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Resources for Homeless Students and Families

Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, students have the right to remain in attendance at the school they were going to when they became homeless. This is known as their “school of origin”. Clover Park School District will do everything possible to ensure that students have the ability to remain in their school of origin, and to succeed academically. We can provide special District bus transportation as well as free school meals, for all homeless students who request it. Tutoring and other academic assistance, as well as school supplies, and basic clothing needs may be obtained by contacting your child’s school counselor. Other resources for food, clothing, and shelter, are available in the community. This packet contains information about those resources.

To request transportation and free meals, please call
Terese High at (253) 583-5154 or thigh@cloverpark.k12.wa.us

Student’s School:
Student’s Counselor Name:
Counselor’s Phone Number:

United Way Helpline - Dial 211 or www.uwpc.org - Referrals for shelter, food, & social services.

Access Point 4 Housing – (253) 682-3401Central Intake for all shelters & programs in Pierce County. If you cannot call, or they do not call you back in a timely manner, you can go to their office at: Associated Ministries – 1224 South I Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 – Hours: 9 am-12 pm, and 1-4 pm

CONTENTS

Child Care & Preschool - 5
Clothing & School Supplies (Free) - 5
Emergency Shelters - 2
Financial & Medical Assistance - 6
Food Banks, SNAP, WIC - 4
Furniture - 3
Household Goods - 3 & 5
Housing – Shelters & Transitional - 2
Housing – Affordable & Subsidized - 3
Lakewood CSO (DSHS) - 6
Telephone & Voicemail (Free & Discounted) - 2

Specialized Assistance for…
Chemical Dependency - 7
Child Abuse / Domestic Violence - 7
Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Queer Youth - 7
Immigrant/Non-English Speakers - 8
Mental Health - 7
Native Americans/Alaskan Natives - 7
Pregnant & Parenting Teens - 8
Relatives Raising Children - 5
Runaway/Unaccompanied Youth - 9
Veterans & Active Duty Military - 9 & 10

McKinney-Vento Liaison: Holly Shaffer, Director of Student Services
Contact: Terese High, Director’s Secretary

Clover Park School District ▪ 10903 Gravelly Lake DR SW, Room 5 ▪ Lakewood, WA 98499-1341
Tel: (253) 583-5154 ▪ Fax: (253) 583-5158 ▪ thigh@cloverpark.k12.wa.us

Emergency Shelters

Access Point 4 Housing – (253) 682-3401 - Referrals for shelter, rental or utility assistance, and more.
United Way Helpline - Dial 211 or www.uwpc.org - Referrals for shelter, food, & social services.
Housing 4 Success (H4S) for Youth 16-24 – (253) 682-3401 – http://reachtacoma.org/housing/

Name/Phone
CCS Tacoma Ave Shelter Men & Women no kids
(253) 572-0131 1142 Court E, Tacoma 98402
Family Renewal Shelter Domestic Violence
(888) 550-3915 www.domesticviolencehelp.org
Helping Hand House Emergency interim housing
(253) 848-6096 www.helpinghandhouse.org
MDC Housing Services
(253) 597-6728 www.mdc-hope.org
Phoenix Housing Network Shelter/Transitional
(253) 471-5340 www.ccsww.org
The Rescue Mission Families and Single Women
(253) 383-4493 www.rescue-mission.org
Salvation Army – Jarvie Family Lodge
(253) 572-8452, #3 www.salvationarmytacoma.org
Shared Housing Services
(253) 272-1532 www.sharedhousingservices.org

Name/Phone
Exodus Housing Shelter & Transitional Housing
(253) 862-6808 www.exodushousing.org
FUSION Transitional Family Shelter
(253) 874-1257 www.fusionfederalway.org
LASA – Living Access Support Alliance
(253) 581-8689 www.lasawa.org
New Phoebe House Drug recovery shelter, women w/kids
(253) 383-7710 www.newphoebehouse.org
Renaissance Life Center Homeless Youth 12-17
(253) 383-8775 1321 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma
The Rescue Mission – Men’s Shelter
(253) 383-4493 www.rescue-mission.org
Share & Care House Referral through AP4H only
(253) 564-4194 www.shareandcarehouse.org
YWCA DV Shelter Women & children
(253) 383-2593 www.ywcapiercecounty.org

