City Cascade People’s Center to Close
posted by September 27 at 10:51 AMon
Thomas St & Pontius Ave N
South Lake Union
The Cascade People’s Center (CPC), at 309 Pontius Ave N, will close in December unless they are able to appeal a recent decision by the city to cut their funding.
According to CPC’s Director, Myla Becker, about 65%—or $211,000—of the CPC’s annual budget comes from the city’s human services dept. This year, their funding proposal was denied and Becker says she’s not sure why. “Our use is so high,” she says. “Fiscally we are sound. [The city said] that it wasn’t because of performance.” The CPC has requested an explanation from the city—which they’ll receive in a month—but the center on has 10 days to appeal the city’s decision.
The center—which runs a free after school program, support groups and language classes—rents their site from the Seattle Parks Department. “This was a vacant building…10 years ago,” Becker says. “There are 6500 people that come through the center every year [and] we’re the only community gathering place in this neighborhood.”
On Friday, the CPC will hold an open-mic night and asking families to sign petitions in support of the center.