Resources

Contact our Liaisons

McKinney Vento/Foster Care Office Support
Support to all district McKinney Vento students and families. 
Kimberly Mackey    
Coordinator      
253-571-1298 | kmackey@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Foster Care Liaison / McKinney Vento Liaison
Support to all district Foster students and families. 
Christiane Paget, MSW
253-571-1283 | cpaget@tacoma.k12.wa.us

McKinney Vento Housing Navigator
Support to all district McKinney Vento students and families. 
Becky Baskett, MSW
253-571-1249 | rbasket@tacoma.k12.wa.us

McKinney Vento Housing Navigator
Support to all district McKinney Vento students and families. 
Michelle Birge 
253-571-1498 | mbirge@tacoma.k12.wa.us

 

Tacoma Public Schools wants to help McKinney-Vento families gain access to housing and community resources in Pierce County. One of the largest challenges serving families and students in our district has been the difference in definition of homelessness. In order to qualify for most housing programs in our community, families must be “literally homeless” – as defined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is “an individual or family who live in a place not meant for human habitation (including the streets or in a car), emergency shelter, transitional housing, and hotels paid for by a government or charitable organization.” More information about these policies, funding and programs can be found at this link: https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/

For any additional needs not covered here, if you have questions that were not answered with this document or have a unique housing-related concern related to students and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, please feel free to reach out to our Tone Resource Center at 253-571-1054.