Partnering for collaboration and shared vision

As a backbone organization, Crescent Collaborative achieves its goals by working across organizations and sectors to amplify the voice and vision of a wide range of organizational partners. Our partners include institutions within our neighborhoods such as hospitals, Seattle University and Seattle Housing Authority, as well as long-standing and emerging nonprofits in the fields of housing, community development and healthcare.

Our partners contribute their concerns and visions for their neighborhoods along with their time and energy. In turn, Crescent Collaborative strives to be both an inclusive and influential voice in shaping policy and fostering systemic change. Our collaborative work is generously supported by local and national funders.

Africatown Community Land Trust

The mission of the Africatown Community Land Trust is to honor, preserve, promote and develop the legacy and presence of Black Americans and newly arrived Africans in Seattle’s Central District as a vibrant community and unique urban experience.

Africatown Community Land Trust was formed to acquire, steward and develop land assets that are necessary for the Black/African diaspora community to grow and thrive in place in the Central District, as well as to support other individuals and organizations in retention and development of land.

Black Community Impact Alliance

The Black Community Impact Alliance (BCIA) is a group of cooperating organizations serving the Black Community in Western Washington. The organization aims to insure that taxpayer-funded initiatives and organizations that receive government money to work in the Black community are actually doing work to better the lives of Black children and families, particularly those with low income and the working poor. BCIA’s scope includes all elements impacting the well-being of the Black Community, including heath, education, jobs, housing, technology, safety, art, criminal justice, economic development, and the environment.

Byrd Barr Place

Byrd Barr Place is a community action agency supporting the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle’s Central District with a variety of services for those in poverty. Formerly known as Centerstone, the agency’s name now honors Roberta Byrd Barr, a legendary Seattle civil rights leader, educator and journalist. Over the course of its history, Byrd Barr Place has been instrumental in combating poverty throughout Seattle, supporting basic needs and providing education and assistance to the community and beyond. Services such as energy assistance, housing support, food distribution, and financial education are provided for more than 15,000 individuals each year.

Community Roots Housing

Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. At Community Roots Housing, this truth drives our work. By embracing community-led development and engaging in deep-rooted partnerships, we’re fostering vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to safe, affordable, and welcoming homes. Today, with nearly 50 apartment buildings and over 2,000 residents, we continue our commitment to build community with and for people. Community Roots Housing continues to expand its community development work including the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and a growing resident services program.

Catholic Community Services

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services are official human service outreach arms of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. The organization is committed to serving those individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism, and to actively joining with others to work for justice. CCS/CHS serves people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, race or economic status.

Central Area Collaborative

Central Area Collaborative is a community organization working towards fostering the economic development and cultural preservation of Seattle’s Central Area Community. Central Area Collaborative’s vision is to transform the Central Area into a thriving economic and culturally vibrant community.


Craft3 is a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.

Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise Community Partners is a nationwide organization that provides financing and expertise for affordable housing and sustainable communities. Its Pacific Northwest office in Seattle focuses on building capacity among nonprofit housing providers and supporting sustainable and transit-oriented development in lower-income communities.

First Hill Improvement Association

The First Hill Improvement Association is working to make First Hill a great neighborhood for all. The organization’s work includes: advocacy on key issues affecting the neighborhood; providing a forum for discussion; programming community events; tracking and communicating important changes and their impact to the community; and connecting residents, visitors, and employees to create the best and most livable neighborhood possible.

Friends of Little Saigon

Friends of Little Sài Gòn (FLS) envisions Little Saigon as the hub of the Vietnamese American community where all families and businesses are thriving. FLS’s mission is to preserve and enhance Little Saigon’s historic, cultural, and economic vitality. They do this through advocacy, economic development, and cultural programming. FLS also operates the Little Saigon Creative, a community gathering space dedicated to Vietnamese culture and experiences and providing community-centered services.


A leader in growth management and careful urban planning, Futurewise examines issues of equity, growth, urban design and inclusive public process. Futurewise provides Crescent Collaborative with technical expertise in urban planning and design, demographic analysis and GIS mapping.


