Emergency and Transitional HousingReferral AgenciesEmergency HousingTransitional Housing

Note: During severe weather alerts (criteria for these alerts varies by county) the capacity of shelters is expanded. In Pierce County, contact 211, Associated Ministries, or the shelters listed below for details.

Referral Agencies

Associated Ministries Coordinated Entry

Contact: (253) 682-3401
901 South 13th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm (some evening appointments available), closed for lunch 12-1pm.
NOTE: Check website for documentation needed before making the trip to Coordinated Entry
Services: Centralized intake and referral system for families or individuals experiencing homelessness, features:
  • Intake and eligibility screening
  • Strengths and needs assessment
  • Referral for shelter and housing
  • Access to public benefits and community resources
Associated Ministries Community Resource Guide 2011-2012

Earned Release Date (ERD) Housing Voucher Program

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The Earned Release Date (ERD) Housing Voucher Program facilitates the release of offenders unable to leave Prison or Work Release due solely to a lack of ..

Emergency Shelters

A list of Emergency Shelters names, phone numbers and locations of emergency shelters at Perice County - Washington.

Phoenix Housing Network (Catholic Community Services)

Contact: (253) 471-5340
7050 South “G” Street, Tacoma, WA 98408
Services: assistance for families at-risk for homelessness with homeless prevention dollars and community resource information.

Pierce County Community Services

Contact: (253) 798-7038
Services: Housing advocacy, minor home repair for individuals who live outside Tacoma and Lakewood city limits but in Pierce County.

Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium

Contact: (253) 627-0949
1323 S Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405
Services: Education advocacy for affordable housing. Website provides links to housing, calendar, jobs, and other resources.

Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness: Member Resource Directory

Contact: (253) 591-5070
747 Market Street, Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402
Services: The City of Tacoma and Pierce County's response to homelessness. It is the mission of the Coalition to preserve and create affordable housing, prevent homelessness, restore homeless persons to stable living environments, and promote community awareness of homelessness issues through education, legislative advocacy, mutual support and the sharing of resources.

Emergency Housing

Associated Ministries (see information under referral agencies)

Open Hearth Ministries

Contact: 253-307-2274
1) Currently homeless with minor children in your custody.
2) Last place of residence in the Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Sumner or Orting area. Have proof that ties you to this area. Provide evidence that your children attend a local school, a driver’s license and a piece of mail with your last address. You must have accurate ID in order to check into the motel.
3) You may not have used our program before.

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
Agency: Catholic Community Services Southwest, Homeless Adult Services
Business Phone: 253.383.3697
Shelter Phone: 253.502.2780 Call after 5 pm, staff can't return messages until after midnight.
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.
Application Instructions: Doors open daily at 7 am for all. Overnight shelter guests are admitted from 4:30 pm-8 pm. Guests may come into the dining facility and either get their admission pass (for those with reserved beds), or sign up on the waiting list. First time guests complete a registration form, take a shower and are assigned a sleeping location.
If the shelter has no openings, guests go on a waiting list. Average wait is 2 weeks for men and 1 week for women. Each guest receives a welcoming interview the first day. Guests keep the same bed as long as they come on consecutive nights. During severe weather alerts, no one is turned away.

Phoenix Housing Network

Contact: (253) 471-5340
Location: 7050 South “G” Street, Tacoma, WA 98408
Services: a network of faith communities, schools, and social groups provide shelter and meals to homeless families with children that are willing to move towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Participants utilize Day Center facilities for showers, laundry, telephones, cooking, relaxing, case management, and life skill classes. In the evenings, a network of 24 local churches and schools provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast, rotating between host sites each week.

New Hope Resource Center

The New Hope Center
Location: 414 Spring St, Puyallup, WA, 98372
Services: food and shelter for homeless adults during cold weather months (generally November - March). Hours of operation for drop in center for people experiencing homelessness available at the link above.

