Two Kent community projects on list of federal funding applications

Two Kent projects are on a list submitted by Congressman Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, for community project funding by Congress in 2023.

Sea Mar, a nonprofit, wants to build a new medical clinic and affordable mixed-use housing at 622 Washington Ave. N. The $3 million request would support construction of the clinic, according to a May 18 press release from Smith’s office. Seattle-based Sea Mar operates community health centers in 10 Washington counties.

UTOPIA (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) Washington, had a $500,000 request submitted by Smith to expand addiction and mental health services at his Mapu Maia clinic. The association is located at 841 Central Ave. NOT.

Smith has submitted applications for 15 projects in his 9th District to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration in the fiscal year 2023 bill. That does not guarantee the projects will be funded.

According to the press release.

The medical clinic and mixed-use affordable housing facility will also allow Sea Mar to increase the number of patients the organization already serves with its local clinics, as well as provide a uniquely updated and integrated system of care. In the region.

Given its distance from other clinics providing services to uninsured and Medicaid patients, and its location in a severely affected area, Sea Mar expects to be able to serve 6,000 unduplicated medical patients, 3,960 dental patients and 675 patients. in behavioral health per year once fully operational.

The project would be built at the southeast corner of West James Street and Washington Avenue North on the site of the former Lucy Lopez Community Center. The center opened in 2006 in a converted house. The center was a nonprofit cultural and educational facility set up to serve a growing Hispanic population as well as other residents of the city through English classes, citizenship classes, and other services.

Sea Mar tried to help revive the Lopez Center in 2008, but the short-term deal didn’t work out. Center leaders then closed the facility due to a lack of funds.

Sea Mar officials did not respond to inquiries from The Kent Reporter about the proposed project or any other details about their plans. Sea Mar has a medical clinic at 233 Second Ave. S., in downtown Kent and affordable housing in Des Moines.

“I am committed to fighting for the people of Washington’s 9th District and today I am thrilled to announce the 15 applications for community project funding that I have submitted for consideration in the Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2023,” Smith said. “These organizations do important work in our community to empower the most vulnerable among us and make the 9th Arrondissement a better place for all residents to live.

“The funding will help address some of our region’s most pressing challenges, including housing, health care, child care, education and workforce development, small business development and public safety. Above all, the projects focus on investments in underserved communities, including low-income individuals and families, immigrants, refugees, Black, Indigenous and people of color, women and children and the elderly.

Funds for UTOPIA

UTOPIA (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) Washington, had a request for $500,000 submitted by Smith. The association is located at 841 Central Ave. N., Kent.

UTOPIA and its Mapu Maia Clinic serve as a free, culturally aligned and trusted healthcare resource for Pacific Islanders in the LGBTQI community, according to the press release. The Mapu Maia Clinic provides resources for addiction and mental health services, including prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support.

Mapu Maia Clinic has been serving the community since the onset of the pandemic and has met the health needs and services of community members through trusted partnerships and the voluntary efforts of health care providers and organizations. .

“Today I had the opportunity to see firsthand the hugely important work being done at the Mapu Maia Clinic to expand access to healthcare services in Kent, particularly for members of the LBGTQIA+ community,” Smith said of a May 25 clinic visit. “UTOPIA’s culturally relevant prevention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery support and transgender and gender-responsive health care services are making a real difference in addressing the lack of health care services available to many. many people in Washington’s Ninth District.

“UTOPIA is dedicated to serving members of the Pacific Islander community and the wider LGBTQIA+ community who face significant health disparities and cultural barriers to accessing quality health care. The funding I have requested will build on this crucial work and expand the scope of the clinic’s services.

The funding would help UTOPIA establish a fully functional walk-in clinic that operates weekly and after hours to meet the needs of community members with a range of addiction and mental health services, according to the Press release.

This will help UTOPIA meet the specific needs of the LGBTQI community, immigrants and communities of color who face cultural barriers and exacerbated health disparities. The funding will allow the Mapu Maia Clinic to expand the reach of its services to provide community and culturally appropriate health care services and programs.

“We are grateful to Congressman Adam Smith and his dedicated team for recognizing and building on the work UTOPIA Washington has done with our Mapu Maia Clinic,” said Taffy Johnson, executive director of UTOPIA WA, in a statement. Smith’s press. “With this support and ally, our clinic can and will help address the lack of awareness and education regarding transgender and gender-specific health care needs and provide health resources and services to members of our community. LGBTQIA+ in the broad sense.”

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