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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - June Update

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Affordable Housing

Pierce 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. We a...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - Request for Proposal

RFP - Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

Unified Regional Approach

This has been edited to reflect the new application due date of June 24, 2022.

Everyone in Pierce County should have a home. Unfortunately, homelessness continues to harm many of the residents of Pierce County. To design a system t...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - Request for Proposal

RFP - Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

Unified Regional Approach

This has been edited to reflect the new application due date of June 24, 2022.

Everyone in Pierce County should have a home. Unfortunately, homelessness continues to harm many of the residents of Pierce County. To design a system t...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Affordable Housing Funding Opportunity

CPEH graphic

Pierce 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 i...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Affordable Housing Funding Opportunity

CPEH graphic

Pierce 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 i...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Key Peninsula Giveaway

Key Peninsula Giveaway

Key Peninsula Household Essentials Giveaway

Eligible households can join Pierce County's Community Action Programs on Tuesday, May 17th to receive free household items. This event is for income eligible Pierce County residents (outside the City of Tacoma)....

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Event Registration Link... Human Services
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability - Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing - Notice of Funding Availability

Affordable Housing Development and Preservation

Pierce County and the Pierce County Community Development Corporation have jointly made available funds to support the development and preservation of affordable housing in Pierce County. Applicants can utili...

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Apply Here... Human Services
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Pilot Transportation Project

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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...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Pilot Transportation Project

CPEH graphic

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...

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Additional Info... Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Workshops offer tips for caregiving on the Alzheimer’s journey

OMGosh now what - insta

It’s normal for older adults to worry about forgetfulness as they age, but when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, individuals and their families must know what to expect as the disease progresses. With roughly 6 million Americans living w...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Workshops offer tips for caregiving on the Alzheimer’s journey

It’s normal for older adults to worry about forgetfulness as they age, but when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, individuals and their families must know what to expect as the disease progresses. With roughly 6 million Americans living w...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 24, 2021

Shelter options for unhoused during expected cold snap

County announces shelter options for unhoused during expected cold snap

In partnership with the Coalition to End Homelessness and the City of Tacoma, Pierce County is coordinating warm indoor places to shelter for those experiencing homelessness, including...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

2021 Alzheimer’s Conference brings information and inspiration to caregivers

2021 Alzheimers Conference - FB IG 5

Nearly half of all caregivers who provide help to older adults do so for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Right now, more than six million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and that number is projec...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Community input sought for aging and disability services Area Plan Update

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The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division invites the community to attend a public meeting to comment on the draft 2022-2023 Area Plan Update, including the 2022 proposed budget.

The one-hour virtual public meeting will...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Alzheimer’s educational series provides guidance to caregivers

OMGosh now what - insta

The numbers are shocking. Almost six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today and in 30 years, that number is expected to rise to 14 million. After a family member is diagnosed, they often become the most important individual in that ...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Community input sought for Community Action Programs

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The Pierce County Human Services Community Action Programs (CAP) division is seeking input from community members to identify strengths and resources available to meet the needs of children, youth and families. Interested participants can take the survey ...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Community input sought for aging and disability services

ADR area plan pierce ADRC

The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the two year update to  the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR mus...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Universal design workshop focuses on age-friendly homes

Universal Design

Sidewalk ramps at intersections, commonly called curb cuts, were designed to help wheelchairs navigate urban walkways. Once introduced, designers quickly realized their extensive value for parents pushing strollers, children riding bicycles and pedestrian...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Workshop discusses health care planning from a medical perspective

advance care planning

Attorneys and social service providers stress the importance of having legal documents in place. Despite our best efforts to prepare living wills, advance directives and powers of attorney, oftentimes in a health care setting these legal documents can fal...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Learn the basics of Medicaid

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Many of us have heard of Medicaid and Medicare, but they can be easy to confuse. Join the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center for an online primer explaining the difference between the two, including how to qualify and apply. 

