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  1. Electronic Plan Submittal

  2. Report a Violation

Domestic Violence Resources

  1. Our Sisters' House (OSH)

    Our Sisters' House was founded in 1995 to fill a gap in services for girls of color who were adjudicated in the juvenile system. Today the organization continues to fill in a gap in services for Black and African American women and children who have been impacted and victimized by domestic violence.

  2. YWCA Pierce County

    Established in Tacoma in 1906, YWCA Pierce County has devoted over a century to creating opportunity and safety for adults and children in the greater Tacoma community. After opening Washington State’s first emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in 1976, YWCA became a forerunner in the domestic violence service provision field.

  3. Crystal Judson Family Justice Center

    Established in 2005 through an agreement between Pierce County and the City of Tacoma, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (FJC) serves the needs of domestic violence victims and their children by providing comprehensive victim services in one, central, safe location in downtown Tacoma.

  4. Korean Women’s Association (KWA)

    The KWA Domestic Violence Assistance program provides services to any and all survivors, regardless of gender, age, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other cultural identities. Supportive services are provided at a separate location from the confidential shelter. Please call the 24-hour hotline for further details. We provide services not only for those who face immediate partner violence but other crimes such as financial exploitation, scamming, voice phishing, fraud, hate crime, discrimination, and others.

  5. Catherine Place

    Catherine Place seeks to improve the quality of life for women. By creating a gentle and sacred space, we encourage each woman to claim her dignity and worth, we welcome and honor her, and we provide opportunities for learning and spiritual growth. We are committed to addressing the particular needs of women who are materially poor, in transition, or facing the daily challenges associated with poverty, loss, violence, immigration and illness.

  6. Mi Centro

    We are a community-based non-profit that works with the Latino and Indigenous native families through our educational programs, crisis intervention, family outreach services, arts & culture programming, and advocacy efforts that concern our families and our community.

  7. Where to file a Domestic Violence Protection Order: Civil Protection Orders | Pierce County, WA

    RCW 7.105: Domestic Violence means (a) physical harm, bodily injury, assault or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury or assault; nonconsensual sexual penetration; coercive control; unlawful harassment; or stalking of one intimate partner by another intimate partner; or(b) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration; coercive control; unlawful harassment; or stalking of one family or household member by another family or household member.

  8. Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) || 1-800-822-1065

    The Washington Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) offers survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking, and Criminal Justice Affiliates, Election Officials, and Protected Health Care Workers who are a target for threats or harassment, a substitute mailing address to receive first class mail. The address is accepted by Washington state, county, and city government agencies in lieu of a residential address for creating records.

  9. VINE

    Information & notification for offender custody status. 1-877-846-3492

Family Support Resources

  1. ChildCare Aware of Washington

    Child Care Aware of Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in Washington has access to high-quality child care and early learning programs. Created by state statute in 1986 and incorporated in 1989, it is the only statewide child care resource and referral program in Washington.

  2. Pierce County Early Childhood Network

    We know it can be hard to find the resources you want and need for your family at the right time. Whether you’re looking for child care, have a question about your child’s health and development, or need access to food, diapers and formula, below you will find some local resources to get you started.

  3. Pierce County Early Childhood Network Diaper Bank Locations

    Diaper banks provide free diapering supplies for families with children aged 0 – 5 years.

  4. WA Apple Health (Medicaid)

    Need help getting health care coverage? As a Washington State resident, you and your family may be eligible for free or low-cost medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services through Apple Health (Medicaid).

  5. Key Peninsula Family Resource Center

    Just as a sturdy house needs certain materials, our children need many supports and opportunities to be successful in school and life. Children's Home Society of Washington helps create a solid foundation for today's children that will lead to prosperity for all of us in the future.

  6. Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS)

    Access WIC, TANF, and EBT information and services through this link.

  7. Child Protective Services (CPS)

    Report abuse at 1-888-713-6115 || Child Protective Services is a state agency that investigates reports of child abuse and neglect. Child safety is the first concern of Child Protective Services.

Food Bank & Meal Resources

  1. Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank

    GHP FISH Food Bank is an emergency food bank, serving Pierce County and a portion of Southern-most Kitsap Co., providing self-shopping for basic groceries and personal hygiene products. We provide a week’s worth of food per visit.

  2. Food Backpacks 4 Kids

    To meet the nutritional needs of hungry children and families at times when other resources are not available and to be a stable source of healthy foods for those who need it most.

  3. Pierce County Food Banks

    Pierce County Food Bank Locations

  4. Nourish Pierce County

    Mobile food bank services in Gig Harbor on Fridays.

Housing and Shelter Resources

  1. Call 2-1-1 for live support services

    A free confidential community service and your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, health, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 211 is always ready to assist you in finding the help you need.

