This new social service project in the Central District, undertaken by Seattle University, sounds pretty awesome. Via the Seattle Times:

On Monday, the private Jesuit university announced a $1 million-a-year project to greatly expand the help it gives Bailey Gatzert to include the elementary school's entire neighborhood in the Central District, one of the lowest-income areas in the city.

Modeled in part after the Harlem Children's Zone, the university's Youth Initiative will bring a broad range of assistance to the neighborhood, including more tutoring and after-school help, free legal aid to recent immigrants provided by the university's law school and free health assistance from the nursing school.

About 17,500 residents live in the 100-block neighborhood, bounded by South Dearborn Street, Alaskan Way, James Street, East Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue South, and about 35 percent live at or below the poverty line.