World Relief Seattle, based in Kent, will receive $673,000 from the federal government

World Relief Seattle in Kent will receive $673,000 from the federal government to help develop a teaching and commercial kitchen to serve King County’s refugee and immigrant population.

Congressman Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, whose 9th district includes parts of Kent, has requested $9 million for 10 community projects in the district. The plans were approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden this month as part of a $1.5 trillion spending package.

“These projects will help address some of the most pressing challenges facing communities in the 9th District, making real progress in addressing housing and homelessness, health care and social services, child care , education and workforce training, and small business and entrepreneurship,” Smith mentioned. “For housing alone, the projects have the potential to create more than 650 new units of affordable rental housing, temporary emergency housing and affordable housing for ownership.

“I strongly believe that the federal government must do more to stimulate investment and obtain federal funds for underserved communities and I am proud to use my applications for community project funding for this purpose. I thank the sponsors and partners of the project for their tireless leadership in improving the lives of the inhabitants of the 9th arrondissement.

Funding obtained through the appropriations process will help World Relief develop an educational and commercial kitchen that will be a multi-impact community space serving the refugee and immigrant population of King County.

This space will be used as an entrepreneurship and small business incubation center to launch and promote local businesses, particularly food businesses, and train refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs through an entrepreneurship academy housed in the space. space, according to a press release from Smith.

The project will encourage entrepreneurship and successful small business ownership within historically underserved communities; advance community economic empowerment by promoting food-related businesses and income-generating initiatives; and simultaneously increasing the food security and sovereignty of refugee and immigrant communities.

Smith said community projects focus on our most vulnerable and underserved communities, including homeless people, immigrants and refugees, seniors, low-income communities and communities of color.

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