Transitional Housing

Name/Phone
FUSION Transitional Family Shelter
(253) 874-1257 www.fusionfederalway.org
Homes of Naomi, Ruth & Boaz Communal housing
(253) 202-9277
LASA – Living Access Support Alliance
(253) 581-8689 www.lasawa.org
Mercy Housing - Catalina Apts, Tacoma
(253) 627-5211 www.mercyhousing.org/washington-catalina-apartments
Phoenix Housing Network Shelter/Transitional
(253) 471-5340 www.ccsww.org
Renaissance House For women with children
(253) 507-8476 1321 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma

Name/Phone
Helping Hand House Transitional Housing
(253) 848-6096 www.helpinghandhouse.org
Housing for Success Unaccompanied Youth 16-24
(253) 682-3401 reachtacoma.org/housing/

MDC Housing Services Transitional Housing
(253) 597-6728 www.mdc-hope.org
Network Tacoma For families with children
(253) 474-9334 www.networktacoma.org
New Phoebe House Drug recovery shelter, women w/kids
(253) 383-7710 www.newphoebehouse.org
Pioneer Human Services Housing for persons in drug/alcohol recovery or with criminal history
(253) 272-5486 311 S. 9th ST, Tacoma
Shared Housing Services
(253) 272-1532 www.sharedhousingservices.org

Telephone – Free & Discounted Service

Community Voicemail (Springwire) - (253) 284-9099 - http://springwire.us/cities/tacoma

Lifeline Assistance programs for free or discounted wireless service:
Assurance Wireless – (888) 898-4888 - www.assurancewireless.com
SafeLink Wireless – (800) 977-3768 - www.safelinkwireless.com

Washington Telephone Assistance Program - www.dshs.wa.gov/wtap.shtml - WTAP helps by discounting wireline phone service. If you’re not able to get a traditional phone, WTAP provides no-cost community voice mail. WTAP does not help with cell phones.

Affordable and Subsidized Housing

Affordable Rental of Pierce County - (253) 536-6200 - www.affordablerentalpc.org
Free one-stop shop to find affordable places to rent in Pierce County.

Housing Search Northwest – Free rental search engine - www.housingsearchnw.org

Affordable Housing Consortium Resource Guide: www.affordablehousingconsortium.org

Homes of Naomi, Ruth & Boaz - (253) 202-9277

LASA: Living Access Support Alliance – (253) 581-8689 – www.lasawa.org/

Network Tacoma – (253) 474-9334 – www.networktacoma.org

Shared Housing Services – (253) 272-1532 – www.sharedhousingservices.org/

Subsidized Low-Income and Section 8 Housing Referrals and Applications

  • Pierce County Housing Authority – (253) 620-5400 – www.pchawa.org
  • Pierce County Housing Program – (253) 798-7038
  • Tacoma Housing Authority – (253) 207-4400 – www.tacomahousing.org

