Karmel Shields (253) 983-7756 •  kshields@cityoflakewood.us
Human Services Coordinator


The City of Lakewood Human Services funding is available for non-profit organizations and other public entities providing social and human services, and for programs which fulfill a specific City funding strategy:  access to health and behavioral health, emotional support for health relationships, housing assistance and stabilization services.

Next funding cycle - June 2018 for 2019-2020 fiscal years

The City has designated 1% of its general fund to supporting human services in the Lakewood community.  In 2017, 23 programs received funding to meet the four areas of strategic focus: stabilization services for people in crisis, emotional supports for healthy relationships, access to health and behavioral health services, and relevant services for people with limited English language skills. 2014 Human Services Needs Analysis

A competitive grant application process occurs every other year.  Funds are awarded for one year (January – December) and, if performance goals are met, will be renewed for a second year.  Applicant organizations can be a public school, government program or a non-profit agency with a 501(c) 3 IRS tax exempt status and currently registered with the Washington Secretary of State Charities Division.

The next Human Services Grant application process will begin in June, 2018.  An appointed group of volunteers, the Community Services Advisory Board, reads and rates the proposals to be recommended for funding.  These recommendations are forwarded to the City Council for their approval.

2017/2018 City-supported Services

Here are the programs and services that are receiving Lakewood Human Services funding for this biennium. 
  • Caring For Kids
    • Provides school supplies, hygiene products, and other resources to low-income children for the school year. www.carekids.org
  • Catholic Community Services/Family Housing Network
    • Provides housing services and stabilization resources to families and veterans experiencing homelessness in Pierce County. www.ccsww.org
  • Communities in Schools of Lakewood/After School Programs & CHAMPION Mentors
    • Provides emotional support and stabilization to Lakewood youths through multifaceted after school programs and mentors. www.Lakewood.ciswa.org
  • Community Healthcare/Adult Dental for ELL & Family Medical Programs
    • Adult Dental for ELL provides dental care to uninsured or underinsured individuals who do not speak English as a primary language, and Family Medical provides family practice services at the Lakewood Medical Clinic for low-income families.  www.commhealth.org
  • Emergency Food Network/Bulk Food Purchasing
    • Provides food for over 60 food banks, hot meal sites, and shelters in Pierce County's emergency food system through discounted bulk purchasing. www.efoodnet.org
  • FISH Food Banks/Nutritious Foods Program
    • Provides nutritious foods and stabilization to people in need of food assistance in Pierce County. www.fishfoodbanks.org
  • Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare/MHP and COPS 
    • MHP and COPS partners mental health professionals with police to assess persons in crisis & provide de-escalation, in-place treatment, and stabilization. www.glmhc.org
  • Lakewood Boys & Girls Club/Healthy Lifestyles Program
    • Provides mentors and role models who demonstrate leadership and promote healthy lifestyles through a variety of programs for children ages 6-18. www.bgcsps.org
  • LASA / Client Service Center
    • Increases housing accessibility and community for homeless Lakewood families through various services, safe home placement, case management, and local resources.  www.lasawa.org
  • Lindquist Dental/Dental Care for Youth in Need
  • OASIS Youth Center
    • The OASIS Youth Center is a drop-in resource & support center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. www.oasisyouthcenter.org
  • Pierce College Foundation/Lakewood Computer Clubhouse
    • Provides children with a safe place to go after school and increase their computer literacy skills under the supervision of adult mentors.  www.lakewoodclubhouse.us
  • Pierce County AIDS Foundation/Medical Case Management 
    • The Medical Case Management program provides medical case management, education, and resources to people living with HIV/AIDS in Pierce County.  www.piercecountyaids.org   
  • Project Access in Pierce County
    • since 2010, with an active network of 650 physicians and other health care providers a total of $31M dollars of donated medical care has been provided to Pierce County residents. https://www.pcmswa.org/pcpa


  • Rebuilding Hope Sexual Assault Center/Therapy Program
  • Rebuilding Together South Sound/Year-round Services & Rebuilding Day 
  • Sound Outreach/Connection Center Utility Assistance Program
    • Provides economic stability, resources, and services to community members in need of utility assistance and tax program enrollment.  www.southsoundoutreach.org
  • Springbrook Mobile Food Trucks/St. Leo’s Food Connection
    • Springbrook Mobile provides emergency food assistance and resources to residents of the Springbrook neighborhood on a weekly basis.  www.foodconnection.org
  • St. Leo Food Connections/Children’s Backpack & Summer Meal Programs
    • Provides children of Lakewood and Tacoma schools with healthy food throughout the year via the Backpack and Summer Meals Programs. www.foodconnection.org
  • Tacoma Community House/Client Advocacy
    • Provides bilingual case management and advocacy services to immigrants and refugees who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other major crimes. www.tacomacommunityhouse.org
  • Rescue Mission/Adams Street Family Shelter
    • Provides basic needs to homeless women and families while linking them with services and resources to obtain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. www.rescue-mission.org
  • YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties/Teen Late Nite Program
    • Provides Friday & Saturday evening programs a for middle school & higha safe, secure, and positive environment. www.ymcapkc.org/late-nite/
  • YWCA/Domestic Violence Services
    • Provides legal assistance, children’s programs, and shelter services to survivors of domestic violence and their children in Pierce County. www.ywcapiercecounty.org