Seattle’s Yesler Terrace Redevelopment: Assessing the Impact of Multisector Strategies on Redevelopment Plans and Community Health

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There is growing evidence supporting comprehensive community development efforts that focus on multiple determinants of well-being. Yet evaluation has been limited by a lack of longitudinal studies, difficulty tracking displaced residents, and limited data on diverse cultural communities. The Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Project analyzes longitudinal and repeated cross-sectional data to evaluate the impact of redevelopment on a low-income, ethnically diverse cohort of residents in Yesler Terrace. Yesler Terrace is a 30-acre publicly subsidized housing community in downtown Seattle, Washington, owned and operated by the Seattle Housing Authority. To evaluate the redevelopment strategies and related programs on resident well-being, we are examining multiple sources of data, linking housing and healthcare data, and collecting contextual data about residents’ experiences. Here we describe the participating agencies and residents, study objectives and methods, and preliminary results. Early study results include shifts in resident demographics, health outcomes, and community social cohesion and perception of safety measures.

Journal: Housing Quality Debate.

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