  2. Pierce County Overnight Shelters

    Pierce County overnight shelters open to the general community.

  3. Pierce County Day Centers, Hygiene Stations & Shower Sites

    Pierce County facilities designed specifically for people experiencing homelessness, providing shelter, food, and other supports.

  4. Pierce County Coordinated Entry Access Points

    Coordinated Entry is the first step in ending homelessness. Coordinated Entry is available through these organizations.

  5. Safe Parking: Call 253-346-6482

    Safe Parking provides a place for people living in their cars to spend the night. A place they belong. Re-establishing housing is ideal, but until that time, a place to park for the night with some security, sanitation, and garbage service - is a safe option.

  6. Tacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) Street Outreach Team

    Through our Street Outreach Department, we are meeting our unsheltered neighbors each day right where they are at to offer access to life-changing resources and services.

  7. Harbor Hope Center

    Youth services || Harbor Hope Center fosters independent living for Washington’s at-risk youth by providing shelter, food, clothing, life skills, substance abuse education, referral services and mentoring.

  8. Aptfinder.org

    Aptfinder.org is a non-profit website formed to connect low income households throughout Washington State. Listings are voluntarily advertised by owners and managers of rental apartments for low-income households whose annual income is below 80% of area median income

  9. Associated Ministries’ Adult Home Sharing Program

    Associated Ministries’ Adult Home Sharing Program matches Home Providers who have a spare bedroom, with an individual in need of affordable housing, using screening tools that ensure safe and lasting matches. In some cases, an exchange of services such as meal prep, driving, or home maintenance, can be arranged with the Home Provider to offset lower rent, though Home Seekers must earn enough income to pay rent each month. The Adult Home Share program increases affordable housing, reduces isolationism, and promotes aging in place.

  10. Pierce County Eviction Prevention program

    The Pierce County Eviction Prevention program supports eligible low-income households with their past due rent.

  11. Pierce County Housing Authority

    Pierce County Housing Authority provides safe, decent, affordable housing and economic opportunity, free from discrimination.

  12. Pierce County Homeless Emergency Shelter Availability

    Click this link for data about pierce county shelter availability. The data for this site is updated Monday through Friday by 10 am utilizing the data reported from the previous business day.

Inclement Weather

  1. Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church || 7700 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor || 253-851-7779

    GIG HARBOR WARMING CENTER Call 253-851-7779 to check hours; Enter Door D, follow signs.

  2. Key Peninsula Civic Center || 17010 S. Vaughn Rd. NW || 253-686-7904

    Call for hours of operation: 253-686-7904

  3. Tacoma Rescue Mission Inclement Weather Beds || 253.383.4493

    For acute inclement weather events Tacoma Rescue Mission will expand Holy Rosary Church an additional 20 beds. All Emergency Services: 425 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 253.383.4493

  4. Nativity House Homeless Shelter || 702 S 14th Street Tacoma, WA 98405 || 253-502-2780

    Call for hours of operation 253-502-2780

  5. St. Vincent DuPaul || 4009 S. 56th St, Tacoma || 253-426-1710

    Provides warming in its Community Resource Center on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  6. Beacon Youth Shelter for 18-24y/o || 415 S 13th St, Tacoma || 253.753.7089

    INCLEMENT WEATHER: Walk up at 10:00 pm for overflow cots.

  7. Pierce County Library || 4424 Point Fosdick Drive Gig Harbor

    Anyone in the community is welcome to access the library during the hours of: Monday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday 10a.m.–5 p.m.

  8. Tom Taylor YMCA || 10550 Harbor Hill Drive Gig Harbor || Shower Access

    Monday-Friday from 6-8am. The Y is dedicated to continuing to offer showers to those in need in our community. Our partnership launched in spring 2020 in response to COVID-19 restrictions, leaving many members of our community without homes who needed a place to shower every day. Please visit our community centers during these times for free 30-minute access. All centers will stop accepting shower guests 30 minutes before the end of the program. We limit the number of shower guests allowed at a time to follow guidelines for social distancing, hand-washing, and toilet use. Photo ID is required.

  9. Pierce Transit || Inclement Weather Route

    No service on Soundview, Olympic Dr, or Hunt (a snow circulator will operate between Kimball Drive Park & Ride and Purdy).

  10. Cold weather resources || Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

    Up to date list of cold weather resources in Pierce County.

Legal

  1. Tacoma Pro Bono

    Tacomaprobono Community Lawyers || Free Civil Legal Aid

  2. Northwest Justice Project

    Northwest Justice Project (NJP) provides free legal assistance to address fundamental human needs such as housing, family safety, income security, health care, education, and more.