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program opens May 3

Senior Farmers Market

Eligible seniors can apply online for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and receive vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and farm stores, beginning May 3. Over 2,000 vouchers are available, each valued at $40, and may ...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Pierce County Caregiver Conference goes virtual

pierce county caregiver conference

Thousands of Pierce County residents take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. While being a caregiver can be a labor of love, it can also be very stressful. On top of normal stress, the isolation created by COVID-19 has resu...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Workshop explores issues of downsizing, organizing and simplifying

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Nearly half of Americans consider their homes cluttered¬ with items they no longer use, and one in seven have a room in their home filled with unused items. While most could use extra space, 41 percent of Americans report they have not decluttered...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Series focuses on legal documents vital to residents of all ages

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For better or worse, we live in a society that relies on documentation. When an emergency, crisis or unforeseen circumstance arise, regardless of age, having documentation in place can provide support and direction during difficult times.

Dottin...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Rental and utility assistance available for Pierce County tenants behind on payments

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Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have partnered to bring an eviction prevention program to thousands of residents impacted by COVID-19. Pierce County renters with overdue rent and/or utility bills can apply for financial assistance. Eligible utilities...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Workshop lays out basics of Social Security Disability

social security disability workshop

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 Americans have a disability, but still, many people are unaware of this vital program. The importance of these benefits cannot be understated, as they often protect against poverty, homelessness, and bankruptcy.  

Pie...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Know the differences between natural aging and dementia

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The number of Americans living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast.13.8 million people age 65 and older are projected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050. It is normal for memory to change with age, but...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Tools and techniques to avoid scams

how to avoid scams

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered ‘the crime of the 21st century.’ If you’ve been the victim of a scam, you know how upsetting it can be. But often consumers may not even recognize the truly effective ...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Extra homeless shelter beds available

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Due to the cold weather forecasted for the next week, extra overnight shelter capacity is available at multiple sites for people experiencing homelessness. Call 2-1-1 for on-demand services or visit a homeless service provider near you. 

See avail...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Get the most out of your doctor visit

talking with your doctor

Going to the doctor isn’t what it used to be. With innovative technology and advancements in medicine, it’s expected that we are more informed and engaged with our medical providers. It’s more important now than ever for pati...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Community Development and Homelessness: A Think Tank Recap

Think Tank Recap

In the fall of 2020, the homeless programs team of Human Services held a series of 'community think tanks,' across the County. Residents were invited to provide input on recommendations for community development projects related to homel...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

all about funerals

Few people are comfortable talking about death, but making funeral arrangements ahead of time is beneficial in more ways than one. Decisions made in haste or under pressure are often not the best decisions, especially after the passing of a loved one. Pre...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Avoid costly mistakes with free retirement planning workshop

how to spoil your retirement

Everybody looks forward to retiring someday. With preparation and a little luck, most of us will have the opportunity to enjoy retirement, but simple mistakes can easily set you on the wrong track. Avoid that fate by taking care to avoid common financial ...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: December 9, 2020

Expert panel focuses on extended care of a loved one

Options for the Future

Long-term care is commonly associated with seniors, but younger adults are increasingly finding themselves in need of services following an accident, unexpected illness or chronic condition. Whether you’re a resident in a long-term care facility...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Workshop explores holiday conversations with aging relatives

holiday conversations

Holidays provide the perfect opportunity for adult children to spend time with aging parents and relatives. While this year’s holiday season will look dramatically different because of virtual gatherings, the importance of time together cannot b...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 12, 2020

New Mobile Resource Center brings vital services directly to those who need them

Mobile Resource Center

The launch of the Mobile Resource Center (MRC) is bringing critically needed support and services to residents across Pierce County.

Due to the pandemic, Pierce County Human Services is unable to conduct normal outreach activities. The solution is a well-e...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Community Services seeks resident input on community development

Community Think Tank

Have you ever wondered what Pierce County Human Services’ budget looks like? Where does all that money go and why don’t we have enough to end homelessness? Do you have ideas that you think will improve your community? If you have an id...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Workshop explores considerations for moving in aging parents

bringing parents home

Today, over 40% of Americans buying a home are shopping with older relatives in mind.  There are many reasons why adult children may consider having their aging parents move in with them. Some prefer the advantages provided by intergenerational l...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 22, 2020

