Tacoma Community College Housing Assistance Program

Tacoma Community College Housing Assistance Program

THA has begun an innovative partnership with the Tacoma Community College (TCC). TCC is the region's largest post-secondary institution. It has a distinguished record of welcoming low-income, striving students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. Yet, a notable number of these students do not have stable housing. Through this program THA will provide rental assistance to homeless students who at TCC. TCC will identify students for this program who would not be able to complete their college education because of a lack of affordable housing. THA's rental assistance will last for a maximum of three years. Students must make adequate academic progress. TCC will provide services designed to help them succeed so they will graduate ready to be independent of public support. 

THA and TCC are expanding the program to serve 150 students, and their families. 

TCC will choose the students for the program based on which students are most in need.  To apply the student must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Currently enrolled at TCC in credited developmental and college level classes;
  • Be homeless or at serious risk of homelessness;
  • Meet eligibility requirements as outlined in Chapter 3 of THA’s Administrative Plan; and
  • Household income must be at or below 50% of area median income, based on household size. 


During the program, the student must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Enrolled in credited developmental and college level classes.  Summer quarter students must participate in an approved community service activity or in an internship.  Students must be enrolled in 12 credits after two quarters on the program;
  • After two quarters on the program, maintain a cumulative 2.0 (GPA) or higher for each quarter on the program.  If the cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0, the participant would be granted a one (1) quarter grace period;
  • Have attempted to access FAFSA and if eligible, maintain an active FAFSA;
  • Provide full cooperation with the TCC Resource Navigator;  assigned to the student;
  • Participate in a Financial Literacy workshop before the end of their second quarter of enrollment in this program;
  • Allow THA and TCC to share individually identifiable information about the participants and their household to assist with referrals and potential success; and
  • Any remaining conditions not listed are identified in Chapter 12 of THA’s Administrative Plan.



If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact:

Marybeth McCarthy
Resource Navigator
(253) 566-5063




Barriers to Success: Housing Insecurity for US College Students [PDF]