faqs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium?

The Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, membership-based organization. We represent our members by providing public education and advocacy in order to expand opportunities for non-profit organizations and others to finance, produce, and manage affordable housing for low-income individuals.

Where are you located?

We are located within the Tower at the First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. Doors are secured, if you would like to set up a meeting please e-mail us.

Why should my organization join?

As a member of the Consortium you will have access to exclusive networking opportunities, quarterly events, affinity groups, public recognition, opportunities to receive awards, housing data and resources, and advocacy opportunities. Your organization's membership allows all of your staff members to receive these benefits as well. The Consortium allows you the opportunity to meet other professionals in the housing field and be a contributing member to your community by helping to create more affordable housing.

Are you affiliated with other housing consortiums?

Although the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium is an independent consortium, we proudly partner with other local and state consortia. There are four regional consortia including us and one state-wide Coalition:

 

     Seattle/King County: Housing Development Consortium

     Everett/Snohomish County: Housing Consortium of Everett & Snohomish Co.

     Spokane: Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium

     Statewide: WA Low Income Housing Alliance

How can my organization join?

To join, simply fill out our membership form and mail it to us with the membership dues. Membership dues are billed annually and are due each January. If you want to join after January we will gladly pro-rate your dues. Simply send us an e-mail and we will work with you to determine the correct amount if needed.

Do you accept individual memberships?

Yes! We offer individual memberships for Professionals at $80 per year, and for Seniors/Students/Low-Income at $25 per year. Please note that individual members only represent themselves, not their organizations. If you wish to have an organizational membership please select your membership dues accordingly.

Do I need to be located in Pierce County in order to join?

No, individuals or organizations do not need to be located within Pierce County in order to join.

Are membership dues tax-deductible?

Yes, because the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium is a 501(c)3 non-profit, our dues are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What types of events do you offer?

The events that we offer are provided to encourage networking, learning, advocacy, and exclusive opportunities regarding affordable housing. Currently, we are hosting quarterly membership networking meetings, an annual fundraiser and award event, and membership working groups. Interested in participating in one or more of these events, or have an idea for an event or workshop? Send an e-mail with your ideas or requests to our Executive Director, Amanda DeShazo at amanda@affordablehousingconsortium.org.

Do I need to be a member to attend the events?

Most of our events are hosted exclusively for our members, although we do offer opportunities throughout the year for non-members to join. Our annual fundraiser and awards reception is open to the public and we encourage your attendance to learn more about our organization!

What if I have a question or concern about a government decision that affects housing and/or my business?

The Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium is interested in your concerns and strives to make members voices heard through our advocacy efforts. If you have a concern or question about policies or upcoming advocacy issues please let us know by sending us an e-mail. Our members direct our advocacy efforts and we are happy to hear about your issues.

How can I be more involved with the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium?

Our members' involvement is what makes the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium successful. There are many ways for you to contribute to our work and make a meaningful impact on the Pierce County community. We have several working committees, affinity groups, opportunities for sponsorships and public visibility, and opportunities for teaching or assembling workshops.