New affordable apartments available for homeless UWT students


Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), Kōz Development (Kōz), and the Associated Students of UW Tacoma (ASUWT) are excited to announce 52 new and affordable apartments in downtown Tacoma for homeless and low-income UW Tacoma students. The apartments are in the newly built Kōz on Market, across the street from UW Tacoma and the Tacoma YMCA. These apartments will help meet a dire need. A 2014 survey done by school faculty found that 14% of their students were housing-insecure. This partnership offers these students affordable housing a stone’s throw from campus. Also, UW Tacoma has funds to help students pay for their security deposit and screening fees.

All 52 apartments at Kōz on Market are reserved for extremely low or low-income persons. Kōz will fill up to 26 apartments with homeless UW Tacoma students. These students should inquire right away. Otherwise, these apartments will become available to other households in the following order of priority:

  • UW Tacoma students experiencing housing insecurity;
  • UW Tacoma students transferring from Tacoma Community College and who were enrolled there in
  • THA’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP);
  • other UW Tacoma students;
  • other low-income households.

THA offers rental subsidies to market-rate and nonprofit owners of housing who agree to rent some of their apartments to households with low incomes. THA offers the owner a steady annual subsidy rather than one that varies month-to-month. It offers a steady and affordable rent to tenants. THA seeks to do this with still more market rate and nonprofit owners of housing. THA is especially interested in properties near public schools and colleges.

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