The Africatown Plaza project symbolizes the collective mobilization of the Black community saying “No” to the development of a whole block of extreme cultural importance in the Central District, Seattle's historically Black neighborhood. Africatown Community Land Trust owns twenty percent of the block on 23rd and Union and has secured over $16 million in funding for the development of a culturally fluid affordable housing complex aimed for Black residents that have long called the Central District home. While this project has been recognized nationally and internationally for its importance, it received far too little City and state support.
Now, after tremendous community pressure and mobilization for this historic project, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) now plans to help make the Africatown Plaza project viable after lying dormant all of these years! Read more about what it took to achieve this monumental win here.