MDC - Metropolitan Development Council

We have helped Pierce County with housing, health care, education, and employment since 1964. http://mdc-hope.org

We help create vibrant communities by improving the lives of Pierce County's residents every day through our work in housing, health care, education, and employment. MDC is a vital community resource for Tacoma and Pierce County. Founded in 1964 as a non-profit Community Action Agency, MDC is committed to providing innovative programs that help remove people from a life of poverty and prepare them for self-sufficient living. For most of our 48 year history, MDC has responded to community needs by providing services that address the needs of low-income families. We have introduced national model programs such as “Housing First,” “Healthcare for the Homeless,” “College Bound,” and the “Educational Opportunity Center,” which, in turn, have improved lives and given hope to thousands of residents. Known by many names, the legal name of MDC is "Metropolitan Development Council," but we are doing business as "Making a Difference in Community," because that's what we do.

Mission: To educate our community to change the perception of poverty and deliver innovative services that equip individuals and families to thrive.

According to the 2017 Chapin Hall study (The University of Chicago):

• Roughly 7% of young adults in the United States identify as LGBTQ+, while 40% of young adults experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ+.

• Among racial and ethnic groups, African-American young adults are especially underrepresented.

MDC - Metropolitan Development Council proudly supports members of the LGBTQ+ community through all of our services. For more information, assistance, or how you can assist us in helping those in our community, please call 253-383-3921 or email [email protected].

#Community #Pride #Compassion #Hope

The deadline to sign up for the free MDC Upward Bound Summer Program on the UWT campus has been extended to June 21st. You can sign up online by visiting http://bit.ly/2019YouthApp

Join us for a summer for fun and learning, including a trip with visits to colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area!

thenewstribune.com

‘I can’t stay here forever.’ Disabled by a stroke, Tacoma man now lives in his Bronco

Matt Driscoll tells another story about how easily someone can slip into homelessness - just one medical emergency away. How can our community step up to better help people like Nick? https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/matt-driscoll/article231565608.html

thenewstribune.com Tacoma resident Nick Schenk was left disabled by a stroke. Now, like many struggling with Pierce County’s housing crisis, he is homeless and has few prospects for help.

king5.com

Olympia hires former inmates for homeless outreach

Meeting people where they are can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Former inmates are making a difference for many chronically homeless people living in Olympia, Washington​.

#EndChronicHomelessness #Community #Compassion

king5.com Former prisoners are working with the Olympia Police Department on homelessness outreach.

Do you know students at Spanaway Lake High School, Stadium High School, or Henry Foss High School who could be the first in their families to go to college? MDC - Metropolitan Development Council is recruiting students for Upward Bound, including the upcoming summer program and next academic year. You can learn more at http://www.mdc-hope.org/education/mdc-trio-college-bound or register online at http://www.mdc-hope.org/education/2019youthapplications.

Summer Program Classes begin June 24th. Deadline for registration is June 14th. Don't miss out!

#Community #Education

MDC - Metropolitan Development Council's Energy Assistance program was able to provide a total of $102,718 in rental assistance to eligible Tacoma residents. These funds helped to keep individuals and families housed during a time where housing security is at risk. These funds have now been depleted, but Energy Assistance services are still available. For more information please visit mdc-hope.org or call (253) 572-5557.

#AffordableHousing #EnergyAssistance #Community

komonews.com

More tiny homes, Conestoga Huts may be coming to Olympia

A Eugene, Oregon based tiny homes project recently adopted by the city of Olympia, Washington, has housed roughly 40 people experiencing chronic homelessness since its opening in February. Could this model work in Tacoma, in response to creating more emergency housing?

#EndChronicHomelessness #AffordableHousing #Community

komonews.com OLYMPIA, Wash. -- While Seattle struggles with its homeless crisis, Olympia is moving ahead with more solutions. A church is getting ready to apply to host a few tiny homes based on the model of Eugene, Oregon, and their Conestoga Huts. Olympia just opened a city-run tiny house complex called Plum S...

cnn.com

Meet Karli, the new 'Sesame Street' muppet in foster care

One of MDC's goals is to work with partners in the community to establish best practices related to improving the lives of homeless youth in Washington, which will help to deter children who were in the foster care system from becoming homeless. Roughly 10% of the 1,486 people counted as being homeless during the 2019 Pierce County Point In Time Count were unaccompanied children and young adults.

#EndYouthHomelessness #Community

cnn.com "Sesame Street" has introduced a new Muppet with the aim of highlighting the stories and unique love of foster families.

MDC - Metropolitan Development Council seeks dynamic and care-oriented individuals for the role of Advanced Registered Nurse Practioner. The ARNP will provide therapeutic support for guests with mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse issues in an inpatient treatment setting. Treatment works. People can, and do recover!

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/MDC_ARNP. To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and or application materials (if applicable) directly to our Human Resources Department at [email protected]. If you have questions please contact HR at (253) 284-9016.

