Serving the communities of Anderson and Ketron Islands, Steilacoom, JBLM, DuPont, Lakewood, and Parkland.
Jani Hitchen has lived and worked in Pierce County for more than 28 years. Born in Olympia, she grew up with two younger brothers and a single mother (her father passed away when she was 4) who advocated for students as a longtime school board member.
Hitchen graduated from Capital High School and attended Pacific Lutheran University where she majored in biology while earning her elementary school teaching certificate.
After working as a substitute teacher in the Tacoma, Bethel and Franklin school districts she took a full-time teaching position with the Clover Park School District. Most recently she taught biology at Graham-Kapowsin High School.
Hitchen previously was an active member of the district’s local education association union.
Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funding for rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 and behind on rent.
The purpose of the Rental Assistance program is to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents (including those living in the City of Tacoma) impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Assistance with utilities, garbage and internet is also available for those behind on payments.
Landlords can register now to submit their building information into the portal, making it easier for tenants to apply on March 8, 2021.