to the 30 families who have found a new home at Unity Village, and thank you to all of the partners, funders, and supporters who made Unity Village of White Center into a reality.

Further coverage of the Unity Village of White Center grand opening can be found here:

http://www.westseattleherald.com/2011/11/16/news/slideshow-unity-village-white-center-celebrates-g

http://whitecenternow.com/2011/11/17/unity-village-celebration-now-home-to-30-families/

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