United Way of Pierce County
United Way of Pierce County provides a free helpline called South Sound 2-1-1 for families in need of resources. Families who utilize this resource are connected with trained specialists to get matched with the right services. South Sound 2-1-1 provides access to hundreds of services and programs from Pierce, Thurston and Lewis Counties including: utilities, rent, affordable housing, transportation, shelter, legal assistance, basic food benefits, behavioral/physical health, holiday assistance, employment and education. For more information, please visit their website at
1501 Pacific Ave, Suite 400
Tacoma, WA, 98402
Phone: 253- 272-4263
Pierce County Human Resources connects those in need with services to improve their quality of
life and promote self-sufficiency. Below are a few emergency assistance programs offered to
Pierce County residents. To learn more about what they do and services they offer, please visit
Pierce County Veterans Assistance Program provides emergency assistance to qualified
veterans and family members for burial, back payments for motorage/rent/utilities, and/or food.
For more information, please visit their website at https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/123/Veterans- Assistance-Programs or call 253-798-7449.
Pierce County Housing Assistance Program offers emergency rental assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/4701/Housing-Assistance-and-Programs. If you need help filling out the rental assistance application, please reach out to Share and Care House at (253) 841-8886 extension 800 or via e-mail at COVID-RA@SHAREANDCAREHOUSE.ORG. For applications in other languages, contact Kari Moore at 253-363-0325.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) pays heating bills directly to utility companies for eligible applicants. Payments are based on the eligible household’s fuel usage for the past twelve months and income. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1280/Energy-Assistance or call 1-253-798-HEAT.