In 1991, an innovative idea led the way...
In 1991, Hopelink, Friends of Youth, HealthPoint and Youth Eastside Services came together with an innovative idea: bring a group of nonprofits into the same space to combine and share resources, multiplying impact for the community. They purchased a former strip mall and Together Center (TC), the first co-located nonprofit center in the nation, was launched.
Today, more than 20 nonprofits serve the Greater Eastside at Together Center in downtown Redmond. TC’s innovative model offers a comprehensive network of critical services for whole-person whole-family support serving more than 30,000 members of our community each year.
But we were compelled to do more. So much more.
Today, an even Bolder New Vision
In 2018, with the mortgage paid, the old strip mall at the end of its useful life, and substantial land equity secured, Together Center committed to leveraging it all to maximize our community impact. Our strategic planning study found resounding community need for more human services and affordable housing – and a bold new vision was born.
In March 2021, Together Center broke ground on a national, first-of-its-kind human services model. The new campus will feature a full suite of wrap-around social services, paired with affordable housing, together in one safe, transit-oriented location.
The expanded Together Center with its human services on the ground floor will be topped by 5 floors of affordable housing. This community asset will not only provide ready access to both social and health services with multiple levels of affordable housing, but also community meeting spaces and room for other nonprofits to share as needed. It will directly address the needs of our ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population.
Ground Floor: An Expanded Together Center
An expanded and enhanced nonprofit services hub preserves and protects space for nonprofits to provide critical services to the East King County community for decades to come. The new Together Center will include:
- 49,000 sq ft of human services space (25% more than before) that is specifically tailored to, maximize agency services and yet adaptable to future needs
- A comprehensive range of critical human services: medical and dental treatment; mental health counseling, behavioral and substance abuse support, therapies for children and families of diverse abilities, job training, support for seniors, translations services, and many others
- More than an acre of underground parking, creating a walkable campus
- Everyone, clients and agencies, benefit from co-location and collaboration that provides more effective care, on-the-spot referrals and a whole-person, whole-family approach
- Convenient access to the Redmond Transit Center(3 blocks away) and the future light rail station (5 blocks away)
Opening the Door to a New Community Hub
With over 30 years of successful, financially sustainable experience, delivering vital human services to our community, in response to community requests, TC will include:
- A teaching kitchen, open to all regional nonprofits, for live classes to help clients develop cooking and nutrition skills and to provide catering support for in-house community meetings
- Coworking space for drop-in meetings and work stations for regional nonprofits of all sizes to collaborate
- 2500 sq ft of conference and event space, open to all regional nonprofits, with flexible walls designed for events, trainings, and multicultural community gatherings of many sizes
- Community art gallery to engage and feature diverse artists and host rotating local art exhibits for the public
Upper Levels: 280 Units of Truly Affordable Housing
The need for truly affordable housing options in our region is greater than ever before. One third of jobs in Redmond have salaries under $50,000 per year and 40% of seniors who rent in Redmond pay more than 50% of their income in housing. That's why Together Center is building 280 new apartments on our site. Most “affordable housing” in the area is built for those making 80% of the yearly Area Median Income (AMI) – currently, 80% of AMI is about $90,000 a year for a family of 4. But we are building units to be owned and operated by our housing partners, Inland Group and Horizon Housing Together, which will provide:
- 200 new units of workforce housing for those at 50-60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). These residents will include teachers, medical and service workers, and many others essential to our community.
- 80 new units of low-income housing for those whose income is 30-50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). These units will include onsite, culturally competent, case management to help residents stay
- 62% of the units will be larger, with 2- and 3-bedrooms, to better serve families and multi-generational households (most affordable housing is built as studios and one-bedrooms).
The units will be located in two contemporary residential towers on the upper floors of Together Center’s site, situated over the ground floor TC human services hub.
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