Housing program puts children on path to higher education
“This is New Salishan. It’s kind of like a giant playground,” said Andrea Cobb, program director for the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), the nonprofit organization that helped create the development.
Born out of military housing and remodeled into an award-winning neighborhood in 2001, New Salishan (pronounced “Shalishan” by locals) is home to 1,350 mixed-income households.
Nestled between several schools, the neighborhood has a strong sense of community. “The look of the neighborhood has changed,” Cobb said, “But it’s always been this defined community with an identity of diversity, and those are some of the defining characteristics that people grow up with and remember.”