In 1996 the Delridge corridor of West Seattle was an area plagued by high crime rates, urban blight and lack of basic services. Then, a small group of concerned citizens emerged, banding together to make their community a safer, more livable place, and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) was founded. Twenty years later, DNDA continues to be the voice for all members of our community, especially those populations historically underserved such as communities of color, low-income families, immigrants, refugees and youth.
As a result of cultural, language and socioeconomic barriers, not all members of the Delridge community are represented in local government, such as neighborhood councils. The unique needs and perspectives of these populations can be overlooked or entirely forgotten. DNDA strives to amplify all voices in our community. We work hard to ensure that all have access to services that help families meet their basic needs every day, as well as those services that enrich the quality of life for the entire community, such as access to healthy foods and produce. Delridge has long been a “food desert,” consequently the neighborhoods in the area reflect the largest rate of obesity in the Seattle city limits, according to the recent Seattle City Health Profile.
Today, we acknowledge that our nation, region and even the Delridge neighborhood is at a crossroads. There are significant threats to the environment, affordable housing, and educational programs for at-risk youth. Much work is needed to support the successes we have achieved to date and to sustain our rich cultural heritage and lively, vibrant community. DNDA, with a multi-faceted mission and deep roots in the community, is poised to effectively partner with, advocate for, and amplify the many voices that reside in the Delridge Corridor and make Southwest Seattle their home.
DNDA Historical Timeline of Notable Events:
- 2017 DNDA owns all entities from 2001 tax credit investments, including McLean Commons at Brandon.
- 2017 DNDA holds second Destination Delridge fundraising event
- 2017 DNDA renews contract with Parks Dept. for nature restoration projects
- 2016 DNDA acquires Delridge wetlands (sub-station)
- 2016 DNDA and Nature consortium merge
- 2016 DNDA holds first Destination Delridge event
- 2015 DNDA acquires outright ownership of Youngstown (1st floor)
- 2014 Mural Project at Youngstown