City commission releases recommendations for block grants, emergency services funding

Tacoma City Councilmembers are scheduled to review recommendations today that would direct federal funding for organizations that provide community development...

Tacoma City Councilmembers are scheduled to review recommendations today that would direct federal funding for organizations that provide community development and emergency services in Tacoma.

According to information prepared by the City’s Human Services Commission (HSC), and shared with City Council’s public safety and human services committee earlier this month, one recommendation calls for $397,202 in federal funds to be shared by 17 local human service agencies in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Another recommendations calls for $120,484 in federal funds to be shared by 10 local agencies in the form of Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG).

The commission reviewed 32 applications from programs requesting more than $1 million, and recommended funding for the top 20 scoring programs.

After today’s study session, City Council is expected to vote on the recommendations at an upcoming council meeting.

Recommended allocations for CDBG funding include:

Korean Women’s Association — “We are Family Home” / $15,000

Episcopal Services for Youth — “Jump Start Shelter and Transitional Housing” / $18,000

Friends of Rose House — Clubhouse Vocational Rehabilitation Program / $21,000

YWCA of Pierce County — Women’s Support Shelter / $42,500

Intercommunity Mercy Housing — “Service Enriched Housing” / $17,024

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital — “Children’s Advocacy Center” / $17,500

Tacoma Rescue Mission — “New Life Squares Emergency Services” / $40,000

Washington Women’s Employment and Education — “Housing Bridge to Self-Sufficiency” / $43,945

Catholic Community Services — “Phoenix Housing Network” / $35,662

Helping Hand House — “Emergency Housing Program” / $10,000

Pierce County AIDS Foundation — “Housing Options Program” / $10,000

Shared Housing Services — “Shared Housing (Tacoma)” / $19,950

Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound — “Clubs to Careers” / $18,000

Indochinese & Cultural Service Center — “Strengthening Southeast Asian Families” / $20,396

New Phoebe House Association — “Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing” / $10,000

TACID — “Housing & Employment Link Program” / $10,000

Washington Women’s Employment and Education — “REACH Plus” / $18,225

Lutheran Community Services NW — “Domestic Violence Family Services” / $10,000

Pierce County Juvenile Court Diversion — “Community Service By Youth” / $10,000

YWCA of Pierce County — Legal Services / $10,000

Recommended allocations for ESG funding include:

Episcopal Services for Youth — “Jump Start Shelter and Transitional Housing” / $7,000

Korean Women’s Association — “We Are Family Home” / $10,000

YWCA of Pierce County — “Women’s Support Shelter” / $25,000

Tacoma Rescue Mission — “New Life Square Emergency Services” / $10,000

Helping Hand House — “Emergency Housing Program” / $12,000

New Phoebe House Association — “Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing” / $10,000

Catholic Community Services — “Phoenix Housing Network” / $22,000

Metropolitan Development Council — “The Sobering Center of Tacoma” / $13,640

South Sound Outreach Services — “SAFE Program” / $5,422

Martin Luther King Housing Development Association — “Men’s & Women’s Overnight Shelter” / $5,422

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