  3. Civil Protection Orders | Pierce County, WA

    Access Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO), Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO), Vulnerable Adult Protection Order (VAPO), Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), Antiharassment Protection Order, and Stalking Protection Order petitions here.

Mental Health/Crisis Resources

  1. Call 9-8-8

    Suicide and crisis 24/7 hotline || 988 Lifeline Chat and Text is a service of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), connecting individuals with crisis counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat or texting 988.

  2. Pierce County Crisis Line: (800) 576-7764

    Our mission is to build an accessible, coordinated, and equitable behavioral health system by promoting mental wellness and providing effective behavioral health services so all Pierce County residents can live healthier lives.

  3. Sea Mar Community Behavioral Health

    Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.

  4. Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

  5. GHKP Suicide Prevention Coalition

    Our mission is to reduce the number of suicide attempts in both youth and adults in the region.

  6. Metropolitan Development Council

    We’re Metropolitan Development Council–your advocate in achievement, your champion in connection and your partner in personal stability. Since 1964, it’s been our mission to level the scales of poverty in Tacoma and beyond. We empower our community with integrated social services and compassionate support so they can break free from survival mode, find stability and create a path forward.

Senior Citizen & Disability Resources

  1. Gig Harbor Senior Center

    Mission Statement: To provide a vibrant gathering place for seniors that inspires and supports participation in all aspects of community life by offering opportunities for social interaction, recreation, education, and wellness.

  2. The Mustard Seed Project

    he Mustard Seed Project promotes independent living and quality of life for seniors residing on the Key Peninsula in western Washington by providing services and programs in five focus areas: transportation, information & referral, health and wellness, senior housing options, and community education.

  3. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources

    The Aging and Disability Resources Program offers a wide range of community-based services that allow older adults and adults with disabilities to remain at home as long as possible. These services address the needs of frail, older and functionally disabled adults living in Pierce County.

  4. Senior Congregate Nutrition

    The Senior Congregate Nutrition Program provides a free meal, conversation, and even an activity or two for adults 60 years or older.

  5. Pierce County Aging in Place Specialists

    Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS)

  6. Pierce County Family Caregiver Support

    The Family Caregiver Support program helps support and sustain the primary, unpaid caregiver providing continuous care for an older adult or a functionally disabled adult 18 years of age. We connect caregivers with the resources that will enable them to continue at-home care and make it possible for care recipients to continue to remain in their familiar environment.

  7. Report Elder Care Abuse

    Call Adult Protective Services at (877) 734 6277

  8. Medicare

    Apply for Medicare coverage here.

  9. Supplemental Security Income

    Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) here.

  10. Social Security Disability Insurance

    Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) here.

  11. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide resource that assists people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, maintain, advance in, or regain employment.

  12. Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers assistance in all aspects related to DVR services for customers who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened.

  13. Services for the Blind

    Our mission is inclusion, independence, and economic vitality for people with visual disabilities

Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking

  1. Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County

    Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County offers support toward healing through advocacy and therapy for those affected by sexual assault and abuse. Through education and collaboration Rebuilding Hope improves the community’s response to sexual assault and abuse victims and challenges the behaviors and beliefs that promote sexual violence.

  2. Scarlet ROAD

    Through holistic care Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom to those who have been sexually exploited.

  3. WA Trafficking Prevention (WTP)

    Our Mission: To prevent human trafficking in Washington State by equipping the vulnerable and engaging communities.

  4. Where to file a Sexual Assault Protection Order: Civil Protection Orders - Pierce County, WA

    RCW 7.105 A sexual assault protection order can be filed when the petitioner alleges the existence of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration was committed against the petitioner by the respondent.

Substance Abuse Resources

  1. Tacoma Detoxification Center

    Open 24/7, serves ages 13+: 253-593-2413

  2. Olalla Recovery Centers

    Inpatient & Outpatient Substance Use Treatment

  3. Rainier Recovery

    Inpatient, outpatient, medication assisted treatment, and more.

  4. Naloxone (Narcan) Resources

    Scroll down on webpage to find inforamtion about: small quantities of free naloxone (Narcan).

  5. Alcoholics Anonymous

    Find AA Meetings in Gig Harbor, Washington

  6. Narcotics Anonymous

    Find Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Gig Harbor area.

  7. Al-Anon & Alateen Meetings

    Find Al-Anon & Alateen Meetings meetings in Gig Harbor area.

  8. Nar-Anon (Pacific Northwest)

    Pacific NW Nar-Anon Family Groups are primarily for you who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you.

Tax Resources

  1. Property Tax Exemption Program

    All Washington counties offer senior citizens and disabled household property tax exemptions. Seniors who are at least age 61 by December 31, 2021, or retired from regular gainful employment by reason of a disability, with an income of $45,708 or less are eligible. Note: For tax year 2024 this household income limit will increase to $64,000.

