For Shelter and Housing, call AP4H:
(253) 682-3401 ext. 1
5050 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409
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Through support, dignity and love, Family Housing Network, in partnership with our community, empowers families at risk of homelessness to achieve independent, healthy lives and a permanent place to call home.
Who We Serve
Family Housing Network serves low-income families with children in Pierce County and military veteran households in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston & Snohomish counties. We provide a place to live for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, while helping to build skills that maximize family stability and self-sufficiency, in order to prevent future homelessness.
Homelessness may be caused by domestic violence, loss of a wage earner, catastrophic loss, substance abuse, unemployment, disability, mental health challenges, or poor resource management.
FHN is part of a pilot program offered to everyone who applies for homeless services through AP4H. Diversion is not a program it is; an intervention with the intent of helping people find alternatives to entering the over-burdened homeless services system. For people experiencing homelessness, a Diversion Conversation is held as a way of identifying potential solutions to their current situation. A Diversion Specialist can assist people for up to 30 days to engage their housing plan.
FHN and a partnership of 12 Pierce County housing service agencies help families move to affordable housing as quickly as possible after they become homeless. Rapid Re-housing also provides them with short-term supportive services and connections to community resources at an individualized level. Referrals come through AP4H, (253) 682-3401 ext 1.
FHN receives referrals for its shelter program from AP4H (253 682-3401 ext. 1). The intensive program offers services to a maximum of 5 families at any one time. Families utilize our Day Center facilities for showers, laundry, telephones, cooking, relaxing, case management. In the evenings, a network of 27 local churches and schools provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast, rotating between host sites each week.
Housing with Supportive Services
Family Housing Network partners with 73 apartment units in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Fife to serve homeless families with complex needs and/or disabilities who would benefit from long term (2+ years) case management services to work on goals toward stability and independence. Service goals typically center on housing retention, education, employment, and family stability. Referrals come through AP4H, (253) 682-3401 ext. 1
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
The SSVF program provides rapid re-housing and homeless prevention services for veteran families and single veterans experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness. Qualifications include:
- Discharge status of anything other than dishonorable;
- Resident of King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston or Snohomish Counties;
- Currently homeless and seeking housing within 90 days, OR;
- At imminent risk of homelessness (based on assessment);
- Income below 50% HUD Area Median Income.
To access the SSVF program, call:
- Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties: 253-471-5340
- King: 253-854-0011
- Snohomish: 425-374-6316
Help Us Help Families!
Two-thousand volunteers participate in Family Housing Network programs through partnerships with faith based communities, schools civic groups, companies and agencies. Together we can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable families.
- Your church to become a shelter Host Site for a week each year
- Your family or organization to Adopt a Family for Christmas
- Yourself to assist with the Suited for Success Clothing Boutique or
- Become a financial supporter (Make a gift now)
To learn more about what we do and how you can help contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Joy McDonald at 253 471-5340 ext. 2310.