Birth to 25 Advisory Board seeking new members

Birth to 25 Advisory Board

Pierce County Human Services seeks interested candidates to serve on the Birth to 25 Advisory Board (B-25 Board). The B-25 Board is a 19-member board tasked with proposing a long-range plan with policy, systems, and environmental change recommendations to...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Help for families navigating dementia and driving discussions

alzheimer's and driving

Many people drive for years avoiding accidents and traffic citations. It’s a skill that demands attention, concentration, physical coordination and quick decision making. When cognitive abilities begin to decline in a loved one with Alzheimer&am...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Social Security presentation offers strategies to save money, maximize benefits

SS retirement ADRC

For individuals preparing to start their Social Security benefits, it’s important to know how current and future changes may impact their retirement. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering a fast-paced presentation for resident...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 12, 2020

CARES Act funds will help affordable housing operators maintain stability

Affordable Housing Operations

Pierce County Human Services has $1.45 million in federal CARES Act dollars available to assist owners and operators of affordable housing projects experiencing financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. County-wide there are over 10,000 units of deed-r...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 9, 2020

New supports for caregivers at home

MAC and TSOA training

We rely on in-home caregivers to keep people safe, healthy and secure. Caregivers are critical partners in caring for those with chronic conditions and others in need of long-term support, so ensuring they are taken care of is vital to the wellbeing of ou...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Essential Express offers transportation solutions to Pierce County residents

essential express

Pierce County Human Services has received $60,000 in federal CARES Act dollars to offer transportation solutions for those who are unable to transport themselves or who cannot access their normal mode of transportation due to COVID-19. 

The Essent...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Federal CARES Act funds relief program for affordable housing operations

Affordable Housing Operations

Pierce County Human Services has received $1.45 million in federal CARES Act dollars to help stabilize affordable housing projects. Grants are available for eligible owners and operators of deed-restricted affordable housing projects who have suffered a C...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Virtual workshops offer safety tips for older adults on Falls Prevention Awareness Day

falls prevention awareness day

Each year on a special day in fall, thousands of educators, caregivers, health professionals and older adults across the country focus their efforts on one goal: preventing falls. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is partnering with the N...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 26, 2020

$10.7 million awarded to Emergency Rental Assistance providers

homeless covid update

Pierce County Human Services was awarded roughly $10.7 million for rental assistance from the Washington State Department of Commerce to support our rental assistance program. This funding will be used to pay past due rent and prevent future evictions for...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Final awards for mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention announced

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing the round 2 funding decision from federal CARES Act dollars for mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling.  A total of $2.2 million was allocated be used to target homeowners at risk of f...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Self-care vital in supporting people with Alzheimer’s

OMGosh now what - dealing with alzheimer's diagnosis

The numbers are shocking. Almost six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today. Experts estimate in 30 years that number will rise to 14 million. When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they often become the most importa...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 4, 2020

15 annual Alzheimer's Conference goes virtual

2020 alzheimers conference

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, but many more are living without knowing they have the disease. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s come on gradually, often without notice, contributing to the disease killing more people...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Over $500K awarded to senior centers from Federal CARES Act

Senior centers awarded funding

A total of $556,450 of Federal CARES Act funding has been awarded to senior centers in Pierce County to assist with covering basic expenses required to sustain during COVID-related closures. Senior Centers are a vital resource for older adults to access a...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 29, 2020

CARES Act funding awarded to Domestic and Family Violence service providers

DV services

Pierce County has awarded $400K of the CARES Act funding to eight agencies providing domestic and family violence prevention services. This funding will support domestic violence victims impacted by the pandemic and assist local domestic violence services...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Pierce County and OnePierce award 21 behavioral health recipients with $1.5 M in CARES Act Funding

behavioral health funding for $1.5M awarded from CARES Act funding

In partnership with Pierce County, Elevate Health is awarding 21 behavioral health providers a total of $1.5 million in CARES Act funding. OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund (OnePierce), the funding arm of Elevate Health, recommended ap...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Workshop lays out basics of Social Security Disability

social security disability workshop

When someone experiences a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears, not only for the person with the disability, but for their family members and friends, too. It may be comforting to know that when a long-term...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Workshop summarizes Medicare changes for COVID-19

medicare and covid19 workshop

Since the pandemic began, healthcare systems around the world have been challenged in unimaginable ways. Here at home, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have responded on a seemingly daily basis with new or revised guidance to address e...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 6, 2020