  2. FREE Tax Help in Pierce County || Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

    Tax payers must earn $60,000 or less in income to qualify for assistance; other tax assistance and site locations can be found at www.IRS.gov/vita

Transportation Services

  1. Pierce Transit Route 100 Gig Harbor

    Pierce Transit Route 100 Gig Harbor route details.

  2. Pierce County Transportation Resources

    These websites can provide you with additional information regarding transportation options throughout the Puget Sound.

Veterans Resources

  1. Pierce County Veterans Resource Center

    Veterans Resource Center provides services to help veterans and their families improve their wellbeing.

  2. Blue Star Families

    Military families’ supportive services.

  3. Veteran Crisis Line

    Dial 9-8-8 and press 1 or chat online.

  4. PTSD Foundation

    Veteran Services for PTSD

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. FISH Foodbank

    GHP FISH is led entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are needed to: help clients with much needed food; restock and maintain the food bank; pick up food at participating businesses and deliver to food bank; join the financial aid team; plan or participate in community events on behalf of GHP FISH; provide your expertise to clients and volunteers; participate in food or fund collection drives in the community.

  2. Food Backpacks 4 Kids

    See the list of upcoming events for opportunities to get involved and make a difference. High school students can earn their community service hours with us and have a great time serving their community.

  3. Communities in Schools of Peninsula

    Join the CISP Volunteer Team, as our organization pivots to support the growing academic and social-emotional challenges faced by kids and families through Academic Mentoring; College Admission and Application Assistance; Passport Reading Program; and Tutors with Tails Therapy Dog Reading Program.

  4. Gig Harbor Police Department Volunteer Program

    Whenever possible, the Gig Harbor Police Department will match a volunteer’s specific skills and interests to particular tasks.

  5. Mustard Seed Project

    There are volunteer opportunities for everyone! Join a committee, become a volunteer driver, help out with an event or program, make friendly phone calls and more.

  6. Key Peninsula Community Services (KPCS)

    Please call us at (253) 884-4440 for more information about volunteer opportunities.

  7. Pierce County Library

    Contact your local library to learn about available volunteer opportunities. Each location has different needs, so not all opportunities will be available at all locations.

  8. Harbor Hope Center

    Mission: Foster independent living for Washington’s at-risk youth by providing shelter, food, clothing, life skills, substance abuse education, referral services and mentoring.

  9. Homestead Community

    The needs are great and the hands are few. There are volunteer opportunities for regular needs and occasional events that can fit into your busy schedule. Volunteer opportunities include activities such as: providing meals, toiletries, laundry services, yard work, home renovation projects and helping at one of our fundraising events.

  10. Ali's Prom Project

    We are always welcoming volunteers to join us in the boutique as a personal stylists, and other help with day to day operations.

  11. Children's Home Society of WA

    Since Children’s Home Society of Washington was founded in 1896, volunteers have been an integral part of our organization.

  12. Girls on the Run

    The impact Girls on the Run makes is dependent on dedicated volunteers like you, who are committed and passionate about our mission and vision. Not a runner? Not a problem!

  13. Special Olympics Washington

    We love our volunteers! Special Olympics Washington would not exist today, nor be as successful as it is, without the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time, talents, energy and especially their enthusiasm to making the world a more inclusive and accepting place.

  14. Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation

    The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation believes every American citizen can be a part of the integral and critical support for returning soldiers and first responders.

  15. Habitat for Humanity

    We welcome people from all walks of life to join us in building decent, affordable houses in partnership with future homeowner families, or to work a shift at the Habitat Store.

  16. Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society

    Volunteers are a vital part of our organization. With their help, we are able to meet our mission of “Advancing the welfare of animals and promoting positive relationships between animals and people.” You too can be a part of this mission and join a team of compassionate animal lovers.

  17. Pony-up Rescue for Equines

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Pony Up Rescue! We know that your time is valuable, and we deeply appreciate any that you’re willing to offer help us help horses in need.

  18. Harbor WildWatch

    Whether it is collecting scientific data on our local beaches or becoming a docent at the Marine Life Center, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone at Harbor WildWatch! Complete the online form or contact Stena@harborwildwatch.org for more information.

  19. The Coffee Oasis - Opportunities for youth to thrive

    The Coffee Oasis Youth Programs exist to create pathways of opportunity for youth and young adults (ages 13-25) to be restored in heart, soul, mind, and body. Be a community advocate. Respond to the Crisis Text Line. Spend time in a Drop-In Center. Be a mentor. Go on outreach. Use your talents and skills to build community and create opportunities for youth!