Lakewood Area Affordable Housing

Name/Phone Address
Bridge Wood Apartments (253) 584-5977 4913 - 109th St SW Lakewood WA 98499
Brookridge Apartments (253) 581- 7102 7320 - 146th Street SW, Lakewood WA 98439
Cedar Crest Apartments (253) 539-5663 1768 - 108TH Street S, Tacoma, WA 98444
Cherry Creek Apartments (253) 535-2552 2325 S. 96th ST, Tacoma, WA 98444
Clover Creek Apartments (253) 862-3797 12502 Addison ST SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Eagle’s Lair (253) 584-5908 12710 - 56th Ave. Court SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Eagles Landing Apts (253) 588-2374 2201 - 104th St S, Tacoma, WA 98444
Evergreen Court Apts (253) 584-1533 12809 - 47th Ave SW Lakewood WA 98499
Freeport Apartments (253) 584-6732 10211 – 47th AVE SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Heritage Apartments (425) 895-1454 9209 Washington Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Hidden Village (253) 531-8618 13862 - 10th Ave S Lakewood WA 98444
Highland Park Apts (253) 535-3926 2425 & 2410 96th St Lakewood WA 98444
Lakeview South/Village Court (253) 584-1009 10214 Lakeview Ave S Tacoma WA 98499
Lakewood Village (253) 589-3730 9100 Lakewood Dr SW Lakewood WA 98499
LonePine Apartments (253) 588-4364 5218 Chicago Ave SW Lakewood WA 98499
Meadows Apartments (253) 471-0716 7702 Custer Rd, Lakewood, WA 98499
Oakleaf Apartments (253) 588-4557 4111 - 110th St SW Lakewood WA 98499
Sage Terrace (253) 584-5008 3502 – 92nd ST S, Lakewood, WA 98499
Village Square Apts (253) 581-1839 10810 Lakeview Ave SW Lakewood WA 98499

Furniture and Household Goods

Northwest Furniture Bank – (253) 341-7553 - www.nwfurniturebank.org – 2650 E Bay ST, Tacoma For families who move from homelessness into Transitional Housing with no furniture. Can furnish whole house for $75, plus $125 delivery fee. Referrals ONLY, from approved agencies. Check website for list of agencies: www.nwfurniturebank.org/need-furniture ,or call 253-583-5154 for referral assistance.

Food Assistance & Food Banks

Washington Basic Food Program, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) (aka Food Stamps) –http://foodhelp.wa.gov/basic_food.htm
Apply online or in person at: 5712 Main Street, Suite 100, Lakewood, WA 98499, (253) 476-6800. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for scheduled holidays.

WIC – Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (under age 5) – www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ Family assistance & checks for food for Pregnant and Nursing Women, Babies and Children under 5.
Lakewood: (253) 588-9597, 11216 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Tillicum: (253) 589-0865, 14916 Washington AVE SW, Tillicum, WA 98498

Emergency Food NetworkFind a Food Bank in Pierce County – (253) 584-1040 – www.efoodnet.org/resources

Family Food Line – 1-888-436-6392 – Referrals to local programs & resources

Most food banks require that you bring valid ID for all members of your household, can list the ages of all members of your household, and also want some sort of proof of residence, to show that you live in their service area. Proof of residence can be mail or bills addressed to you, or a receipt from a motel. Some food banks also require proof of income. Some also require you have a valid phone number. Name Address Hours

