City Community Funding

Each year, the City of Puyallup makes contributions to organizations that serve the needs of our City’s most vulnerable citizens. Please contact City Clerk Brenda Arline if you are a community service organization that would like to receive more information on applying for these funds.

2015 Community Funding Allocations

Helping Hand House - $60,000

Helping Hand House works toward ending family homelessness in East Pierce County. To forward this cause, they provide homeless prevention services, emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Housing assistance is accompanied by support services that teach financial literacy, life-skills, and workforce training.

Homeward Bound in Puyallup/Prev Alliance - $30,000

Homeward Bound in Puyallup provides administrative structure for funding and advocacy for programs and ministries in the greater Puyallup area that interface with homelessness.

Open Hearth Ministries - $25,000

Open Hearth Ministries provides emergency housing in local hotels for families with children in the Puyallup School District. Their stay may be from one night to two weeks while volunteer case workers meet with each family to develop an action plan to secure a longer-term housing option. Open Hearth is 100% volunteer staffed and all contributions go directly to sheltering and providing necessities to families in need.

Exodus Housing - $16,000

Exodus Housing works exclusively with single parent families that are actively fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence and have legal custody of a minor child (age 17 or younger). Each family in their program is assisted with obtaining permanent housing, employment, family stabilization and the removal of barriers to self-sufficiency. Their programs serve Pierce County and South King County.

Good Samaritan Domestic Violence Counseling Services - $15,000

This program provides free counseling services and a support group to domestic violence victims in Puyallup. The counseling provides direction, hope, and solution-based therapy within a safe and confidential environment. This program accepts referrals from the City of Puyallup Domestic Violence advocate, increasing the likelihood that victims will break repeating cycles of violence and regain normalcy in their lives.

St. Francis House - $7,500

St. Francis house provides a variety of services to assist the most vulnerable citizens of Puyallup. They offer a meal program every week day at various locations in the community, ESL classes, an emergency food bank, as well as a clothing and furniture bank for households that cannot afford these basic necessities. St. Francis also has a role in connecting families to other community resources, such as emergency housing and rental assistance.

Puyallup Food Bank - $7,500

The Puyallup Food Bank provides nutritious food to Puyallup-area neighbors in need with the effort of 100 volunteers and 1 paid staff member. The food bank has experienced increased demand in recent years due to economic conditions.

The Rescue Mission - $4,000

The Rescue Mission works with people at all stages of addiction, homelessness or other life challenges, offering proven services, support and facilities. Originally founded over 100 years ago to serve homeless men in Tacoma, the Rescue Mission has grown to serve women and children in all parts of Pierce County.

Salvation Army Puyallup Corps - $3,000

Salvation Army’s Life Skills, You Inc helps people break the cycle of poverty and help them become self-sufficient. They host monthly Life Skills classes, including lessons in budgeting, resume writing, interview skills, and more.

Puyallup Nazarene Church School Food Pantry - $1,000

Puyallup Nazarene Church works with school administrators and staff to provide food to students in need, through a food pantry ministry. PNC stocks a food pantry at the school with non-perishable items that are contained in individual sealed packages. This allows staff to provide a variety of items for the students to take home in their own backpacks.

Communities in Schools of Puyallup - $1,000

Communities In Schools site coordinators work with at-risk students, families, and schools, to provide students with the resources they need to stay in school. These include academic support such as tutoring or mentoring, physical and mental health care, basic needs like food and clothing, life skills, and college and career preparation—all offered right at the school.