#MentalHealth #CoOccuring #Jobs

Metropolitan Development Council (MDC) is recruiting teachers who will plan, prepare, and deliver quality instruction to support the academic growth of students during the Upward Bound Summer Program. This part-time, 6-week summer teaching opportunity will pay $40 an hour for teaching on Mondays through Thursdays, beginning on June 24 through August 2.

The Upward Bound Summer Program is for income eligible, first-generation students, featuring teaching and mentoring that helps them transform their academic careers. This role pays for one planning period for each class session taught, and teachers can mix and match to cover the entire 6-week program period.

To learn more, visit http://www.mdc-hope.org/jobs#HST. Apply by emailing [email protected] with your resume and cover letter. This position is open until filled, however, the next application review is May 31, 2019. #Community #Education #Jobs

Thursdays in downtown Tacoma mean it is Tacoma Farmers Market day. Thank you to the farmers for today’s gleaning donations, which will help feed people in Detox, the Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment Center, and The Center for Substance Use Recovery. #Community #Recovery #Hope

teenvogue.com

Left Homeless Mid-Senior Year, This Teen Still Earned a Track Scholarship

"I literally ran away from my problems. Even if it meant like 10 miles."

High School senior Anya Sifuentes had to suddenly deal with the realities of being homeless and taking care of her younger family members. Through her struggles, she managed to earn a track scholarship.

#EndStudentHomelessness #Education

teenvogue.com "I literally ran away from my problems. Even if it meant like 10 miles."

Do you know students at Spanaway Lake High School, Stadium High School, or Henry Foss High School who could be the first in their families to go to college? MDC - Metropolitan Development Council is recruiting students for Upward Bound, including the upcoming summer program and next academic year. You can learn more at http://www.mdc-hope.org/education/mdc-trio-college-bound or register online at http://www.mdc-hope.org/education/2019youthapplications

#Community #Education

seattletimes.com

Thousands of UW students have been homeless or skipping meals, survey finds

“You have to think about how you’re going to get to class. You have to think about who’s driving,” said Armen Papyan, a budding freshman attending the University of Washington Tacoma.

#EndStudentHomelessness #Community #Hope

seattletimes.com The new survey showed that an estimated 5,000 students had been homeless in the past year, with 160 currently living in a car, tent or shelter. And 10,000 said they had eaten smaller meals or skipped some entirely because of...

thenewstribune.com

City to spend $1.6 million to help expand homeless shelter at Tacoma Rescue Mission

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved a $1.6 million agreement to help add 50 beds to The Rescue Mission's emergency shelter. The focus will be to serve more women in need, as well as provide counseling, education, and job support. The goal is to open by the end of the year.

#StopChronicHomelessness #Community

thenewstribune.com Tacoma City Council approved a $1.6 million agreement to help add 50 beds to the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter. It is part of the city’s response to a public health emergency in regard to homelessness.

givebig2019.org

Metropolitan Development Council

Today is GiveBIG - a day to donate to support the work that MDC does to help people in our community. MDC has worked as Tacoma’s Community Action Agency for 55 years, providing the tools to help individuals and families escape poverty and thrive. Your donation helps us serve more than 20,000 people each year! Thank you!

https://www.givebig2019.org/MDC

givebig2019.org MISSION To educate our community to change the perception of poverty and deliver innovative services that equip individuals and families to thrive. VISION We envision an equitable community with engaged individuals, working together to improve the health and well-being of all community members. We w...

MDC thanks its staff of academic mentors and teachers in the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs on this National Teacher Day. Thank you and all other teachers in our community! #NationalTeacherDay #CommunityActionMonth

givebig2019.org

Metropolitan Development Council

May 8 is GiveBig Day. You can get a head start supporting the work that MDC does in our community by making a donation today. Help us provide even more services to help people with the tools they need to remove themselves from poverty. #Community #Hope #Care

givebig2019.org MISSION To educate our community to change the perception of poverty and deliver innovative services that equip individuals and families to thrive. VISION We envision an equitable community with engaged individuals, working together to improve the health and well-being of all community members. We w...

According to the Pierce County 2019 Point-In-Time Count, out of the 1,486 counted as experiencing homelessness, 36% suffered some form of mental illness. Mental illness was the most commonly reported disability.

MDC - Metropolitan Development Council acknowledges May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

#EndChronicHomelessness #MentalHealth

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Share Breakfast!

Join us on September 27th to hear about the work MDC is doing in our community. In addition to our local stories, we are pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the educational web platform Scholly Christopher Gray, will join as our keynote speaker. Hear as he shares his own story of exiting poverty and youth homelessness, and how Scholly continues to impact the lives of many students seeking higher education.

Visit www.mdc-hope.org in the coming months for more information, how to register, and more.

#2019ShareBreakfast #Community

Please join MDC in supporting “Our Tacoma Story,” a two-day conference and legal clinic focused on immigration and immigrant stories on May 2-3 at the University of Washington Tacoma. #Community

endhomelessness.org

Two Ways of Looking at It: How We Evaluate Homelessness Numbers - National Alliance to End Homelessness

There are two methods used nationally to evaluate homelessness - counts and rates. Is one method more reliable? What exactly do these numbers tell us in our community?