Name Address Hours Details
Lakes FISH at United Methodist Church 6900 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Monday 2-6 pm,
Wed & Fri 1 pm – 5 pm
(253) 383-3164
Bread of Life at Lake City Community Church 8810 Lawndale
Lakewood, WA 98498
Thursdays,
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(253) 582-8040
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 10333 Bridgeport Way SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 584-2565
Tuesdays
Noon – 3:00 pm
Serves 98439, 98497, 98498, and 98499
Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Center 14916 Washington Ave SW,
Lakewood, WA 98499
Call in order between
9:00-11:00 am, M, W, F
Pick up at 1:00 pm
Must call in first to (253) 584-1280
Resource Distribution Council Mobile at St. Francis Cabrini 108th and & Main, near Lakewood Towne Center, in the parking lot of St. Francis Wednesday 11 am to 1 pm (253) 473-7669 Serves 98498, 98499
Resource Distribution Council Mobile at Greater Life Church 8222 Washington Blvd,
Lakewood, WA 98498
4th Saturdays 9:30 am – 11:30 am (253) 473-7669 Serves 98498, 98499
Samoan Family Support Services 3624 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Tuesday – 9:00 am (253) 535-9616 Need valid phone #
University Place FISH 2610 Sunset Drive,
University Place, WA 98466
Tues - 10 am – 3 pm Sat - 10 am – 12 pm (253) 460-3034
B.A.S.H. (Bikers Against Statewide Hunger) 755 – 108th Street South, Parkland Offers food deliveries, walk-ins, and a clothing bank Walk Ins: 10 am – 2 pm Wed & Thurs (253) 531-9600
Southeast Tacoma FISH 1704 E. 85th, Tacoma,
WA Also offers clothing bank
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Serves 98404, 98443, 98444, 98445, 98446, 98447, 98494
St. Leo’s Food Connection Tacoma (253) 383-5048 1323 South Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
Off 14th Street
Tues & Thurs 12 pm-3:30 pm, 4:30 pm-6 pm
Wed & Fri – 9:30 am-11:00 am, 12 pm-3:30 pm
Saturday – 9:30 am-11:00 am, 12 pm-1:30 pm
St. Leo’s Springbrook Mobile Food Bank (Food Connection) (253) 383-5048 Distributes boxes of free food to individuals and families in the Springbrook neighborhood. Every Saturday 11 am to 3 pm See schedule below Bring proof of residence and ages of members of your household
  • San Francisco between True Lane and Lincoln
  • Corner of Boston and Lincoln
  • Addison Street and side of Springbrook Park
  • 123rd Street between Bridgeport and 49th
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Clothing Banks

Caring for KidsRequest free clothing and school supplies through your school counselor. The counselor will contact Caring for Kids for you. Clothing is sometimes available for all family members, including adults.

Name Address Hours Phone
Tillicum 14916 Washington AVE SW 9:00 – 11:00 am
M, W, F
(253) 584-1280
Serves Tillicum only
Asbury United
Methodist Church
5601 South Puget Sound, Tacoma 9 am – 2 pm – M-F
Wed: 4:30– 7:30 pm
(253) 472-4239
B.A.S.H. 755 108th St South, Tacoma 10 am – 2 pm
Monday & Friday
(253) 531-9600
Bounty 5634 South Park Ave, Tacoma 9:00 am - 11:00
am Monday
(253) 475-7098
Catholic Community Services 1323 South Yakima, Tacoma (253) 502-2763
Resource Distribution Council 4020 South 56th Street, Tacoma 1:00 – 4:00 pm Fridays (253) 473-7669
The Rescue Mission
Clothing Room –
Clothing, shoes, toiletries,
blankets, sheets & cookware
The Rescue Mission -
425 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Monday-Thursday,
1 pm to 4 pm
(253) 284-4282

Child Care

Preschool

  • Early Head Start – Tillicum::(253) 583-5376
    Whole family services for low-income families from pre-natal to three years old.
  • Head Start & ECEAP Preschools in Clover Park School District – (253) 583-5160 - www.cloverpark.k12.wa.us/Admin/EarlyChildhood.aspx
    Preschool for children ages 3-5 who are below Kindergarten age limit.

Need-A-Break Program

  • 253-284-4282 - https://www.rescue-mission.org/donation-center
    The Need-A-Break Program is devoted to helping people succeed in our community by meeting needs that they cannot fulfill on their own. These needs include Northwest Furniture Bank referrals and minor vehicle repairs.

Relatives Raising Children

  • Hope Sparks– (253) 565-4484 - http://hopesparks.org/ 6424 North Ninth Street, Tacoma, WA 98406
    Counseling, resources and assistance to families raising children who are not their own.

WWEE

  • WWEE – Washington Women’s Education and Employment Self Sufficiency Program – (253) 474-9933 - http://www.wwee.org 3516 S. 47th ST, #205, Tacoma, WA 98409 Helps women & men break the cycle of poverty and build self-confidence with an education program covering computer skills, life coping strategies, employment readiness, and work experience internships.

Financial and Medical Assistance

Parent Help 123: Connecting you and your family to food & health resources - www.parenthelp123.org

The State of Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services (DSHS) provides emergency assistance for residents suffering from eviction, homelessness, no food, lack of daycare, utility shut off, domestic violence, or a medical emergency. You must apply for these benefits before accessing many services in the community.

