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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. Through the Housing Division, the community has benefited 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, the City of Tacoma adopts a Consolidated Plan every five years. The Consolidated Plan provides a framework for how Tacoma will address affordable housing, human services, community and economic development needs in Tacoma.

 

To view these documents and learn about current participation opportunities, visit the Consolidated Plan web page.

 

Housing Assistance Services

 

Tacoma Partners with Pierce County and Habitat for Humanity to Rollout New Foreclosure Prevention Program-Applications Open Now

Tacoma is partnering with Pierce County and Habitat for Humanity to provide foreclosure prevention counseling and mortgage assistance. The program is available to households who have experienced a loss of employment or reduction in wages due to COVID-19 and have an income at or below 80% Area Median Income for Pierce County. To learn more, click the button below. 

 

Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Assistance

 

There are documents and information you can start collecting now to prepare for submission. Additional information may need to be collected by the provider upon intake to determine eligibility, but before you start the application you should have:

  • Household information, including birthdays, for all household members
  • Income verification for all household members for each income source including 2020 tax return (2021 if already filed or if application is submitted after the tax filing date has passed) for entire household OR household W-2's, Unemployment statements, Alimony, child support, disability, retirement or VA benefits, Current or past pay stubs
  • COVID impact documentation including proof of unemployment, loss of wages, loss of job, unexpected increase in costs of childcare, etc.
  • Loan Servicer, Bank or Mortgage Company name, email and phone number
  • Statement from Mortgage Company with past due balance

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:

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,  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- Incubator Program

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 an acquisition of property; site improvements; working capital; purchase of equipment, machinery, furniture, or fixtures; façade improvements; improvements to a historic building or fire safety improvements. The City's loan programs result in job creation and a stronger business community. Learn more about the loan programs available to expanding businesses or about loan programs available to start-up businesses.


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 Karlee Iverson. 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 Karlee Iverson by mail. Address subordination requests to:

 

Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority

C/O Karlee Iverson

747 Market Street, Room 808

Tacoma, WA 98402

 

Useful Housing and Community Development Documents and Resources


Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group Report with Recommendations
HUD Foreclosure Resources
FY2021 HOME Income, Rent & Homeownership Value Limits


Contact us if you have questions about the Housing Division.

Felicia Medlen

Housing Division Manager

(253) 591-5238

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Carrie Wickstrom
Program Manager
(253) 591-5224
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Danai Mangum

Contract & Program Auditor

(253) 591-2052

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 Megan Gustafson

Program Technician

(253) 591-5667

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Heidi Burbidge
Management Analyst II
(253) 591-5221
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Jason Mejia

Contract & Program Auditor

(253) 594-7933

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Drena Sellers

Contract & Program Auditor

(253) 591-5763

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Erika Bartlett

Contract & Program Auditor
(253) 591-5645
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Karlee Iverson

Financial Assistant

(253) 591-5230

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