Tacoma Avenue Shelter

Closed as of January 2015 (moved to New Nativity House: see above)

The Rescue Mission

TRM Family Shelter
Contact: (253) 383-4493 ext 1500
Services:Transitional & Emergency Housing and Programs for families with childrenThe Family Shelter is now located at the Adams St. Family Campus. Call to inquire about the programs offered

TRM Men’s Shelter
Contact: (253) 383-4493
Downtown Tacoma Campus: 425 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
Services: Must be homeless, show up at 3:30 p.m., stay up to 30 days
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner are served 7 days a week for anyone needing a meal. Breakfast begins at 6:15am Dinner 5:00pm

Transitional Housing

Some referrals in Pierce County must go through Associated Ministriescentralized intake.
(see information under referral agencies)
Associated Ministries Access Point 4 Housing: 682-3401
Associated Ministries Information only: 383-3056

Agape House

640 N Fife St, Tacoma WA 98406
Contact: 253.682.1971
Services:Christian ministry resource that requires pastor’s referral. Agape House offers transitional housing for single men and women as well as one or two parent families.

Another Chance for Women and Children /Action Association

10209 Bridgeport Way SW Suite D-10 LakewoodWA 98499
Contact: 253-572-8170
Services: Offers 18-month clean and sober transitional housing and support servicesfor women who are high-need, pregnant, postpartum, or parenting.
Call for general information.

Christian Biker Tabernacle

2702 East 112th Street, Tacoma, WA 98445
Contact: (253) 536-2584
Services:Theological Internships for men and women (separate facilities)
A 6 month commitment is required; but interns may be able to stay up to 12 months
  • House of Adullam (Men's Internship)
  • God's Ranch (Women's Internship)
  • Matthew's House (Women w/Children Internship)
  • Heaven's Manna (Food Bank)
  • Spring Brook Feed (Street Ministry)
  • Hosanna! (Work Ministry)

Domestic Peace

12115 Park Ave. S. #10 Tacoma WA 98444
Contact: 253-538-5374
Services: Provides transitional housing to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Exodus Housing

PO Box 1006 Sumner 98390
Contact: 253-862-6808
Services: Transitional housing for homeless families with children only. Also provides a transitional housing program, Safe Choices, for families with children who are homeless due to domestic violence. Maintains list of applications.
Must go through Associated Ministries: 253-682-3401

Family Renewal Shelter

6832 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98408
Contact: 253-475-9010
Services: Domestic violence only. Family Renewal Shelter places women and children leaving the emergency domestic violence program into transitional housing for up to 18 months where they receive intensive ongoing case-management and a host of other services preparing them for independent livingin permanent housing.

Guadalupe House (Tacoma Catholic Worker)
1417 South G Street, Tacoma, WA 98404
Contact: (253) 572-6582
Services: Transitional housing for single women and men; call for availability and application process.

House of Matthew Permanent & Supportive Housing
4008 S. Pine St , Tacoma, WA 98409
Contact: 253.301.0508
Services: Shared housing units throughout Pierce County for homeless men seeking change. Emergency housing is available on a case-by-case basis; however, participants enrolled in the Homeless Prevention Program must commit to a minimum 6 month transition. Requests for extensions beyond 6 months are considered on a case -by -case basis. Life-skills sessions, workshops, and support services are also offered. GED classes, Child Support workshop, free computer classes, clothing bank.

Irma Gary House

(see New Connections below)

Helping Hand House
PO Box 710. Puyallup, WA 98371.
Contact: 253-848-6096 ext. 12
M-F, 8:15a.m.-4:30p.m, Must call first, there is waiting list for agency housing for families.
Services: Transitional housing for eligible low-income families. May need to pay a portion of rent, deposit, and utilities. Serves Pierce County.
Must go through Associated Ministries: 253-682-3401

LASA (Lakewood HomelessPrevention)
8956 Gravely Lake Dr. SW. Lakewood, WA 98499
Contact: 253-581-8689
M-F, 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. There is a waiting list.
Services: Provides transitional housing to Pierce County families with children.
Must go through Associated Ministries: 253-682-3401

Low Income Housing Institute

2407 First Avenue, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA 98121-1311
Contact: 206-443-9935
Services: Various apartments throughout the Puget Sound area. Call for application. Housing opportunities for people who are
low-income and/or homeless.

New Connections

Contact: 253.617.1405
  • Irma Gary House
Services: Transitional housing for women released from correctional facilities in Washington State. Application may be submitted and accepted prior to release or - if recently released - print and submit the application available @ the link above.
  • Ann Flagg Cottage

Services: Transitional housing for mothers who face obstacles to housing based on criminal backgrounds. Applicants must currently have custody of a minor child or children.

