MDC’s Recovery Services can help you overcome addiction

MDC announces CEO transition

Pamela Duncan has advised the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Development Council that she has made the difficult decision to resign her position as President and Chief Executive Office of the organization effective July 31, 2021. The Board has accepted her decision, with appreciation for her service to MDC and the community it serves.

“The Board is committed to sustaining MDC as a provider of critical services in our community while we undergo a national recruitment and selection process to name a new permanent CEO,” said Elwis Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “The MDC Board has confidence in the management team of the organization and its ability to work together to ensure financial viability, commitments to founders, and services to clients during this transition.”

The MDC Board has appointed Mieko Gray to serve as interim CEO.

For more information, contact Cynthia Stewart, MDC Board Secretary, at

Straight Talk - Race and pedagogy

Watch the June 21 edition of Straight Talk for a conversation with author and teacher Dr. Tara Abydos about Race and Pedagogy in education and in our American society today.

Previous episode: What you need to do as Washington state approaches the end of the eviction moratorium


Watch previous Straight Talk episodes on MDC’s YouTube channel.

Rental assistance

MDC has rental assistance available right now for those living within the Tacoma city limits who could use help catching up with their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Energy Assistance page to see if you qualify!

Help with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

If you or someone you know is having trouble with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income and you have not been able to get help online through or over the phone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), please contact the Regional Public Affairs Office at (303) 844-1888 or email

Our Promise

To give hope in times of crisis, care in times of need, and guidance in times of opportunity.


MDC offers behavioral health services for economically disadvantaged and homeless members of our community. Our substance abuse treatment and dual disorder counseling services are available on a sliding payment scale for everyone.


MDC owns and manages 300 units of housing for homeless and low-income families and individuals, with three housing service models offered throughout Pierce County.


MDC Education programs help students from low-income, first-generation families graduate high school and prepare for college.


MDC offers access to Adult Education and Employment resources, to help individuals build assets and find a path to independence.