FAME-EAW (First African Methodist Episcopal Church Economic Assets of Washington) hosted the grand opening of the Elizabeth Thomas Homes Building on September 21, 2023, a transformative project aimed at addressing the urgent issue of gentrification in Rainier Beach. Offering 119 affordable housing units, this project is a significant step towards creating equitable housing opportunities in a city grappling with rapid gentrification.
Alarming Gentrification Statistics in Seattle
According to a recent study by the University of Washington, Seattle stands as the third most rapidly gentrifying city in the United States. This distressing trend has profound consequences for the socio-economic fabric of our beloved city.
Fighting for Equitable Housing in Seattle
Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District, FAME-EAW is on a mission to combat gentrification and increase equitable housing access for all residents. Founded in partnership with Seattle’s oldest Black-founded church, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), and co-owned by Catholic Housing Services, FAME-EAW represents a united front against the forces of displacement and inequality.
Honoring a Pioneer
The Elizabeth Thomas Homes Building pays homage to Ms. Elizabeth R. Thomas, a distinguished 2000 inductee into the WA State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. She made history as the first Black graduate in Pediatric Nursing at the University of Washington, leaving an incredible mark on both the healthcare industry and the community.