College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)

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 (CHAP).

There are two types of support available, the CHAP voucher which pays down the rent at any apartment complex that is not subsidized, or the Property Based Subsidy (PBS) at Highland Flats(HLF), & Crosspointe Apartments. An additional apartment complex is due to come on board in December 2019.  With both the voucher and PBS apartments, students pay about half of the cost of rent.  The amount subsidized varies by family size and averages $430 for those on the CHAP voucher, the student pays the rest.  The cost of rent at HLF and Crosspointe for students is $420 for a one bedroom apartment (THA pays the rest).  Students have to pay electricity.  HLF and Crosspointe are both walking distance from TCC.  Very few 2 bedroom units are available.

 Currently Not Accepting Applications

If you are homeless and working with some type of homeless services organization, meet with Marybeth to get on the CHAP waitlist.  This waitlist will be used for both the CHAP voucher and the subsidized units at Highland Flats and Crosspointe Apartments.

If you are homeless and need housing assistance, please directly contact Marybeth McCarthy.

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.
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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.

Questions?

Contact Marybeth McCarthy