KINSHIP CARE: Financial and medical assistance is available for children living with a relative other than a parent. Child care subsidies are available while parents seek permanent housing or employment. www.dshs.wa.gov/kinshipcare

All services can be applied for online or by visiting the Lakewood Community Service Office in person (253) 476-6800, 5712 Main Street, Suite 100, Lakewood, WA 98499-6520 (located in Lakewood Towne Center) 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, except for scheduled holidays.

ALL DSHS Emergency Programs - www.dshs.wa.gov/qclicks.asp

TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy FamiliesTemporary Cash & Medical Help for families in need. www.dshs.wa.gov/onlinecso/TANF_Support_Services.shtml

Food Assistance/SNAP/Food Stamps: foodhelp.wa.gov/index.htm

APPLE Health/Medicaid, for Kids & Adultswww.hca.wa.gov/medicaid/Pages/index.aspx

WorkFirst – DSHS – www.workfirst.wa.gov - WorkFirst is Washington State's temporary cash assistance program. The goals of the WorkFirst Program is to help low-income families stabilize their lives, so they can go to work and take better care of their families. Parents who can work will work - parents who cannot work will be supported — and parents who choose not to work will be held accountable.

Medical Assistance

Energy Assistance for Low Income Families

Washington State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – (360) 725-2857 – www.commerce.wa.gov/Services/individualassistance/Low-Income-Home-Energy-Assistance-Program/Pages/default.aspx

Rent and Utility Assistance

(Very limited assistance is available from these agencies.)

Name/Phone Name/Phone
Access Point 4 Housing (253) 682-3401 Network Tacoma (253) 474-9334
Helping Hand House(253) 848-6096 Nativity House (253) 272-5266
Families Unlimited Network (253) 460-3134 Salvation Army Tacoma (253) 572-8452
MDC (253) 572-5557 St. Vincent DePaul (253) 474-0519

SPECIALIZED ASSISTANCE FOR…

Chemical Dependency (Drugs/Alcohol)

  • CAREline - Chemical Abuse Resources & Education – (253) 572-2273
  • CHOICE/Pierce County Alliance – (253) 627-4050 - www.piercecountyalliance.org
  • Pierce County Health Department – (253) 798-6405 - www.tpchd.org
  • The Center South (MDC) – (253) 589-9662 – 10510 Gravelly LK DR SW, #210, Lakewood 98499

Child Abuse

Domestic Violence

  • Crystal Judson Family Justice Center – (253) 798-4166 – www.aplaceofhelp.com – 718 Court E Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County - 24 hour line – (253) 474-7273 633 North Mildred, Suite J, Tacoma, WA 98406 – www.sexualassaultcenter.com
  • Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services – (206) 726-0093 (TTY) – www.adwas.org
  • Domestic Violence Shelters:
    • Family Renewal Shelter – (253) 475-9010
    • YWCA Women’s Shelter – (253) 383-2593

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Youth

Mental Health

  • Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare (Crisis Line)www.glmhc.org – (800) 576-7764
  • Pierce County 24 hour Crisis Line – (253) 798-4333

