The former Keiro site represents one of the largest opportunities to materially impact Black communities in Seattle. Built in 1976, the Keiro facility served as a vital elder care facility for the Pan-Asian community, particularly for Japanese elders post-internment. Encountering financial difficulties, Keiro was pressured to sell the property. In 2020, Black community mobilized tremendous community support to halt the predatory development of the Keiro site—nearly a full block in the heart of the Central District.
Building on the legacy of the Liberty Bank Building, Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) is moving forward to purchase the Keiro building with plans to develop Black community-led and -centered affordable housing and wraparound and direct services. ACLT is currently facilitating a community planning process for equitable development that honors the Kiero site’s legacy as a cultural institution, pays homage to the long history of Black and Asian solidarity work in Seattle, and paves way for future cross-community building.
What’s more, Keiro’s existing structure allows for the immediate accommodations for over 250 folks experiencing homelessness. As the Black community is widely overrepresented in the population experiecing homelessness, this project represents a national opportunity to model a Black-led and centered direct social service hub to assist our community members in replanting roots and reconnecting/rebuilding community.
This historic, cross-community, anti-gentrification project has received huge support from City and State officials. We’re now in the home-stretch to make this national, scaleable Black-consortium service model a reality, and need only a few legislators' support to move this forward! Tap in here to help make this happen!
Help Build Black the Block
In 2020, Black community mobilized tremendous community support to halt the predatory development of the Keiro site—nearly a full block in the heart of the Central District. This historic, cross-community, anti-gentrification project has received huge support from City and State officials. We’re now in the home-stretch to make this national model a reality. Use your voice in support, below.
Keiro on Track to Empower and Bring Together Communities of Color
A property that once provided shelter for Japanese American war veterans is likely to become the site of subsidized housing that could be owned by Black community organizations. After a long journey through multiple phases and owners, the now-shuttered Keiro Rehabilitation and Care Center is currently on its way to be sold to Africatown Community Land Trust, a consortium that promotes the return of gentrified Black people to the Central District.
Project at Former Keiro Site to Honor Indigenous, Pan-Asian Communities
King County Equity Now announced on July 3 that Shelter Holdings agreed to halt its development of the former Keiro site—nearly a full block, situated squarely in the Central Area. After immense public pushback from the Black community for Shelter Holdings’ role in gentrification and the Central Area’s displacement, Shelter Holdings agreed to transfer the property to the Black community.