Seattle's Yesler Terrace Redevelopment: Addressing the Impact of Multi-Sector Strategies on Redevelopment Plans and Community Health

The research team is conducting a mixed method study to evaluate the impact of the Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Project on resident and community health and well-being. Yesler Terrace is a publicly subsidized housing community of low-income, ethnically diverse residents owned and operated by Seattle Housing Authority. Resulting evidence may provide guidance on strategies for redeveloping communities while retaining cultural and community vibrancy and minimizing displacement of residents. 

Photo courtesy of the Seattle Housing Authority.

Results

Initial findings from the research project show increases in resident perception of safety and reductions in their perception of problems with drugs/alcohol, gangs/violent activity or domestic violence at YT. Resident responses also indicate improvements in social cohesion at Yessler Terrace.

Outcomes

Health: General health status; depression; physical activity; preventable hospitalization or emergency department visits; use of preventive health services which will be collected through Medicaid claims and resident health survey data and 911 calls.

Other: Social cohesion, adult education attainment, child educational proficiency, child educational attainment, employment, self-perceived safety, crime statistics.

Methodology

Mixed-methods approach that includes general descriptive measures analysis, quasi-experimental (propensity score matching) longitudinal data analysis, and repeated cross-sectional data analysis to examine individual- and community-level, intermediate health outcomes. Qualitative data collection and analysis using Yesler Terrace resident focus groups to provide contextual information about their experience of the redevelopment strategies.


Yesler Terrace Redevelopment - overhead picture of courtyard
Grantee and Partner organizations
Grant status
Completed
Principal investigators
Stephanie Farquhar, PhD, MA
Roxana Chen, PhD, MPH
Maria Ursua, MURP, MPA
Start date
Award amount
$451,000
Duration
30 months