Seattle Goodwill is a nonprofit organization founded in 1923. Goodwill operations include ten job training centers, 24 retail stores and 38 donation sites in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties. Goodwill is working with Crescent Collaborative to expand employment and career opportunities to low-income residents through programs including their Youth Green Corps Program, Youth Year-Round Program and Youth Aerospace Program.

Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center is exploring ways to support economic opportunities for Yesler neighborhood residents as well as initiatives to increase their health and well-being.

International Living Future Institute

International Living Future Institute has pioneered work in community sustainability through their “Living Building” and “Living Community” Challenges. 


Founded as a national nonprofit in 1969, NDC has worked for almost 50 years fulfilling its mission to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.

Neighborcare Health

Neighborcare Health is the largest provider of primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services in Seattle for low-income and uninsured families and individuals, seniors on fixed incomes, immigrants, and the homeless. Each year NCH cares for almost 50,000 patients at 24 non-profit medical, dental and school-based clinics. NCH has a school-based clinic at Bailey-Gatzert Elementary school.

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) is a community clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital located in the Central Area at 21st & Yesler.  Children from birth through 21 receive care from a team of specially-trained pediatric care providers. OBCC provides medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. OBCC also has a school-based clinic at Garfield High School.

Public Health Seattle & King County

Public Health Seattle & King County is working with community partners to provide guidance and technical assistance on improving healthful living conditions and building healthy communities.

Seattle Colleges

Seattle Colleges offer workforce education and training, professional-technical programs, bachelor’s degrees in career areas and transfer degree programs to nearly 50,000 students each year.

Seattle Chinatown International District PDA

SCIDpda is a key provider of housing and community services in their neighborhood. They are partnering with Crescent Collaborative to expand connections among the Collaborative’s neighborhoods and address housing, small business, and environmental issues.

Seattle Housing Authority

Seattle Housing Authority is engaged in a comprehensive redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace community. Located on 30 acres adjacent to Downtown, the Yesler Terrace redevelopment provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an equitable and sustainable urban neighborhood with mixed-income housing, parks, green space, community centers, offices, retail and great transportation options. The redevelopment is being guided by four key values, established in cooperation with community residents. They are social equity, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship/sustainability and one-for-one replacement of low-income housing.  Yesler Terrace redevelopment is funded by public-private partnerships which include grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds from the City of Seattle, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and by the Seattle Housing Authority. To learn more visit Seattle Housing Authority‘s website.

Seattle Jobs Initiative

Seattle Jobs Initiative offers low-income individuals training that leads to college credentials in growing local industry sectors. The organization creatively aligns support services – intensive college navigation, housing, childcare and transportation – to provide participants the best opportunity to complete their career pathways and to secure and retain well-paying jobs. The objective is to help individuals who live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to acquire the skills they need to advance out of poverty, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local employers for a skilled workforce.

Seattle University

Seattle University, an anchor institution in our area, demonstrates its commitment to a just and humane world by supporting Crescent Collaborative’s vision for equitable community development in the neighborhoods surrounding the university. Its Center for Community Engagement works closely with Crescent Collaborative partners to connect the community with students, faculty and campus programs. Thus, much-needed knowledge and energy is dedicated to serving community needs. The Seattle University Youth Initiative supports improvements in education for children and youth living at Yesler Terrace.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports local small business development.

Swedish Medical Center

Swedish is a major employer and service provider in the Crescent Collaborative neighborhoods, with two of its five hospital campuses located here. Swedish provides specialty medical care to patients referred from community clinics in the area.

Weber Shandwick

The Seattle office of Weber Shandwick, a leading global communications and engagement firm, chose Yesler Community Collaborative as its Impact Project Partner for 2016. Weber Shandwick  donated $100,000 in staff time and resources to Crescent Collaborative’s predecessor, Yesler Community Collaborative (YCC) under the theme of closing the opportunity gap. This resulted in the creation of our “City for the Many” video. Weber Shandwick continues to provide occasional in-kind support for our efforts.

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit workforce grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

YMCA, Meredith Mathews Branch

The Central District branch of the YMCA is developing a program of community health workers to work with low-income and under-served residents of the Central Area and beyond. Their goal with this program is to raise awareness and encourage life-style changes to improve chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

For more information about these generous partners, please visit their websites: