The International District Housing Alliance began in the mid-1970’s as a grassroots organizing entity for low-income residents of Seattle’s Chinatown/International District (CID). The construction of the King Dome in1975 threatened to displace residents of the CID and other neighborhoods immediately south of downtown Seattle.  In 1979, community leaders organized and formed a certified non-profit organization, International District Housing and Social Services (IDHSS), which organized residents and community members to preserve affordable housing in the CID.

IDHSS changed its name to the International District Housing Alliance (IDHA) and continued to serve as an advocate, community organizer, and housing services specialist for the CID’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrant and refugee community. With the recent merger of IDHA and InterIm CDA, the organization has taken a more strategic approach to community development that strengthens the link between the bricks and mortar of housing development with the human and social capital that make a neighborhood, and a community, vibrant and healthy.

IDHA services have evolved to meet new community needs such as financial literacy, leadership development, translation/interpretation, environmental justice, domestic violence and community-building.  IDHA’s strength remains in its multi-lingual capacity and outreach as well as its partnerships with numerous other community based agencies and government institutions.

IDHA continually strives for – Better Housing, Happier Lives, and Stronger Communities!

  • Our Mission

    To improve the quality of life of Chinatown/ International District (CID) residents and Asian Pacific Islanders of greater Seattle by providing community-building and housing-related services.
  • News

    IDHA is merging with the InterIm CDA and will be under the name InterIm CDA. We look forward to building an even stronger community in 2012!!

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