High Point, Seattle Housing Authority's largest family community, entered the initial stages of redevelopment in 2004.
Years of thoughtful planning and building came to fruition as residents moved back into their new homes, and the dream of reconnecting the High Point neighborhood with the rest of West Seattle became a reality.
Initial funding for the project came from a $35 million HOPE VI grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1999.
Together with other funding sources totaling more than $550 million, the money was used to replace all of the original 716 worn-out public housing units built in the 1940s with mixed-income housing for renters and home owners.
Those who have seen High Point take shape agree that its success is the result of the close cooperation between planners, residents and other community stakeholders. The result is a spectacular new neighborhood.
Redevelopment has three major components: quality design, a healthy environment and an engaged community. It calls for nearly 1,700 affordable and market-rate housing units across 120 acres.
The original 716 worn-out units of low-income housing have been replaced with 425 units on-site and additional units off-site by Seattle Housing Authority and its partners.
High Point has a number of services that benefit residents and the surrounding neighborhood, including a library branch, medical and dental clinic, and Community Center.
The redeveloped community has been created using low-impact, sustainable design that benefits the environment while promoting healthy living.
New construction at High Point includes 60 Breathe Easy Homes, which are built to help decrease the risk factors that cause asthma among low-income children.
Renters at all income levels have opportunities to live at High Point. For-sale homes can be purchased from private builders.
High Point has received numerous awards from around the world, recognizing its innovations in master planning, green building, landscaping and more.
See High Point through the years, from its original construction in the 1940s through its redevelopment.