A new apartment complex consisting of sixty-four partially furnished homes for homeless and low-income students, Koz at the Dome, was recently completed in downtown Tacoma.
This is the fourth property under contract with the Tacoma Housing Authority’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP). The project’s primary objective is to help provide and finance housing for students facing housing insecurity to help them focus on their studies.
THA rental assistance, THA owned apartments near campuses, and long-term contracts with privately owned apartments such as Koz at the Dome are three significant ways CHAP helps students facing homelessness in our community.
Local housing insecurity and homelessness have consistently been significant issues for students throughout Tacoma and beyond. A HOPE LAB survey conducted at Tacoma Community College (TCC) in 2016 reported 69 percent of students had experienced serious housing insecurity issues within that past year, with 27 percent of those surveyed having experienced homelessness within that same timeframe.
Tacoma Public Schools also reported a total of 53 unaccompanied homeless high school seniors as well as 750 students receiving assistance through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act this year, further reinstating how prevalent this issue is within our community and our students.
These apartments, in attempt to address this pertinent issue, will be available to college students (including those with children) who are enrolled at TCC or UW Tacoma, as well as to homeless unaccompanied Tacoma Public School seniors 18 years or older.
Koz at the Dome’s apartment floor plans include studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom homes. Located within walking distance to UW Tacoma, the apartments are also conveniently situated right next to the Tacoma Dome Transit Station where students can easily catch a transit ride to TCC or other locales.
For more information on apartment amenities, prices, and floor plans, visit this website.
Photos courtesy Koz at the Dome via Facebook