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Mercy Housing Northwest, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the City of Seattle are excited to announce the opening of Gardner House and Allen Family Center. Working together, service partners will offer a one-stop service hub for King County families, particularly those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Take a virtual tour, meet the Allen Family Center service providers and Gardner House residents in the videos below.
For more information about receiving services at the Allen Family Center please click here.
Gardner House Virtual Tour
In partnership with Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the City of Seattle, Mercy Housing Northwest, service providers Mary’s Place, BrightSpark (formerly Child Care Resources), Mercy Housing Northwest, Chief Seattle Club, and Navos) have combined their resources and expertise at Allen Family Center, located in the ground floor of Gardner House, across from Mount Baker link light rail station in Southeast Seattle.
Allen Family Center honors all families, responds to a crisis when it arises, and creates long-term stability by building a thriving, inclusive community. A collaborative approach simplifies the intake process, and services are individualized based on each family’s needs and goals.
We co-designed Allen Family Center’s programming with families who experienced homelessness and listened as they passionately advocated for how to make Allen Family Center an inviting community resource. The Center’s partners will seek continual guidance from an advisory board, which includes members with lived experiences to refine our programming.
At Allen Family Center, families will find a welcoming, one-stop hub of services in an environment designed for children:
• Diversion, housing placement, and homelessness prevention
• Help in securing affordable and culturally appropriate childcare
• Afterschool programs, health education, and financial stability
• Immigrant/refugee family-centered services, such as job navigation, housing, and mental health services
• Community events and social gatherings
• A safe space to build healthy, positive relationships in the community
Mercy Housing Northwest is the largest provider of affordable family housing in Seattle, and a regional office of Mercy Housing Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developer.
Mary’s Place is a leading provider of shelter and services to support women, children and families experiencing homelessness in King County.
Brightspark Early Learning Services is a statewide connector of more than 20,000 families each year to quality child care services and school readiness programs.
In the face of crisis-level homelessness, the late Paul Allen made a $30 million donation for a permanent housing and community resource solution in Southeast Seattle. Creating an unprecedented public-private partnership that aligns philanthropy, local government, nonprofit partners and families with lived experiences, Mr. Allen’s incredible gift will enhance the City of Seattle’s efforts during the state of emergency.
Meet the Gardner House Mural Artist, Kenji
A Special Greeting from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Meet Derk and Jamari
Meet the Partners
Watch the Block Party
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