Communities of Opportunity
Creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place.
What it means to create health and well-being for all people.
Communities of Opportunity is a growing movement of partners who believe every community can be a healthy, thriving community—and that equity and racial justice are both necessary and achievable.
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These investments support geographic and cultural communities that contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents. COO is providing support to six efforts that tap into the collaborative power of residents to improve health and well-being. Partnerships include the urban Native community, LatinX community of Vashon Island, transgender and gender nonconforming communities, and in the communities of Kent, Seattle's Central District, and rural Snoqualmie Valley.
Systems and policy change grants
These investments will support organizations working to strengthen community connections, economic opportunity, health outcomes and housing for low-income and communities of color in King County. Seventeen organizations will receive funding for specific policy and systems projects, and ten organizations will receive support to build community capacity and engage groups traditionally left out of policy and systems change.
All In For Washington | Amount awarded: $215,000
All in For Washington, in partnership with Coalition of Immigrants and Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC), will engage communities of color through in-language education to develop comprehensive tax policy options that bring multiple perspectives to the table.
Casa Latina | Amount awarded: $112,958
Casa Latina aims to develop, advocate for and ensure effective implementation of a Bill of Rights that better protects domestic workers and removes loopholes in employment laws that often exclude domestic workers.
Chief Seattle Club | Amount awarded: $114,507
Chief Seattle Club will strengthen and coordinate a coalition of organizations to address urban Native homelessness. The Coalition will ensure the voices and perspectives of American Indian/Alaskan Native communities are central to homelessness prevention efforts and policies.
Church Council of Greater Seattle | Amount awarded: $90,000
The Church Council will be working to further mobilize grassroots, faith-based leaders to influence local affordable housing policy in South King County. Multi-faith Leadership Circles will come together to promote local priorities.
EmPower | Amount awarded: $40,000
EmPower will sustain a coalition in South King County to protect immigrant rights and offer legal support when needed, including exploring the role of Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representatives.
Federal Way Youth Action Team | Amount awarded: $72,400
Federal Way Youth Action Team will expand its work to engage youth of color in policy making. Building youth leadership and youth voice includes engaging city leaders to discuss vital issues with young people, including violence prevention approaches.
FEEST | Amount awarded: $115,000
FEEST is dedicated to developing youth leadership for health and food justice. Youth leaders will extend their impact in South King County schools by working on policies to increase access and affordability of healthy and culturally-relevant foods.
Got Green | Amount awarded: $65,000
Got Green will work to address disparities that often keep well-qualified people of color out of "green economy" internships and careers. This includes investing in fellowship programs to develop young leaders in the environmental justice movement and to advocate for measures to diversify the workforce in the environmental sector.
Open Doors of Multicultural Families | Amount awarded: $115,000
Open Doors for Multicultural Families will increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families--many from diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds--to engage in policy and advocacy. Identified focus areas include education, access to recreational opportunities, stable and affordable housing and reliable para-transit.
Puget Sound Sage | Amount awarded: $215,000
Puget Sound Sage and Transportation Choices Coalition aim to ensure communities of color, immigrants and refugees share in and prosper from the benefits of transit, specifically Sound Transit 3. This includes representation of marginalized communities in decisions such as station location and accessibility, equitable development and affordable housing along transit lines.
Seattle Indian Health Board | Amount awarded: $115,000
Seattle Indian Health Board aims to bring about concrete improvements in health care access and quality for Native people. SIHB will provide necessary data, policy analysis and input on proposed state legislation to reduce health disparities and ensure implementation of existing treaties.
Somali Health Board | Amount awarded: $215,000
Nine racial/ethnic health boards will come together to establish the Community Health Board Coalition (CHBC) to strengthen social cohesion across groups by creating a joint policy agenda and ultimately positioning the CHBC as a powerful voice for health.
Statewide Poverty Action Network | Amount awarded: $115,000
Statewide Poverty Action Network will work with affected populations to document and explore alternatives to debt collection practices that can have harmful effects on people, particularly those with criminal histories or who have been frequent targets of predatory lending.
Tenants Union of Washington State | Amount awarded: $90,000
The Tenants Union will host community meetings to educate low-income renters about ways to address barriers to housing and work together to increase their leadership skills, including through the power of narratives.
Washington Bus Education Fund | Amount awarded: $65,000
The Washington Bus Education Fund aims to engage young people in generating creative policy solutions and increasing voting rates. Keys issues for young people include access to post-secondary education and voting access.
Washington Dream Coalition | Amount awarded: $115,000
Washington Dream Coalition will collaborate with youth, college students and educators to address key barriers to the success of undocumented youth working and studying in our region. This includes developing a Task Force aimed at building systemic support for students.
Yesler Community Collaborative | Amount awarded: $165,000
This collaborative of five organizations and connected partners will advance multiple anti-displacement strategies. This includes development of policy issue briefs and pilot projects to increased affordable housing, support small businesses and increase authentic community engagement and leadership.
API Chaya | Amount awarded: $184,720
A collaborative project to increase the influence of two-spirit, gender diverse, queer, and transgender people of color to lead grassroots movements and demands for change by becoming meaningfully involved in the political process. Participants will work to address issues that are specific to these communities on a local and regional level and in the neighborhoods where they live and work.
Civil Survival | Amount awarded: $40,000
Civil Survival provides civic education and mobilizes formerly incarcerated individuals and their network of family and friends to advocate for greater participation and advocacy that results in better quality of life and outcomes, including in housing and employment.
Communities in Action | Amount awarded: $37,000
This project will strengthen cross-sector collaborations between neighborhood organizations and the school district to promote healthy youth development in Southeast and Central Seattle and more effectively address mental health and violence issues in the community that hamper the futures of students.
Community Justice Project | Amount awarded: $40,000
This effort aims to transform the criminal legal system and promote policies that support the people and communities of color most impacted by violence, including increased rehabilitation rather than incarceration. It seeks to amplify the voices of crime survivors whose experiences have reinforced that punitive measures often worsen the conditions that lead to crime in the first place.
Friends of Little Saigon | Amount awarded: $40,000
This organization will engage small family businesses to mitigate changes in the neighborhood and to strengthen Little Saigon in Seattle's International District as a cultural hub for the larger Vietnamese population.
Ingersoll Gender Center | Amount awarded: $40,000
This project will create a gender affirming health care policy agenda after engaging stakeholders in discussions and surveys on challenges that transgender community members have in accessing gender affirming care and that medical providers have in connecting them to it.
Para Los Niños de Highline | Amount awarded: $40,000
This group will work to develop the skills of low income Latino residents in South King County to become emerging leaders who are advocating for the needs of the community. They will conduct a survey of existing leaders and convening on community priorities to help develop a change campaign in 2019.
Somali Family Safety Task Force | Amount awarded: $39,875
This project would increase advocacy capacity among Somali parents through practical skill building. The Task Force will advocate for policy changes to make public schools more accessible to and effective for Somali families and to use those newly developed skills to address other community needs.
South King County Discipline Coalition | Amount awarded: $40,000
This coalition harnesses the voice of parents and young people to build community power and advance policy goals and strategies that end the use of discipline practices that disproportionately affect students of color in public schools.
Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission | Amount awarded: $40,000
The WICRC will build relationships with public officials and develop leadership within the Native community through a series of advocacy and listening events with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families.
About Communities of Opportunity
Communities of Opportunity (COO) is investing in community-driven solutions and strategies that affect long-term systems and policy change. The initiative is made up of and governed by a collaborative partnership of leaders from our community, government, and philanthropy who are directing resources to priority communities where the greatest gains in health and well-being will lead change throughout the county.
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