Through support, dignity and love, Catholic Community Services/Family Housing Network, in partnership with our community, empowers families challenged by homelessness to achieve independent, healthy lives, and a permanent place to call home.
Who We Serve
Family Housing Network serves low-income families in Pierce County and military veteran households in King, Pierce, Thurston & Snohomish counties. We provide assistance to house families experiencing homelessness, while helping to connect them with resources that maximize stability and self-sufficiency, in order to prevent future homelessness.
FHN provides equal access to any family referred through Coordinated Entry, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, disability, or cause of homelessness.
CCS/FHN is a partner in Pierce County’s Coordinated Entry System, the entry point for homeless services in the county. When people experiencing homelessness call the Coordinated Entry hotline (253.682.3401) for an appointment, or see a Coordinated Entry Specialist at an outreach location, the Specialist will meet with them to help them figure out a solution to their homelessness. The conversation includes problem-solving dialogue to explore options outside of the over-burdened homeless services system, as well as an assessment of strengths, vulnerability, and housing barriers in order to be prioritized for potential referral to an appropriate housing program.
FHN helps families and individuals move to affordable community housing as quickly as possible after they become homeless. Rapid Re-housing also provides them with short-term supportive services and connections to community resources at an individualized level. Referrals come through Coordinated Entry, (253) 682-3401.
FHN receives referrals for its family shelter program from Coordinated Entry (253 682-3401). The program offers services to a maximum of 5 families at any one time. Families utilize our Day Center facilities for showers, laundry, telephones, cooking, relaxing, and case management. In the evenings, a network of 27 local churches and schools provide dinner, sleeping accommodations, and breakfast, rotating between host sites each week. An individualized housing plan is developed with each family.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Family Housing Network partners with 81 apartment units in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Fife to serve homeless families with complex needs and disabilities who need long term case management services to work on goals toward stability and independence. Service goals typically center on housing retention, education, employment, and family stability. Referrals come through Coordinated Entry, (253) 682-3401.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
The SSVF program provides rapid re-housing and homeless prevention services for veteran families and single veterans experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness. Qualifications include:
- Discharge status of anything other than dishonorable;
- Resident of King, Pierce, Thurston or Snohomish Counties;
- Currently homeless and seeking housing within 90 days, OR;
- At imminent risk of homelessness (based on assessment);
- Income below 50% HUD Area Median Income.
To access the SSVF program, call:
- Pierce and Thurston Counties: 253-471-5340
- King: 253-854-0011
- Snohomish: 425-374-6316
Help Us Help Families!
Two-thousand volunteers participate in Family Housing Network programs through partnerships with faith based communities, schools, civic groups, companies and agencies. Together we can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable families.
- Your church to become a shelter Host Site for a week each year
- Your family or organization to Adopt a Family for Christmas
- Become a financial supporter (Make a gift now)
To learn more about what we do and how you can help, contact our Shelter Program Coordinator, Kevin Gavalis at 253.471.5340 ext. 2303, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.