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Posted on: December 2, 2022

Volunteers, donations needed for the Point-In-Time Count

Every day in Pierce County, thousands of people sleep in cars, shelters or on the streets. A lack of affordable housing and emergency shelter space leaves an estimated 70% of people experiencing homelessness sleeping without shelter each night. Do you eve...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 9, 2022

Calling all community service groups!

PCHS news

Are you serving your community and want funding?  We want your input!

Pierce County Human Services (PCHS) is creating a resource webpage to encourage groups with limited experience or capacity to seek funding to serve their communities. We recogni...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 1, 2022

Eviction Prevention Awards Announced

PCHS news - homeless

Eviction Prevention Funding Awards

Pierce County Human Services has awarded over $6 million to support eviction prevention. The funding will be used to provide case management services to households at risk of homelessness due to rent arrears. Applications...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 21, 2022

Notice of Funding Available for Emergency Shelters

PCHS news - homeless

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support the development of new non-congregate emergency shelters. Over $13 million is anticipated for the following shelter projects:

  1. Shelter with Medical Respite Service...
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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: October 21, 2022

Notice of Funding Available for Emergency Shelters

PCHS news - homeless

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support the development of new non-congregate emergency shelters. Over $13 million is anticipated for the following shelter projects:

  1. Shelter with Medical Respite Service...
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Human Services
Posted on: October 20, 2022

Hope is on the horizon for chronically unhoused people

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This week, a new initiative to create a community village of microhomes for chronically homeless individuals was introduced to the Pierce County Council. 

Modeled after a successful community in Austin, Texas known as Community First! Village, the...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: October 20, 2022

Hope is on the horizon for chronically unhoused people

PCHS news - homeless

This week, a new initiative to create a community village of microhomes for chronically homeless individuals was introduced to the Pierce County Council. 

Modeled after a successful community in Austin, Texas known as Community First! Village, the...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 19, 2022

Pierce County, Fife, service providers receive $35 million for safer housing opportunities

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Pierce County, the City of Fife, and homeless service providers were recently awarded $35 million from the state Right of Way Safety Initiative to help move residents living on state highway rights of way into safer housing opportunities, with an emphasis...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: October 19, 2022

Pierce County, Fife, service providers receive $35 million for safer housing opportunities

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Pierce County, the City of Fife, and homeless service providers were recently awarded $35 million from the state Right of Way Safety Initiative to help move residents living on state highway rights of way into safer housing opportunities, with an emphasis...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 19, 2022

Youth and Young Adults can be counted tomorrow for Point-in-Time

PCHS news - homeless

Youth and young adults aged 12-24 experiencing homelessness in Pierce County can stop by one of three locations tomorrow Oct. 20 to be counted during the Youth Point-in-Time Count.
H.Y.P.E. (815 S Pearl St, Tacoma WA 98465)
Beacon (415 S 13th St, Tacoma, ...
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Human Services
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability for Public Facilities

CDBG news

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support pubic facilities. We are soliciting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Public Facilities Projects to provide funding for eligi...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Affordable housing awards bring 335 new units to Pierce County residents in need

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Pierce County Human Services is awarding over $17 million for the development and preservation of affordable housing, resulting in 335 newly built units and 17 preserved units for low-income residents.

“These units will provide stable, affordable housing t...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Affordable housing awards bring 335 new units to Pierce County residents in need

housing

Pierce County Human Services is awarding over $17 million for the development and preservation of affordable housing, resulting in 335 newly built units and 17 preserved units for low-income residents.

“These units will provide stable, affordable housing t...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Event

Fall Prevention

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition invite you to the annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day event this Thursday, September 22, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Mel Korum Family YMCA. The address is 302 43r...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability for Eviction Prevention

housing news and events

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support eviction prevention. We are soliciting applications from qualified organizations to provide eviction prevention services and case management to eligible househol...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability for Eviction Prevention

housing news and events

Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support eviction prevention. We are soliciting applications from qualified organizations to provide eviction prevention services and case management to eligible househol...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 7, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - September Update

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The process for developing a regional approach has begun! Social Change Partners (SCP) has officially launched their project and recently completed the background research and document review phase. They are currently interviewing key stakeholders in the ...

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

Alzheimer’s Conference returns live in person with support, resources

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One in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. With a disease that kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined, it’s important to support families dealing with this heartbreaking condition. 

Indi...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Consultants chosen for unified, regional response to homelessness

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Pierce County Human Services is awarding $100,000 to Social Change Partners, LLC to lead the process to develop the regional approach, creating a unified response to homelessness.

Social Change Partners was chosen through a competitive process with Pierce ...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Consultants chosen for unified, regional response to homelessness

CPEH graphic

Pierce County Human Services is awarding $100,000 to Social Change Partners, LLC to lead the process to develop the regional approach, creating a unified response to homelessness.

Social Change Partners was chosen through a competitive process with Pierce ...

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Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Updates
Posted on: July 25, 2022

Support, resources offered at 2022 Caregiver Conference

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

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Human Services
Posted on: July 13, 2022

Rental Assistance Portal Closing August 1

housing news and events

The Pierce County Rental Assistance program will stop accepting applications on August 1, 2022. Tenants will have until then to submit or make changes to their rental assistance application. Applications will be processed normally until all funds have bee...

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Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: July 7, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - July Update

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Medical Respite Shelter

A plan for $4.6M of HOME-ARPA capital funding for purchase of a facility to run a 50 bed Medical Respite homeless shelter has completed the public outreach phase and was submitted to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval....

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

Homeless Housing Program Funding Awards

PCHS news - homeless

Pierce County made approximately $12.9M available in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Tacoma Housing Authority and local Homeless Document Recording Fee for our annual Home...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 17, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - June Update

CPEH graphic

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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All News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

2021 Alzheimer’s Conference brings information and inspiration to caregivers

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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. 

Maki...

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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

ADRC event - normal vs aging

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

inclement weather

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: 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