Homeless Tacoma school kids to get help from $10M expansion of program started at McCarver (Tacoma Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
October 10th, 2019

From The News Tribune:

In the next three years, the Tacoma Housing Authority is dedicating $10.5 million to expand its Education Project, which seeks to not only house homeless families but bolster student success in schools.

“THA seeks to have people join our housing programs and succeed, not just as tenants but also, as our mission statement contemplates, as parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets,” said THA executive director Michael Mirra. “...We want this certainly for grown-ups who are capable of working. We want this emphatically for children and young people because we do not wish them to need our housing when they grow up. This transformation requires success in schools.”

That transformation includes more than $3 million to expand a program that used to be available only at McCarver Elementary.

Tacoma Housing Authority’s Housing Assistance Program provides rent subsidies and support services like case workers stationed at schools. The goal is to stabilize the home lives of children for a better focus at school.

Read The News Tribune's article "Homeless Tacoma school kids to get help from $10M expansion of program started at McCarver," featuring the Tacoma Housing Authority. 

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