The Work of THA
“The Work of THA” is a video series that explores seven THA-owned properties through virtual guided tours and in-depth interviews with staff.
Arlington Drive Youth Campus
The Tacoma Housing Authority’s Arlington Drive Youth Campus is a new and innovative property that exclusively serves young adults (and their children), ages 18-24, who are experiencing homelessness, transitioning from foster care, or are on the threshold of homelessness.
Young adults from the community had the opportunity to participate in the design process of the Arlington Apartments and on-site services. Because of this, there is on-site laundry, a large community room that includes a kitchen, meeting spaces, secure entry, gardening areas, an outdoor patio, and playground.
Through a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Arlington Drive Youth Campus offers on-site mental health support, substance use disorder counseling, life skills training, and case management services. At the end of 2020, Arlington Drive Youth Campus officially opened its doors and began leasing to those in need.
The Rise at 19th
One of THA’s newest properties, The Rise at 19th, is a midrise apartment building in the heart of the Hilltop neighborhood.
The property features 64 beautiful, modern apartments with amazing views, a variety of family-friendly amenities, and a beautiful outdoor art piece titled “The Jewels” created by Diane Hansen.
Out of the 64 one and two-bedroom apartments, 18 units are reserved for veterans exiting homelessness, another 14 units are reserved for people with physical disabilities, and 28 are reserved for families with children.
The Rise at 19th exemplifies the Tacoma Housing Authority’s commitment to helping our communities become places that all people experience as “safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive, and just.”
The Bay Terrace neighborhood is a part of the Tacoma House Authority’s latest efforts in redeveloping three communities between South 18th and South 27th in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.
Bay Terrace has a combined 144 total apartments and townhomes with one, two, and three-bedroom options. Multiple units were designed to be more accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The property features a 6,925-square-foot community center that hosts a Head Start program, computer lab, community space, and management offices.
This kid-friendly community has indoor and outdoor play areas for children of all ages, as well as community rooms for homework, meetings, and play! And lastly, residents care for community gardens which are a prominent feature near the sidewalks that make walking to school as easy as 1-2-3.
Located in South Tacoma, Bergerson Terrace was built in 1983, and the property underwent major renovations in 2016 as a part of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.
The property is comprised of 72 single-level units spread out across several midrise buildings. The sprawling neighborhood is a family community, with two and three-bedroom options and a variety of family-friendly amenities such as a community room, computer lab, designated barbecue, picnic area, washer/dryer hookups, basketball court, and a large, state-of-the-art playground for children, surrounded by a colorful mural painted by a group of Tacoma artists.
The Tacoma Housing Authority owns and operates Bergerson Terrace to continue meeting the needs of families during the affordable housing crisis.
North K Street & E.B. Wilson Apartments
The Tacoma Housing Authority owns and operates 7 different properties specifically for residents who are disabled or senior citizens. Two of these properties, The K Street and EB Wilson apartments, underwent major renovations in 2016.
The K Street apartments, originally built in 1965, are located in the beautiful North End of Tacoma close to the Stadium, Proctor District, and Old Town Tacoma, where residents will find waterfront green spaces, parks, dining, and shopping.
Just a few blocks away, the EB Wilson Apartments, named after famed Hilltop pastor Reverend E.B. “Boom Boom” Wilson, offers a direct bus line, nearby grocery stores, and easy access to the Sea Mar Tacoma Medical Center.
Both properties and all senior and disabled communities throughout THA’s portfolio offer standard one-bedroom units and ADA-compliant units for residents with physical disabilities.
The Salishan community is our flagship neighborhood, a HOPE VI site that includes 631 rental units, two senior apartment complexes, and privately owned homes.
Its history can be traced all the way back to 1942 when it became one of the region’s first residential neighborhoods to be racially integrated on purpose. In 2001, THA started a demolition and reconstruction project in a $225 million effort that would become the largest residential development in the history of the City since Salishan’s initial construction.
Completed in 2011, New Salishan is a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood made up of affordable and market-rate rental units, single-family homes, commercial buildings, and parks, all on new infrastructure.
Today, residents can stop by the Salishan Family Investment Center and participate in any number of THA’s supportive programs to further their education, find employment or increase their earnings, build assets, pay taxes, and stabilize their housing.
Residents and staff of the Tacoma Housing Authority take pride in the Salishan neighborhood, and they continue to work together for the betterment of our community.