#EndChronicHomelessness #Community

endhomelessness.org The community of professionals working to end homelessness regularly rely on two types of numbers to judge progress in reaching our goal. “Counts” and “rates” figure significantly into both the Alliance’s recently released State of Homelessness 2019 and HUD’s Annual …

komonews.com

Father finds homeless son in Washington

A father from Illinois searches Tacoma shelters for his son, who suffers from PTSD and became homeless after suffering an injury that kept him from working.

“I’m just trying to find him, take him home and take care of him".

#Community #Compassion #Hope

komonews.com A father from Illinois who was desperately searching for his son has been found Saturday. Steve Ellis flew to Tacoma this week to search for his 45-year-old son Jason. Jason is a former Marine. His father says he moved to Tacoma to work construction, but a work injury and PTSD put him on the street....

Thank you to KeyBank for their generous gift in the amount of $20,000. These grant funds will help MDC - Metropolitan Development Council to enhance the service and track the progress of the 2,400 adult students we serve across Pierce County through our Educational Opportunity Center. The center offers free educational support, as well as employment services programs which can create self-sustainability and financial independence for those seeking to successfully exit poverty.

For more information about the Educational Opportunity Center or Employment Services, please visit mdc-hope.org or call (253) 284-7851.

#Education #Employment #Hope

endhomelessness.org

Many Western and Southern States Lack Sufficient Shelter Capacity for Individual Homeless Adults - National Alliance to End Homelessness

According to a recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, nearly half (48%) of all homeless individuals in the U.S. are unsheltered—living in their cars, on the streets, or in some other place not meant for human habitation. In Pierce County's recent Point-In-Time Count, 629 people, or roughly 42% of the total 1,486 people who were counted as being homeless, were considered unsheltered. It is evident that more discussion and work around the removal of barriers to shelters and permanent housing are needed.

#Community #EndChronicHomelessness

endhomelessness.org The most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress reveals that nearly half (48%) of all homeless individuals are unsheltered—living in their cars, on the streets, or in some other place not meant for human habitation. Unsheltered homelessness is driven …

Thank you to the Ben B. Cheney Foundation for their generous support in the amount of $8,000. The proceeds will help provide freshly-prepared dinners, one night per week, for youth aged 10-20 participating in group recovery sessions at MDC's Center for Substance Abuse Recovery and Co-Occurring services.

For more information about the Center for Substance Abuse Recovery and Co-Occurring services, please visit mdc-hope.org or call (253) 593-2740.

Treatment works. People can and do recover!

#Community #Recovery #Hope

knkx.org

Tacoma considers whether its homeless 'stability site' is worth keeping

Writing for KNKX.org, Will James offers an update on what the City of Tacoma is considering doing with the stability site in the Tacoma Tideflats that currently provides temporary shelter for roughly 80 people. The site is only funded through the end of 2019... #Community #Housing #Hope

knkx.org Tacoma has invested millions of dollars in a sanctioned encampment where caseworkers act to move people from homelessness to housing. With funding for the

MDC - Metropolitan Development Council's Energy Assistance program now offers Rental assistance beginning April 1, 2019, for Tacoma residents who meet the following criteria:

• Reside within the Tacoma city limits
• Have received energy assistance within the current energy season
• Have a 3-day pay or vacate notice
• Have a letter of intent signed by the landlord
• Have a W9 on file
• Have a current lease, showing the applicant is a renter

If you meet these criteria, please call (253) 572-5557 to schedule an appointment!

#RentalAssistance #Community

news.streetroots.org

The connection between eviction and suicide

According to the Pierce County 2019 Point-in-Time Count, one of three main causes of homelessness is eviction. How can we, in our community, better understand the link between health and housing? The piece on the connection between evictions and suicide in Oregon may give some insight into our own struggles here in Pierce County.

#Health #Housing #MentalHealth

news.streetroots.org Street Roots Understanding the link has created opportunities for training and prevention in Oregon by Amanda Waldroupe | 5 Apr 2019 “Breaking the Silence” is a statewide media collaboration aimed at putting a spotlight on the public health crisis of suicide in Oregon and offering our readers, l...

For the third year in a row, students of Geiger Montessori School visited MDC - Metropolitan Development Council today to build hygiene kits for residents of MDC housing and for people who are currently homeless in our community. Students helped create kits with added heartfelt messages of kindness and hope. Find out how you can make an impact with your donations by emailing [email protected].

Thank you Geiger Montessori for your help!

#Compassion #Community

piercecountywa.gov

Point-In-Time Count | Pierce County, WA - Official Website

While the Point-in-Time (PIT) numbers slightly dropped from last year's count, much more work lies ahead. Mental illness continues to be the most commonly reported disability of those who are chronically homeless. What can we do in Pierce County​ to help those most in need?

#AffordableHousing #MentalHealth

piercecountywa.gov A report on Pierce County's homeless point in time count.

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