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Tacoma Housing Authority wins VISION 2050 Award

August 25, 2022

The Tacoma Housing Authority has won a VISION 2050 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Arlington Drive Youth Campus. The VISION 2050 awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows. Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Director Josh Brown presented the Tacoma Housing Authority with the award at THA’s Annual Meeting on August 24, 2022.

The Arlington Drive Youth Campus helps homeless youth coming out of crisis and traumatic situations as well as young adults who were previously experiencing homelessness, transitioning from foster care, or on the threshold of homelessness. This ambitious and innovative development addresses many long-sought community goals in one central campus, provides youth and young adults with a second chance at a reasonable adolescence, and exemplifies major improvements for Pierce County’s efforts to reduce youth homelessness.

Josh Brown | Puget Sound Regional Council Executive director

The Arlington Drive Youth Campus transformed a 3.5-acre parcel in Tacoma’s Salishan neighborhood into a facility providing housing, healthcare, and supportive services for Tacoma’s most vulnerable youth and young adults. The campus consists of a Crisis Residential Center for homeless youth and a 58-unit apartment complex. City of Tacoma, Pierce County, SMR Architects, Korsmo Construction, Community Youth Services, The Social Impact Center of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Washington State’s Office of Homeless Youth and the State of Washington Housing Trust Fund are all partners in the project.

VISION 2050 is the region’s plan for growth. By 2050, the region’s population will reach 5.8 million people. The region’s cities, counties, Tribes, ports, agencies, businesses, and communities have worked together to develop VISION 2050 to prepare for this growth and serve as a guide for sustaining a healthy environment, thriving communities and a strong economy.