Yesler Family Housing was the working project title for this project before it was officially named 13th & Fir. (Previous mentions and occurrences of “Yesler Family Housing” in the press can be understood as referring to what is now known as 13th & Fir Family Housing.)

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and Community Roots Housing (CRH) announced a joint venture to develop 156 apartments of affordable homes for working families in and around the communities of Yesler Terrace, Little Saigon, and the Central District. This is the first known formal collaboration across two Community Development Corporations in U.S. history, an early milestone worth celebrating for a project estimated to be completed in 2021.

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November 2019 Newsletter

Fighting Neighborhood Displacement

  • Replacement housing available for returning and current Yesler residents, as well as those in the area with affordable housing needs

1215 East Fir Street       

Central Area (Little Saigon, Yesler, Central District)




< 30% Area Median Income (AMI) 92
< 60% AMI 64
Total 156

Other Amenities

  • Community-based commercial and retail services on the ground floor
  • 39 parking stalls to support housing residents and childcare center staff
  • Building managed by an organization with 40+ years providing culturally competent services to immigrant and refugee populations (SCIDpda)
  • Transit-rich neighborhood

Family-friendly Design

  • Child care and early learning center by Denise Louie Education Center
  • Special residential units designated for in-home operation of childcare
  • Courtyards for child care, community gardening, and resident gatherings

Leading in Partnership
Seattle Chinatown International District PDA (51%) – Primary Owner, Community Engagement & Property Manager
Community Roots Housing (49%) – Developer
Seattle Housing Authority – Land Owner & Funder
City of Seattle Office of Housing – Project Funder
Mithun – Architect

Seattle Office of Housing income qualifications are available here.

Contact with questions via email: Jamie Lee at  (note:  any information collected may be made public.)

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