Housing Assistance

Stable housing is a cornerstone for building self-sufficiency for years to come. If you need a place to live, Multi-Service Center (MSC) staff will do what they can to help you. Housing services we offer include family shelter and transitional housing, affordable permanent housing, senior housing, and clean and sober transitional housing for both men and women. Each program has different eligibility requirements and a different application procedure. Please see each program for details.

siblings_iStock_000004975968MediumMSC’s family shelter consists of 15 two- and three-bedroom houses in a neighborhood in Kent. Families stay temporarily while working with a case manager to set goals for finding stable housing. Families stay on a month-to-month basis dependent on family needs and willingness to follow program guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Family is homeless
  • Family with children, at least one child in the family must be under 18
  • Family income no more than 30% of the AMI (Area Median Income)
  • Committed to working with a case manager
  • Family members must provide proof of identification (ID, birth certificates, Medical Coupon, Social Security Card, etc.)
  • MSC Family Shelter doesn’t take people with charges of arson, sex offenses, or repeated assaults
  • Family must have no other housing options

Please call 2-1-1 for access to this program or to be matched with a housing option that best meets your family’s needs.

Mother and daughter huggingFamilies may qualify to live in MSC transitional housing for up to two years. During this time, program participants work with a case manager to reduce the barriers to self-sufficiency such as mental health issues, physical disabilities, drug/alcohol treatment, employment, education, legal and/or financial issues.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Families include single-parent or two-parent families with at least one child under 18 years of age
  • Families must be homeless (per HUD definition)
  • Family income must be less than 30% of AMI (Area Median Income); (amount depends on family size)
  • Participants must be willing to participate in case management

To be considered for transitional housing, call 2-1-1 to be matched with an option that best meets your family’s needs.

Move_iStock_000003672462MediumIndividuals and families who are able to sustain affordable market rate rent may qualify to live in one of several MSC-owned apartments in south King and Pierce Counties.

For application or availability, call the phone numbers listed below:

One- and Two-Bedroom Units
Villa Capri
Federal Way, WA
253.941.315

Two-Bedroom Units
Maple Lane Estates
Kent, WA
253.218.0334

Mansard Estates
Auburn, WA
253.218.0334

White River Apartments
Auburn, WA
253.218.0334

Fern Hill Terrace
Tacoma, WA
253.475.0482

Three-Bedroom Units
Victoria Place II
Des Moines, WA
253.218.0334

One-, Two-,Three-, and Four-Bedroom Units
Hawthorne Lane
Graham, WA
253.847.4288

Kenyon Place
Buckley, WA
360.829.0487

134163301Multi-Service Center owns three apartment complexes dedicated to senior living. Built from the ground-up by MSC for seniors, these apartment complexes offer seniors independent living in a safe, comfortable and elegant facility. For seniors of low- to moderate-income levels.

Call numbers listed below for availability:

Mitchell Place
(ages 62 and older)
Federal Way, WA
(253) 661-7011

Radcliffe Place
(for ages 62 and older)
Kent, WA
(253) 631-8505

Rainier View
(for ages 55 and older)
Fife, WA
(253) 896-2696

iStock_000028181852LargeWomen in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, who are homeless, and who cannot afford market rate rent can live in a supportive, communal environment for up to two years as part of MSC’s Titusville Program. Women live in an historic downtown Kent building, which offers dormitory-style housing, with individual bedrooms and common kitchen, bathroom, and living room areas. Up to 15 women live here at one time. Program participants work with a case manager and set goals to successfully graduate from the program within two years. Nearly 300 women have transitioned through this program with an 80-percent success rate at maintaining long-term sobriety and retaining permanent housing. All residents must be self-managed as the program does not offer 24-hour staff.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Single without custodial children
  • Must be homeless
  • Must verify low-income status (30% of area median income)
  • Must be enrolled in a recovery program (treatment, AA, NA, etc.)
  • Must have an income
  • Willing to participate in case management services
  • Focused on working towards self-sufficiency

For additional program details and/or availability, call 253.854.4406, ext. 138.

iStock_000011878387LargeMen in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, who are homeless, and who cannot afford market rate housing may qualify for MSC’s Men’s Clean and Sober Transitional Housing Program. Participants live in shared housing in single-family homes for up to two years with other men in recovery who are actively working to rebuild their lives. Program participants work with a case manager and other support staff to reduce barriers to self-sufficiency, such as mental health issues, physical disabilities, drug/alcohol treatment, employment, education, legal, and/or financial issues. Rents are based on income and a deposit is due at move-in.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Single without custodial children
  • Must be homeless
  • Must verify low-income status (30% of area median income)
  • Must be enrolled in a recovery program (treatment, AA, NA, etc.)
  • Must have an income
  • Willing to participate in case management services

NOTE: Clients may have criminal history BUT it cannot include meth production, sex offenses, arson charges, or significant recent assaults.

To apply or for additional information, call 253.838.6810, ext. 161.

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