Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness is a loose network of individuals, non-profit agencies, government agencies, and community businesses working together to serve people experiencing homelessness. Our end goal is to help folks establish safe housing as quickly as possible and help them to retain that housing so their homeless episode is short and never repeated. We also work to address many of the factors that drive homelessness.

Hot weather is coming this weekend. Plans are developing for water distribution to encampments - we'll announce here and on the listserv as information about water distribution and cooling centers becomes available. 

Coming Meetings and Events

(past meetings)
Coalition Governance Workgroup
   Date: 6/23/2021 - 2:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Join the meeting here
   Program: Work on issues around governance and Coalition structure. Focus of first part of meeting will be how to ensure attention to racial equity in Coalition work and process.
PR Campaign Workgroup
   Date: 6/23/2021 - 2:30 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Help design messaging and plan community outreach for the campaign to End Street Homelessness in Pierce County by November 1, 2021
Steering Committee
   Date: 6/23/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Special Meeting
   Date: 6/23/2021 - 6:00 PM
   Location: This is a virtual meeting - Join the zoom meeting here
   Program:
City of Tacoma hosted community meeting to discuss of proposed Temporary Emergency Microshelter at 69th.
Housing Committee Meeting
   Date: 6/24/2021 - 4:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Committee working to create and retain housing for extremely low income households (earning under 30% of Area Median Income).
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 6/25/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Miriam Barnett with the YWCA will open us up with some words of wisdom as she retires from the YWCA. Looking for additional presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 6/28/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
PR Campaign Workgroup
   Date: 6/30/2021 - 2:30 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Help design messaging and plan community outreach for the campaign to End Street Homelessness in Pierce County by November 1, 2021
Steering Committee
   Date: 6/30/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 7/2/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 7/5/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
PR Campaign Workgroup
   Date: 7/7/2021 - 2:30 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Help design messaging and plan community outreach for the campaign to End Street Homelessness in Pierce County by November 1, 2021
Steering Committee
   Date: 7/7/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Housing Committee Meeting
   Date: 7/8/2021 - 4:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Committee working to create and retain housing for extremely low income households (earning under 30% of Area Median Income).
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 7/9/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Michael Mirra will provide us some parting thoughts as he hands Tacoma Housing Authority over to the next community leaders. Looking for additional presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 7/12/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
PR Campaign Workgroup
   Date: 7/14/2021 - 2:30 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Help design messaging and plan community outreach for the campaign to End Street Homelessness in Pierce County by November 1, 2021
Steering Committee
   Date: 7/14/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 7/16/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 7/19/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 7/21/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Housing Committee Meeting
   Date: 7/22/2021 - 4:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Committee working to create and retain housing for extremely low income households (earning under 30% of Area Median Income).
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 7/23/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 7/26/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 7/28/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 7/30/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 8/2/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 8/4/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 8/6/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 8/9/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 8/11/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Housing Committee Meeting
   Date: 8/12/2021 - 4:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Committee working to create and retain housing for extremely low income households (earning under 30% of Area Median Income).
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 8/13/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 8/16/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 8/18/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 8/20/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 8/23/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Steering Committee
   Date: 8/25/2021 - 3:00 PM
   Location: The meeting is virtual via zoom - Register Here
   Program: Our weekly leadership meeting to support the activities of the Coalition. All are welcome to attend and lend your voice to our decision making and planning.
Housing Committee Meeting
   Date: 8/26/2021 - 4:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Committee working to create and retain housing for extremely low income households (earning under 30% of Area Median Income).
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 8/27/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Safe Sites for All Committee
   Date: 8/30/2021 - 12:00 PM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Weekly meeting of the Safe Sites for all Team - working on safe parking and safe encampment project across Pierce County.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 9/3/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 9/10/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 9/17/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
Project Homeless Connect
   Date: 9/17/2021 - 11:00 AM
   Location: People's park, on the Hilltop in downtown Tacoma
   Program: Thrice-annual resource fair for people experiencing homelessness. Coordinated by Associated Ministries, this event brings providers from across the County together. More information on the Project Homeless Connect Website.
Friday Provider Meeting
   Date: 9/24/2021 - 9:00 AM
   Location: This meeting is virtual via Zoom - Register Here
   Program: Looking for presentations.
  

