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Housing Division

The Housing Division of the Community and Economic Development Department provides service and technical assistance that ultimately result in safer, more attractive neighborhoods, improved rental and owner-occupied affordable housing, elimination of blight, improved household and neighborhood safety and stimulated economic development. Because of the Housing Division, the community benefits from increased job opportunities, affordable housing stock, reduced blight and crime and an overall sense of pride in the City’s neighborhoods.


Federally-Funded Housing Programs

The division administers federally funded housing programs, such as the

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
  • HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program II 

As part of this administrative responsibility, we annually adopt an Annual Action Plan (AAP) that outlines how the Housing Division will use its federal funding in the upcoming program year and a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report that summarizes our success in meeting the goals outlined in the AAP. Every five years we update the City of Tacoma’s Consolidated Plan. This document provides a framework for addressing housing, human services, community and economic development needs in Tacoma. The plan is required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to apply for funds from the CDBG, HOME, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.


Housing Assistance Services

The division works in partnership with the non-profit housing community and housing developers to provide affordable housing options in Tacoma. The following non-profit organizations currently receive Community Development Block Grant funds to provide health and safety related housing repair services free of charge to low income Tacoma homeowners:

Metropolitan Development Council

Associated Ministries

Rebuilding Together South Sound

In addition, the Housing Division in coordination with the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) provides home repair and rehabilitation loans, sewer conservation loans, homebuyer down payment assistance loans and affordable housing developer loans.


Economic Development Services

The Housing Division works to stimulate economic growth by providing Community Development Block grant funds to local organizations which provide small business technical assistance to new and expanding small businesses. The following non-profit organizations currently receive Community Development Block Grant funds to provide technical assistance to Tacoma entrepreneurs:

Spaceworks Tacoma- Creative Enterprise program

William Factory Small Business Incubator


Business Loans

The Housing Division, in coordination with the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA), also offers small business loans to expanding and start-up Tacoma businesses. The funds are provided to the City through federal grants and can be used by a business for purposes such as acquisition, site improvements, working capital, equipment or machinery, furniture and fixtures, façade improvements, improvements to a historic building or fire safety improvements. The City's small business loan programs result in job creation and a stronger business community. Learn more about the loan programs available to expanding businesses here. Learn more about loan programs available to start-up businesses here.

Loan Subordination and Loan Payoff Requests

Homeowners who have a home repair or rehabilitation loan or a down payment assistance loan through the TCRA and wish to receive a payoff statement should contact Jason McKenzie. Homeowners who wish to request that TCRA subordinate its lien position to allow the homeowner to refinance a first lender's loan should complete a subordination request form and submit it to Jason McKenzie by mail. Address subordination requests to:


Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority

C/O Jason McKenzie

747 Market Street, Room 836

Tacoma, WA 98402


Useful Housing and Community Development Documents and Resources

Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group Report with Recommendations
HUD Foreclosure Resources
2014-2015 Annual Action Plan
2013-2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report - Contact staff for exhibits and appendices

Contact us if you have questions about the Housing Division

Carey Jenkins
Housing Division Manager
(253) 591-5238

Jacinda Howard
Contract and Program Auditor
(253) 591-5221

Shannon Johnson
Contract and Program Auditor
(253) 591-5230

Cathy Morton
Contract and Program Auditor
(253) 591-5763

Melissa Bell
(253) 591-5872

Jason McKenzie

Financial Assistant

(253) 591-5086