Beyond Food and Shelter

Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect offers FREE services for people experiencing homelessness. See website for upcoming events.

Utility Assistance

Within Tacoma city limits:
MDC (Making a Difference in Community) energy assistance: 253.572.5557

Outside Tacoma city limits but in Pierce County:
Pierce County Community Connections energy assistance: 855.798.4328

Request to Pierce County Community:

PLEASE add any utility resources you know of - we get several calls each week from people seeking help with utility payments.


Homelessness Prevention Services
This program provides assistance with water and other utilities (when available), and bus tickets. This program also provides rental assistance to households with a 3-day pay or vacate notice (when available) and North West Furniture Bank Referrals. Rental assistance is in great demand and can be the last stop before a family becomes homeless. Client service center provider essential needs such as hygiene items, books and coat.

Nativity House

Location: 702 S 14th St, Tacoma, WA, 98405 (Yakima Avenue & S. 14th)
Hours: Walk-in Day Center: 7 am-4:30 pm, daily
Overnight Shelter: 4:30 pm-7 am, daily (more shelter details on Housing/short term tab)
Agency: Catholic Community Services Southwest, Homeless Adult Services
Business Phone: 253.383.3697; 253.383.3697
Services: Provides a safe place where men and women (18 years or older) experiencing homelessness can get: a meal, hygiene items, clothes, mental health treatment, a good night's sleep, respect, resources, and referrals for basic needs and housing.

St. Leo Parish Emergency Services Assistance Program

Contact: 253-272-5136; 253-272-5136 Ext. 102
710 S. 13th St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
Services provided:
  • Toiletry packs, socks and underwear
  • Inclement weather clothing and blankets (limited)
  • Local/Puget Sound transportation assistance for verifiable medical appointments, employment and job search
  • Assistance with securing identification paperwork related to employment, housing and DSHS supportive services
  • Co-pay assistance for medications (limited)
  • Assistance with fees related to housing such as screening fees
  • Assistance with fees related to educational/training course work focusing on employment
  • Supportive services related to job search and job retention upon initial employment
  • Assistance with housing retention in collaboration with other agencies
  • Social services referral assistance
  • Advocacy for social services/ mental health assistance and related issues


Beyond the Borders Connector

Contact: TransPro Customer Service, 253.476.4657 or 888.600.8043 (toll free)
Services provided: helps eligible residents access public transportation, medical services, employment, shopping, and social activities. All riders must complete an eligibility screening to utilize the service. Service is at no cost to riders who are eligible.
Who is eligible to ride?
  • Seniors 65+
  • People with disabilities
  • Youth 12-17
  • People with low incomes may be eligible to ride.