PCABC’s Mission: Building Prosperity in Pierce County
PCABC’s Vision: Uniting community to empower Pierce County residents to build prosperity through advocacy, education and partnerships.
PCABC’s advocacy efforts, education, and partnerships help community members to:
- learn financial skills
- earn more income for their household
- save for emergencies, major expenses, and the future
- invest in order to grow wealth and pursue dreams; and
- protect their income against loss.
PCABC membership is open to any individuals or organizations that share our mission and vision. To join the PCABC, please read, sign and return this membership agreement to the address listed in the agreement.
Mission: Helping people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach and financial education.
Programs and services: Comprehensive Money Management Session, Debt Repayment Program; Housing Counseling; Bankruptcy Counseling; Credit Health Education; Personal Financial Education; Student Loan Counseling; Apprisen Financial Coaching.
Pierce County Housing Authority, www.pchawa.org
Mission: The Pierce County Housing Authority is committed to excellence in offering quality affordable housing options and opportunities for the residents of Pierce County.
Programs and services: Section 8 rental assistance programs for low-income, elderly, and handicapped / disabled individuals and families. Low-income Public Housing for eligible families who qualify for 3 or 4 bedroom units.
Asset building programs and services: Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) / Homeownership Program helps FSS members chart a course to financial independence through goal-setting, access to resources for success (job training, transportation, child care, health care, etc.), building assets through an escrow account while employed, and learning how to manage credit and FICO scores.
Associated Ministries, www.associatedministries.org
Mission: Uniting people of faith to build stronger communities.
Programs and services: screening, assessment, and referrals for individuals and households facing homelessness; youth housing and case management; diversion and rapid rehousing; protective payee and homeless mail services; family emergency funds; disaster preparedness and response; Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful; community interfaith services and dialogues; annual Hunger Walk; Moments of Blessing.
Asset building programs and services: Fiscal agent for PCABC; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA); foreclosure prevention.
Pierce County Library System, www.Piercecountylibrary.org
Mission: To bring the world of information and imagination to all people of our community.
Programs and services: Books, movies, music, and more for free checkout; school readiness, STEM, and homework help services for kids and families; job search and business workshops and resources; computers, wifi, and technology classes; online collections, databases, and classes; meeting rooms.
Asset building programs and services: Print and online informational materials; job search workshops and resources; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites; meeting rooms available for community meetings and presentations.
4 Horsemen Investments, www.4hinvestments.org
Mission: 4HI’s mission is to promote financial literacy through education, emphasizing experience, research, and outreach.
Programs and services:
Julio Quan of the Cross Cultural Collaborative
Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, www.goodwillwa.org
Mission: Goodwill helps people with barriers to employment go to work by providing jobs, job training, educational opportunities and support services to enable employment and job retention.
Programs and services: Job training and educational services, job search assistance and placement services, job retention services, work experience, case management, Military Veterans Services, financial education.
Asset building programs and services: Financial Education, Financial Coaching, Financial Counseling, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
Sound Outreach, www.soundoutreach.org
Mission: To compassionately guide people through the complex array of resources needed to achieve sustainable, independent lives.
Programs and services: Statewide Health Benefits Advisors, Health Insurance Navigation, Basic Food SNAP Outreach, Rapid Rehousing, VITA, Housing Counseling, Financial Empowerment, Utility Assistance, Project Homeless Connect.
Asset building programs and services: Financial Capabilities Classes, One-On-One Financial Coaching, Credit Repair, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Homebuyer Education, Down Payment Assistance.
Metropolitan Development Council, www.mdc-hope.org
Mission: To educate our community to change the perception of poverty and deliver innovative services that equip individuals and families to thrive.
Programs: Medical and Dental Care Detoxification, Center for Substance Abuse Recovery, Mental Health Services, DUI Alternative Detention, Rapid Rehousing and Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Supported Housing.
Asset building programs and services: Six education opportunity centers provide free career assessments, education pathway mapping, GED/high School Completion assistance, help with financial aid applications and college enrollment, assistance with fees, personal connections to college offices, and removal of barriers education. Employment services provides personal support, career counseling, job placement, and removal of barriers to employment.
Tacoma Housing Authority, www.tacomahousing.net
Mission: The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) provides high quality, stable and sustainable housing and supportive services to people in need. It does this in ways that help them prosper and help our communities become safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive and just.
Programs and Services: Rental assistance to help people pay for housing from private owners using vouchers, and operation of affordable housing properties.
Asset building programs and services: Case management services- to help families succeed as tenants in our housing programs, to recover from homelessness, domestic violence or other trauma and to stabilize as families. Programs to help families prosper- to help persons further their education, find employment or increase their earnings; home-ownership programs, Individual Development Accounts that match a family's savings, driver's license reinstatement programs, citizenship classes and English instruction. Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is an employment and savings incentive program. FSS provides individualized case management. Participants improve their educational level, participate in pre-employment training, gain job readiness skills and become employed.
New York Life, www.tacoma.nyloffices.com
Tacoma Urban League, www.thetacomaurbanleague.org
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), www.dfi.wa.gov
Mission: DFI regulates financial services to protect and educate the public and promote economic vitality.
Programs and services: DFI regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders and securities brokers and dealers. The department also works to improve financial education throughout Washington through its outreach programs and online clearinghouse www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, DFI uses the Web and social media to provide financial education information: www.twitter.com/FinEd4All ■ www.twitter.com/DFIConsumers ■ www.finlit.blogspot.com ■ www.youtube.com/user/WADFI ■ www.homeownership.wa.gov
Asset building programs and services: Workshops/Presentations on personal finance topics: budgeting, saving, credit, credit scores, debt, identity theft prevention, retirement planning, homeownership, talking to your children about money, financial education resources for educators and residents, and more!
Free Tax Preparation available!
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps households with incomes up to $54,000 save money through free tax preparation during tax season (Late January through April 15th each year). Click here to find free tax help at a location near you!
Why is VITA Important?
An estimated 46,000 Pierce County residents are living in poverty and need tax preparation help.
As many as 11,000 hard working families in Pierce County qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but are not receiving it.
EITC is one of the nation’s largest antipoverty programs. Each year 6.6 million people, half of them children, are lifted out of poverty due to EITC.
At VITA sites, IRS-certified volunteers prepare your taxes accurately and ensure that you receive all deductions and credits you qualify for.
Taxpayers also have opportunities to learn about other financial services and community resources.
PCABC’s VITA programs are made possible by grants from the IRS, WA State Dept. of Commerce, Key Bank and United Way of Pierce County.
PCABC Contact Info
Amy L. Allison