9 groups awarded $3M for Tacoma human services programs

Tacoma City Council Tuesday awarded nearly $3 million to nine organizations to provide human services in Tacoma through the end of next year.

According to city staff, councilmembers set aside funding in the city’s general fund 2013-2014 biennial budget and directed Tacoma’s Human Services Commission to review and recommend organizations and programs worthy of funding. The commission made its recommendations to councilmembers last fall. A public hearing to discuss the recommendations was held on Dec. 11, and councilmembers adopted the recommendations a week later. City council awarded funding to the following organizations:

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington — $719,574

  • HAS Emergency Services ($272,000)
  • HAS Supportive Services ($277,574)
  • Phoenix Housing Network ($170,000)

Northwest Leadership Foundation — $205,100

  • ProTeen ($205,100)

Peace Community Center — $226,000

  • Hilltop FLITE ($90,000)
  • Hilltop Scholars ($92,000)
  • PCC-Elementary ($44,000)

Pierce County AIDS Foundation — $262,603

  • Medical Case Management ($166,603)
  • Oasis Youth Center ($96,000)

The Rescue Mission — $427,500

  • Family Shelter ($255,000)
  • Good Neighbor Cafe ($60,000)
  • Youth Program ($112,500)

Shared Housing Services — $264,664

  • Shared Housing for Unaccompanied Youth ($224,664)
  • Shared Housing ($40,000)

Tacoma Community House — $392,224

  • Adult Literacy & Employment ($154,932)
  • Multilingual Immigration ($51,936)
  • Resources for Education and Career Help ($185,356)

Tacoma Urban League — $296,740

  • Male Involvement Project ($296,740)

Washington Women’s Employment and Education — $204,660

  • Housing Bridges to Self-Sufficiency ($49,440)
  • REACH Plus ($155,220)

Additional human services programming will be paid for using approximately $1.2 million in funding for mental health services. Those programs include A Step Ahead BOOST; Hope Sparks Healing Hearts; Associated Ministries Access Point 4 Housing; Greater Lakes Mental Health PORCH; New Phoebe House Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing; Hilltop Artists in Residence Outreach; Mary Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center; Pierce County AIDS Medical Case Management and OASIS; Pierce County Juvenile Court Diversion; Shared Housing Unaccompanied Youth Housing; TACID HELP; TPCHD Family Support; and Salvation Army Jarvie Family Emergency Housing Center.