CARES funding awards for foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance announced

homeowner support

Pierce County Human Services is announcing the round 1 funding decision from federal CARES Act dollars for mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling. A total of $2.2 million will be used to target homeowners at risk of foreclosure who have...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Free workshop lays out solutions for Social Security

It’s no secret that tax revenue for Social Security is outpaced by payments made to beneficiaries. In less than 20 years, Social Security will only be able to pay out about 75% of promised benefits. What can be done to keep the program healthy f...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 29, 2016

Guidance for Social Security in 2017

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve and will do so, especially in light of projections about the solvency of Social Security. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security b...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 2, 2016

Learn how to travel with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Getting out and seeing the world is one of those pleasures that almost everyone enjoys. Whether it’s heading off to delightful far off places or taking in vistas nearby, travel can lift the heart and stimulate the mind. But with a diagnosis of A...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 12, 2016

Event provides link for anyone serving older adults or individuals with disabilities

Most older adults and people with disabilities hope to remain safe, independent, and active, whether at home or in a care facility. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 12, 2016

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss happens more often that we may care to admit. Whether by disease, age, accident or trauma, people can have their vision impacted. But it doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. By tapping into community supports and r...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 4, 2016

Social Security Disability focus on March 23

Odds are you won’t need it. Odds are if you do need it, Social Security Disability is a lifesaver. Nearly one out of every six working-age Americans – 29.5 million people – has a disability, making them much more likely to experience economic hardship th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 24, 2016

Workshop explains Social Security retirement changes in 2016

Social Security continues to be a key part of how Americans ensure their financial security after they retire. Congress made some substantial changes to the program that take effect in 2016. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 4, 2016

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources is hosting a repeat series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” The 6-part series of discussions for families and individuals focuses on the initial journey through Alzheimer’s and oth...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 29, 2015

Workshop brings hoarding out from the shadows

Television has made hoarding into prime time entertainment. But hoarding is serious business that can last a lifetime – a mental health disorder that may touch over 1 million people in the US. Often families are torn apart, friends are alienated and mar...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 12, 2015

Community Connections director leaving position at Pierce County

After nearly five years with Pierce County Community Connections, Helen Howell’s last day as director of that department will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Howell will be transitioning to her new role as Executive Director of Building Changes, an organization th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: August 7, 2015

Plan ahead to maximize your Social Security benefits

For people planning on receiving Social Security now or in the future, knowing how to make the benefits is critical. A few simple tips can save beneficiaries thousands of dollars. And for those currently receiving Social Security benefits, there may be ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: April 22, 2015

Task force to dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to young victim

Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will dedicate a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend in honor of Quinnton Dimmitt. The 17-year-old Franklin Pierce High School student was killed by an impaired driver April 25, 2014, as he drove to buy a...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: March 25, 2015

Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home r...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: February 27, 2015

Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be p...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.

The annual surv...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: December 29, 2014

Retirement for “average folks” will look different

If you look at advertising, it’s all about expanding your portfolio and enjoying the good life. While that may be true for some, most Americans will experience something quite different.

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks” explores what most people wil...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 25, 2014

Free Uber ride home avoids a DUI in Tacoma on Black Friday

Choose Your Ride poster

Avoid a DUI in Tacoma this Black Friday with the simple tap of an app.

To kick-off its holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with Uber, the app that connects riders an...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

Dementia can be a frightening diagnosis, both for the individual and for their family. People often experience a range of emotions from anger and relief to denial and depression. And that is only the beginning. As short-term memory begins to fade, people ...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 27, 2014

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

Medicare is no longer a one-size-fits-all health insurance program. Medicare now offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each path. Knowing the differences and how to choo...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 1, 2014

Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

Decisions made in haste or under pressure are most often not the best decisions. This is particularly true at the passing of a loved one. Given these circumstances it’s not unusual for families to purchase services or overlook things that would not have b...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: August 29, 2014

Your feet may be telling you something

We walk all over them but most of the time there’s no complaint – until it’s too late. The average woman will own 450 pairs of shoes in a lifetime. Men will own about half that many. Yet few people have their feet measured professionally, trusting only th...Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: July 29, 2014

Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

No scam

Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they're devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very...Read on...

Human Services