9 groups set to receive $3M for human services programs in Tacoma

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote this week to award 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.

If approved by city council, funding would be awarded 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.

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution authorizing the expenditures during its meeting on Tues., Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, located at 747 Market Street. Council meetings are streamed live online at tvtacoma.com and broadcast live on TV Tacoma.