What is Network Tacoma?
Network Tacoma expects to assist 48-58 homeless individuals this year in Pierce County. Most families we assist are single parents with 2-3 children and are living in shelters, with friends or in their car. Some may face eviction. Due to social and economic conditions in the community, domestic violence, job loss, divorce or death, they found themselves in circumstances that strained their resources and capabilities to the point where they needed help.
Network has one emergency apartment, ten
transitional housing units, and twenty two permanent low-income apartments.
The families in emergency housing transfer to our transitional units if
they are seeking a hand-up rather than a hand-out. Network then assists
with seeking employment and day care, and provides automobiles or auto
repair, food, furniture and household goods. Network also provides
financial counseling to coordinate the path back to self-sufficiency. We
expect them to be responsible and contribute to their own stability. When they are self-sufficient, they have the opportunity to move into our permanent housing.
Low Income Housing
Soon there will be details about the existence of the program.
We will put some of the things we need or could use here.
Emergency and Transitional Housing Program
The case manager is actively involved in helping one
or both parents find employment. Once a job is obtained, they are
counseled on how to retain that job and how to advance in the job
Parents also are put on a budget and receive financially counseling on a weekly basis.
Network works with churches, businesses and
individuals, and other agencies to provide the other essentials such as
daycare, food, clothing, household goods, and transportation. Autos that
are donated to Network are repaired, if necessary, and given to our
families when they are working and can afford the insurance.
Through our network, Network is able to
provide emotional, spiritual and financial counseling. We feel that this
is needed to prevent further crisis and thus escape the cycle of
We continue with the family for 6-12 months
or until they gain the confidence and resources they need in themselves
to become independent of any private or public assistance and have
become self-supporting. When the family is able to secure permanent
housing, they 'graduate' from our program.
We measure success as the
family living independently of any social service/financial program or
agency for one year after their exit date with Network. In the past
three years, serving 12-15 families each year, we have an approximate
70-80% success rate.
5435 South M Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
Network Services of Tacoma is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.