Arlington Drive Youth Campus


Tacoma Housing Authority’s Arlington Drive Campus will give homeless youth and young adults a second chance and offer a warm and safe welcome. The project features a 12-bed Crisis Residential Center that provides temporary shelter for youth ages 12 to 17 who are experiencing crisis situations (will serve >400 youth a year). The adjacent apartment building will provide 58 apartments to rent for homeless young adults ages 18 to 24 (about 30% of which will be parents of babies or toddlers).

The campus will provide supportive services as well as employment and training, with social enterprises and entrepreneurial training space. Administrative offices for Community Youth Services will also be on site. The location is walking distance to a middle school, Eastside Community Center, a regional health clinic, and New Salishan.

SMR provided neighborhood outreach and community engagement services to increase public awareness for the project. This support included helping with community events by creating boards of the proposed renderings, designing brochures, and speaking with community leaders and partners.

Client: Tacoma Housing Authority
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Program: Crisis Residential Center, a temporary shelter for  youth ages 12 to 17 with 12 beds, and the Arlington Drive Apartments, a development with 58 apartments for homeless young adults ages 18 to 24.