Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

In March 2022, Pierce County officially adopted a Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness. This plan aims to document the scale of the need and design a system to end homelessness in Pierce County.

We know that increased funding for services and more affordable housing units are needed to drive real sustainable solutions. Pierce County does not have enough housing for all its residents, and much of its housing is not accessible to our lowest earners, but we are on the way to making significant change through historic funding investments in housing and homelessness - $250 million over the next two years.

This plan aims to achieve “functional zero” – a state where any person starting a new episode of homelessness has immediate access to shelter and a permanent housing intervention. The plan outlines the following six goals:

  1. Create a unified homeless response system, including a unified regional approach  with central decision-making authority of funding and services.
  2. Ensure programs are truly effective for all populations.
  3. Prevent homelessness.
  4. Ensure adjacent systems address needs of people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness.
  5. Meet immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness where they are becoming homeless – not requiring them to leave the support networks in their communities to access services.
  6. Expand the permanent housing system to meet the need.

“Targeted universalism” is a methodology underlying much of this work. Targeted universalism sets a single target for everyone – in this case, stable housing. However, different groups need different supports to reach that goal. Programs must be designed to meet the unique need of everyone entering homelessness.

Pierce County Human Services is currently developing the plan implementation framework. We’ve already begun efforts to improve the homeless response system, including creating over 300 new shelter beds, funding additional case management services and developing a bus pass pilot program to begin later this year.

Latest Updates

AH nofa finalPierce County and the Pierce County Community Development Corporation have made roughly $17M available to support the development and preservation of affordable housing for low, very low, and extremely low-income residents. With this historic investment in affordable housing (roughly 4x the normal amount!) we are looking to find eligible applicants to acquire, newly construct and/or rehabilitate affordable rental or homeownership housing. Applications accepted until June 10. 

Designing a Unified Regional Approach that will work in Pierce County is a major undertaking. In the next few weeks, the County will release an RFP looking to identify a consultant to lead the community through that process. The Request for Proposal is scheduled to be issued May 20, with submissions due by June 10. 

With the growth of the homeless crisis response system and the need to provide culturally appropriate services, many new providers are expanding their services to include programs to serve people experiencing homelessness. To support these organizations – especially those by and for black, indigenous and people of color, the County will soon release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide technical support to ensure these agencies have the support they need as they help people reestablish housing. The Request for Proposals should drop in mid-May. 

Keep up on the latest Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) by signing up for the listserv or visiting

A Pilot Transportation Project is scheduled for a June 1 launch. Through a partnership with Pierce Transit and using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, five hundred people experiencing homelessness will have access to a one-year Pierce Transit bus pass as a part of their Critical Time Intervention, Rapid Rehousing, or Emergency Shelter enrollment. Transportation is often a barrier to medical care, employment, job training, behavioral health services, and staying connected to family and support structures. This pilot will assess if program participants receiving a bus pass will be more successful than a control group  in increasing positive exits from homelessness, reducing the duration of homelessness, and increasing income.


Also on the short list of immediate action is the establishment of a shelter to provide temporary housing and wraparound services to transition people into permanent housing. Its location is not yet determined, but it will be in an underserved unincorporated area. The Fife Shelter RFP is on hold and the TRM shelter expansion contract is still in development.

Read the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

Download the PDF Here

  1. Implementation Advisory Board Meetings
  2. Implementation Advisory Board Members

Implementation Advisory Board

The Pierce County Council has directed the Human Services Department to regularly convene a Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Implementation Advisory Board comprised of members of the Steering Committee and other community representatives. The board meets monthly, on the first Friday of each month, from 1:00 pm. to 3:00 p.m., starting April 1. 

Join the board meetings:

Webinar ID: 910 8468 8732

  • Join by phone: 253-215-8782 or 877-853-5247 (Toll Free)

April 1, 2022 Meeting Packet
April 1, 2022 Meeting Notes

May 6, 2022 Meeting Agenda

May 6, 2022 Meeting Notes

June 3, 2022 Meeting Agenda

  1. History of the Plan
  2. Steering Committee Meetings
  3. Shelter Plan Work Group Meetings

About the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

The Pierce County Council created the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Ad Hoc Committee to facilitate further planning to help end homelessness in Pierce County through Resolution 2021-30s. Two groups were formed from this committee - the Steering Committee to End Homelessness and the Shelter Work group.

The Steering Committee to End Homelessness is made up of members of the community who are developing a comprehensive plan for consideration by the County Council in November 2021. The plan will outline steps, participants, timelines, process and resource needs to  end homelessness in Pierce County. 

The Shelter Work Group is comprised of homeless service providers, advocates, and city representatives from across the community. The ambitious goal set for the work group is to build and implement a plan to end street homelessness by November 1, 2021. This shelter plan will comprise one part of the comprehensive plan created by the steering committee.



Gerrit Nyland
Social Services Supervisor
[email protected]