College Housing Assistance Program

For students who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Housing for Homeless Students

Tacoma Community College (TCC) and Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) have formed a partnership to provide rental assistance to TCC students who are homeless or almost homeless. This project is called the College Housing Assistance Program.


Application now available! 

Fill out the application and apply in person Jan. 25, 28, 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Jan. 30, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Building 7.

Support Helps Students Succeed

Our data shows that students who participate in the College Housing Assistance Program excel. From Jan. 2014 - Sept. 2016:

60% of College Housing Assistance Program students graduated or remained enrolled, compared to 16 percent of homeless or near-homeless students not in the program.
3.05 Average GPA of College Housing Assistance Program students, compared to a 2.75 GPA for homeless or near-homeless students not in the program, and a 2.97 GPA for the general TCC student population.
175 Students served since the College Housing Assistance Program was launched in January 2014.

Application Period

TCC has an open application period for housing assistance every Fall, Winter and Spring quarter. If vouchers are available, they will be awarded during the open application period. If no vouchers are available, a waitlist will be started. Homeless students will be given priority.

Open application periods are as follows:

Jan. 25, 28 & 29, 2019, 9am - 5pm and Jan. 30, 2019, 8 a.m. - 1pm.

 If you are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness, please consider applying! 

Currently Homeless?

Students currently experiencing homelessness may apply anytime after the 10th day of each quarter. Turn in your application at the Building 7 Counseling & Advising Counter.

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Get the support you need

The College Housing Assistance Program helped Robin find housing and graduate from TCC. 

Basic Eligibility

  • Enrolled in pre-college and/or college level credits at TCC
  • Please note that there are other eligibility criteria set forth by the Tacoma Housing Authority. See application form for details.

How to Apply

During the application period you can get a housing application online, and/or you can pick up a hard copy at the front counter of the Advising and Counseling Center (Bldg 7).

Please note that applications must be completed at time of submittal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. During the open application period, applications need to be turned in at the Career Center (Bldg 7). Homeless students may turn their applications in at any time after the 10th day of each quarter at the Advising and Counseling Center (Bldg 7).


Review of application and notification of application status will occur approximately 2-3 weeks after applications are accepted during open application periods. Homeless students may apply at any time. 


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