Supportive Housing

MDC provides clients with housing placement and services that best meet their needs. Apartments, duplexes, shared housing and single family dwellings comprise the nearly 375  units of housing available at MDC. Four nationally recognized housing models are offered.

MDC provides clients with housing placement and services that best meet their needs. Apartments, duplexes, shared housing and single family dwellings comprise the nearly 375 units of housing available at MDC. Four nationally recognized housing models are offered.

Short-term Housing is housing for homeless families with tailored case management services aimed at decreasing barriers to housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing Housing is available for individuals who may be chemically dependent or have mental or physical disabilities. Housing units may be single room occupancy (SRO) or shared housing. Services are provided to meet each client’s individual needs.

Housing First is permanent supportive housing that places chronically homeless adults into safe, stable housing first. Required weekly health and safety checks are intended to promote a relationship with case management staff. As residents feel safe and ready, services are introduced. Healthcare services are available to Housing First residents for their first year in housing. All other services are available as requested and as appropriate.

Affordable Housing offers affordable, well maintained rental housing to those earning less than 60% of the Area median income.

Case Management

As a resource throughout a client’s stay in housing, case managers connect clients with other MDC programs or community services that will help them become self-sufficient.

MDC offers other housing services to help families, particularly seniors, stay in their homes.

Energy Assistance is provided to low-income families qualifying for assistance with heating their homes.

Weatherization helps households conserve energy and reduce costs through conservation education, insulation services and furnace repair for the economically disadvantaged in Tacoma.

Who We Serve

Nearly 900 individuals from Pierce County are housed every year in housing units located in Tacoma, Lakewood, Spanaway, Parkland, and Puyallup. All are low-income with households earning between zero and 60% of median income. Many are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living in shelters, or unstable/unsafe living conditions. Some have developmental disabilities, AIDS/HIV, mental illness, or chemical dependency. While all ethnicities experience homelessness within our community, statistics show there is a higher percentage African American or Blacks are that are homeless within our community when compared to their overall percentage of the population. For example: 8% of the population in Tacoma is identified as African American or Black, while 26% of the homeless population is identified as African American or Black. Twenty percent of housing clients served are African American or Black.

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Outcomes

Housing Units Managed335
(266 owned, 69 leased) Households placed in Housing875
(175 of households are provided with Case Management services) 
Energy Asst households served5000
WX & MHR households served370
Voice Mail clients served400
TOTAL Households Served6,645
TOTAL Individuals Served19,935