Tacoma City Council OKs Human Services Commission, TCRA board appointments

Tacoma City Council Tuesday appointed or re-appointed seven local residents to two City of Tacoma boards and commissions.

Eileen ArmstrongJasmine Brown, and Kelly McDonald were appointed to serve on the City of Tacoma’s Human Services Commission for three-year terms each that will expire on April 30, 2017. Allen Ratcliffe was appointed to a three-year term that will expire on April 30, 2017. Finally, Alan “Bob” Winslow was appointed to fill an unexpired term that will expire on April 30, 2015.

Tacoma City Council’s Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee interviewed applicants and made recommendations for appointments and re-appointments during its meeting on Thurs., April 3 (agenda and meeting materials here / audio from the meeting here).

The 15-member Human Services Commission conducts public hearings, accepts and reviews proposals, selects projects, and makes recommendations to Tacoma City Council. The commission also serves as a resource for implementation of the City of Tacoma’s Human Services Strategic Plan. Membership aims to reflect community diversity as it relates to race, culture, gender, age, socioeconomics, and geography. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Rea Hagan was re-appointed to serve on the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) board for a term that will expire on Dec. 31, 2015. Helen-Hien Tran was appointed to a two-year term that will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

TCRA is tasked with administering loans to low-income families who need help buying or repairing their homes, as well as to developers who provide multi-family housing to low-income families. The board also works with businesses that rehabilitate blighted commercial space, as well as with non-profit organizations that provide key services to the local community. The board consists of lawyers, bankers, contractors, certified public accountants, and real estate brokers or agents. Members serve two-year terms. The board meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Tacoma City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee interviewed applicants and made appointment and re-appointment recommendations during its meeting on Mon., April 7.

“Thank you to all of you for your service,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland during the council meeting Tuesday.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the City of Tacoma’s Human Services Commission, click on the following links:

To read the Tacoma Daily Index’s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) Board, click on the following links: