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June 2019

Congratulations to our Director of Homeless Outreach, James Pogue, whose work with the ‘Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness’ won a 2019 City of Destiny award this past Friday! 

Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored more than 200 outstanding local volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards program.  

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. Its end goal is to help folks establish safe housing as quickly as possible and help them to retain housing so their homeless episode is short and never repeated. It also works to address many of the factors that drive homelessness. 

Congrats to all for this well-deserved honor! 

March 2019

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Former Spanaway fabric store could play role in addressing state’s mental health crisis

“Part of the answer to Washington state’s mental-health crisis could be found in a mothballed fabric and craft store in Spanaway.

Community health centers are asking the Legislature to put $15.1 million in the 2019-21 capital budget to expand behavioral health services around the state. Behavioral health focuses on serving people with mental health or substance abuse challenges or both. The state’s two-year capital budget pays for bricks-and-mortar projects.

Among the 22 projects that would be funded with the requested money is a $1.25 million proposal to renovate the former Jo-Ann Fabric store on Pacific Avenue South in Spanaway.

Two nonprofit agencies based in Tacoma — Community Health Care and Comprehensive Life Resources — would serve patients from the Spanaway and Parkland areas in the same clinic…” READ MORE

via the News Tribune

February 2019

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2019 Annual PIT Count

"The Point-In-Time Count provides the homeless assistance community with the data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless at one point in time."
-U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

A powerful post from County Executive, Bruce Dammeier following his experiences working with some of our staff during the 2019 Annual PIT Count: https://blog.co.pierce.wa.us/executive/2019/02/01/without-a-home/

Thank you to all who participated in the annual PIT Count in Pierce County!


June 2018

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Please join us in recognizing Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday, June 2nd

Our RAIN (Rising Above the INfluence) Team recently partnered with the local chapter of Mothers Against Gun Violence and the City of Tacoma to proclaim Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Tacoma.

June 1st through June 3rd is National Gun Violence Awareness weekend. Please consider joining us in wearing orange in honor of the victims and survivors of gun violence.

Share a photo of yourself wearing orange on social media with the hashtag #WearOrange and click here to learn more about the movement!

 

May 2018

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Our MCIRT Team is doing great work in Pierce County!

 

 

march 2018

According to a study commissioned by the Pierce County Council, 19% of people in the county are suffering from some kind of mental illness.

King 5 News / Read Full Article


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Dammeier pointed out that last year the same 22 people with behavioral health needs made more than 100 calls per month to 911. "Once we started the MCIRT, these calls dropped to about 40 a month - a 60% reduction," Dammeier said. "This represents a massive savings of time for our first responders and more appropriate care for the callers."

Pierce County / Read Full Article


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Genoa Pharmacy grand opening at our downtown Tacoma location!

PR Newswire / Story


January 2018

We would like to spotlight a partner of ours, Comprehensive Life Resources. They are committed to a holistic approach and philosophy that considers and embraces the whole person.

DSHS Winter 2017 Newsletter / Read Full Article

 

 

December 2017

Scattered across Pierce County, and every corner of America, are people who fall through safety nets for the elderly, disabled, and those suffering from mental illness.

KNKX / Read Full Article

 

 

December 2017

Thank you to our friends at TPU! We are forever grateful for your kindness and generosity.


November 2017

The Tacoma Gang Reduction Project has undergone a transformation - including a new name, an expanded model, and an increase in community engagement.

Tacoma Report / Video


October 2017

The Mobile Community Intervention Response Team works to connect people with mental health services.

King 5 News / Read Full Article


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With so much data, CLR can analyze it to find trends and patterns in where homeless activity takes place, how homelessness changes during different seasons, and how demographics factor in.

ARC News / Highlight / Read Full Article


October 2015

The program has reached out to over 1,000 businesses since it began.

Tacoma Report / Video