City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council

Study Session

Noon, Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Tacoma Municipal Building


Room 16

728 St. Helens Ave

Consolidation Plan update

Each year the City of Tacoma receives federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds for housing, community and economic development and human service needs. The Urban Policy Committee takes public testimony, receives input from city staff and examines the priorities in its Consolidated Plan. Based on this information and the committee’s knowledge of the needs of the community, they make recommendations to the City Council Coalition for the Homeless recommended how the City should award emergency shelter funds. At tomorrow’s study session, Debbie Bergthold, Human Rights and Human Services Department, will briefly discuss the process. Committee Chairperson Paul Robson will present an overview of the block grant and HOME funding recommendations. In addition, Robson will present the emergency shelter funding recommendations. The public may attend the study session.

Tacoma City Council

Regular Meeting

5 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2002

City Council Chambers

747 Market St.

Second NE substation meeting

The Tacoma Police Department has added a second meeting in Northeast Tacoma for siting police substations. The meeting, which will allow citizens to voice their opinions on where the Police Department should build neighborhood substations, will take place at 7 p.m., April 24, at Northeast Tacoma Elementary School (cafeteria), 5412 29th St. NE. The Police Department will recommend substation sites to the City Council in early August, and plan to build a new headquarters and renovate the old Costco warehouse by October 2004. The substations also would open at that time. In February, Tacoma voters passed $34.3 million in bonds to build a new police headquarters and four new substations at approximately $1 million for each substation. See the March 28 issue of the Index for a complete listing of all the police substation meetings.

Shelter, housing apply for grants

Shelter and housing organizations can apply for Community Development Block Grant and HOME program funds beginning April 1. Organizations should obtain the Housing 2002 Development Application to seek funding in the following categories:

– Special Needs/Homeless Shelters

– Permanent Rental Housing

– Home Ownership

Pick up applications at Tacoma Economic Development Department, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 1036, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Representatives from interested organizations must turn in completed applications by 5 p.m. on May 3. For more information, call 253/591-5763 or 253/591-5222.