Native American / Alaskan Native

SPECIALIZED ASSISTANCE FOR…

Pregnant & Parenting Teens

  • Washington Teen Parent Help – (800) 322-2588 – http://washingteenhelp.org/
  • Abandoned Newborn Law: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/sfAbLaw.asp?1
  • Access to HealthCare – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept – (253) 798-6451
  • WIC (Women, Infants & Children) - www.fns.usda.gov/wic- Nutrition classes & food assistance for Pregnant and Nursing Women, Babies and Children under 5.
    • Lakewood: (253) 588-9597, 11216 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    • Tillicum : (253) 589-0865, 14916 Washington AVE SW, Tillicum, WA 98498
  • Early Head Start – Whole family services for low-income families from pregnancy to 3 years old
  • Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center – (877) 668-2566 - http://carenetps.org/
  • Catholic Community Services Pregnancy Support – (253) 502-2669 - www.ccsww.org
  • Children’s Home Society – (253) 472-3355 - www.chs-wa.org/
  • Faith Homes Jump Start Program – (253) 572-0458
  • New Beginnings – (253) 353-2229 -www.newbeginningshome.org
  • Parent Help 1 2 3www.parenthelp123.org
  • Pierce County Child Care Aware – (800)-446-1114 – www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=9098
  • Planned Parenthood – (253) 779-3900 – www.plannedparenthood.org/ppgnw
    • Refugee/Immigrant/Non-English Speakers

      • Asian/Pacific Islander

        • Korean Women’s Association – (253) 535-4202 – www.kwacares.org Serves all cultures, not just Asians, Low income housing, food assistance, interpretation, translation, ESL classes, health care outreach, job referral, youth program, and more.
        • My Service Mind – (253) 584-5615 – Serves all Asian ethnicities.
        • Asian Counseling Services – (253) 471-0141 Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian & Laotian
        • Indo-Chinese Cultural & Service Center – (253) 473-5666 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian
      • Hispanic/Latino

        • Centro Latino – (253) 572-7717- 1208 S 10th ST, Tacoma 98405 – www.clatino.org Advocacy, case management, domestic violence support, assistance filling out forms, and translation of documents.
        • Sea Mar Community Health Center – 1122 S Cushman ST, Tacoma 98405 Medical (253) 593-2144 – Dental (253) 280-9840 – www.seamar.org
      • All Ethnicities and Languages, Refugees and Immigrants

        • Korean Women’s Association – (253) 535-4202– www.kwacares.org Serves all cultures, not just Asians, Low income housing, food assistance, interpretation, translation, ESL classes, health care outreach, job referral, youth program, and more.
        • Tacoma Community House – (253) 383-3951 – www.tacomacommunityhouse.org Multilingual/Multicultural social services & referrals, education/training, refugee & immigrant family program, employment services, youth program, and more.

SPECIALIZED ASSISTANCE FOR…

Runaway/Unaccompanied Youth

  • REACH: Resources for Education And Career Help (Youth 16-24) – (253) 573-6590 – 714 S. 27th ST, Tacoma, WA 98409 – Housing assistance, job skills, case management, etc - http://reachtacoma.org/
  • Caring for KidsContact your School Counselor for free clothing, toiletries, and school supplies.
  • National Runaway Switchboardwww.1800runaway.org – 1-800-621-4000

Veterans & Active Duty Military Personnel

  • Help for Homeless Veterans - US Department of Veterans Affairs – (877) 424-3838 –www.va.gov/homelessToll Free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to connect with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. Provide services to find safe, secure housing for homeless veterans and their families. Online chat also available at website.
  • Veterans Administration Health Care – American Lake Division - (253) 583-1704 - 9600 Veterans Drive - Mail to: American Lake Division, (116 Bldg. 4), Tacoma, WA 98493 - Transitional housing: Contact: Mike Klas, Phone: (253) 583-1606 - Provides a variety of resources for homeless veterans, including a vocational rehabilitation program for men and women who have been honorably discharged; a homeless outreach clinic (Mon. – Fri.); case management and transitional housing and case management for single veterans as well as veterans with families who are homeless.
  • Army Community Service – (253) 967-7166 - lewisacsweb@conus.army.mil Bldg 2140 Waller Hall, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433 - Army Community Service (ACS) provides support services to Active Duty, Active duty Family members and Retired veterans. ACS programs and services: financial readiness services, Army Emergency Relief, family team building classes, New Parent Support Program, special needs family members services, military spouse employment resources, relocation readiness, mobility and deployment, domestic violence and sexual assault assistance, problem-solving assistance, and Survivor Outreach Services.
  • Employment Security Department Veteran’s Program – (253) 964-4367 - blaban@esd.wa.gov Veteran Job Service Center/WorkSource - Bldg 2013, JBLM-Lewis Main - Provides services to all veterans including veterans with disabilities and homeless veterans. Client Registration for Employment (Jobs), Referral to Employment Opportunities (Jobs), Individual Job Development, Veterans Benefits Information, and Vocational/Career Change Counseling. Referral to other agencies providing support services. Job Listings - (City, County, State & Federal) and Private sector. Resume Assistance/Re-employment Rights Washington State Unemployment by Phone. File Search - Customer call-in, interview & job referral. Matching Client Skills to Employer Requests. Resource Information - Hidden Job Market. Internet Access for Employment Services. Free Fax Services for Employment Services
  • Ladies Operation Moving Forward (LOMF) (Women Veterans Initiative) - (253) 376-3393 www.Ladiesoperationmovingforward.org - 3714 South M Street, Tacoma, WA 98418 LOMF specifically concentrates on the needs of our women veterans and their children as they transition back to lives outside the military. LOMF addresses the unique needs of our women veterans and also how these needs are often overlooked or misunderstood. These needs include homelessness, unemployment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). LOMF provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing, culinary arts training, job training, life skills training, counseling, therapeutic classes and a Vet Tech Cafe' where women have access to computers, can work on their resumes, network, or simply relax with a cup of coffee.