New Start Assistance Programs (MDC)

721 Fawcett, Suite 204, Tacoma, WA 98402
Contact: 253-297-6728
M-Th, 8a.m.-4:00p.m./Fri, 8a.m.-3:00p.m. Walk-in Tues. 1-4 PM; Thurs. 9-12 AM
Services: Offers a transitional housing program for homeless families that include a pregnant woman with one or more dependent
children under age18. Helps to obtain and maintain an apartment with ongoing rental assistance for 9 months.
Also helps with deposits and utilities. Must prove homelessness.


5435 S. M St., Tacoma, WA 98408.
Contact: 253-474-9334 Ext 106
M-Wed.9a.m.-4p.m. Thursday 9am to noon.
Services: Transitional housing for homeless families with children. Comprehensive 6-18 month program to help families move into permanent housing at end of program.

New Phoebe House

Contact: (253) 383-7710
P.O. Box 5245
Tacoma, Washington 98415-0245
Services: Transitional housing, services, and support to Pierce County mothers and children impacted by substance abuse, primarily methamphetamine.

Family Housing Network Transitional Program (Catholic Community Services)

Contact: (253) 471-5340

General Information: (253) 471-5340

For Shelter and Housing, call AP4H:

(253) 682-3401 ext. 1

5050 South Tacoma Way

Tacoma, WA 98409

Services: Family Housing Network has 56 transitional apartments throughout Pierce County. Homeless families are able to live in their apartment for one to two years and receive case management while they work on their goals toward self-sufficiency, permanent housing, and stability. Case management and life skills are provided to all families in PHN programs. Family Housing Network is able to assist families at-risk for homelessness with homeless prevention dollars and community resource information.
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Pierce County Programs: Housing

8815 S. Tacoma Way, Suite 211, Tacoma, WA 98498.
Contact: 253-798-7038
M-F, 7:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Must call first.
Services: UnitedWay rental assistance: 253-572-4357
Landlord/Tenantcounseling CLEAR: 1-888-201-1014
Section 8 housing/Pierce County Housing Authority: 253-620-5400

Pioneer Human Services

Tacoma Housing Office: 253.272.5486
Seattle Housing Office: 206.624.0082
Services: Pioneer’s transitional housing units are located in various neighborhoods in the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas. All of the facilities are located near bus lines and within walking distance to shopping and other community service providers.

Rescue Mission Housing — not specifically transitional

Contact: 253-383-4493
  • Rescue Mission Adams St. Family Campus
Services: Homeless families andsingle women are housed for up to twoyears, with intensive resources provided. In addition to 16 family size apartments,Adams Street offers 20 rooms for emergency shelter.
  • Rescue Mission Jefferson Apartments
2336 South Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
Services: Forty-one low-income studio apartments for disabled or special-needs adults enable them to live independently, work and remain self-sufficient while staying drug and alcohol free.
  • Rescue Mission Colonial Apartments
701 CommerceSt., Tacoma, WA 98402
Services: Offers 44 affordable apartments for individuals moving from homelessness to permanent housing.
  • Rescue Mission Tyler St. Family Campus
Services: Stabilizing and transitioning homeless families to permanent housing and self sufficiency. Case managers support families with weekly meetings to set goals, monitor progress of direct payday lenders and make plans for permanent housing and employment.

Renaissance House
Contact: Barbara Stock
Services: A transitional home for women and children that are temporarily displaced from permanent housing. Accepts some ex-offenders on a case-by-case basis; no violent crimes.

Salvation Army

Contact: 253-572-8452
Services: Provides emergency housing, crisis intervention, case management and life skills training for families and single women and helps secure permanent housing.

Shared Housing Services

909 A S. 11th, Tacoma, WA 98415.
Contact: 253-272-1532
Services: Facilitates matches between home providers and homeless families or individuals to help maintain independence. All participants are required to fill out an application, undergo a background check and provide two personal references. Criminal history is reviewed.

Rialto: Pioneer Human Services

311So. 9th St. Tacoma 98402
Contact: 253-272-5486
Services: Transitional clean and sober housing for single adults and families.
Orientation, Tuesday and Thursday at 3 PM.

Youth Resource /Pierce County Alliance

510 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98402
Contact: 253-502-5470
M-F, 8:30a.m.-5p.m.
Services: Offers a transitional living program for people 18-23 coming out of foster care.

Community Youth Services

The Wellness Center Building
1424 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Shelter Information:
The overnight shelter has 50 beds and serves young people ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness.


Contact: 253-272-4181
Domestic violence situation ONLY. Phone screening intake.