The Human Services Division implements the City's human services initiatives and oversees the numerous non-profit programs under contract with the City to help meet the needs of Tacoma residents. The non-profit programs funded by the City strengthen our community by working to provide basic needs such as food, shelter, and safety, increase adult self-sufficiency by education and employment services, and help our youth overcome barriers to success and develop the skills necessary to become productive citizens.
This section facilitates community-wide solutions through strategic funding of effective human services programs and proactive partnerships. The contracting section is responsible for developing and implementing the Human Services Strategic Plan, as well as facilitating the contracting process with local public and non-profit agencies. Every human services contract contains provisions for Outcome Based Evaluations that measure the impact of services in the lives of City residents.
The City of Tacoma owns and operates the Beacon and the Lighthouse Activity Centers for residents of Tacoma aged 50 years and older. Each center provides a comprehensive array of programs designed to improve and maintain health, stimulate learning, and provide socialization, recreational, and volunteer opportunities. Services include a daily nutritional lunch and transportation for those who no longer drive.
Housing First is an innovative model to help homeless individuals move to permanent supportive housing. Another objective of this program is to clean and permanently close homeless encampment sites around the City.
The Coalition's goal is to end chronic homelessness in the next ten years, prevent its recurrence, and decrease its effect on the community. The Coalition also provides resources and referrals for many services vital to homeless individuals.
The Tacoma Gang Reduction Project is working to reduce and prevent gang violence through prevention, intervention and suppression efforts.
Having an engaged, vibrant, and productive citizenry is at the heart of a thriving community and economic development. The City of Tacoma has joined jurisdictions all over the state to implement a 0.1% increase in the sales tax for chemical dependency, mental health treatment services, or therapeutic courts.
The commission conducts public hearings, accepts and reviews proposals, selects projects and makes recommendations to the City Council. Also serves as a resource to the City Council and City Staff for implementation of the City's Human Services Strategic Plan.
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Human Services Division Manager