As a site manager, Hassna serves 47 families across three
CHH buildings – the 412, the Byron Wetmore, and Joe Black Apartments. As she
tells it, there is no such thing as a typical day. Between overseeing
properties, addressing resident concerns, and supervising vendors, her main priorities
are accountability, community, and communication.
Key to her success is staying organized – coordinating care
for the building, including cleaning and maintenance, is something she’s doing constantly.
And while CHH has a 48-hour response policy, Hassna tries to respond to
voicemail and email as soon as possible.
Having started at CHH as a front-desk housing assistant,
Hassna wants residents of her buildings to know that she is working for them.
She’s happy to listen, to make service referrals, and sees herself in
partnership with residents. Ultimately, she hopes that folks feel a sense of
CHH Resident Services is proud to partner with Byrd Barr Place, one of Washington’s oldest community organizations. Byrd Barr Place provides “essential human services to Seattle residents who are struggling to make ends meet”. Their programs include healthy food, personal finance, housing and energy assistance focused especially on emergency situations.
Resident Services staff refer CHH residents to Byrd Barr’s
Home Delivery food program and frequently use their resource list to connect
residents to services. Staff have coordinated eight LIHEAP Outreach events to
sign CHH residents up for Byrd Barr’s Energy Assistance Program.
This great relationship yields smooth referrals, letting
Resident Services staff know that they are directing residents to a caring and
responsive agency. CHH is also partnering with Byrd Barr Place on our Rise
Together capital campaign to raise funding for equitable development projects
in the Central District, Capitol Hill, and White Center – including the
renovation of Byrd Barr Place’s historic home, Fire Station 23 (pictured
March 25 – The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) announced a joint venture to develop 158 apartments of affordable homes for working families in a location near Yesler, Little Saigon, and the Central District.
The majority of the residential units in the development will be two- to four-bedroom units in order to address the growing need for housing for medium- and large-sized families. Additionally, the development will include an 8,000 square-foot child care/early-learning center to be operated by the Denise Louie Education Center. It will also feature units that can be licensed for in-residence operation of childcare. Other amenities will include common areas for resident gathering and activities; exterior courtyards for the child care/early learning center and community gardens. One thousand square feet of the portion of the building facing Yesler Avenue will be dedicated to community-based commercial/retail services. Thirty-nine parking stalls will serve housing residents and childcare center staff. The project is expected to be completed in 2021, and is the first new construction developed by SCIDpda since 2004.
Three more days before our Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Liberty Bank Building!
Click here for our joint press release out (external link to Liberty Bank Building website) on the Ribbon Cutting Event for the newly-open building this Saturday March 23rd 11AM-2PM. See the press release for particulars on the village that helped make this building happen, and other exciting details.
Kristi Brown, Chef Goddess of That Brown Girl Cooks!, alongside her son and business partner Damon Bomar, will open their first restaurant at the newly minted Liberty Bank Building (LBB) in just a few short months. How are they feeling about that? Elated.
“This is not going to be your typical
restaurant. With so many expectations from such a huge spectrum of Seattle
communities, we’re finding our middle ground,” she explains. Chef Kristi spends
a lot of time thinking about what she wants people to experience from her
expansive history in cooking. In a community that used to be 75% African
American and is now 80% White, she plans to honor an ancestry of women who
cooked in the Central District while also carving out a space for herself.
“The Liberty Bank Building is a pilgrimage back
home,” she reflects. She’s not just speaking about herself coming back to the
Central District but of LBB residents, as well. Having been a long time CD
resident, Chef understands. She currently lives in affordable housing at Plaza Roberto
Maestas on the El Centro de La
Raza campus and recognizes the impact of living in intentionally equitable
communities here in Seattle.
Chef Kristi wants to use the significance of the
Liberty Bank Building, her skill as a chef, and her ties to the African
American community to “bring everyone to a table!” particularly in a time of
To perform these miracles, she knows that she
and her team have to be ready for this great responsibility. In order to put
her talk about community into action, Chef Kristi is collaborating with Trisha
Arcaro and has enrolled her entire company in boxing classes at Arcaro Boxing, a long standing tenant in
the Jefferson apartments, a Capitol Hill Housing building. Trisha suggested the
exercise as self-care, strengthening, and meditation for the upcoming task.
Chef Kristi knows she’ll need it – her entire focus is on manifesting this
long-awaited dream and building the next level of the That Brown Girl Cooks!
Due to inclement weather, Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) might change the Board meeting originally scheduled to be held in the Pike Pine Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98122 on Monday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
This meeting might occur telephonically, at the same time, in which case the conference line below may be used to participate in the meeting.
Housing (CHH) has changed the date of the Property Development Committee
meeting originally scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room at the
CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday,
February 5th from 5:30-6:30pm.
is now scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th from Noon-1pm in the