Housing Assistance

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Emergency Housing Vouchers

August 19, 2021

On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  Part of that plan includes funding for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs).  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded 135 of these vouches to Tacoma Housing Authority (THA).

Emergency Housing Vouchers are to assist individuals and families who are experiencing:

  • Homelessness
  • At risk of homelessness
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
  • Were recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability

If any of these apply to you, you may be eligible for an EHV.  The EHV waitlist and referrals for the program will be maintained and prioritized by Pierce County’s Coordinated Entry system.  It is likely that most people eligible for this voucher program are already connected to the Coordinated Entry System.  Due to high demand, connection to the Coordinated Entry System does not guarantee your eligibility or prioritization for this program.

To determine your eligibility for an EHV please call 2-1-1 for more information.