News and Information

  • The Coalition sent a formal letter to the City of Tacoma requesting that the proposed 69th and S Proctor site be an expansion of shelter capacity, with the existing 60th and McKinley site remaining an operational shelter instead of relocating it to the new site. - 6/21/2021
  • Are you an outreach worker or experiencing homelessness? Fill out a 5 minute survey to identify strengths, challenges, barriers, gaps and recommendations for improvement in providing care and services to persons living unsheltered in Pierce County. - 6/17/2021
  • A letter to the Washington State Department of Commerce to make the Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition Program more accessible to Counties with limited matching funds. - 6/7/2021
  • The Coaliton is pleased to announce we received a $25k grant from All in Washington to support vaccine efforts for people experiencing homelessness. More information on the Official Grant Announcement. - 6/1/2021
  • Looking for free transportation to a vaccine? You are in luck. Pierce Transit is offering free rides to vaccine clinics. Outside the Pierce Transit service area? Use Find a Ride to identify other free options. - 5/3/2021
  • older news

Recent Presentations:

Elevate Health addresses the healthcare needs of people experiencing homelessness, breakout groups on healthcare needs, a virtual tour of Catholic Community Services remodeled Day Center, voting on some advocacy work, opportunities for leadership and liaison roles, and updates from government, advocacy, Safe Sites 4 All and much, much more. (6/18/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Denny Hunthausen with Catholic Community Services provides parting thoughts as he heads into retirement. This week on the streets, a walk through of the new HYPE center, advocacy updates, shelter workgroup report out, government updates, PR campaign resources, new effort around equity work, committee appointments and more. (6/11/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Encampment Sweeps - what the Coalition needs to know to help people forced to move encampments, an overview of services provided through the Foundational Community Supports by Comprehensive Life Resources, Advocacy Updates, government updates, continued work on our Public Relations campaign, safe sites for all, and much more. (6/4/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

This week on the streets, community messaging around homelessness, preparation for the eviction moritorium ending, advocacy update, HoUSed campaign letter, use of public property ordinance, government and safe sites updates, and more. (5/28/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

A live stream conversation at an encampment. Valeo Vocation on their Transitional Employment Pathway (TEP) program. Breakout sessions to identify messages we need to get out to the community at large about the effort to create enough shelter for everyone, and how to get those messages out, and much, much more (5/21/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

A quick overview of the Homeless System in Pierce County - everything you need to know in 20 minutes. Needed Committee representatives, Advocacy Updates, Government Updates, Update on the Camping Ban, Safe Sites update, and more. (5/7/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Updates from LIHI, discussion of safety around encampments near Sound Transit sites, County ad hoc final report feedback, government updates and more. (4/30/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Ad Hoc Committee Report out, Discussion of City of Tacoma Camping Ban, government updates, vaccine support updates, and much more. (4/23/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meds First presentation from the Health Department, Group norms discussion and vote, Coalition Representation Guidance, County ad-hoc committee to end homelessness, vote on letter of concern around Sheriff comments on "homeless-looking" delivery person, government updates and more. (4/16/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

City Strategic Planning - Mental Health and Substance Use breakout sessions, Report out on County Ad Hoc Committee to Ed Homelessness Action Plan, this week in the streets, what to focus our Coalition meetings on, American Rescue Plan Act funding priorities, Coalition statement on Safe Sites for all, government updates, safe parking updates and more. (4/9/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Presentation by the Puyallup Homeless Coalition, plans around vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness, report on the first week of ad hoc committee work with breakout groups on who to include in the Comprehensive Plan, breakouts on what is valuable on the Coalition and Governance discussion, the usual updates and more. (4/2/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Legal Financial Obligations clinics, proposed swap-meet style resource fair, County effort to end homelessness, reps for the new County ad hoc committee, CoC Stability and Community Partnership Committee, breakout sessions on shelter, government updates, governance discussion, advocacy updates, safe parking updates, and more. (3/26/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - How to better serve the Latinx Community, Shelter Breakout rooms, Updates from the County, City and Health Department, New staff in Tacoma Homelessness team, advocacy updates and more (3/19/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - An introduction to Skip, Central Diversion Fund, Gig Harbor Coalition, outreach discussion, Speaker's Bureau approval, government updates and more. (3/12/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - Rental Housing Code changes, NCS Homeless Plan update, Purple Bag Project info, grants, vaccines, updates and more. (3/5/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - City of Tacoma Strategic Plan, Hospital discharges, Forensic HARPS, Trueblood, updates and more (2/26/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - Expanded Coalition Scope, City of Tacoma Report Out, and more. (2/19/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - 211, Coalition Leadership Role, Accessibility Training, City strategic plan work group, updates and more (2/12/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Meeting Recording and Transcript - County Review of 2020, Safe Shelter summit II after action, TCC (1/29/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

Safe Shelter Summit II: Taking Action - Commitments, Recording and Transcript (1/25/2021) - Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness


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