Access Point 4 Housing

As part of the strategic plan to end homelessness in Pierce County and design a “best practice” model to prevent homelessness, Associated Ministries had contracted with Pierce County to provide a centralized intake center for homeless individuals and families and those in imminent risk of becoming homeless.

As part of AP4H coordinated entry, a Housing Specialist will work one-on-one with individuals to enable stability. Services will include, but are not limited to, referrals to housing programs or independent housing and assistance/referrals in securing benefits. For rental assistance please call 211.

This program offers a central point of entry for households experiencing homelessness (or will be homeless within 72 hours). Households receive resources to secure housing and other needed services.

Access Point 4 Housing offers a central point of entry for households experiencing homelessness of those that will be homeless within 72 hours.
AP4H process summary(final)

Office Hours for AP4H

Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm (some evening appointments available), closed for lunch 12-1pm.

AP4H Contact Information

(253) 682-3401


Emergency Shelters in Pierce County

Tacoma Ave. Shelter Men’s & Women’s Shelter

1142 Court E., Tacoma (Line forms at 5 p.m.)

The Rescue Mission

Adam’s Street Family Campus
2909 S. Adams, Tacoma
253-383-4493 ext. 1500
Call DAILY between 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. to stay on the list. Call at 7 p.m. for cots.

New Life Square Downtown Campus (Single Men)
425 S. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma (Line forms at 3:30 p.m.)

  1. Does Access Point 4 Housing include ALL shelters and housing in Pierce County?
    AP4H includes shelters and housing programs that are funded by Pierce County. We are having conversations with programs that do not receive this funding with the goal of developing partnerships that will benefit families experiencing homelessness.Types of programs included in AP4H are:
    -Emergency Shelters
    -Transitional Housing Programs
    -Diversion & Navigation Programs
    -Permanent Supportive Housing Programs
    -Rapid Re-housing
  2. Will Access Point 4 Housing get my family into housing faster/same day?
    It is important that we are clear so your family has realistic expectations. AP4H is not creating additional housing resources and this process will not get your family into shelter or housing more quickly. This new process will make it easier for your family to navigate the housing system in Pierce County; instead of calling 80+ programs individually, you will now have a single access point to current shelter and housing resources.
  3. What is the Placement Roster?
    The placement roster is the tool used to track those who have been assessed for services and are waiting to be referred to a shelter or housing resource. This tool tracks families by the date they were assessed. As programs have openings, the family with the earliest entrance date is the first family screened for program eligibility.
  4. Are Section 8 vouchers included?
    No. Section 8 wait lists remain the same as they have been.
  5. Can AP4H help pay my rent or utilities?
    No. We do not provide rental or utility assistance.
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