Choice Neighborhood Grant

Yesler Terrace Housing Development is home to approximately 541 families and is owned and managed by Seattle Housing Authority (SHA).  Yesler Terrace is the last remaining multi-unit, low-income property to be redeveloped in SHA’s portfolio.   In 2011, SHA was awarded funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Choice Neighborhood grant opportunity.  The Choice Neighborhood funding is intended to further the mission of the housing authorities who received the grant funds.  SHA’s mission centers on helping its residents become self-sufficient through the provision of safe and stable housing.  Different than past Hope VI funding, Choice Neighborhood funds go beyond funding brick and mortar only, they also fund services aimed to improve community safety, health, and education outcomes for residents.  SHA has secured partners to lead the health and education provisions of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative.  Learn more about the Choice Neighborhood grant on the Seattle Housing Authority website.

Seattle University’s Role

Seattle University is the lead education partner and works with Seattle Housing Authority, Neighborhood House and College Success Foundation in collaboration with Catholic Community Services, the YMCA, and Seattle Public Schools to provide supports and services for student-residents to improve their academic achievements.  Education services are available for children 2 years-old to 18 years-old and are provided in their homes, schools and community locations.


This span of programming covers most ages and stages from birth to high school graduation.  However, there are students who remain un-served or under-served.  There is a need to identify programs and services that are not provided by the existing Choice Neighborhood education partners that will meet the academic, mental and physical health services of the children and families living in Yesler Terrace. 


Early Learning

Early learning services including the Parent Child Home Program, Early Head Start, and half-day Head Start are provided by Neighborhood House.

Elementary School

Elementary tutoring and remediation services are provided at Bailey Gatzert Elementary through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools and Seattle University.  Additional services are provided to non-Gatzert students by Catholic Community Services-Youth Tutoring Program (YTP). 

Middle School

Middle school students receive support at Washington Middle School from SU Americorp student and College Success Foundation- HERO Program.  Middle school students who do not attend Washington can also access services provided by YTP.

High School

High School students are primarily supported at Garfield High School by College Success Foundation-HERO and Achievers programs.  Other providers in the Garfield building also provide tutoring and college-preparatory services to Yesler high school students.  High school students not attending Garfield can also access services provided by YTP. 

Education Planning

Education planning services are available for 50 students through SHA’s Education Engagement Specialist.

Summer Learning

The prevention of summer learning loss is addressed through the Choice Neighborhood education collaborative.  Academic summer programming is provided for students from rising kindergarten to twelfth grade.  Summer programming is provided by the previously stated partners.