About MDC

MDC – Metropolitan Development Council is a vital community resource for Tacoma and Pierce County. Founded in 1964 as a non-profit Community Action Agency, MDC responds to community needs by providing services in the areas of healthcare, housing, education, and employment that address the challenges faced by low-income individuals and families.

We have introduced national model programs such as “Housing First,” “Healthcare for the Homeless,” “College Bound,” and the “Educational Opportunity Center,” which, in turn, have improved lives and given hope to thousands of residents. Known by many names in the early years (e.g. Tacoma Pierce County Opportunity and Development, Inc.), our legal name is Metropolitan Development Council.  We are currently doing business as MDC.

MDC provides services focused on improving the health and well-being of very low income individuals.

MDC is a strategic partner with the schools, local hospitals, cultural venues, colleges and universities, non-profits, and local governments. Today we reach out to our full community—foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals—to help us diversify our base of support so we can continue to provide critical services to our community.

Continuing economic struggles for many in Tacoma’s low income communities requires that we all to work together if we are to sustain what has been accomplished and continue to grow. MDC is responding to this challenge with new board and staff leadership, investment in staff training and development, a leaner management structure, greater volunteer involvement and a commitment to continuous process improvement within our organization, as well as each of our 40 programs.

Young woman giving food to homeless man sitting on a bench in city.

Our Mission

Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), founded in 1964, works with and advocates for people experiencing poverty to ensure access to services, resources, and tools needed to create a more equitable community.

Our Vision

We envision an equitable community with engaged individuals, working together to improve the health and well-being of all community members. We want a safe place to live, to raise a family, and to find meaning and purpose in our daily lives.

Our Values


We are committed to delivering the highest quality service and responding to the needs of our community.


We are committed to serve as stewards of community resources and demonstrate ethical, honest and trustworthy behavior in all our actions.

Human Potential

We value the hope and promise of every individual and believe in everyone’s ability to succeed.


We value diversity and individuals working together.


We are committed to being fair and ensuring people have access to the same opportunities.