It takes more than new housing to create a livable neighborhood. Throughout the NewHolly redevelopment, careful attention has been given to initiatives and activities that promote positive interaction among neighbors.
The NewHolly Neighborhood Campus (7054 - 32nd Ave S) is a key part of the strategy. A group of non-profit partners are working together at the campus to provide essential community services. These include a learning center, a Seattle Public Library branch, classrooms for South Seattle Community College, Head Start, a pre-school, youth tutoring, and employment programs, among many others.
Campus services support a healthy, self-sufficient community and decrease the isolation and stigma that has traditionally plagued public housing developments. It provides a gathering place for a diverse group of people.
Seattle Public Library branch
The Seattle Public Library's NewHolly Branch offers a wide variety of books, videos, newspapers, and magazines in different languages. It also provides materials on English as a Second Language, jobs, education, and how to attain citizenship.
The library has a variety of programs for children and teens throughout the year. Toddler and preschool story times are held on a regular basis, and computer classes are offered in the lab throughout the year. It also features 4,000 square feet of program space with expanded areas for seating and collections, technology services and equipment, and a special youth focus area.
Catholic Community Services' Youth Tutoring Program offers evening tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students living in NewHolly. The Neighborhood Campus provides a safe and welcoming environment where youth can receive help with their homework, build basic academic skills, use computers, and play educational games.
South Seattle Community College owns and operates the second floor space in the Education Building at the Campus, above the library. This represents a significant investment for the community college, ensuring the long-term presence of the college as one of the campus anchors.
Seattle Public Schools is working in partnership with the NewHolly Library to provide access to technology. Both children and adults can use a computer lab connected to the NewHolly Library.
Child care and development
Neighborhood House has offices on the Campus and offers Head Start and Early Head Start services. These include culturally appropriate comprehensive preschool education for children, child development services, parenting resources, and services for children with special needs. Programs serve infants, families, and children up to five years old.
Megumi Pre-School provides child care with an emphasis on Japanese language and cultural activities.
The Career Development Center provides employment referral services that are designed to help NewHolly residents become self-sufficient by earning a living wage. The residents develop a Life Plan that is used as a living document to develop the necessary skills and supports to successfully compete in today's job market.
Services include daily access to resources, career assessment, resume and job application assistance, interviewing skills training, pre-employment skills development, job listings, online job searches, follow up, career advancement assistance, education, and ongoing support after hire.
Youth and family services
Atlantic Street Center operates a Youth and Family Center on the campus. Youth and teen programs include life and social skills groups, Tae Kwon Do, arts, sports, drop-in recreation, and trips.
Other programs include citizenship classes, parenting workshops, money management workshops, health and nutrition classes, cooking classes, family activities, consultation, and referrals. The Family Center is a place where young and old can drop in, meet friends, play games, and learn about community events.
At NewHolly, the Cultivating Communities program under the Friends of P-Patch provides residents the opportunity to grow food for themselves and earn income from selling it. The Friends of P-Patch supports community gardening in partnership with the City of Seattle P-Patch Program.
The Powerful Schools after-school program offers classes at four elementary schools—John Muir, Hawthorne, Whitworth, and Orca—and the Youth Center at NewHolly. There are computer classes for adults and children, Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, bilingual drama, cooking classes, ESL classes for adults, and more.
Gathering Hall Brochure (PDF, 440 KB). The Gathering Hall is a large reception hall that can be divided into two smaller rooms. It serves as a functional, beautiful space for meetings, receptions, weddings, and parties.
The Harry Thomas Community Center at Lee House
Lee House Brochure (PDF, 347 KB). The Harry Thomas Community Center at Lee House is available for public and private rentals.