Rainier Vista is located in the heart of the Rainier Valley, one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country.
The redevelopment taking place in the neighborhood builds on that rich diversity and will eventually be home to roughly 850-875 households across all income levels. Its on-site community services, proximity to the area’s new light rail line, and location near the shops and services of Columbia City are helping make it one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Seattle.
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. An additional $14.4 million in stimulus dollars — from a total of over $45 million awarded to the agency in 2009 — will help fund Phase II and Phase III construction.
Together with other funding sources totaling more than $240 million, the money is being used to replace all of the original 481 worn-out public housing units built in the 1940s with mixed-income housing for renters and home owners.
Redevelopment aims to reconnect Rainier Vista to South Seattle, while bringing together its diverse group of residents. It calls for around 875 affordable and market-rate housing units.
Nearly 500 units of low-income housing are being replaced at Rainier Vista, both on-site and off-site, by Seattle Housing Authority and its partners.
Residents of Rainier Vista and the surrounding neighborhood benefit from educational and social services, specialized housing programs, a new Boys & Girls Club, and public art installations.
Renters at all income levels have opportunities to live at Rainier Vista. For-sale homes can be purchased from private builders.
See the transformation at Rainier Vista, from its original construction in the 1940s through its redevelopment.