SPECIALIZED ASSISTANCE FOR…

Veterans & Active Duty Military Personnel, continued

  • Pierce County Veterans Bureau – (253) 798-7449 - cdrury@co.pierce.wa.us - 925 Tacoma Avenue South, Suite B, Tacoma, WA 98402 - Provides emergency assistance to indigent Veterans as directed by the Revised Code of the State of WA. Income guidelines and other restrictions apply. Assistance is provided on a case by case basis in the areas of food, rent, and utilities. All assistance is in the form of vouchers, no cash provided. Contracts with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs to administer the Incarcerated Veterans Re-Entry Program (IVREP). This program is designed to assist qualified incarcerated homeless veterans with addictions treatment, housing and employment in an effort to reduce recidivism.
  • Tacoma Veteran's Center - (253) 565-7038 - Robert.ramsey@va.gov - 4916 Center Street, Suite E, Tacoma, WA 98409 - The Tacoma Veteran’s Center offers readjustment and bereavement counseling, sexual trauma counseling, job services, anger management, and individual and group counseling to persons who are United States combat Veterans.
  • The Rescue Mission Veterans Resource Center - (253) 383 4493 ext.1122 - va.rep@rescue-mission.org - 425 South Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98402 - Provides voluntary assistance to homeless veterans in a partnership with the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs Administration at American Lake and Seattle. Food & Shelter is provided. Hours of Operation are Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m. A Licensed Homeless Outreach Social Worker is in the office on Mondays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs - (800) 562-0132 - www.dva.wa.gov - PO Box 41150 / 1011 Plum Street, 2nd Floor, Bldg 5, Olympia, WA 98504 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling; Homeless Veterans Services including case management, transitional housing and employment support services; Outreach to nursing homes to ensure clientele receive the maximum federal entitlements; Veterans Estate Management Program (VEMP) which provides fiduciary/payee services; A toll-free number for veterans information and referrals; Incarcerated Veterans Services to clients who are part of the King, Pierce and Clark County jail systems; and an outreach program assisting veterans with claims processing and referral services. WDVA also manages three state veteran homes providing long-term health care for honorably discharged veterans - and in some instances, their spouses - who are disabled and indigent, or likely to become indigent due to the cost of their health care.
  • Coffee Strong – (253) 581-1565 - www.coffeestrong.org - 15107 Union AVE SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 - Coffee Strong is a project of GI Voice, a non-profit organization in the State of Washington. Coffee Strong is a coffeehouse and safe meeting place for GI’s and vets. We provide confidential, free GI rights counseling services, a link between GI’s and mental health professionals, community building events, free concerts and movie nights, speakers, discussions and other activities.