About Us

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We are a growing movement of partners who believe every community can be a healthy, thriving community - and that equity and racial justice are both necessary and achievable.

Being housed, healthy, employed, and connected to one's community are basic human needs. Yet from neighborhood to neighborhood, access to these essentials vary widely. Race, income, and zip code are major predictors of how healthy we are and even how long we live. 

Low-income communities and communities of color regularly experience institutional racism in the form of decisions being made for them, and of having their voices, priorities, and strengths disregarded. Communities of Opportunity believes the most meaningful, just, and sustainable solutions are generated in partnership with communities -- who know what they need to be healthy and thrive. 

We are dedicated to overturning these disparities and creating a vibrant, equitable King County where everyone thrives regardless of race or place.

Our History

 
Index of Health & Well-Being Measures in King County   While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors in King County are among the highest in the country, these averages mask stark differences by place, income, race and ethnicity. 

Index of Health & Well-Being Measures in King County

While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors in King County are among the highest in the country, these averages mask stark differences by place, income, race and ethnicity. 

 

In 2014, the Seattle Foundation and King County government were each laying the groundwork to address economic and racial inequities through place-based work and systemic change. Rather than doing business as usual and proceeding on independent tracks, King County and the Seattle Foundation came together to incubate a new public-private approach called “Communities of Opportunity.” 

This unique public/private/community-based partnership has expanded and now includes support through Best Starts for Kids - a King County initiative building strength and resilience in kids, families, and communities.

 

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Our Approach

Communities of Opportunity is an inclusive table where community members and leaders, organizations, and institutions share power, voice, and resources.

We're setting a course for positive change throughout the county by:

  • Establishing community-based priorities
  • Tapping into existing community expertise and leadership
  • Strengthening community capacity for advocacy and to take on local challenges
  • Systematizing a collaborative approach between communities and institutions
  • Shaping policies to promote equity and positively impact our communities
  • Bringing new resources into communities
 

Priority Areas

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Quality affordable housing 

Preservation and development of affordable housing that is in close proximity to transit, jobs, and education. 

The right to be healthy        

Access to healthy, affordable food and safe places outside to be physically active, especially for our youth.

 
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increased economic opportunity

Workforce development that includes local hires, support of new local businesses, and inclusion of our youth.

strong community connections

Increased civic participation and engagement, cultural preservation, and access to safe public spaces.

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The Latest

 
 
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